Look at that beautiful Lily! Everyday there seems to be something new in the garden. It's constantly changing. I try to take a walk through the house daily, so I can look out the windows and see the different parts of our garden, it doesn't always happen, but it's a goal. And I've been careful to stay out of direct sunlight, shading my eyes better this week, after my sun-induced crash recently.
I've spent much of this week in the dark after some unforseen circumstances at the end of last week caused a flare. Ma brought some beautiful flowers in while I was not doing so well. Having fresh flowers from our own garden in my room is such a treat, especially when I can't get out of the house regularly. I did however finally get out into the garden later in the week. So much colour, such a joy!
Most people with chronic illness have experienced anxiety or panic at some point. It's not always a condition on it's own, but commonly is a symptom of other illnesses that affect the autonomic nervous system. There are many ways to reduce anxiety and stress, but today I will be sharing a fun and creative craft project that will help you restore calm to your world - the Twiddle Muff!
If you've ever met somebody with mental health or even chronic pain conditions, you have likely noticed that they tend to have habits like fidgeting or making repetitive movements or sounds. These actions are called stimming, they are an automatic response to stress or pain and they have a specific purpose. A Twiddle Muff can be a great tool in helping with this need.
After moving to our new house last week, we hung our first bird feeder out on Monday and waited (im)patiently for the birds to come eat, but they didn't. No birds to be seen at all. We were disappointed, but I knew that they would come - they just had to discover the spread first.
After days of silence and stillness in the garden, on Wednesday morning a brave little birdie came hopping along the fence to inspect the spread. He was very nervous and dashed away at the slightest noise or movement.
He came back though. A few times throughout the day. And then he brought a friend.
Welcome to our garden! We have just moved into a lovely new house and this one has a garden! I am beyond excited about being able to see the gorgeous views of nature from different windows around the house. I have always enjoyed bird-watching and nature walks, so this is an incredible joy for me.
We hope to learn more about the inhabitants of our garden, and do our part to support them and protect them year round. I will find and share beautiful photos of them and collect interesting facts about them for future reference.
I've completed my second knitting project! So pleased with this one. It was so much fun knitting it too. It's a kit called "Bianca" in such rich Autumn colours. I completed it last night and this morning, once my headache subsided, I added the fringe. Between the dozing off, that is.
Terrible flare this past week, absolutely floored. Muscle pain all over, exhaustion, headaches, joint pains, and this overpowering sleepiness (different to the exhaustion) - all more than usual. But it's done!