Stash Report – December 4, 2016

This week has gone by so fast. Nothing new to report in the quilting department.

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 3.0 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Fabric for 2016: 3.0 yards used

The yarn from the Black Friday sales has arrived. Most of it went to Nicole. What stayed here is 6,888 yards. Probably the least I’ve ever added on a Black Friday.

I finised the Anemochory socks and a soap bag so that’s about 430 yards used. It’s a heck of a lot easier to bring it in than it is to use it.

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 430 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 19,960 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 6,888 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 46,948 yards
Net Yarn for 2016 (26,988) in the hole!

According to my plan for next year, which I may or may not stick with, other than Loopy Academy and things for which I *have* to buy yarn, I can only buy half as much as I use so that means . . if that rule applied this year, I’d only be able to buy about 10,000 yards and I added nearly 50,000 yards. Ouch! Can I do it??

Scallops in the Air Fryer

We use the Philips HD 9220 air fryer so when I tell you how things work, you’ll know which one I’m talking about. They’re all pretty similar but there are some differences and the difference in wattage can make a difference but overall, I think most all the air fryers are pretty good.

One of the “diet” foods we like is sauteed scallops. I buy frozen scallops and defrost them, then drain them really well on paper towels. I’ve always used a skillet and because so much liquid cooks out of them, in order to avoid boiling them, I cook them outside on a really hot fire. I get the oil to barely smoking and toss them into the skillet. There’s always a lot of splattering and hissing and if I can keep the fire hot enough, I can cook the liquid off while browning the scallops.

I had the bright idea this evening to do them in the air fryer. I defrosted them, then drained them well on paper towels, put them in a bowl and tossed them with olive oil and Slap Ya Mama seasoning. The air fryer was set to 390° and preheated. The scallops were amazing! The liquid went through the slits in the basket and there was no boiling. The scallops were much better than cooking them in a skillet in butter or oil outside.

One word of caution. I had the scallops in the basket cooking and decided they needed a bit more seasoning. I pulled the basket out just a bit and with the fan still running, gave them a healthy shake of Slap Ya Mama. The fan blew some of the seasoning right into my eyes! Slap Ya Mama is not good for the eyes. So, if any additional season is going to be added, either turn off the fan or remove the basket a safe distance so the fan cannot blow anything into your face.

Thyroid Meds

While we’re on the subject of medicines and doctors and my deficiencies in all areas <G>, let’s talk about thyroid issues. 

It was over 20 years ago that I was diagnosed as having hypothyroidism and put on meds. We were in Louisiana at the time. When we moved to Kentucky and I went to a doctor there, he did blood work and told me he didn’t think I needed thyroid meds so I stopped taking them. At some point, I saw a different doctor and he thought I needed them. I explained that I had been on them, was off and now he thinks I need them again. He said hypothyroidism usually doesn’t correct itself. Once you need the meds, you’ll always need the meds. All this time I’ve been taking the meds.

The last time I was in Missouri, I forgot them so for almost two weeks, I didn’t take them. I didn’t feel any different not taking them than I did taking them and from what I’d always heard, if your thyroid was underactive, you really should feel it. About three weeks before I was going to have my and get a “clean” reading without taking any meds. I explained to the doctor that I hadn’t been taking them so we could see what my non-medicated reading was. It was perfect. Right in the middle . . right where you want to be said the nurse . . with no meds.

So, at this point, I’m pretty happy to be 62 and not taking any meds all all.

Next year when I go for blood work again, I may be back on thyroid meds . . who knows. It’s all kinda weird. There are probably things that can cause variations in the readings but I find it all weird. Even with our insurance, the prescriptions are darned expensive so I’m happy to not be needing any and I know I’m very blessed to have such good health.