K-nackered

It might be a while since I last posted but it doesn’t feel like much has happened.  Or has it?

I stayed up all night to watch the UK election results come in – and I’m still tired.

20100506 4am election night

Made Paul a birthday card and celebrated with his family in South Wales for a long weekend.

paul birthday popup

Blogged for International ME/CFS Awareness and collated a list of awareness blog posts at http://meaware.wordpress.com

20100512 me outside

Did some artwork in Journal #4 of the Creative for a Second travelling  journal project.

Spin ME 02

Tried to start eating more healthily (mainly lots more fruit), despite having discovered a love of baking and having made a few batches of biscuits (one for us, one for neighbours and one for my brother/sis-in-law-to-be).  And despite deciding in the last week to reintroduce wheat and gluten to my diet with the intention of taking celiac blood test in 6-8 weeks (which is leaving me bloated, gassy, knackered and feeling rather rough).

20100522 peaches socks and fly

Started a new commissioned painting (a secret for now) and done more work on the web site illustrations I have yet to complete for another client.

secret commission double r

Tried to spend some time outdoors in the fresh air getting some proper daylight and if possible warming my bones.  I also got 2 tomato plants and a broad bean plant from my sis-in-law-to-be which I am trying to tend to without much experience in these things.

me and fly

Also I’ve started reading books again, mainly at bedtime. I’ve finished a John Grisham, read Sh!t My Dad Says (very short book) and am starting on the first on the True Blood books as I loved the telly series.

Plus 1 haircut (at home with mobile hairdresser), 1 viewing of a house, 4 cleaning sessions and 1 gardening session by sis-in-law-to-be, 3 visits from parents, 1 new bottle of LDN chased/received and several early nights. Inbetween that lots of surfing, sleeping and feeling a bit crappy.

Paul, along with my brother and sis-in-law-to-be, bravely took the clutter mountain to a car boot sale last weekend and fabulously they made us £150.  I didn’t go along as it would have been too much for me.  We have about half the clutter left but that can start to go to the charity shop(s) bit by bit.

I still feel confident that LDN is helping despite having felt consistently tired and generally crappy especially this last week.  I’m also feeling fairly certain that gluten and/or wheat makes me feel pretty yucky when I have it everyday. 

At the weekend sis-in-law-to-be is coming over to watch Eurovision and poke fun at it with us. 

I’m also hoping to get out to one of the good farm shops with Paul so I can buy some jelly to hopefully stop my yearning to make my own (too much effort for me right now).  I’m very keen to taste rosehips and honeysuckle, but any kind of jelly would be good especially fruits I can’t really eat due to my IBS.

I’d also like a trip to the garden centre to buy canes to support my broad bean (being optimistic it will grow enough to need support!).  I might even buy some pretty plants for the garden if I can make my mind up as I am a bit clueless in this regard but have a willingness for some colour and to help the bees.

Oh and of course I must get some rest. Hmmm. Yes, rest.

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9 Responses to “K-nackered”


  1. 1 Sue Jackson May 29, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Wow, you’ve been busy lately!!

    And you did a great job with the Awareness Day blogs – thank you for all your hard work!!

    Sue

  2. 3 ashysheela May 29, 2010 at 10:34 am

    rosehips and honeysuckle sounds divine – not easy to find such exotics i think (except in th hedgerow!). I have asked my mum to make me some damson jelly for christmas and she knows a man with a tree, so hopefully it will be a good damson year!!!

    Sorry you feel a bit zonked – hope it eases soon.

    • 4 rachelcreative May 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm

      I searched my farm shop but not a single jar of any kind of jelly was to be found. This does not help me stamp out the desire to make my own! I’m going with “it’s the wrong time of year” for now 😉

      Mmmm damson jam 🙂 My dad gets lots of damsons. We have plums here. But the wasps seem to get to them before me!

  3. 5 ashysheela May 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    plums are good too! It is the wrong time of year… maybe you will feel up to having a go by autumn 😉

  4. 7 Jo May 30, 2010 at 9:40 am

    You do as much, or more, as some well people I know. Awesome! We have a broad bean too. It grew from one of Little R’s school projects and was a mystery bean for a while. It’s now threatening to take over our small yard.

    Enjoy the gardening.

    • 8 rachelcreative May 30, 2010 at 10:48 am

      Yes Jo but that is the only stuff I did over 3 weeks.

      The flipside is I also had maybe just 2 baths and only a couple of washes :/
      I left the house only twice (to go view a house and go to my inlaws where I stayed sitting for 99.9% of the time).

      I cooked no meals, did no washing cleaning or household chores. I spent at least 12 hours of each day in my pyjamas. And I had quite a lot of feeling k-nackered after a lot of the doing things I’ve outlined here.

      I’m not trying to bring things onto a downer – but equally I wouldn’t want to give the impression that I’m active because I’m certainly not!


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