Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Highest, Hottest

Today I was remembering the brief run of daily posts I put up at the end of last year, and how easy it felt to post every day. There weren't necessarily a lot of comments, but even without the dialogue it was an interesting process.

We've been keeping really busy this summer, with lots of barn time and play dates. The weather has been spectacular, so we're going to try camping soon. We won't go for long - three nights or so - but I think it will do Avery's blood sugar a lot of good to spend a few days running around outside. 

This picture was meant to be a lot more interesting, but the shutter speed on my phone camera let me down again.

I'm working on some projects for Christmas. I've got a gansey going - have just divided for the armholes. It will be a vest rather than a full sweater, because the recipient gets hot easily and doesn't like sleeves too much. I'm knitting it on 2.5 mm needles so it felt a bit slow at first, but really it has progressed quickly. Here is the swatch.

And over the past six months I have been making ice cream. I'm disproportionately obsessed with it. I literally lie awake nights dreaming up new flavours. Like I have a plan for a truly stunning and completely original flavour, which I can't even share with you because I'm hoping to get rich off of it someday. But here is my margarita ice cream - lime, salt, and tequila.

Carolyn, you remarked that Canadians measure blood sugar differently. You're quite right. A U.S. blood glucose number is (randomly) 18 times a UK or Canadian number. So when Avery was running between 17 and 22 (UK or Canadian) for four days, in the US she'd have measured at between 306 and 396.

It's nice to be talking to everyone again!


Dave Hingsburger said...

I had to tear my eyes away from that picture of home made ice cream - nearly falls into the category of food porn - it's nice to have you back!

Carolyn said...

Um. That's seriously high. Yup, I can see why it needed to come down. Thank goodness there was an 'easy' solution!

Ames said...

Let me just testify to the greatness of Shan's ice cream.


Honestly, some of the best, if not THE best ice cream I have ever eaten.

0521kt said...

Home-made ice cream. Yet another reason Shan is awesome.

Happy camping!!


Jeannette said...

I have missed you, Shan, really missed you. I told myself that you were busy with your real life instead of a virtual one, yes I did, but I still missed you, and I'm very glad to see that you're back.
Hugs to you, hugs to Avery, and thank you.

Susie Hewer said...

Yay, welcome back! Glad that you are getting to grips with Avery's health issues. It must have been a tough adjustment but then you're a tough cookie.

Please send ice-cream as it's very hot here in the UK.

Love and hugs,