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Where am I? What am I drinking?

If you have been following this blog, you would know I have had some intense times living in my townhouse community.

I was ready to move 2 weeks ago, then it hit me, the financial issue of another 30 year loan as I am wanting to quit counseling in the near future. So I decided to stay at my house and update the bathroom and kitchen.

Those hostile neighbors need to just get over it.

Anyway, the tension, fatigue, uneaseness about life caused a huge amount of swelling from rheumatoid arthritis. But my eating habits have been anything less desired.

When I first found out I had a gluten intolerance and dairy and soy intolerance, my diet change over night. Seriously, over night.

I was told to drink bone broth daily. And eat anti-inflammatory foods.

You know where I’m going…

The stress of being on the HOA board and my job got to my mental health…I wasn’t eating healthy. I was just eating.

I went to the kitchen tonight and got bone broth out, warmed it and poured it in a cup. As I write this blog, I am sipping it. It’s really not that bad it’s kind of tasty.

Afterwards I’m going to have some watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew with water. My acupuncturist who I haven’t seen in a several months, told me to eat foods that release water retention.

This evening I have been knitting the shawl which is really an oversized scarf.

Tomorrow my plan is to drink bone broth in the morning as I did in the past. It filled me up in the morning where I was not hungry. I will then bring green tea to work.

If I snack I’m going to be bringing one of my gluten-free snacks or dried fruits with me to work. And since I might not be able to get lunch tomorrow as my car will finally get work done I will have a salad with vegetables and fruit for late lunch/dinner.

I think being back on this diet with bone broth everyday will help decrease the swelling from the rheumatoid arthritis. It will help the swelling from edema and it most likely will help me not feel so tired. Lately the chronic fatigue has been the worst since I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance dairy intolerance and soy intolerance.

It has been proven by scientists and medical providers that stress causes autoimmune to flare. I have no doubt about the proof of that as I live with it daily. I am hoping getting back on track with my diet and lifestyle change will put me in a better mood and help me lose the water retention.

And then maybe I will feel ready to get back into making more art and doing yoga daily. I want to feel happy about my life.

Happy day

Caroline

Etsy shop https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

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Sunday Painting

I have not been posting for awhile. Simply because I needed a break. Most of my free time has been cross stitching. My goal is to finish Derby by February.

Also my hours at work has increased slightly as new clients are calling. I have a goal to pay off some bills this early part of the year. I will need to consider buying a car later next year.

With that being said, I decided to not move. It saddens me but I need to focus on my long term goal. The long term goal is to not work as a counselor in my 60’s, and find other work to do. Or to work from home full time in 5 years. If I got another 30 year loan, then I would have no choice but work more hours and for a longer time.

Therefore, I am staying at my townhouse. And plan on finishing updating the bathroom and kitchen.

Since it is getting colder out the neighbors have stayed inside. I’m looking forward to the cold months ahead because there’s less chance my neighbors will harass me. (I am being harassed because I’m on the HOA board) trust me we made positive changes, gave owners more freedom. Someone people are just mean and hateful and don’t want others to have freedom and happiness.

Sunday, I finished a column on Derby early. I decided to close up the house early and found my way to a canvas. Afterwards I did yoga, read the Bible and read some paragraphs about chakras. Then I went to bed at 8:30! I have been exhausted and really need the sleep. I hope this extra sleep will decrease the inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis.

Here’s the beginning of the painting. I believe it will change drastically. It might not even look like this next time you see the update.

I have items on Etsy shop. Paintings and knit headbands and scarfs that’s great for the winter.

Below some examples of what’s in my Etsy shop.

Etsy shop: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten free chicken meatballs

Something new to post A new recipe at 4pawsartstudio….

Since I began the gluten free, dairy free, and soy free lifestyle it’s been slightly challenging to make some changes.

For instance, dairy free sour cream yuck, but Kite Hill is the best one.

Dairy free cream cheese, I’m still looking.

Bread? Everyone on gluten free diet knows bread is irreplaceable. Canyon is the best and can be found at target and whole foods. But there’s others that can be bought through their website which I have not tried. But heard they have less sugar and more healthier and actually tastes like bread.

Back to the gluten free, dairy free chicken meatballs..

I used a recipe from Pinterest and converted it to gluten free and dairy free products.

Here’s the recipe

1 pound ground chicken-or turkey

1 egg

1/2 cup gluten free breadcrumbs

1/2 cup dairy free parmesan

2 tablestoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

black pepper

additional seasoning-Italian seasoning

combine all ingredients and mix together. Roll into small balls. I made this in a crockpot. Put the setting on high, spray crockpot with olive oil, add dairy free butter to the bottom of the pan-a few small slices, add about 1 tablespoon of water to the crockpot before placing the meatballs in it. Cook for about 3 hours. stir halfway through to prevent from burning and sticking, may need to add additional water to the crockpot.

I made a salad with these meatballs. I do not care for gluten free pasta. Having an Autoimmune illness, Rheumatoid Arthritis, I need to eat mostly anything that will help flush out the fluid my body retains.

Salad recipe:

green leaf lettuce

mixed salad greens

dandelion

green onion

apple cut in cubes

lemon salad dressing

mix together and enjoy

Reminder: 4pawsartstudio has art and knitting products for sale on Etsy.

https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline

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Wednesday Night by the Light

Oh my! Was today a long tedious emotional day! These are the days I do not like as a counselor. The needs are growing, especially with a panic of uncertainty with covid. Stress and the unknown of what will come in our mid-west town. As a counselor I have understanding of their fears and worries about another year of covid concerns and worries of a lockdown. As me, a person, I just don’t know what to say anymore to anyone. I feel desensitized to Everything!

I finished the documentation for today’s sessions. Answered a few questions and closed my computer and said no more of work until Friday.

After feeding the pets, as I call the 4paws, I ate dinner and honestly it had no taste…not the no taste covid gives. But the no taste as I’m exhausted and burned out. Then I thought, oh no what would happen if we have another lockdown!? Last year I was beyond busy. I certainly cannot take another year of that. I don’t mind working from home, in fact that’s what I eventually want to do. But it’s the amount of needs and the exhaustion it caused me. By the way counselors are the unspoken heros during covid or any crisis…we hear and see it all, and we tend to be forgotten in how we are taking care of everyone during covid.

At this point I was done for the day, in my PJs and in the studio. I finished my paintings and they should be ready to be posted on Etsy soon.

I started two paintings, put the first layer. As I was painting it hit me my back started hurting and my hand wasn’t able to do what I wanted. That means my energy is low and my fingers are tired. I had to finish up for the night.

Before I closed up the studio, I prepared a few canvases to be painted.

Now I’m laying down with the weighted blanket and might do some knitting. But I’m thinking sleep might be better.

Stress from my job, rheumatoid arthritis flared and edema becomes too much for me…I accomplished enough for tonight.

Happy evening

Caroline

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Chpt 4 cont…The creative cure-creative exercises

Intuition is the topic for this chapter.

The exercise the author Jacob Nordby, suggest is blind contour drawing.

He stayed it can “take you out of your logical, results-oriented mind and into the realm of pure observation and creative flow.” Page 65

So here goes…

This is a plant I have in my window sill, thought it would make an interesting blind contour drawing.

Here’s the finished blind contour drawing…

Then the next creative exercise is intuitive painting. He states it is “an amazing tool for developing and honoring your intuition.” Page 67

I used watercolor paints.

I really liked that both of these exercises were in one chapter.

It helped me to not fully concentrate on perfection. But I need to admit it was a challenge to not look down at the paper doing blind contour drawing.

I want to repeat this exercise again.

Happy day

Caroline

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Flower #9 Underwater Bloom

Today was a day of seeing clients by video, making a good meal and starting a new knitting project… I’ll post that later.

Yesterday I finished the headband. It looks amazing. There’s a matching scarf. (Not pictured)

This evening I spent time outside. I have a brick wall around my home that needs to be repaired. My gate is rusty too. It is a project on my list. So much for earlier retirement… wouldn’t that be a dream?!

I decided this evening to do yoga, the weather cooled and my upstairs is decent to be in. (My air conditioner guy never came yesterday to inspect my air conditioner-I’m not happy) It was nice to relax and stretch my legs. They get swollen when walking and standing. I was on my feet for over an hour, then walked my dog. My feet hurt and it was difficult to finish the mini walk. Having edema and rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue really is harder than people realize.

So after yoga, which I did floor stretches, I spent an hour painting. My hand is unsteady. Not sure why, might be the fatigue. My accupuncturist does a finger test and pull on my fingers and I have no strength to keep my fingers touching. He says that’s a sign of low energy.

Look at my new cat…he likes to get on the yoga mat with me. He’s a good cat.

Hope you enjoy this painting. I might add more to it later.

Happy day

Caroline

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Banana Tuesday

Today is such a pleasant morning after the intense heat and humidity. I walked my dog and decided when I got home to make banana bread.

I have to make my recipes gluten free and dairy free and soy free because of my restricted diet to improve inflammation and gut problems with digestion. Having an autoimmune disease, I found a gluten free, dairy free and soy free diet has improved my symptoms. I have energy, motivation, anxiety and depression has decreased, and no more brain fog. And edema had improved in my legs.

I used Better Homes and Garden cookbook for the recipe. But I changed it from butter to vegan butter, all-purpose flour to measure for measure flour.

I use gluten free measure to measure flour by King Arthur that is in local grocery stores.

I substitute all-purpose flour with King Arthur measure for measure flour.

Banana Bread- (from better homes and garden cookbook)…

  • 2 cups gluten free measure for measure flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1.5 cups mashed bananas (5 bananas)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts-optional
  • 1 recipe Streusel-nut topping

Grease bottom of 9x5x3 inch pan.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Make a well in the center of flour mixture. Set aside.

In a medium bowl combine eggs, bananas, sugar, and oil. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture. There will be lumps of bananas.

Spoon batter into the greased pan.

Sprinkle the streusel topping onto of it, bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Then additional 15 covered with foil.

Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Wrap and store in refrigerator.

(I found any gluten free baking dish needs to be stored in the refrigerator or in freezer to last longer)

Streusel topping recipe

I substitute butter with Miyoko’s vegan butter.

  • In a bowl combine 1/4 cup packed brown sugar and 3 tablespoons gluten free measure for measure flour.
  • Using a pastry blender, cut in 2 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles course crumbs.

Happy day
Caroline