Wednesday, 31 July 2013
I'm not a vegetarian but certainly don't have meat every day. I quite enjoy many vegetarian dishes and in many cases, using legumes, lentils etc makes for tasty winter dishes.
Yesterday I had an order from the Butcherman. This firm delivers to individuals as well as to restaurants and I've been using them for over ten years now. I first used them when I ran the small canteen. The meat is superb quality and very well packed in tightly sealed vacuum packs which keep well in the fridge. They are dearer than the supermarket but not by a great amount. They have some very expensive stuff but I just buy the usual range of chicken and meat and I try to stick to those which come in small packets so I can use them easily.
It's well butchered, no scrappy bits of chicken passing themselves off as tenderloins and no little bits of bone on chops etc just waiting for the unsuspecting eater. Good service from them.
Shibui Knits. I commented on a thread in a group I belong to on Ravelry that I had found two knots in the Chinese Red sock yarn when I was making the sock shown at the right. It was more or less a comment in passing as I'd just finished the first sock, although I did make the observation that the big balls of yarn from Bendigo don't have knots in them. I glanced at the thread an hour later. The next post was from Shibui Knits posting as a guest in the group and saying that knots were unacceptable. Could I please email them? A lovely person named Kristin is looking into the yarn and will follow through at the mill. If I gave her my name and address, she would send a replacement. That was quick, and absolutely totally unexpected. Thank you very much. More good service.
As you can see, the first sock is done. I'm a good halfway down the leg of the second sock. I think it has gone quickly as I make myself finish the four row pattern before putting the knitting down.
News on eldest son's back problems. The disc is obviously unstable and will need one of two operations. However, some blurring was showing on the scans which apparently is an infection picked up in the first operation. He is now taking some horribly strong antibiotics twice a day and the situation will be reassessed in three weeks. He could not have another operation if the infection were still there. He may need more than the three weeks as such infections are notoriously hard to shift. He's taking yoghurt but also probiotics in the middle of the day to help his stomach deal with the antibiotic which is about eight times as strong as any normal dose. While the infection hasn't caused his latest problem with the disc, it hasn't helped the whole thing. His immunity is compromised, he tires more easily than if there were no infection there. He and DIL are discouraged but try to take things a day at a time. What helped last week can cause more pain this week and so on. Very frustrating.