Vegan recipes I’ve spotted on Pinterest

Even though we haven’t yet transitioned over to being vegan, I’m getting really excited about going vegan fully. It won’t be without its issues though as between us we also need to avoid bread, honey, soy and chickpeas, so nice and easy, eh? I have recently become addicted to Pinterest (I’m a late adopter) and I have been pin-pin-pinning so many vegan recipes. Below are my favourites so far and I am going to make them all at some point 🙂

Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes

Vegan Lentil Curry

All about knitting

Back in 1991/1992, when I was 13, I knitted a baby blanket for my mum as she was pregnant with my little brother. This was the only time I knitted anything, but recently I’ve decided to get back into it. Back then, I used my mum and grandma’s leftover wool to make the blanket out of patchwork squares, so I never needed to know anything about 2 Ply, DK or weights of wool. I felt all sea on a knitting supply website because I had no idea what I wanted! I found the below video on YouTube and I found it really useful.

I also love the video below as I had completely forgotten how to knit! I love her bloopers at the end too 😀

I can’t wait to get started making a new baby blanket – haha not for me, there will be no pregnancy announcements from me! I really want to donate my blankets to charity, there are quite a few to choose from on this page:
http://www.getknitting.com/ak_charity_knit.aspx

An existential crisis

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why

I’ve always loved that quote. Though, at the ripe old age of 37, I’m still waiting for my “why” to present itself to me. I have been in full time employment since I was 17, and none of the permanent jobs that I’ve ever had have been real “Yes! This is what I want to do for the rest of my life! jobs” I’ve had a few public sector temp jobs that were close, but sadly the opportunity to stay on permanently wasn’t an option. So, what to do? I’m hoping to find out one day but like Diana Ross, I’m still waiting 😦

Cowspiracy (2014)

I don’t normally watch documentaries on Netflix, but I’d heard from friends that Cowspiracy was an important watch. The Netflix synopsis says, “Learn how factory farming is decimating the planet’s natural resources – and why this crisis has been largely ignored by major environmental groups.” It was produced and directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, and was actually crowdfunded via IndieGoGo when their funding was pulled part-way through filming the documentary.

Before I watched it, I’d always been a bit squeamish about how we end up with cow’s milk, but I used to drink it anyway, mainly because it was the cheapest option of all of the “milks”. Also, eating an animal had never sat right with me. Since watching Cowspiracy, Michelle and I have decided to be vegan from January 2016 (we had just had our monthly shopping delivered and really can’t afford to replace the non-vegan items at this time). It really is worth watching.

You can watch the trailer below

November already?

The last time I was on here it was September and the weather was warmer. Now it’s November and not so warm, sadly.

So, how is everyone in WordPress-land? Since I’ve been on here, I’ve turned 37 (the hardest age I’ve had to deal with so far. It’s too near to 40 for my liking), I’ve been working on my new project, Merryn Magazine and we’ve gotten ever closer to Christmas. We recently watched “Cowspiracy” on Netflix, but I’ll talk about that in my next blog post.

Those of you who know me know that I am married to Michael, but things have changed in that department. I am still married, but Michael recently legally changed his name to Michelle, as “he” is transgender. She has been referred to a Gender Identity Clinic and we have been on the waiting list for three months now. We should be seen sometime next year and it’s all very exciting. I’m so relieved for both of us that I am able to support Michelle through this as I know that not all marriages survive one partner transitioning from one gender to another. The journey is going to be a long one, but one that will all be worthwhile once Michelle can be truly happy with who she is.

So, it’s been a busy couple of months, I’m really excited to see what December will bring (besides Christmas!).