Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Specialist Update

After a 6 month wait, I finally saw the rheumatologist today about my fibromyalgia. The doctor was amazing, she spent 30 minutes talking with us. She re-confirmed the fibromyalgia diagnosis + added a new diagnosis of hypermobility. She can't do much, but is asking my GP to increase one of my current meds + referring me to a pain clinic. She thinks I need a multidisciplinary treatment in order to improve. So good news and bad news as now we wait again for the referral to go through. Here's hoping the waiting list isn't 6 months long like this first one was. She thought my case was extremely severe + agrees nothing will change without the multidisciplinary treatment. Thanks for yall's prayers + support during this journey!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Prayer for Today (23-Feb-14)

Perfect Light of revelation,
as you shone in the life of Jesus,
whose epiphany we celebrate,
so shine in us and through us,
that we may become beacons of truth and compassion,
enlightening all creation with deeds of justice and mercy.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Prayer for Today (16-Feb-14)

Divine Gardener,
you give growth to our seeds
and to the towering forest trees;
you raise to abundant life that which seems dead.
Teach us to choose blessing
and life rather than death,
so that we may walk blamelessly,
seeking you
through reconciliation with all of your children.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Prayer for Today (9-Feb-14)

O God of light,
your searching Spirit reveals and illumines
your presence in creation.
Shine your radiant holiness into our lives,
that we may offer our hands and hearts to your work:
to heal and shelter,
to feed and clothe,
to break every yoke and silence evil tongues.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Prayer for Today (2-Feb-14)

God our deliverer,
you walk with the meek and the poor,
the compassionate and those who mourn,
and you call us to walk humbly with you.
When we are foolish, be our wisdom;
when we are weak, be our strength;
that, as we learn to do justice
and to love mercy,
your rule may come as blessing.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Post In Which I Check In For January 2014

I can't believe we're already a month into 2014! Where does the time go? I wanted to write this post to check in on how January went with my goals for the year.

One bit of good news that doesn't necessarily relate to my goals is that I am finally off the waiting list to see a specialist about my fibromyalgia. The appointment will be on 26-February. I'm anxiously anticipating it and hoping that we can come up with a plan to improve my health.

So, let's have a look at my 2014 goals progress:

~Keep a daily journal.
I'm doing quite well with this one. I absolutely adore the Bullet Journal system I'm using. I haven't missed a single day so far this year.

~Continue keeping a list of the eucharisteo/gifts/joys/Thanksgivings in my life.
I'm doing this in my daily journal. I just hit the 2800 number mark in the last few days.

~Read at least one non-fiction book each month of 2014.
1 ~ Girl Meets God: On the Path to a Spiritual Life by Lauren Winner ~ completed 5-January-2014
2 ~ Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life by Nancy Sleeth ~ completed 18-January-2014
3 ~ In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore ~ currently reading

~I plan to continue sharing about the creative part of my life which includes knitting, spinning, and designing patterns on a month to month basis here on my blog. Hopefully that will include sharing about designing at least six knitting patterns, knitting at least two sweaters for myself, knitting at least six pairs of socks for myself, spinning at least five batches of fiber, knitting several preemie hats to donate to charity, and who knows what else!
So far, I've completed:
*Gloves ~ 1
*Hats ~ 1
*Socks ~ 1
*Washcloths ~ 5
*Misc. Items ~ 1

In progress are:
*Cowl ~ 1
*Spinning ~ 1
*Super super super super super super secret sock design project ~ 1

Details are below.

Finished Projects
Garter Stitch Headband ~ From the Garter Stitch Head-Band pattern by Coranda Berry. Knit on US6 (4mm) needles with Adriafil Knitcol in the Fantasy Novel colourway. I knit this for myself to use up the leftovers I had from knitting myself a cowl + hat because I love the colourway so much!

Take A Bow Hat ~ From the Take a Bow Hat pattern by Therese Sharp. Knit on US8 (5mm) needles with Robin Chunky in the Silver colourway. I knit this for myself with some leftover wool from a baby gift. I love it!

True Love Socks ~ From the True Love pattern by Chrissy Gardiner. Knit on US1.5 (2.5mm) needles with Wendy Happy in the Mars colourway. I wanted a pair of Valentine's Day socks for myself and these definitely fit the bill. I used the OMG Heel and am really impressed at how it fits.

Urban Necessity Gloves ~ From the Urban Necessity Gloves pattern by Colleen Michele Meagher. Knit on US4 (3.5mm) needles with New Lanark Donegal Silk Tweed DK in the Dark Graphite colourway. I needed a pair of convertible gloves to wear in the cold weather we experience in Edinburgh. I had purchased a pair from a store and they fell apart after only a couple of months of wear. So I decided to knit myself a pair and I love them so much. They are a much better fit and are so cozy warm.

I have five completed projects that I can't share at this time because they are surprises. I have the photos & information saved to share after the recipient receives them.

Current Works in Progress
*Casu Cowl
*Super super super super super super secret project
*Third Spinning Project ~ 35 grams of Merino (British Shetland Batt) from HilltopCloud

2014 Completed Projects:

*Urban Necessity Gloves ~ completed 23-January-2014

*Take A Bow Hat ~ completed 14-January-2014

*True Love Socks ~ completed 20-January-2014

*Details coming after the recipient receives them (5 completed)

Misc. Items
*Garter Stitch Headband ~ completed 2-January-2014

As always, find all my completed projects plus what's currently on my needles on Ravelry:

And you can also find all my knitting pattern designs (those available for purchase and some freebies as well) on Ravelry:

Thanks for journeying with me during 2014! I'll talk to yall next month with an update on my progress for February.