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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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Knitting Update

Some days I prefer to knit instead of painting. This little piece will be a headband. It will be on Etsy once I am ready to post more products.

The piece below is slowly being stitched. It’s going to be an oversized scarf/shawl. This will not be sold. I need a new shawl for my office as it gets cold. I better get this stitched asap, in the Midwest it’s starting to show signs of Autumn.

Check out Etsy shop, I have knitted headbands/ ear warmers, and scarfs for sale.

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

Happy Day

Caroline

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Sunday Stitching

The past week has been one of those weeks where energy was low and the mind wanted to do other things.

Yesterday I started to clean my bedroom. Tonight I might go through my dresser drawers and closet.

Earlier in the week I finished the stockinette stitch headband. I’m thinking about making a scarf or fingerless gloves to match.

Here’s the headband. It will eventually be for sale on Etsy. I have other headbands and scarfs for sale on Etsy.

Over the past few days my front door was painted. This morning I put the final touch on it. I used Hint of Cherry by Sherwin Williams.

Today, I just didn’t know what to do. Cross stitching seemed to be the decision. Painting just wasn’t an interest.

Here’s the update on the cross stitch.

Below is the close up to the details. Tons of colors. I stitched for about 6 hours today.

Later tonight I’ll be reading more from The Creative Cure by Jacob Nordby. I also started reading from my Bible and following a Bible study.

Until later

Happy Day

Caroline

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A little knitting

I have been finishing the knit headband for over a month. I knit in-between clients and early morning. However the past two weeks I have been suffering from an increase of inflammation and edema and chronic fatigue. So knitting was difficult to work on.

A few nights ago, the headband was finally finished.

I knitted a scarf a few months ago that goes with this headband.

Currently another knotted project has been started.

The plan is to knit an oversized scarf that can be used as a wrap.

The current stitch I am learning is hurdle stitch.

It’s rather simple.

Cast on the amount of stitch for your project

Row 1 knit
Row 2 knit
Row 3 k1, p1
Row 4 k1, p1
Repeat
Then bind off when you get to the size of your project.

The weather is decent, finally the humid muggy weather has left us. Hopefully it won’t come back. I’ll be taking a walk with my dog and heading to the store. Later today, cross stitching and Netflix or Hulu is the goal.

Here’s where I left off with my stitching

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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Stockinette Stitch

A new knitting project just began using the stockinette stitch. It’s really easy. It will make the project to be thick. Great for scarves, shawls, headbands and sweaters.

The plan is to stitch a headband using stockinette stitch.

Cast on 40 stitches


Then knit and move yarn to front, slip the next stitch as if you are going to purl, (but you won’t actually purl) then move yarn back and knit. Repeat.

Slip the stitch… don’t actually purl the stitch

There’s tons of videos about this stitch to view.

It’s another hot day. It will consist of staying downstairs in front of the fan, stitching. It will also be an early bedtime.

It’s exhausting working full time and wanting to work on my individual creative projects.

Happy day

Caroline

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Purl a Stitch, Knit a Stitch

I started this scarf about two months ago. This month, stitching this scarf will be my priority.

Why the delay? you ask. It’s only a purl, knit stitch sequence.

Yea, you are right. I got caught up watching YouTube videos about knitting a shawl. So the needles were dropped and out came the circular needles. I finished the shawl a few days ago, see post..

Back to this white and rustic orange scarf…

  • #6 straight knitting needles
  • Red heart yarn any color or colors
  • Tapestry needle-if you add another color

Start by casting on the amount of stitches for the width of your scarf. I cast on 32 stitches.

Now add one more stitch. 33 stitches total.

The start with knit stitch, then purl, knit then purl repeat.

When you turn your piece always start each row with knit stitch. You will always end with knit stitch. It keeps repeating until your desired length. Then bind off.

Happy Stitching

Caroline

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Finished Shawl

This is the finished knitted Shawl.

It’s a simple knit, it’s easy to put down and pick up later without being confused where to start knitting.

Cast on 3 stitches, knit 3 stitches, place a marker on this side. The marker reminds you to add a row when you turn your piece.
2nd row knit
3rd add stitch, knit
4th stitch
5th add stitch knit
Repeat
Bind off when complete.

Stay tuned to more if my stitching posts.

Caroline