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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

The brain cannot lie to your body

It does not matter how much my conscious brain says yesterday's little kerfuffle is neither here-nor-there and not my problem going forward, my sub-conscious feels differently.  When I am deeply stressed or upset by something my body reacts in a very (to me) predictable way - the psoas muscle locks up and goes into spasm.  So today was a write-off before it even got started - uncomfortable to sit, stand, walk, or generally do much.  The only thing I can do is rest, try to relax, a bit of yoga, walk around with a hot water bottle on my back, talk the event through with M., and roll with it until things work themselves out.

Fabric wrangling was confined to ironing yesterday's strip piecing, and adding it to the box of pinkish sections.



I have 'dealt' with the tan coloured plaid bundle by breaking it up and putting the fabric with the rest of the check/plaid collection.



Susan sent me a photo of a gorgeous quilt she had made combining plaids with a floral and whilst it was tempting for a while to emulate her quilt, I've also packed the red plaids away.



I got considerable (sad?) satisfaction from making large labels for the boxes.  At least I can read these ones without having to put glasses on!   It is a stark reminder though that I'm not making much progress using this fabric and reducing the number of boxes.  Hey ho, not a bad First World problem to have.  😉



The rest of the day has been spent mucking around online which got a couple of outstanding jobs sorted, and watching snooker.  Which was eminently preferable to watching the grandstanding and showboating of our elected politicians whilst they argued about things which really should have been sorted out months ago.












15 comments:

  1. I hope you feel better soon Jayne. Easy for me to say, I know, but do try not to let yesterday's event get to you too much. I love the labels, they are certainly easy to read but I must ask - what are orphans? Whatever they are they sound quite sad :(

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    1. Thanks Eunice, very much appreciated. Xx. I’m off for a long soak in the bath soon, and tomorrow will be a much better day.

      Orphans are little quilt blocks which are all alone :-(. It is not unusual to make a one block for a new quilt as a sort of test, and decide you don’t like it enough to continue with the whole quilt. Or you might not like the colours/fabric you used, or you might hate the construction technique required. I made four little Log Cabin blocks last week that didn’t come out the way I thought they might. Anything like that is an orphan.

      It would be nuts to throw away perfectly good fabric, so I keep orphans until I have so many the box is overflowing, and last time this happened I made a whole quilt with most of the blocks and it turned out great. Othertimes I might just want a big clearout and they all go to a charity shop. But that’s what an ‘orphan’ is in my sewing room.

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    2. Thanks for the explanation Jayne, I feel much happier now knowing that your little orphans do get used eventually :) I hope you enjoyed your long soak in the bath and you feel much brighter tomorrow :)

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  2. I want you to think of that event, as more a "hey, you are a jolly nice understanding human" & a thank you in the only way he knows how to say it. Ah, fabric sorting! I have some in colours, bundles of things that look good together & then some that are have patterns designed & sit in baskets and of course oodles of scraps, that I must do something with, even if it's donating to charity. I had to smile at Eunice's thoughts on orphans, though she'd laugh at the fact that I have them too. Have you many jelly rolls, layer cakes hidden away too? That's one for wondering on Eunice! Hope the long soak was worth it & you wake this morning feeling bright & chipper. Take care & huggles.

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    1. Thanks Susan. I have pretty much avoided jelly rolls and layer cakes. I have only ever bought two L.C's - apparently over ten years ago!
      https://theviewfrombagend.blogspot.com/2008/08/voices-made-me-do-it.html
      The pale one has been completely used but that dark one is still sitting in a box . . .

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  3. It is strange how words can linger in your thoughts for a long while and how they affect you. Both mentally and physically.
    I struggled for a long time with replayed conversations and episodes and each one was slightly different - the brain can play unkind tricks to one's self.
    You will have to distract your thoughts with something different - find a different game for your brain to play! But something new to you - take up belly dancing or stilt walking (but don't tell your psoas muscle!), learn a new skill or plan a new project - I jest but it does work - giving your brain something new to cogitate over xx

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    1. Thank Kate, I do not think you are jesting at all. xx Keeping the brain busy is one of the best ways of turning off the continuous loop.

      Don't know if you watch The Big Bang Theory? Do you remember an early episode when Will Wheaton says to Sheldon "and I am living rent free in there" as you points at Sheldon's head. I find reminding myself of that scene quite a good way of getting the brain to reboot and move on to something else.

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  4. Hope your bath worked and you are feeling better today, it's so grey everywhere which does not help.

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    1. Hi Marlene, yes, very helpful thanks, but didn't go out much yesterday - very cold and unwelcoming.

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  5. I looked back at my comment yesterday suggesting you be there for the lady and her husband. Reading how upset you are then perhaps it's better to walk away and leave them to it. I hope you feel better soon. As for politics, my daughter and I don't agree on Brexit and our phone conversation yesterday has upset me greatly!

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    1. Don't worry about it Eileen, in other circumstances what you said was absolutely right. I have given you no details or backstory - far too convoluted and complicated.

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  6. You have been busy! I hope today has been less stressful for you. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Nikki, all settled down now, hopefully, athough we haven't seen the couple about . . .

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  7. I have huge sympathy for you and your encounter. I have a terrible habit of replaying stressful or upsetting conversations and boy can it impact on one. Yoga helps me, as does talking it over with my husband and I am slowly (too slowly) learning not to let these often trivial things affect me so much. Don't be too hard on yourself and treat yourself to something you enjoy. Take care x

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    1. Oh sweetie, I am sorry you get caught by this too. Yoga is a great help, you are right.

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