|Stringing the loom, finishing the Valentine decor and putting art on the left side of the metal rack. Goals for the week.|
My daughter stopped by briefly to do the heavy lifting and use the heavy vacuum. She also suggested I not go to the “Gospel Brunch” at the local wine bar because this Omicron thing is so contagious. This is the same kid who generally tells me just to double mask and go about my life, and to stay in a hotel rather than sleeping in my car so I’m paying attention.
It’s just so hard to know what is okay and what is not (I am beyond staying completely at home). So I missed the resident lunch today at our center. I will go to church, coffee hour and bible study on Sunday and the church crafting group on Monday. I’m questionable on the large genealogy meeting, but okay for the small group gourmet grilled cheese lunch. I’ve still to decide on my knitting group at a coffee shop. I mean it’s a crap shoot, but I need to have some outings and right now even in Texas patio dining is a bit beyond the pale.
I’ve decided I need to manage my schedule better in light of my chronic pain and fibro affected energy levels. I’m reaching my physical point of no return right around five thirty or six, and cooking and cleanup at that time isn’t going well. Sometimes we need a moment of clarity from others, and as someone suggested, I’ll now be using the slow cooker in the day and cooking when I cook during the day so that dinner time is only the time for making a salad, heating the rolls and zapping (Im comfy just rinsing and soaking two dishes).
I already stay in bed for stretching and meditation and writing and reading. Today once I got up I did the laundry rotation thing, made a dozen poached eggs in the muffin tin, washed some dishes and picked up. I’ll also probably fold one of those loads later. By the time I exercised, it was time to sit down for lunch, after which all energy/work/strength related activity is done for today. On the days when I have more energy I will do more things. Today I spent my afternoon online, knitting, and designing some future projects. Accepting my limitations while still keeping myself as strong as I can is my new mantra.
My goal for the new year is to be sustainable. I’m still trying to be frugal, but being sustainable is the overarching goal. Sometimes (most of the time that meshes with spending less, but not always). It also doesn’t mesh with living with less or minimalism as such, because it means hanging on to things to see how they can be reused. I could probably purchase new frames (the ones I am painting) for as cheaply as it will cost to get glass and backings for a couple of them. But repurposing stuff is part of my 2022 goals, so onward and forward. I had thought about a year of not buying new as part of this plan, but I would have to think about exceptions, so that may be something to check out.
Finally, brain games. I’ve become addicted to Wordle. It’s not an app, just type in the webpage and get a game. One game, every day. Six chances to make a word, with clues along the way. I’ve also been sucked into Spelling Bee over at the New York Times, along with some of their other games. It does require a subscription, but they do have one just for games and they have many games. If you have any good online games that you use, please share with me, by the way. I’m not a fan of so-called “brain apps' ' on my phone like Elevate, but I love a good written puzzle (although I still seem to suck at jigsaws).
|All the words have to be four letters and use the center one. I'm solid at 17 words.|
Other than the church events above, my weekend involves making muffins, getting some serious outside time, being a little bookworm-ish and doing some abstract painting. Oh, and football. After the debacles of last weekend, I figure I gotta go with the Bills to take it all. Ya know? Oh and planning the first day drive of the year.