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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

recipes

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