Monday, 8 December 2014

Fibromyalgia .................

I am not sure whether I have ever typed a specific blog post about my Fibromyalgia (I nearly missed out the 'my' part, but then remembered that Fibro is different for everyone).  Fibro Fog (one of my many symptoms, and which seems to be getting worse) is very 'foggy' this morning and I haven't got the energy either to do a few clicks and look at my list of blog posts.

Why now?

In my strange and ever-changing life I generally just find myself doing something.  They say that there is a reason for everything, but I have learnt to stop searching for reasons.

In fact trying to find a reason for pain is like trying to find a snowflake in a blizzard.  (I was going to do a lovely piece of digital artwork with these words - but it is definitely too early in the morning.  I may well include something one day not too far away, I hope!)

Am I having a flare because of travel, because of having visitors in the house, or because of a trip to the supermarket ..... ?  No one can answer those questions, except for the truth I now know - Pain has no reason.

Fibromyalgia is a nightmare I cannot wake up from.  I am sitting at my desk early on a cold and dark morning, attempting to read the very interesting blogs on my screen.  My sight varies a lot and early mornings do not help.  It is a struggle to focus, the words are blurred and fatigue makes my eyes water.  The answer right now should be to go back to bed and sleep more, but the pain in my lower back that forced me out of bed at around 5 am will certainly return as soon as I lie down.  I have given up on the reading (there are always a few websites open waiting for me to return soon) and this blog post popped into my head.

I should be wrapping Xmas presents or making the final card on my list (for my wonderful husband).  Both of those activities will have to wait.  They will wait until my pain lessens and my brain allows me to consider doing something that is not vital (I struggle to keep myself, hubby, animals and household cared for - so 'fun' stuff like crafting, wrapping gifts and clearing the leaves from the garden have to wait until the clouds of Fibromyalgia lift and let some sunshine through).

I cannot offer a blog post that includes links to research, useful coping skills or indeed anything of much use, except that I can offer support and understanding. 

YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO SITS IN FRONT OF THEIR COMPUTER FAR TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING.

Gentle hugs, Ali x

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

WOYWW 286 - Crafting again!

Happy What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday everyone.  Pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground to join in with the party.

I am late here today.  The day did not start well, waking up at 3.20 am with cramp in my legs - and the pain would not let me sleep after that.  I did catch up with lots of tv though, and the cat enjoyed my company on the sofa.  I am understandably a bit slow today, getting through my usual animal care/housework whilst waiting for more parcels to be delivered.  For the past few years I have done most of my present shopping on the internet - so much easier when we live 10 miles away from the nearest shopping and I struggle with driving now.  It does mean that we get a lot of courier vans making their way down our narrow lanes - apologies to the local horseriders and cyclists!

The good news is that my craft room is back up and running.  I made 2 simple Xmas cards this morning - just printed off a sheet of fab Pollyanna Pickering toppers (the Jack Russell and donkey look just like my Buzz & Doris!) and using various bits of card from my Xmas Stash Box.  My big intentions to make fancy cards for a lot of family and friends will, as usual, be put to one side for another year.  Not enough energy or inspiration, sorry!


This is my work area right in front of my pc screen.  Some crafty essentials - Collall glue, tape pen, scissors, ruler.  Many other miscellaneous items - pot of pens, calculator, Reiki verse, good luck charm from Lanzarote, business card box etc, etc.

I will be doing some blog-hopping for the rest of the day, inbetween taking the dogs out in the field again, feeding/medicating/mucking out ponies/donkey, attempting to cook some sort of meal this evening and I may even end up in my craft room for a while again.

Ali x

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

WOYWW 285

Hello to everyone on this windy Wednesday.  Life has been busy for me for the past 2 weeks - plus a nasty cold struck me down, and I am still suffering now.  My craft room is almost empty.  The main rear wall had to be replastered - and the painter is in there now putting colour back on the wall.  As usual for me, everything is last minute.  We have family coming to stay tomorrow, and the contents of my craft room are currently in the spare room!  There will be a lot of moving around later.  Wish me luck! 

Looking on the positive side, it does give me the push to really sort out what I HAVE to keep and what can go (whether to be sold or given to the charity shop).

I found myself watching a calligraphy show on Create & Craft last week - and several items fell into my flexi-basket.  This includes some gorgeous wax sealing stash, and I plan to decorate Xmas gifts/envelopes with these.  Will show some of the results next week.

Here is my empty craft room.


If you would like to find out more about WOYWW (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), go over to Julia's Stamping Ground

I am off now to tour around a few of your blogs.

Ali x

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

WOYWW 283

Late again today, but got my mum staying for a few days - and the sun is shining for the first time in a while, so we took the dogs down to the beach.

For those who are wondering what WOYWW stands for (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday) and would like to join in with this weekly tour around craft desks, take a jog over to Julia's http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/

My actual desk this week has nothing much on it.  The Xmas card production line has ground to a halt.  Therefore, I am showing the cushion I finally finished this week.  My first 'proper' project with my sewing machine.  I discovered Craftsy, which has so many wonderful classes.  I have signed up for a few - some of which are free.


You may think that it is just a simple square cushion - but it has French seams!!  Yes, I did not know what these were either!  I have learnt so many useful skills with this first project, and I am starting to work through the preparation work for the next project - a skirt (I hyperventilate at the thought).

I am sure that many of you will be off to the NEC this week.  I so wish that I could get there.  I look forward to seeing pictures of purchased stash next week.

Ali x

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

WOYWW 282

Another week has gone by and my promise to myself to blog more often has not been realised - again!  Oh well, at least I am here a bit earlier this week.

If you want to know more about What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, go over to Julia's Stamping Ground and join in with the fun.

I have managed to do some crafting this week - birthday and Halloween cards.  No more Christmas designs unfortunately.  Of course I will be regretting it next month when I am rushing to get them done! 

My craft room has been turned upside down, put back together and now it turns out that the builders need to replaster the entire back wall, so again everything will be in turmoil.  I am looking forward to finally getting everything in its place and be able to sew, in particular, as my sewing machine table is pushed up against my other desks at the moment.

My photos show one of my new purchases - been wanting/needing an A3 guillotine for ages and when I saw it on Create & Craft at a discounted price, it just had to be ordered - and also my messy main desk.  You can see a finished birthday card waiting to go in the envelope, 2 Halloween packages ready for the postlady, a fab new photography software suite, all of my washi tapes have decided to jump around the desk and various other 'things'.



I hope that everyone is having a good week.  It is a F1 weekend coming up (Texas), so I will be able to sit with my laptop and get some more blog posts written.  I hope that you come back and have a read.

Ali x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WOYWW 281

What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday is nearly over, but I told myself that I would join in, so here I am.  Was meant to get in my craft room early this morning, but overslept (a very rare occurrence for me) and then we went out shopping for most of the day.  I bought a fab crafty item from T K Maxx, so I hope you will excuse my absence.

Here is my desk -

 
 
I started seriously making Xmas cards yesterday.  Finished the cute Yorkie design (the others in the pile are left over from last year - need inserts) and printed out a sheet of fab donkey/Jack Russell toppers to make some more.  You can see the 2015 diary/planner which I bought today, and the scrapbooking/journaling kit.  My collection of washi tape is stacked up at the back - any ideas on a cheap way of storing them?  The calendar is produced by a Facebook friend who has a gorgeous family of Chihuahuas.  If you are a fan of the breed, then let me know and I will give you her contact details.
 
If you have no idea of what WOYWW is, click on this link http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/.  All will be explained and you can join in with this weekly tour around the world's craft desks.  

In the next week I will be making more Xmas cards, birthday cards (why are so many people born in October and November?), actually dusting down my sewing machine and finishing a cushion that I started ages ago, and my craft room should be painted (just one wall, but still need to empty out a wardrobe that I store my CDs in).

One of my dogs has a part-time job now - helping out with training courses for people with learning difficulties/mental health problems etc - so I chauffeur him on those days - and I will be starting my new paid work, Internal Verifier for the same organisation.  Should be only a few days work every month, so I hope that my annoying body will allow me to earn the much-needed extra income. One of my ponies has been diagnosed with PPID, which means daily medication for life - approx. 80 pence per day. 

I will get this published now, promise to be back soon, and will then go and have a nosey around some more blogs. 

Ali x

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

WOYWW 274

I'm back!  Life has been keeping me away from blogging.  There really aren't enough hours in the day - and I certainly do not have enough energy to get through all that I want to do.  I hope that all the lovely crafty bloggers are well and happy.  I will have a tour around this week to catch up on your news.


I cannot imagine there are many people left on this planet who do not know what WOYWW means, but if you do need more information go over to http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/


Crafting has not featured a great deal in my daily life  'vgbgbgb' (just typed by Milky the cat!).  The cushion cover I had started on a while ago is still sitting on my 'cutting table' and any birthday cards for family/friends have been quick digital designs.  I am about to start my first decoupage project - this 'tea bag box'.


I created a nice main design (to go inside the lid where it won't get too knocked about) with my Silhouette Cameo - and the rest of it will be decorated with a random selection of papers.  The nice shiny new bottles of Mod Podge are waiting to be opened.  I think I will need to consult YouTube to ensure that I have some idea of what I am doing!


Something exciting has happened this week - and got my writing juices flowing again.  I saw a request on Facebook for writers for the Positivity in Pain blog.  Decided that it would not do any harm to send an application in, and received my invite yesterday.  I am an expert at the difficult process of remaining positive whilst enduring constant pain, and have a constant stream of new ideas to research and write about.  Being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Hyper Mobility Syndrome, then developing Hip Bursitis - and having Psoriasis since early childhood - has torn my life apart (and many of the dreams I had), but I am now rebuilding myself and there are so many new aspects which are positive side effects of my health. 


Crafting is a huge part of my new life.  If I had been able to continue with horseriding, running etc, then I would not have time for my craft room - ' ... silver lining ...'


I will not promise to be here every week - but borrowing hubby's tablet has enabled me to type this whilst catching up with some tv.  So much easier and quicker than using my smart phone. 


Ali x







Thursday, 26 June 2014

Christmas 2014 has started!

I have been thinking about starting my Xmas cards for 2014 for a while, but it took a post on Facebook from CraftyHazelnut and the arrival of my new Bebunni Christmas Papercrafting CD-Rom to get me going.

I cannot even remember when I last entered a challenge - so forgive me if I am a bit rusty.

I dragged my Xmas Stash Box out of the wardrobe - every year I forget how heavy it is (and I have cleared a lot out!) - and put together this simple card.

The card used is from Kanban (both snowflake designs and the gorgeous dark grey), topper is a Bebunni 'fabric' design (the edges are faded to suit printing onto fabric), the sentiment is from a Hunkydory diecut topper sheet, and the fabric brad is from Wilkinsons (they are such a great place for some Xmas stash).  I will design an insert closer to the date to suit the recipient.

I enter this into -

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge #182 - Include a building or part of a building

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes

Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - #222, Christmas







Sunday, 25 May 2014

Stiff and sore

That little title of this blog post really describes how I feel most of the time.  I have Fibromyalgia and Hyper-Mobility Syndrome, and hip pain which has been diagnosed as Bursitis, but may well 'just' be a symptom of either/both of the first two!

I used to wake early every day, but in the past few months have been able to stay in bed until a more reasonable hour - until today, when I woke at 5 am as usual but the pain/stiffness was too much to bear and I have even taken a painkiller to make things more blurred and fuzzy.  Painkillers also used to be a regular part of every day, but since I changed my diet and started taking an assortment of supplements I am mainly coping with just one (or even none) per day.  Oh well, no one is counting, except for me!

This morning has been productive for me so far, sort of.  Yes, there has been time 'wasted' on Facebook - for some reason many of my 'friends' and family look down on Facebook.  Their lives are just too busy and full with 'real friends' to come down to my level.  A level where we live in an isolated location, where my day is full of pain/fatigue, where I have lived in over 20 different homes and, therefore, never really made the sort of friendships where I get invited to endless weddings, where I keep myself busy with my animals/housework/crafting/internet - and to tell you the truth, I have always been a sociable loner (I can chat for ever with people I want to chat to and I used to be the woman who was the first on the dance floor!) and would quite happily become a hermit.  Facebook - and my blogging friends - are good.  I can be nosy about other peoples' lives, but 'defriend' them if they share something horrible/have views that I cannot tolerate.  I laugh and cry, and all from the comfort of my own home.

I typed a letter to a new penfriend this morning - a lady on one of the Fibromyalgia Facebook groups.  I used to have lots of penfriends, and there are 2 more who are writing to me - so I look forward to receiving Happy Post.  If anyone would like to share 'snail mail', then just get in touch.

Most of my blog posts have been regarding crafting - or sharing the renovation of our farmhouse http://lowertancredston.blogspot.co.uk/ - and, therefore, there has been photos.

I will add a random photo so that you have something to look at apart from my early morning rambling.


Gorgeous bluebells in a local wood

I discovered a really interesting blog this morning.  Go and take a look - http://zenhabits.net/

Ali x

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

WOYWW 259

Happy Wednesday to everyone.  It is bright and sunny here, and I am finally dragging myself away from Facebook to get this typed.

If anyone needs further details on What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday, take a little trip over to Stamping Ground.

Most of my craft room is looking very messy and neglected.  Not much crafting has happened in the past week and I really need to spend some time sorting out the piles of magazines etc, etc. 

My photo shows the sewing part of my life currently.  My very first project - a simple bag - and a cushion cover that is almost finished.  I purchased an online course through Craftsy.com, and next I have to attempt a skirt!!!  I get very breathless at the thought - but the tutor insists that anyone can do it, so I will watch the videos over and over, and give it a go.  Wish me luck!


Thank you to those you sent me a message re. the sudden death of my friend last week.  Her funeral is today.  It was undetected heart disease that took her away from her family far too young.  She leaves young twin girls without their mum.  Has made me really think about living life to the full - and after thinking about it for ages, we are making steps to purchase a new van to convert into a camping vehicle.  It will be used for my hubby for his mountain biking events, and also we can enjoy trips away with the dogs.

Hope that everyone is well and happy.

Ali x

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

WOYWW 258

I knew I had not blogged for ages, but shocked to see it was actually 2nd April!   I have missed catching up weekly on a Wednesday.   What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday was started nearly 5 years ago and you can see more details at Stamping Ground

I am hugely late with this post, but decided that if I am going to start blogging again, I need to just get on with it.   I do not have a photo of my desks,  but I can show you a box card I made for my stepdaughter's 21st birthday.

Life has been all over the place recently,  with health issues, attempting to cope with the housework/animal care etc and fitting in some crafting.   I am doing more sewing - will do a separate blog post soon,  and a bit of Cardmaking.

Had a terrible shock yesterday - a friend was found dead unexpectedly.   She was only my age and has left a husband and their very young twin daughters.  Such a tragedy.   RIP Wendy.

Here is the card


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

WOYWW 252

Good morning everyone, wherever you are in the world.  It is around 7 am here in Pembrokeshire - and raining.  The rain was not forecast until around 10 am, but when I went to bed last night I heard rain on the window - and there have been heavy showers all night.  Very annoying when I left the ponies out on an area that gets muddy quickly, thinking I had time to get them in this morning before the rain arrived!

For WOYWW-novices, please go to Julia's Stamping Ground for all the information you need.

This will be a quick post.  We have been away with the caravan since Sunday - and I have my first dog training session at lunchtime - and my Mum arrives for a visit tomorrow - so even more to do than usual (Ali - take a breath!).  I also have a long To Do List for crafting - but that will have to wait until Monday.

My photo this week shows my very first sewing project almost completed.  I did finish the handles, and then got on and made the external part of the bag.  That is pinned together, ready to get the lining sewed.  If I had a spare hour, then it would be finished today - perhaps later?!  BTW - do not adjust your screen settings, the fabric is really that bright!  It is a My Minds Eye kit - and after struggling to get to grips with the written instructions, I realised there was a link for videos.  So much easier to follow, and I am glad I have subscribed to an online tutorial course for my next 2 projects (an envelope cushion and a pencil skirt).  I will eventually do a separate blog post with further details - sorry to those who have asked about it.




Happy WOYWW to those I do not manage to visit this week.

Ali x

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

WOYWW 251

I am ashamed to see that I have not blogged since 26th February - I used to type something most days, but I think the 'Time Fairy' has come into our home and stolen lots of time (or perhaps it is because I have been putting me and my health first, and not doing so much)!

For further details on what WOYWW means and how to join in, go to Julia's fab and bright yellow-spotty blog, Stamping Ground.

My photos this week show my new addiction - sewing!  I have had my machine for well over a year, but had hardly touched it - from fear of the unknown mainly.  I kept saying to myself that I would get the instruction book out and have a play - and finally this actually happened.  I found a bag kit that I had in my stash and so far have done about 50% of the handles.  Was forced to stop when I realised that I needed to be set up with the basic equipment - iron (£5 from Morrisons), ironing board (old one still down in our boiler room), rotary cutter/cutting mat/ruler (great prices and choices over at http://www.minervacrafts.com/).

I plan to get the handles finished later (I was going to say if I manage to get the planned housework done and also have papercrafting to do - but I need to be positive and say the handles WILL BE STITCHED!) and may even start on the main part of the bag.  All very simple, I know, but all good practice on using my machine and the many varied techniques involved.

I will do a separate post soon on the online course I have purchased - where I make a cushion and a SKIRT (yes, the tutor promises that I will have a skirt made by the end of the course).  Again, positive thinking required - and I hope that the family sewing skills (both my mum and younger sister are very skilled) are somewhere hidden in my genes. 

Papercrafting has also been a big part of my recent life.  I made my 2nd parchment craft card, journaling continues, digital scrapbooking, using my new Ebosser and made some Mothers Day gifts for my mum.  I also have some foiling products to review for the Docrafts Creativity magazine.

The BIG CRAFT ROOM CLEAROUT continues - with sewing/cross stitching/yarn supplies to be sorted.

Hope that everyone is ok.  I have been reading a few blogs when I have a spare few minutes.

Happy WOYWW.

Ali x

Ah yes - must attach photos!

 
Snazzy purple cutting mat and ruler - and fairly
tidy desk areas (look at the sunshine so early in the morning!)
 

 
My little sewing machine table.  The stripy things
are the partly-finished handles for my very first bag.



Wednesday, 26 February 2014

WOYWW 247 - I am back

I cannot remember whether I only missed one week of 'What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday' (see Stamping Ground for more details), but it seems like ages since I joined in with our favourite tour/snoop of crafty workspaces. 

Life has been full of attempting to sell excess craft stash from my over-full craft room.  A lot has gone (but there is still more, so get in touch if you would like anything - got lots of Kanban cardstock and topper sheets, a few stamps, a whole of box of Xmas stash etc, etc, etc!), but I am now just listing the bigger items on Ebay (Inkadinkado Stamping Gear packs at the moment) rather than wasting my valuable time on Facebook. 

My craft room is a lot clearer now and I can start to concentrate on cardmaking for family/friends/charity, getting my sewing machine in use again (joined a monthly club where they send me the materials for a project with instructions - go to http://www.seamstar.co.uk/craft_club.php), scrapbooking (I start a fortnightly workshop at a local craft shop on Friday), journaling, and continuing my quest to learn new craft techniques (at the moment that includes parchment craft, paper cutting and also got a magazine with quilling to try).  Busy, busy, busy!

Blogging has taken a back step, but I will try to do regular posts of what is going on in my life.  My health has improved 'sort of', with painkillers being taken rarely rather than several times per day.  However, my hip is the issue, flaring up if I try to do too much, which is not enough in my thoughts!  Very frustrating when the weather is improving and I want to be out training my pony, walking the dogs and getting on with jobs around the house/yard.  Oh well, at least I get to spend time in my craft room 'resting'. 

I will have a good read of other blogs later - another excuse to 'rest', but hope that everyone is well and happy.

My photos this week show a really cute origami dog card I attempted for the first time (you can get the download from https://www.printableheaven.com/) and also my little collection of crafty books.




The other big piece of crafty news is that I treated myself to an Ebosser (after my little Sizzix machine proved too small for a project yet again).  It is waiting patiently to be unpacked and a permanent home found for it where it will be convenient for me to use it.  I love new gadgets!

Ali x

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

WOYWW 244

Firstly, I hope that everyone around the world is surviving the horrible weather.  Here, in Pembrokeshire, we have had a bus knocked off a local road by a huge wave (the jury is out as to whether that bus driver should have attempted the road!), several roads closed due to flooding and our daily lives on the farm made more difficult by strong winds/rain most days.  Spring seems a long way away - was watching 'Escape to the Country' last night, filmed in June, and it was hot and sunny - what a dream!!  Moving to Lanzarote or Spain seems more attractive by the day.  Anyone else want to join me?

Secondly, What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday is explained and the linky thing provided over at Julia's Stamping Ground

My photo this week shows what Create & Craft delivered to me yesterday - some very useful additions to the stash for my new addiction, Parchment Crafting!  A selection of embossing and piercing tools, a piercing mat and a selection of printed parchment - whoops, just realised they call it 'perforating' - note to self: must get the 'lingo' correct!

I am also 'busy' creating a selection of Valentine cards.  No, I do not have lots of secret lovers, but I have had some orders for cards - and I am making a few so that each person can select the one they like best.  So difficult to make a card for such a personal occasion, when the brief is 'cute, but not too cute'.


Well, I must leave my cosy craft room now and head downstairs to continue the morning routine, before dressing in several layers to go outside and feed/muck out ponies etc.

I have started 'juicing' and really enjoying my liquid creations, plus my health is continuing to improve, with no painkillers at all taken yesterday.  If I am like this now with the cold and damp weather, I hope that in the summer I will be able to ride my pony again.  Everything crossed.

Happy WOYWW to everyone I do not manage to visit in the next few days.

Ali x


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

WOYWW 243

Well, I am here - but a little distracted (looking for cheap pony rugs on Ebay!).   Was absent last week, as we went away for a few days on Thursday and had the usual extra stuff to deal with before we escaped!  We didn't go far - stayed at a couple of hotels west of Cardiff, including Cowbridge (our first visit and loved it there).  One day was spent exploring the Cardiff shops (well, some of them, we mainly stayed inside the shopping centre) and a rare trip to the cinema (Wolf on Wall Street).  I was so proud that I managed to walk around a lot and cope with eating out, mainly without painkillers.

For anyone who does not know what WOYWW is (What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday), take a look at Julia's Stamping Ground.

Some crafting has occurred in my craft room, but not a lot.   After my husband's first grandchild was born early on Sunday (Lily, 8 lb), I had to rush to make a card when we returned from Cardiff on Sunday evening.  Yes, should have been organised and had one ready, but one of the new Bebunni CD-Roms saved the day and I made a super-cute card in record time.



This is my main desk this morning - all of the usual essentials (I keep saying I am going to clear my desk, but then I realise I love having all of this stuff in front of me!) and some printed/cut out extras for creating a few cards.





This week will see me getting Valentine cards finished, attempting some parchment craft for the first time and getting on with my journals.

Hope everyone is well and happy.

Ali x

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Final Thrive update - and not a happy ending

My Thrive reviews are still proving really popular - over 50 reads per day - so I wanted to let you know that I mainly blog over at Seek Guidance now and also have my Tarot business website - Tarot Farm

Well, I was so excited reading all of the wonderful testimonials about Thrive and really hoped that I could have a similar positive experience.  However, as usual for me and my strange body, it has not worked out - in fact the capsules gave me some nasty side effects, which were getting worse.  Therefore, this morning, I have not taken any - and my large orange box is now available to anyone else who would like to try the system.  Already feeling more human.

I am glad that I did give it a go.  I am always a 'glass half full' sort of person and having Fibromyalgia/Hyper Mobility Syndrome/Hip Bursitis/Psoriasis (and the myriad of nasty symptoms that come with these) is turning me into someone who is constantly searching for the help that is not available from the doctors.

I had already changed the way I ate most of the time last year (Food Combining), which reduced my IBS a lot, but after indulging over Xmas on 'normal' food (ie processed, sugars, grains .....) I was suffering again, and there was no way that I was going back to the times when I avoided travel (worried that I may become truly agoraphobic).  Not sure when I first saw it, but Paleo suddenly came into my life.  I saw the sense of it, loved most of the recipes and became excited about food for the first time in ages.  Not completely there yet, but slowly the grains/sugars will disappear from my life most of the time (I will admit that there may be some weaknesses involving toast and butter occasionally, or a chocolate when offered one!).

For those who do not know what Paleo is - 

Paleo Leap
Nom Nom Paleo


Along with drinking more water, turning off tv/internet an hour before bedtime, using my 'rebounder' every day and continuing to be active (with 2 dogs, 2 ponies and various cats, plus a large house, I have no choice!), I am hoping that eating whole/nutrient dense/unprocessed food will improve my general health and eventually I will sleep more/better. 

Well, no rest for the wicked, off to try a recipe I have just seen - mash a banana up with 2 eggs and cook as a pancake - and also sort out the rubbish (we get our black bags collected fortnightly now, and TODAY IS THE DAY!!).

Hope that everyone is well and happy.

Ali x

ps   My flu bug is easing slightly and looking forward to not having a headache.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

WOYWW 241

Another cold, dark and windy Wednesday morning.  Go to Stamping Ground for more information on What is On Your Work desk Wednesday.

I continue very slowly to clear out my craft room, and have been selling on Ebay.  My photo today shows the pile of stash that I will be listing next (also on Facebook - will put a link on here).

I have had a nasty flu bug since Saturday, so no crafting has happened.  Got the 2 journals to add to, Valentine cards/gifts to make for a craft fair I am attending on 2nd February, a commission card and various swaps.  Really need to feel stronger.  With regard to that, I have been trying the Thrive supplement for 4 days.  I have been able to cope with less painkillers, but there have been some horrible side effects that were worse this morning, so giving up on it.  I will concentrate on improving my diet - focussing on Paleo.

Happy WOYWW to everyone I do not manage to visit this week.

Ali x





Monday, 13 January 2014

2nd Thrive Day

I mainly blog over at Seek Guidance now - and my Tarot business website is Tarot Farm

Well, I continued to feel like I had flu and a stomach bug yesterday.  High temperature, headache, sneezing, nausea etc.  Whether any of this was due to detox symptoms, or whether it was just a Fibro flare/bug, who knows?  The main exciting thing is that I have not taken a codeine painkiller since Saturday night!  I did take ibuprofen last night because of the high temperature.   I usually take 3 or 4 painkillers at least, so this is amazing for me.

I just took one capsule again this morning and felt light-headed again, but was ready for that.   I had the bright idea of mixing cocoa into the shake, and then managed to drink nearly 2 thirds of it.  The new patch went on easily on my other shoulder (yesterday's was still stuck securely after 24 hours).

Today I am feeling rough on and off, drinking lots of water, resting more than usual and eating regular small and plain meals (if anyone can cope with the shake as a meal replacement, then they are stronger than me!).

Will update again tomorrow.

'Chocolate' shake

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

WOYWW 240

Another Wednesday rushed towards us, and now we are all here sharing pictures of our workspaces.  Go over to Julia's Stamping Ground for more details of what WOYWW is all about and link up to join in.

This week for me is all about journaling - 2 in fact, and my very first 2 attempts.

Firstly, I have joined in with Journal 52 - where we have a weekly prompt.  The first week was 'Up, Up & Away'. 

Secondly, I discovered The Documented Life Project whilst on the very friendly Facebook group for Journal 52, and HAD to join in!  This involves taking a Moleskine planner (or any other book/format you want to use) and creating a 'tip in' (technical term!) each week.  I was late to the party, so only just received my planner - and will be catching up with the first 2 pages (Your Front Door and a Selfie) tomorrow.  It will be fun, as you can either use the planner as a planner or doodle/decorate as you wish - I plan to write some quotes in mine and doodling/tangling.


 
The mini 3 ring binder on the left is for Journal52, and I have completed both front and back covers and the first page (see below).  The purple planner is for the Documented Life Project and I hope to start on it later today.

 
 
Hope that everyone is surviving the terrible weather - both in the UK and in America.   Lets hope that spring brings some calmer days to us all.
 
Ali x

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

WOYWW 239

I am very late to the New Years Party, and was missing from the Christmas party completely!  I would have loved to join those dedicated crafters who did manage to escape to their pc/tablet/phone, but it was just me and hubby so it would have been very rude to disappear to my craft room!  This morning I found that my computer would not allow me to write a blog post, then our Internet connection was down and then I got sidetracked sorting out photos on my pc.  Oh well, better late than never.

WOYWW means What is On Your Work desk Wednesday and you can find out more at the birthplace of this weekly phenomenon, http:// stamping - ground. blogspot. co. uk

I have mainly been tidying up my craft room and will be starting to sell a lot of stash in the coming weeks.  A few digital cards have been designed and printed though.   My photos show a much clearer space for me to be busy in, and also a Parchment Craft Starter Kit I treated myself to.  I had a little go at this beautiful craft a few years ago and always wanted to try more.



Happy New Year to everyone.