Wednesday, 25 February 2015

WOYWW 299

So much of my week has been taken up with social media - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ - helping to raise awareness of Fibromyalgia.  It is the International Awareness Day on 12th May and I am starting an Etsy shop to sell items made by Fibro sufferers and their supporters.  If anyone would like to contribute, get in touch.  Anything is welcome - as long as there is purple and butterflies somewhere on it.

Now I put my crafty blogging hat on and join in (very late) with the wonderful weekly tour around so many wonderful crafty workspaces.  If you want to join in, take a trip over to Julia's Stamping Ground.  As you can see from this blog title, we have very nearly reached the milestone of 300 weeks.  I have not been involved from the beginning!

I am showing off my latest finished needle felting project - the rabbit which you saw last week.  He (yes, he likes purple and pink!) has clothes now - and arms.  I am going to add some fluffy eyebrows, as I think that he would suit them.



In my craft room I am finishing off getting 20 cards ready for a NSPCC event - just need to sort out envies and poly bags. 

I will take a late tour around now. 

Happy WOYWW to everyone.

Ali x

Friday, 20 February 2015

My new purple friend

I have a new friend who spends nearly 24 hours a day with me.  This new friend is my purple Garmin vivofit wristband, which Rich bought me for Xmas.  I had been interested to have one, so that I could see exactly how active I am during the day and also track my sleep patterns.



There are plenty of general reviews about how comfortable it is, how easy it is to set up etc - but I will concentrate on the specific values to those with a chronic health condition.

It is very interesting to see how much deep sleep I have had each night - or how little deep sleep often in my case!  I can edit it in the morning to show my waking mood - and so far I have had the blue face (OK) for 83.3% of the nights and 16.7% for the red face (bad).  There are no green faces (great)!

As is normally the case with Fibromyalgia (if there is a normal ?!), there is no clear correlation (I did Statistics at O Level - back in 1987!) between how I sleep at night and my activity the day before, or how the next day is affected.  I have noticed that in the past week I seem to have gone back to my old habit of less sleep at night and waking early with increased pain (28.6% bad waking mood in the past week), and checking on my activity (which is the number of steps I take) I see that I am moving more.  I wonder whether this is because the days are getting longer - so I am spending more time outside on the yard and also walking the dogs.  

Week commencing 26th January - 81,903 steps.
2nd February - 84,972 steps.
9th February - 95,137 steps.
Already this week I have done over 70,000 steps.

Yes, I have Fibromyalgia - and I still move a lot!  With the ponies/donkey, dogs, big house and a generally active mind (that means I do not want to sit and watch Jeremy Kyle!), even with regular rests I am still  covering many miles each week (around 6 miles per day).

I complain all the time about winter and how it increases my pain/stiffness, but perhaps it is actually the time when I spend more time indoors and rest my body, and therefore I sleep better at night?  It is still winter, but the lighter evenings mean that I am enjoying being outside sorting out the animals and I will generally potter about finding jobs to do.  I don't always experience more pain/fatigue because of this, but it may affect my sleep patterns.

Who knows??!!



I will continue to monitor and assess whether there are any patterns.  However, my main aim is to get more and better quality sleep, so I will be turning off this laptop soon and getting to bed at a reasonable time.

If any of my readers have a wristband tracker-thingy, let me know how you are getting on with it - and whether you have seen any patterns between your activity and sleep.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

WOYWW 298

Another mid-week is upon us, and I am actually sitting down with my laptop and getting some blogging done.  You would think that with not working or having any kids I would have plenty of spare time, but it doesn't seem to work out that way.

What is On Your Workdesk Wednesday is a special occasion when crafters from all over the world show off their workspaces.  You can join in at Julia's Stamping Ground.

I did manage to do some papercrafting yesterday (I am making cards for family and also for an NSPCC sale), but my old body is not up to dragging up the stairs to take a photo of my desk, so my other work area (the sofa) will have to do!  I am still very addicted to needle felting.  I finished my first project, Darren the Daxie - and now I am working on a cute rabbit.

Here is the sofa before I sit on it -


(The fab Wool Buddies book - I highly recommend this.  Lots of projects and tips.   Tape measure, finger guard, felt pad ...)

Here is Darren -


(A bit fuzzy and wobbly - but so cute.)

Here is the start of my rabbit -

 
I hope that everyone is well.  I will be touring around a few blogs later.
 
Ali x