for me

I was wondering why it seemed so hard to get everything done recently.  I realized that I have added eight hours or more outside the house four days a week.  That did it!

I find that when I do things like this, the first tasks that go seem to be the ones that are best for me.  Like working on motifs.  So that is what I did, I started working on motifs again.  I did give a blanket away to my Dad and I would like another. 

I am not currently sure why but I do.  Maybe it is because it is pretty.  Maybe it is all the colors.  Maybe it is the weight and the warmth.  With the rearranging going on, I feel like the correct amount of pillows and blankets has truly not been found but I keep trying!

I have also started on those boxes.  Maybe more stuff will get moved so I can get to my workspaces.  Maybe not.  This is a good first step though!


I was fed well!

Wednesday, when I am usually working on a post here, I was taken to dinner.  Actually it was more then just me.  The boyos bartered a knife for dinner at Poitin for all of us.  The boyos of Serenity Knives were stoked. 

I was quite pleased because I knew who was feeding me.  I have met most of the chefs from Poitin because they have a relationship with all the boyos.  They had fed us nibbles before but never a sit down meal.  The nibbles were excellent so I figured dinner would be lovely.  I would say that it was the best meal I have eaten out in Houston in over ten years.  

Why do I say that it was the best meal I have eaten out?  I have been to most of the buzz worthy restaurants in Houston.  I like to eat and I have boyos in my life who make knives for chefs.  The flavors coming out of the kitchen from Poitin are as a good as any.  The last meal I had that tasted that good in town was Oxheart.  B&B's is close, especially if you want steak.  But I walked away from Poitin full.  After Oxheart, I could have had tea and toast at home.  And Poitin actually served pots of decent tea.

Why all the pictures of bread?  I feed AJ bread when he is hear.  Dom snitches it from him if he brings it into the kitchen.  They wanted to show me what their new French pastry chef can do.  Their opinion, she is good but I might be a tad better.  They could be being kind.

Dom is developing the English Muffins for a truffle challenge he is doing.  They are probably the best English muffin I have ever eaten.  I probably should not have eaten the bread or English muffin before the rest of the meal but they were so proud.  

This is about how every plate looked about the time I thought about taking a picture.  It smelled and looked so good and the taste topped it!  I got the recipe for the soup.  AJ told us how to make the catfish.  Dom said he would give me the recipe for the English muffins but I know where he got his ideas.  We talked.

It was a lovely evening.  Excellent food.  Good people.  Good conversation.  I had tea.  It was a quiet Wednesday so we did not feel rushed.  And AJ said to plan three hours.  He was planning on feeding us!  We must have been fed half the menu.  So good.  If I get asked where I want to go for my birthday dinner, Poitin.


and yesterday ....

Yesterday, I did all the things on my list until I could do no more.  I have the cough.  About mid afternoon, Koda Bear and I moved to my bed and chilled out.  Zoned out is a better way to say it.  I could still feel my fall.  I was coughing so hard I was bent over.  It was the best choice.

Koda Bear watched me type the last post from that same bed on Friday.  We could not even get there yesterday.  I did have enough healing go on so I could coach today.  I was on the ice for about two and a half hours.  I was getting fuzzy by then.  I came home and did a few things.  Then we went dwon again.

But I am currently in a better state then I was yesterday.  I am hoping with more sleep I will be in a better state tomorrow.  I just want to have more energy to create.  I left this quilt basically in mid seam because I was going to fall over otherwise.  Heal slowly and well I say.


slip and sick

I try to post on Wednesdays currently.  This Wednesday, I was walking home from work and I slipped.  The sidewalk was wet from rain and grimy and down I went.  Fairly hard.  The bit that surprised me the most was that there was a bit of shock. I have felt it before so I knew what it felt like.  The thing that was the strangest was how my body reacted.  Completely shut down once I got home.  I slept for four hours and could barely move. 

Thursday, I woke up much better.  Though it became apparent that the true casualty was my phone.  It became dead.

I thought, okay.  Friday will be a fairly normal day.  I will start to get into a routine.  Koda Bear will have school and then he will be with me once he gets home.  Wrong.  He got sent home with fever and this is the sick night stand today.  I am currently sitting next to him in bed while I type.  I have been working on crochet when I need to sit.  I have not had enough concentration to read.

One of the times Koda Bear's fever went down, I was able to finish the pajama pants I was working on for him.  They fit!  He and my Beloved now match which is always the goal.

I have noticed a few more aches and pains today.  My phone has been replaced.  We just need my Dad to heal because I got that text today, and Koda Bear to heal so he can feel better.  I have not felt like I have gotten into a routine since the beginning of December.  I keep trying.


and then....

My body crashed yesterday.  I got up.  My morning walk went well.  Tea and food happened.  Bread was started.  Yarn was spun.  And then, intense pain and exhaustion.  I laid down and slept for two or three hours.  There was one point I came away enough to notice and remember a crunch noise/feeling when I stretched.  

I know I have been overdoing.  I know there has been change.  I know there has been stress.  I should not have been surprised at all and really was not.  I was more frustrated with the timing.  My body could not have waited until evening?

When I woke up from the nap, I really was not moving.  Hobbling across the house to make tea or go to the bathroom was about my limit.  But I could sit in my rocking chair next to my basket of yarn.  I got cuddles from Koda Bear when he needed a break from playing and he is healing as well.  He took a fall the day before which pulled a muscle in his groin.  There are times you can tell it is still grabbing him.

The blanket I am making for Ziggy Monster grew.  It is blues and greys.  All leftover bits, gifted bits, or homespun bits.  I like how it is turning out.  Koda Bear has a similar one that I made him before he was born.  It is blue.  It is based on a pattern I saw on Purl Soho.  Except it was a knitting pattern.  I, of course, changed it to crochet.  It becomes a very soft blanket.

It was about my speed yesterday.  Today, I am doing all the things I can before I crash again. We promised Koda Bear we would finish opening Christmas presents today so I have to be away enough for that tonight.  One step at a time!