Friday
Jan182019

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.

Saturday
Jan122019

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!

Wednesday
Jan092019

I goofed!

Koda Bear came home Sunday!  He has gotten so tall in just a month.  Closer to six weeks.  He even got a haircut in that time.  So I was frantically sewing pajamas for him before he came.  

I goofed.  I found the wrong pattern and made two pairs of pajamas very much the wrong size.  I had lengthened the pattern I used because I thought it was last year so they were not quite as short as they could be.  But they were four or six inches too short.  And tight!  Goodness!  He could have been in a disco dancing they were so tight!

What is a grandma to do?  I still had enough fabric to cut out two more.  I was saving the fabric for Ziggy Monster's receiving blankets.  Instead of four, he will have two.  Two of Koda Bear's have already been found so I think it will be overall okay.  I am also crocheting a wool blanket of blues and greys.  What do I find in my basket.

I am starting to build Ziggy Monster's cradle this weekend.  I have started collecting supplies and I have ordered the mattress and linens.  He may not have as many things as Koda Bear but he will have lovely things.  I ordered a few things and I am thinking about making a few more.  There will be a quilt.  And maybe some sleep sacks that get dyed.  There are just not enough hours in the day.  Especially since I now have cuddles with a not so small bear to add in to my already busy day.  I would not miss them for the world!

Saturday
Jan052019

still chipping away

I am still working on Christmas.  Pajama bottoms are still being made.  One step at a time.

I need to bake for my best friend.  She is a shortbread fan but I just told her about the bread I have been making recently.  I know that I talked about the toasted oat bread I have been making but it is now a toasted oat and rye bread.  I took the loaf the boyos like the best and amped it up for more flavor.  That loaf has recently had an egg added to it for the protein content.  I am sneaking nutrition in where I can because food is not on anyone's list of what they are currently interested in.  I think it is just too much rich food through the holidays.

I am still picking away at piles.  I hope to get another one under control today.  I crashed yesterday and I have a feeling it may have been due to the yuck I got cleaned out.  Sometimes the process is harder on my body then leaving it alone.  And that also means there is a lot of pain today.  There has been constant change for the last five weeks so I know that is part of it too.

Back to my sewing machine.  Maybe after I deal with a pile.  And possibly creating more storage.  That is life

Friday
Jan042019

all the small things

The last few days have been about all the small things that need to be done.  Small things that end up taking time and energy.  More then are expected in the major scheme of things.

I am loving the bed.  But, the sheets would not stay on it.  I would wake up every morning to having them untucked.  I had polyurethaned the top to protect the wood and the mattress but it meant the sheets and mattress pad just wanted to slide right off.  So this morning I used some spray adhesive to glue felt to it.  I am going to see if that does the trick.  

The plumbers were here on New Years Day.  Things that needed fixing were fixed wonderfully.  I filled the bread bowl with water to clean it and it is the first time in over twenty years that I did not have to tilt it because of the wonderful new faucet.  But I realized I need to clean out under the sink.  So I did.  Three trash bags later of stuff and used cleaning supplies and it is done. 

The cabinet under the sink looks wonderful!  But it does make me realize that I truly need to change the counter.  But I have known that for over fifteen years.  My first thought was "I can do that!" and I know I can.  It will just be will I chose too.

I have started in on the piles that are left from moving the Tall Short Person and Koda Bear into the house.  It really took this long just because of not being able to reach it.  But I have a complete pile gone.  I still work on storage and as I do, I am going through things.  The donation and sell piles are going to grow. I just have that feeling.

Now, my hands just need to feel rested and creating will start again.  And energy.  Energy for creating because right now it has been focused on organizing and cleaning.  Which are not bad things.  It does help the creating in the end.  I just have withdrawals!  And the pictures are pretty boring!