WIP Wednesday – Episode 46 – Back In The Saddle

Happy WIP Wednesday! Today I have a brief stitching update to share because in the last week and a half I haven’t stitched much of anything! Saturday before last I actually ended up having my husband take me to Urgent Care because of a very severe flare-up of my chronic back pain. Now I use the term flare-up frequently when referring to days when I have more stiffness, soreness, muscle spasms, and nerve pain than usual. This time the flare-up was more than what was bearable.

In any case, Urgent Care treated me excellently and gave me wonderful anti-inflammatories as well as a very short course of painkillers. While those medicines did help lower my pain level, they also lowered my consciousness level, as in I slept a lot. I did try periodically try to do some stitching, however, I was moving so slow and also making a lot of mistakes because of the brain fog.

Also, I wasn’t able to read any of my books or work on blog posts so it was a very frustrating week and a half. Yet not all things last forever and Monday morning arrived with me feeling better than I had in a while. So Monday I was able to get some housework done that had gotten laid to the wayside and that left room for me to pick up my stitching on Monday night and I have been working on Into The Jungle since then. I don’t have too many progress pictures to show but I have finished the rest of the block borders and have started on the June block.

My rotation for this month, just like last month, is going to be completely off. So I’m just gonna work on Into The Jungle until I feel like stopping and then move on to something else.

Well, that’s my stitching this week, thanks for checking in & happy stitching!

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The Power of Laughter – Motivational Monday – June 4, 2018

Welcome to another episode of Motivational Monday, where we talk about little ways to improve our day/week and ultimately our well-being.

So far we have talked about the benefits of Starting Your Day With Joy and Ending Your Day With Gratitude. Today, I would like to talk about the Power of Laughter. Lord Byron said it the best:

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”

Laughter is the best medicine. It is a common phrase. I’m sure you have said it once yourself. But have you ever stopped to consider that if laughter truly is the best medicine, shouldn’t it be taken every day? According to Helpguide.org, a non-profit mental & emotional health education organization, laughter has multiple benefits for physical, mental, and social well being.

My husband has a way of telling me that he has had a bad day. When looking for our evening entertainment, once in a while he will say, “something funny, I need a good laugh.” This is his tell that the day or week has been rough. Our go-to cure for this is usually an episode of The Big Bang Theory or a Jeff Dunham stand up special.

However, instead of treating the rough days with laughter, maybe we could take a preventative approach and front-load our day/week with a solid dose of laughter medicine. YouTube is a wonderful resource. I keep a playlist titled Just For Laughs, to which I add anything I come across that makes me laugh. At some point during my day, I will hit play on one of the 5-10 minute clips and take a solid dose of laughter. My mood definitely improves after this.

Another resource is Pinterest. There are so many memes that are just hysterical floating around Pinterest. Again, I have a Pinterest Board titled Just For Laughs, that I will frequently browse when watching a video would be inappropriate.

To get you going on a dose of laughter for today here is one of my favorite YouTube clips:

And here is my favorite meme from my Pinterest board:

That’s all, for now, I hope you have a great week and thanks for taking the time to read my post.

GallifreyGeek’s Just For Laughs YouTube Playlist

GallifreyGeek’s Just For Laughs Pinterest Board

 

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Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 36 – Millennium Frame & Aristo Stand Review

Welcome back to another episode of Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff, a weekly chat about stitching and, well, other stuff. This week I thought I would finally share my review and opinion of the Millennium Frame & Aristo Stand, from Needle Needs. Continue reading

WIP Wednesday – Episode 44

Happy Wednesday and welcome to another weekly update on my cross stitching. I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. This week I have been working diligently on Fabulous Women in History. This was the 2017 SAL from Cloudsfactory, but due to stash and monetary restraints, I had to wait until this year to get started. Continue reading

End With Gratitude- Motivational Monday – May 28, 2018

Welcome to another episode of Motivational Monday, where we talk about little ways to improve our day/week and ultimately our well-being. Last week, we talked about the benefits of starting our day with Joy. This week, we are going to talk about ending our day with Gratitude. Continue reading

Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 35 – Binge Worthy Shows For Stitching

Welcome back to another episode of Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff, a weekly chat about stitching and, well, other stuff. As I’m sure you are aware, based on the predominant content on this blog, cross stitching is my number one past time and there are three things I enjoy doing while I am cross stitching.

  1. Enjoy the sounds of nature from my porch
  2. Listen to music or audiobooks
  3. Binge watch TV Shows.

It is the last item that I thought I would talk about today. Continue reading