Saturday, 30 August 2014

Another curve and something different.....

This journey of mine has thrown another curve at me. I was doing OK on my meds but still having some anxiety issues so my GP decided to increase them slightly - bad move with hindsight. I must admit I was really keen as I felt that extra "bit" would be enough to make the anxiety manageable and get me back to work.
What the extra "bit" has done is really mess up my sleep... really, really weird dreams when I do sleep and an awful lot of waking up.

Made me extremely photosensitive - I've always burned really easily (fair English skin) and had to take care but I'm burning in the middle of winter with no direct sun, any exposed skin just cooks. Not sure how long this will last for now I'm off those meds - I'm hoping it will reverse to how I was (that was manageable with hats, sunscreen etc.).

I'm now "inbetween" meds which certainly isn't helping but I start the new ones tomorrow evening and it's supposed to help with sleep and only take 2 weeks to begin to work which in itself is much better than the others I've tried. I have a case conference on Mon with my GP and rehab consultant - the plan was to start to return to work in the very near future but as I've changed meds who knows...

I'm struggling with sewing at the moment - I quickly make mistakes which is my cue to stop so a friend suggested beading. I've given it a go and made a dragonfly. 

Not sure it's really me as it doesn't touch my soul quite like stitching and quilting do but it's quite methodical and mistakes can be easily fixed. The plan is to attach it to a metal rod and put it in the garden.

Going to have a go at making some Christmas Trees from buttons next (found lots of inspiration on Pinterest) and I do have a passion for buttons.......

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Beautiful morning ....

Thought I'd share this beautiful morning while waiting for the school bus with DD2 and mad Milly...

It really is a great place to live.  A Willy Wagtail followed us this morning but he was too quick for me to get a photo. 

Going to school now with DD1 - Yr11 subject selections for 2015 eek where did those years go....

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Very frustrating FNSI...........

Well I was all set to go for FNSI but my machine had other ideas!!! I had two blocks all cut out ready for my August partners; chocolate ready as my reward but I didn't get very far...

I unthreaded, unscrewed, untangled, cleaned and put it all back together again 3 times before I decided I wasn't meant to do a lot of sewing on Friday. Didn't get back to it Saturday (bought a new mattress but that's another tale), Sunday ran around after DD's, yesterday just got away with me so this morning I decided I'd try one last time before getting the old machine out... I threatened her (Molly Machine) that she would be going in the cupboard and Old Jen Janome would be replacing her. It worked - my blocks are done and ready to post ........ 

Now I'm going to see how successful everyone else was............

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Busy weekend.....

A busy weekend in this neck of the woods... An early start to Saturday out by 06:30 am to collect admission donations at a local netball carnival for our scout group only to find we'd been given the wrong information and it was only on on Sunday (1 scout and 1 venturer not too happy in the car - we tried to get a hot drink in Macca's on the way home but a full bus had arrived just before us!!). Scout and Venturer returned home (both went back to bed - as you do when you're a teenager). 

What to do with the rest of the day?? DH and I found a local quilt show to visit - some amazing quilts and I was really good no fabric brought home..

This one was my favourite - 

or may be this - 

no this defintiely....

What better to follow looking at quilts for a while but to go out for lunch. A scrumptious meal including dessert we didn't need but couldn't not have (sorry no pics didn't think of that at the time). Lastly we went and bought 5 new girls - all ISA browns and very friendly (photos to follow of them - Henny, Penny, Jenny, Lola and Edith! DD2 chose the names).

Sunday was spent planting trees - we planted 1000 and this was the last of them woo hoo (3000 in total). This was another fundraiser for our scout group that's created a bird corridor. Can't wait to go back in the future to see how it grows. 

A beautiful day (only I could get sunburnt in SA in August and I was wearing a hat). The landholder leases some of his land to a "Wombat Rescue Group" one of the volunteers brought out Joy and Poppy to meet us. Little Poppy had been completely hand reared; she's now 12 months old and doing really well. Joy is 3 and has ongoing chest infections which limit her growth (she's about 1/2 the size she should be).

Yesterday an exchange student arrived for 2 weeks (only found out last Wednesday - the school was let down at the last minute by 3 families). She's a lovely girl from Tokyo with reasonable English skills - she can understand both girls but my accent throws her a bit - more on this later in the week.