Friday, November 27, 2009

Tina Wins!!

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Tina is the winner of 400 Stitch Patterns - woo hoo!! There's a hot ol' celebration going on at Tina's house right about now, this is the biggest thing to happen all morning, I'm sure!

Tina - shoot me an email at annie at modeknit dot com with your address and I'll have this right out to you!

Thanksgiving was very low key. Quite nice, but quiet.

The most exciting part of the meal were the small tarts I made, using cranberry jelly as the filling. I didn't melt it first, which I'll do hencforth.

It gave me a cookie idea. I think I'll melt the cranberry jelly with a little bit of spice & some orange peel, then spoon it into a ball of nut cookie dough to make a sort of spicy thumbprint cookie for a new holiday treat!

There's a cookie exchange I'm attending in a few weeks - now I have something besides my old standby, the Hanukkah Gelt Cookie!

We had a small feast, no friends were over, and due to my insistence that we have champange at the meal (why?) Gerry and I were so sleepy afterward that our walk at the dog run didn't happen.

Instead I did a lot of work on the ball wrap (yes, I do understand the double entendre - haven't you learned yet that I'm a 12-year old boy at heart?) and think I have it to a good point. I'm going to release this pattern early, too, as it's a fast knit and I think it would be a lovely New Year's Eve or Holiday Party addition!

When I put it on Hannah she said, "This looks like something for a winter Bride!" Smart girl!

I'm working it up in 2 sizes, with an adjustable ribbon at the neck, so it should fit EVERYONE from the merest slip of a girl to those built more like Scots/Dutch me (aka, "sturdy girls" - go ask Gwen Bortner... she'll laugh!)

Just as well - we've both been dealing with pain, he with back and hip pain (it's increasing, and it's a worry. We go to Mayo next week) and me with this danged joint pain that haunts me like Banquo's ghost.

It's probably just the residual aches of this long-lasting cold/flu I've had. It seems that when I get something, it REALLY settles in. My frustration at this is great, and I've been as circumspect and careful as I can be.

I take my vitamins, I've been eating better than ever, I exercise every day and I'm generally a very healthy person. But when I get a bad cold it just wants to take up residence.

Ever since I had Lyme disease back in the early 90's I tend to get odd fevers. When I'm ill they come in the evening, like a child's fevers, and last about 2 hours. It's been that way with this go-round, too, and the body aches have become so bad that I began worrying something more serious was at hand.

After some blood tests at the doctor it seems that I'm in excellent shape, no new auto immune deficiencies of note, no RA (which was kind of haunting my dreams) but my Lyme titer is a bit elevated. This is to be expected - once you've had it, the test results don't go back to low/normal range - but nothing to be too alarmed at.

But I ache. Is it age? The drop in temperature? It's been absolutely lovely here - in the 40's - but it's moving into the 30's now and we may be seeing snow. I look forward to it, I love snow.

This long-winded catalog of my aches is a way of explaining why I'm taking so long to blog these days. I'm canceling appointments and engagements with wild abandon, just trying to rest as much as I can. But that's no reason to avoid my blog!

I'm recording this blog post - and I'll catch up the last post in mp3 format. I've been SO stuffy-nosed that when I tried to record the last post earlier this week I sounded like an adenoidal bar mitzvah boy.

Baruch atah Nyquil.

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Anonymous Linda S said...

I think I'm a few years older than you and I've been having a lot more aches and pains than I used to, along with sinus issues. I started paying attention to what I had eaten when I felt bad and it's wheat and cow dairy. A chiropractor told me that wheat is inflammatory, both the aches and the allergy type responses are due to the inflammation. I avoid both as much as possible, which is really difficult, but I do feel a lot better when I do. It might be worth giving it a try. If I go a couple of days without wheat, long enough so I'm clear and felling pretty well, and then have a piece of bread, I get an immediate response. I hope this isn't your problem, but it might be worth investigating.

November 27, 2009 11:33 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Linda I agree. Up until recently I've been a Vegan (all raw) no dairy no baked goods (wheat) I got to where I felt as if spring water was flowing in my veins. Then for a certain reason I had some bread and cheese... wow!! within an hour every joint hurt.

Thus through my own unintentional fasting test (of bread and milk products) I found out that I'm wheat and dairy sensitive.

Tina (yes I'm pretty sure I'm "that" Tina and Annie is right there's cheering going on at my place with the cats looking at me with a "huh" look!!

November 27, 2009 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mom noticed with my grandma, who had ephysema for over 30 years, that her symptoms worsened when grandma ate her favorite snack - triscuit crackers - usually to the point of needing her inhaler - which led them to finding that she was sensitive to a number of other foods, none of which showed up as allergens on allergy testing, but all of which had some effect on her breathing!

Grandma passed many years ago, but my mom has continued to read and study nutrition "on the side", so to speak. She has found that adjusting her diet, and making sure to get an adequate supply of trace minerals (using unrefined sea salt - Dr. David Brownstein has interesting information available about this subject) has helped her health tremendously - a few years ago she was having aches and pains and blood pressure problems. Wheat is one of the foods that my mom (and her sister) does have to avoid, but at 70 she remains strong, active and healthy (no meds!).

I hope you can find some relief soon!

November 27, 2009 7:22 PM  

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