May 262019
 

I almost got enough sleep, woke up five minutes before my alarm. Then lounged about and meditated a bit. And then I started thinking about the scarf I want to make for the boy and went researching yarn. It has to be the right weight and super-soft.

Breakfast was had. Then more yarn research. My husband showed up and the boy was less late than anticipated. After everybody’s breakfast the boy had to decide about the yarn so I could order.

Then I realized that I need more yarn for the Crazy Tee which meant spinning more. So that is a project and I started right away with pulling out fiber and weighing it and looking for bobbins.

Not running does give me a more leisurely pace for my mornings and I feel like I need that at the moment. It doesn’t mean I actually get other stuff done, though.

My husband came back from running and went back out again to dig yet another vegetable bed. He is doing it slowly this time so we’re hoping for less bed-digging stress.

Then we made lunch. We had planned to make some kind of salad to take with us to the meditation meeting originally. We didn’t go but we still had the rice and eggs we had cooked for it. The whole thing was born out of a vague idea of rice salad and the need to use up the rest of the asparagus. So this is what we came up with:

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It was the first time we roasted asparagus in the oven and I really like it. There was garlic in there (roasted as well) and olive oil, lemon juice and some cheese. We ran out of parmesan so I grated some Cheddar. This was rather good and I’m hoping to make it again.

Then there were dishes and I went off to spin in front of the TV:

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One of the boy’s classmates came over so they could work on the pieces for the chess set they are making for school. The two of them spent all afternoon in our basement working. Nobody got hurt. Well, at least not much, the classmate banged his hand twice and needed a bandaid. Not too bad. (Beforehand my husband had given the boy a lecture on how to treat someone with a serious cut to the wrist. Poor boy was a little freaked.)

I was so low on energy that I managed to doze off in the middle of the afternoon. I guess I need more sleep still. But I did manage to finish spinning the singles, so that’s good:

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I went to bed real early and did not watch the big soccer game with my husband. I also did not watch anything with the boy. First, because of soccer and second, because he was all peopled out and still had things to do.

Today will be another day of mostly nothing. I want to watch more bike riding and would love to ply the yarn and start spinning the yarn for my husband’s sweater.

I think spinning on the wheel is good for my leg at this point. It gets moving without any strain.

Most important will be to go voting in the European election, of course. I think we’ll do that in the morning. We usually do.

May 252019
 

I woke up at six again and didn’t do anything worthwhile until breakfast. I had muesli again. Seems I have gotten so used to it that I don’t want anything else. Which is good.

The boy didn’t really want to go to school, as often, and wasn’t looking forward to his physics test.

My husband showed up late, I knitted some more on the Crazy Tee and ran out of the orange/yellow yarn. Which means I will have to spin more before I can continue knitting.

The leg is getting better and better but I might have used it a little too enthusiastically in the course of the day. So, still not all better.

I did work on the podcast any time I could in the morning which meant I got it ready to upload some time after breakfast, finished the blog post between breakfast and lunch and published the video a little earlier than planned. But I got it out.

Then we started making lunch a little too late. It was rather yummy but I didn’t get the dishes done before I had my first student:

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Two of my students had canceled and so I managed to squeeze some cleaning in before the last one was due.

After that the boy and I ate dinner in front of TV, I finally did the dishes and managed to turn the lights out at a reasonable time.

My husband and I decided against going to the Buddhist meeting today. We would have loved to go but it felt like squeezing another thing into lives that are already a bit overflowing. The boy will have some guys over for yet another school project, they are building a chess set from dead wood for biology. Since the whittling is far from done they will sit in our basement using our crappy wood tools for most of the weekend. That will be fun for sure. My husband is rather worried that someone will hurt himself.

So today there will be still no running. A lot of sitting around and waiting probably. I’m not sure if I should attempt spinning on the wheel or sewing. I would love to have another t-shirt to wear but on the other hand there is the Giro d’Italia which works better with spinning.

Oh, and here is yesterday’s me made outfit:

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Interesting how well the leggings work with the striped top even though that color is not in it at all. That skirt feels to short to wear without tights but too long to go with them, by the way. I think I need skirts of different lengths for different kinds of weather.

I still love it, it has the bestest pockets ever and is sturdy and comfy.

May 242019
 

I woke up from the alarm again at six and basically didn’t do anything all day. My energy was better, though, and the leg is hurting less and less. I think the magnesium might be working!

There was breakfast. I ate a pastry for once because I had gotten some for both my husband and son and felt left out. Bad move, I didn’t feel so hot afterwards. I’ll stick to muesli again in the future.

Then it was time for my husband’s aunt to show up and he helped put all the recycling into her car while I was doing dishes and then preparing for podcasting. Lots of feedback on the last German episode.

Then we made lunch:

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Then I took pictures of my projects for the podcast, took a bit of a break, did my singing warmup and then recorded the podcast. With a false start. This time I used one laptop for recording video and the other one for audio which is a bit insane.

Then there was teaching. After that bodyweight training, a bit of housework, dinner and then some work on the podcast.

And early to bed.

There was a point in the day where I started writing a list in my bullet journal of all the fiction books on my ebook reader that I still want to read. I gave up after two pages when finding I wasn’t even a third through. So I guess I’ll read some more books from the pile of unread books instead of only new ones? At least I pulled one out that I had bought last year to read next.

Today will be another whirlwind Friday with cleaning and lots of teaching and trying to get the podcast ready to publish. (I can’t promise I’ll get it out before Sunday, I won’t have much time today and no time at all tomorrow.)

So, decidedly not boring around here.

May 232019
 

I didn’t sleep well and when the alarm went off at six I wanted to sleep some more. Wrote morning pages after meditating for five minutes and made breakfast.

I did knit on the t-shirt some more and read a bit and my husband got up rather late. We talked and then we found that my mother-in-law had put one of her little notes at our door that said, „Your aunt will come over tomorrow with her car to get stuff to the recycling place. Recycling is on the right side of the garage, right?”

Um, not quite. And so we spent half an hour upturning everything in the garage to sort out stuff. And deflate a million boxes. And decide what to keep and what to throw away. Fun!

Then I limped to the nearer supermarket. It took so long that my patience was severely tested on the way. I had to make tiny steps so I wouldn’t aggravate that calf muscle. I was feeling better than the day before but I still felt ridiculous, crossing streets at a snail’s pace.

When I came back home my husband was in a panic because he had just come back from his first run all week and was rather late in making lunch. We did manage, though:

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That’s asparagus risotto. I know it’s hard to see under all that egg and parmesan.

Then I did the dishes right away and taught half a dozen students. The first of which told me to take magnesium to help with my leg. After a bit of research I thought that was a brilliant idea so I limped back to the health food store. This time I limped a little faster, though, because I wore boots instead of my barefoot shoes. The stiffness of the boots made walking easier.

Then there was dinner and chocolate and an early bedtime.

Today I am hoping to record another podcast episode, teach a few students and not much more.

May 222019
 

I did wake up from the alarm but decided that I didn’t need to push myself to do anything. Basically I have declared myself sick for the time being in the hopes that I will get back to normal faster that way.

I made breakfast and talked with my husband and knitted. I still elevated the leg with the pulled muscle and iced it. This was the second day I had an inexplicable wet stain on the back of my leggings in the morning. Only yesterday it wasn’t inexplicable anymore because there was also a puddle of blue goo on the chair I had used to rest my leg on. The cooling pack was leaking.

That together with the fact that the elastic bandages I’m using have lost most of the elasticity over the past twenty years led me to order replacements.

I did the dishes and then set off to hobble to the health food store. I was rather happy that I could walk without much pain but less happy that I had to walk so slowly. Trying not to stretch you calf muscles while walking leads to an odd kind of shuffle with very small steps. I always find it strange when just one part of the body is affected. The rest of me is all ready to run and jump but one of the muscles in my calf puts in a veto. And then the rest of me says, „Well, can’t you really not go any faster? This is no fun. Are we there yet?”

But I faked patience and listend to a podcast on the way and went to the bakery and the health food store and brought back everything we needed. Good thing I didn’t need much heavy stuff. I had thought about using the bike because it would be easier than the hobbling but then I realized that I always use my left leg to get off and on the bike and that I would probably not succeed in not stretching my left calf at all while biking. So it will be hobbling for a few more days, I guess. The hobble is becoming a little more balanced, though.

Then I helped making lunch. My husband had one of those days where he starts with, „Let’s make lamb burgers,“ and branches out from there:

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As one does.

Then I took a shower and got ready just in time for my first student. Teaching was not bad and I saw the potential new student with her mother and grandmother. She was rather sweet and will start regular lessons next week. I’m looking forward to it.

Then there was dinner and the hanging up of more laundry and dishes again. No reason to complain, though, because my husband did the big washing up after lunch.

And then early to bed. I finished „The Bride Test“ and really loved it. First book in ages that almost made me cry at the end. (No worries, they get their happy ending.) And then I started reading a new one right away, of course.

Today there will be another mostly unproductive day with a few hours of teaching thrown in near the end. It still feels weird to not exercise. I hope I won’t get used to just sitting around all day. But for now it’s all about getting my energy back.

May 212019
 

I’m still off and not getting anything done.

I started the day with meditating and morning pages and then it was time for breakfast. The t-shirt I’m knitting is making progress. No running, no writing, no music. I spent quite a lot of time reading „The Bride Test“. So far I’m absolutely loving it.

We made lunch:

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I hung up a load of laundry and taught all the students while feeling like crawling back into bed.

I had read somewhere that there are people saying they can’t participate in MeMadeMay because they don’t have a new handmade outfit for every day of the month. Well, I am wearing clothes I made myself every day this month and I only have four outfits. Which didn’t get washed in time for yesterday so I was wearing this:

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Martha dress with self-drafted leggings, hand knit Glomerata socks and my handspun Cria. The cardigan’s color and shape doesn’t really go with the rest. The dress is too short and I usually wear it for lounging around the house. I only have three other outfits that I made myself plus two dresses that don’t really fit anymore and that I haven’t worn all month.

So someone who doesn’t really sew can wear all handmade clothes but then has to be content with very little variety. Or as a student of mine said today, „You’re always wearing purple.“ Only this month. Interestingly nobody ever said, „You are always wearing the same pair of jeans!“ Even though I usually do.

I felt so off that I declared the day to be over somewhat early. I wasn’t good for anything anyway.

I am hoping that today will go better. I am planning to hobble to the health food store and then there will be some teaching, including a potential new student. Maybe even actual progress on a project, who knows.

May 202019
 

I slept in until 7.30 because I only turned out the lights after finishing „Top Secret“ at 1.30. Dumb move. I need a new rule that I can’t start a new Sarina Bowen novel after lunchtime or something. I still fell that it was worth it but it didn’t bode well for Sunday.

So I had breakfast a little late, talked to the rest of the family, did dishes, started reading „The 5th Gender“ by G.L. Carriger and basically sat around doing nothing but reading (and finishing) that, making my way all through the „Kiwi Blitz“ webcomic and watch the Giro. All while elevating my leg and cooling it.

Every other hour I felt that my calf was doing wonderfully and didn’t hurt anymore at all. Then I would get up and walk a few steps only to find that, no, it was not doing wonderfully. But all the resting, cooling, elevating and anti-inflammatory painkillers were doing something at least. I do doubt that I’ll  go running the next few days, though.

On the bright side that should give me a little more time for other stuff. Not that it did yesterday or the day before. As usual when something goes sideways I was thrown completely off track and didn’t do anything productive at all. It was especially weird to be watching the bike race without my spinning. I mean, I could have made progress on the spindle project but I didn’t.

I am really hoping things will go better today. I did warn the boy that he might have to go to the health food store on Tuesday instead of me.

There was lunch:

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I didn’t even help with it. Even though my husband is still feeling under the weather. He seems to have some virus that makes him feel meh and a little weak but not sick enough to stay in bed. On the other hand he never feels sick enough to stay in bed. I remember one winter when he was complaining about feeling bad for weeks and I kept thinking that he should either just stay in bed or not complain as much and then it turned out that he probably had had pneumonia without really realizing.

I’d rather stay in bed a little too easily than going full tilt while having pneumonia, thank you very much.

When the Giro was over and I had finished the Gail Carriger book it was time for dinner. I usually try to skip it. I haven’t been all that successful with that lately but since I was taking ibuprofen I decided that eating something was sensible:

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That’s fried potatoes with egg. And ketchup. And the painkiller.

Today there will be teaching. No running. Possibly the recording of the podcast but I might reschedule to Thursday even though that will mean scrambling to get it published on Friday. We’ll see.

And I started reading yet another novel, „The Bride Test“. I also have the new Patricia Briggs but I’m saving that a little. Not to mention the 199 unread novels on my ebook reader.

May 192019
 

I woke up from the alarm at 5.30 but couldn’t even be bothered to turn on the light and spent the next house just lying there trying to will myself into being awake. Then I ended up reading „Kiwi Blitz“ until I finally got up at 8. Nope, no writing.

My husband was rather surprised when he showed up at 8.30 and I had just started eating my breakfast. And we both were equally surprised when the boy came down at 9.28. Yes, I did look at the clock.

We talked and I knitted and I did the breakfast dishes and finally managed to leave for my run after ten. I had planned to do another 11k run. Everything went fine, my heart rate was not too high, I felt light and good and was running quite a bit instead of my usual walking most of the way. My left calf was a little cramped but I often get that and it usually goes away if I focus on loosening the muscles.

But then it hurt a little more. And some more. And so I had to start walking again. And the it seriously hurt and didn’t get better so I decided to turn around after 2.6k:

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Yes, it is little dry yet again. I’m still in good spirits here:

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Okay, reasonable good spirits, also the sun shone in my eyes. I need to get myself running sunglasses.

And then I hobbled back home. Painfully. My husband was immediately concerned when he ran past me right before our house on his way back. I have been looking at other runner’s pace a lot lately and for anybody interested my pace yesterday was 8 min/k for running with a little walking thrown in and 14 min/k for hobbling.

I think I pulled a muscle. I helped to make lunch:

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Very yummy if a little spicy, and spent the rest of the day sitting in an easy chair with my leg elevated on a cooling pad. Which might not hinder a normal person from working on her novel or work on the website or anything but since I’m me I just sat there watching the Giro d’Italia with half an eye while reading some more „Kiwi Blitz“ on my laptop. (I have to say that I like „Sleepless Domain“ by the same person even better but I’m all caught up with that one.)

I also skipped bodyweight training and went from sitting in the chair watching the bike race to sitting in the same chair and watching Star Trek with the boy without even getting up in between. Interestingly I seem to have become a person who gets antsy just sitting around. Huh, former couch potato me would never have guessed.

So today the agenda is mostly sitting around some more with my leg elevated and iced and then I’ll see.

May 182019
 

I woke up fifteen minutes before the alarm even though I had gone to bed an hour too late. Weird. I did manage to write morning pages, meditate and write some words for the novel (not enough but progress).

Claudia asked about morning pages. Morning pages is something I and lots and lots of other people learned from Julia Cameron’s „The Artist’s Way“-book. You sit down first thing in the morning and write three pages stream of consciousness. So, basically everything that’s running through your head at the moment as fast as you can. It’s one of Cameron’s tools for getting creatives unstuck and she uses it as meditation.

I started doing these in the fall of 1998 after reading the book. I did them faithfully for years but these days I do them if I can but I don’t write them every morning. I find that they’re helping me process everything that’s going on and when I write them I don’t need to talk about everything with my husband which is good. The other bonus is that they get me started writing for the day.

So after all of that I made breakfast. I finally started knitting the gauge swatches for my husband’s sweater. Sorry, that I didn’t take any pictures. After the first swatch with 3 mm needles I was sure that the yarn I had made was way too heavy and wouldn’t work at all but the second swatch looks like I’m gettin gauge after all.

I’m still thinking because the fabric is much denser and bouncier than what I usually knit. It also feels a little weird to knit what’s basically a worsted weight yarn with 2.5 mm needles. I might make the yarn just a little thinner and keep the needle size. Which is an interesting balancing act. I will swatch again, I think.

Then it was time to start the weekly cleaning and for one I actually did all of it including changing the sheets. Very good. In between I started the process of making pizza from the new kind of dough I was trying. The recipe said to shape the dough into firm balls and let it sit for 1.5 hours:

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That’s how the ‚firm balls‘ looked after I had returned after getting a towel. Not very firm.

Throughout the whole process the dough was more like pudding than dough so I’m thinking to use less water the next time. My husband has declared once again that he won’t make pizza for the whole family anymore. It is a bit much with the running beforehand and the teaching after. So I decided to make enough for all of us for a change. I did leave off the salad, though.

The result tasted good, I’m not quite sure if I like this dough (it’s the one by Peter Reinhardt) better than the one I usually make. The process is certainly messier but I’ll tweak it a bit and we’ll see. This was the resulting pizza:

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Of course the boy got mushrooms on his, not tuna and anchovies.

Then I left the dishes because it was time to get ready for teaching. I taught all afternoon, student after student after student.

And then it was the beginning of the weekend with knitting and watching Star Trek and kicking back with leftover pizza.

Today there will be running and either a humungous slump or maybe some progress on the to-do list. I’m hoping for some sewing and some spinning this weekend and also bodyweight training and yoga. The boy and I decided that we were just too limp to exercise on Friday night.

So, I’m not quite sure why the day felt so super-busy but I barely had time to sit down all day. That was probably it.

May 172019
 

Woke up from the alarm and still felt without energy. And that translated into me not writing and not meditating and not writing morning pages first thing. Boo. Which was a mistake because I’m sure I would have felt better if I had done all of these things.

Then breakfast and meditation and knitting. Talking with my husband. Who told me to go and write right away after breakfast but I declined and thought it would be a better idea to go grocery shopping first to get it out of the way.

I walked all the way and went to the hardware store as well to find the right screws for the trellis my husband wants to install for the apricot tree. There is a lot of insulation between the brick of the annex and the plaster which makes it hard to fix anything to it. I did find special screws and anchors but they were quite expensive.

Then the grocery shopping and when I came home and had put everything away it was time to have lunch. We didn’t have to cook because we were eating leftover lasagna and some red beet salad that my husband had made the night before:

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And then I had a long list of things I wanted to do before teaching but – the boy and I got to talk about getting him a new rain coat and some other clothes and things and so we looked at lots of ugly and boring rain coats online and the ones that were nicer were out of the price range. I don’t want to buy a 250 Euro raincoat for my 16 yo. son who will probably grow some more. (Though it might be a good idea, if he grows out of it my husband can inherit it. They’re wearing the same size at the moment. But nah, too expensive for us adults as well.)

So there went most of my lunch break. I did the dishes and was waiting for my first student. This is the last month he’ll be taking lessons with me and his father hadn’t paid for May yet (payment is due in advance). We had emailed back and forth and he had told me he’d send the money with his son in cash.

I was a bit disappointed when the son knew nothing about the money. So I went with him after the lesson and talked to his father.

Not a fun conversation. I might have raised my voice. We were both pissed at each other beforehand anyway. He said he’ll send the money to my account. Yeah. Sure.

My next student was already waiting when I came back. The rest of my teaching day was delightful as always. I do have a lot of very nice students. No need to get hung up on the outliers.

Then there was bodyweight training. And I still had most of my to-do-list ahead of me. Including trying a new way of making pizza dough.

I did turn the lights out on time, so that was good.

Today there will be cleaning and the aforementioned pizza and lots and lots of teaching and then knitting and Star Trek.

As I said. Phew.