Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I kind of tend to forget that my blog posts appear on a group post with other bloggers who have MS. Would I prefer to forget this disease? Damned straight. And, much of the time I'm able to push it to the bottom of the list of things that bug me. Which is wonderful because it plagued me big time for the better part of two decades. Now, I wasn't as sick as many people but I was a whole lot sicker than many others. My eyes crossed on their own, my face hurt, I lost my sight many times. The fatigue was so bad at times, I'd have to be driven home from work and head straight to bed. When my legs were affected, they felt as heavy as the legs on my dining room table. And when I needed to bring my cane with meto work, that spelled the end of my career. In Human Resources. I know..I could have brought a discrimination suit against them. But I was fed up with my boss and the nasty "corporate" atmosphere at work anyway and had a young stepson who needed me at home. What about now, almost 30 years after I was diagnosed? Most of the time, I eat way better than the average American. I don't mix Cheerios with Lucky Charms because, for the most part, I don't eat wheat, or oats or any grain at all. I try not to eat sugar except on special occasions. I've used no fat to cook except butter or olive oil for almost 15 years. Now I mostly use coconut oil. I eat beef (finally found some grass-fed that I can access easily), organic chicken, wild caught salmon. I put my pasta sauce on spaghetti squash instead of macaroni. I eat plenty of vegetables (not corn) raw and cooked and I treat myself to a light beer with my husband every evening before dinner. I exercise at my local YMCA doing their water workout. I got orthotics which helped my balance (we work on balance at the end of the water workout also - it is helping a lot). I try to get 7 or 8 hours of sleep. I cheat (ice cream!) once in a while and my digestive tract lets me know later on. I don't know how much my life style affects the MS. I haven't noticed a direct correlation. I do know that I didn't get any worse when I stopped taking the Avonex, then the Betaseron injections. After I stopped taking them (mostly because they were so constipating) I had a few years of IBS before I got my gut flora straightened out. I think the meds caused the IBS. I don't advise anyone to stop their medication. I just know that, for now, I'm holding my own without it - against my own doctor's advice.
Friday, August 22, 2014
A happy accident took over my little garden. It's so light I'm guessing it's a white pumpkin. I think if it were going to be orange, it would be greener. I'm guessing since I've never planted pumpkins.
I did, however, plant sunflowers last year. I dried the heads and popped them on the fence posts for the birds. A few came up and I moved two of them where passersby could see their faces.
An extra patio tomato plant ended up in the herb garden with the Echinaceas.
My first hand-spun skein of Merino wool. I think it's going to be a little toy.
Blue faced Leicester and silk My first real attempt at spindle spinning. A little thick and not too soft but very shiny, nonetheless. I love summer colors.
Friday, August 15, 2014
It's not just the colors, the fragrances and long, warm evenings that make me happy. It's that we don't need an excuse to play together in the summer. The food is easier to prepare and everybody's ready to bring something to share. The clean-up's a breeze. The kitchen that I love dearly, stays clean and cool - the oven's off for now. I'm harvesting and freezing big plump blackberries to use when this summer's just a sweet memory.