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Fibromyalgia and a new way of eating.

So recently on a trip to Colorado to help my Dad, I got sick. I am always tired and have limited energy. Of course I know that being in my mid fifties is totally part of that!

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia shortly after I returned to work, after my oldest daughter was born. Now there was not a lot of research back then. Mostly we were all told it was in our head.

Dad had a procedure on a Friday and I was in the emergency room by that Saturday. Of course because it all started with high fever, tightness in my chest and uncontrollable shakes, I was a Covid risk. I was given a thorough work over with chest X-ray and c t scan and blood work and the dreaded stick up my nose to my brain. Thankfully negative !

Some of the blood work though got me thinking it’s time to lose some weight gained after quitting smoking, and being home after retiring from the beauty shop.

I met a lady in Joann’s who had a sweet little service dog with her. We stroke up a conversation about how one obtains a service dog and what qualifies. She mentioned fibromyalgia. Well, I thought I knew quite a bit about it. However there has been a great deal more research done. There is now a test which is quite expensive. Dolores, the lady in Joann’s, mentioned a book. I ordered it from Amazon and it was waiting for me when I got home.

WHAT YOUR DOCTOR MAY NOT TELL YOU ABOUT (TM): FIBROMYALGIA: The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse the Disease

That’s the book.

I have started the protocol set out by this doctor. It has been a difficult week, with severe headaches and nausea and vomiting. I believe the worst was from coming off of caffeine and sugar. I am feeling better today and am getting the hang of how to cook differently.

Spinach and feta omelette with avocado and strawberries.
Beef stroganoff and salad with creamy homemade dressing.

I am struggling to get in enough water. And have to remember to eat several times a day to satisfy my blood sugar. But I have already lost 8 pounds! So not a bad start 🙂

I will have more about my journey. And I welcome any others who are fibro-warriors to leave me a comment and let me know what works for you!

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Reconstructing Patterns

So I had a great visit with the neighbor while visiting my Dad here in Colorado. She is so good to him by always sending over treats and cooked meals.

I know she is a crafter but this is the first time we have gotten to sit and work on something.

She has a blanket her grandmother made all the kids for their weddings. She is wanting to make one for her daughter as well. Of course, it is a vintage pattern.

So we got started with her reading the stitches she saw in the finished piece, and me trying to reproduce it.

Turns out we did a really good job! She found the closet pattern to it online and is now making some as well!

The closet pattern we could find is a Vintage Rose Afghan by McCalls circa 1978 or so.

I plan to do one of these as well, when my wip pile and Christmas projects are done!

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Be “Squared” CAL

Approx. 74 ounces of #4 Worsted Weight Yarn H or 5mm size crochet hook

Approx. finished size is 59′ x 75′ Gauge: 25 Stitches = 7 inches in Single Crochet

You choose your colors! This can be a totally scrappy project, and would be so fun that way!

Here are the written instructions for the first two squares of the CAL. Please check back often for more details! I hop you enjoy this CAL and

I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

Square One: Single Crochet: Insert hook into stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over hook and pull through both hoops on the hook.

Chain 26 loosely, Single Crochet in the 2nd Chain from the hook, and all the way across. Ch 1 and Turn.

Single Crochet all the way across each row, doing a chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Work until piece measures, 7 inches by 7 inches.

Here you can continue with the same color or change to a different color, or use the color you will be joining with, it’s your choice!

***This is a finishing row and will be repeated on every square.

Be sure the right side of the work is facing you.

3 single crochet in corner, 25 single crochet across side ,3 single crochet in corner, repeat around square, with a total of 112 single crochet around.

Right Handed
Left Handed

Square Two: Half Double Crochet: Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over, pull through all three loops on the hook.

Chain 27 loosely, Half Double Crochet in 3rd chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain 2 and turn.

Half Double Crochet in each half double crochet across.

Repeat this row until piece measures 7 inches by 7 inches.

Add Finishing Row as you did on the first square.

YAY! See you for the next square!

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Secret Knitting and Dyslexia

I have started my secret knitting projects for Christmas. Yes I should I should have started sooner, but….

It took me a bit to find and get the yarn for them with the slower mail chain and less people in working in the warehouses. I am using bulky weight acrylic for these, to make them easy to care for.

This is also a slower process for me because I struggle with reading and understanding the patterns. I have had dyslexia my whole life. I don’t worry about it or talk about it much. It’s just something I have compensated for in my own ways.

When I was little my mom read with me every night no matter what. She was relentless! She and my Daddy moved once when I was younger so I could go to a school with a new reading program. It was a self motivated system with a type of phonics. I loved being able to pick the next story!

Now I have to read the pattern aloud to my husband who, even though he doesn’t know “the lingo” is very patient, he will look at me and say “ that’s not what it says “. That’s usually where it will stick and I can go on with the project

I will post more pictures of my secret knitting after Christmas 🎄

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Domestic Violence Month

This month I am doing my best to raise awareness and any donations I can for a cause that has affected

my life, the lives of my family members, and so many friends and family. I know this month is Breast Cancer

Awareness month also, and my family has also been affected by that disease. However, I am choosing to

put my efforts toward helping those who help the ones who need help to ; leave a bad situation, get back on their

feet, have children, or maybe just need a shoulder or a listening ear. I am leaving my video where I talk about the

facility I am supporting. And you may reach them directly HERE. Thank you for reading and or watching.

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Dropped Stitch!

I was recently asked how I pick up a dropped stitch. So I decided to show how I handle it while I am knitting. There are of course many ways to handle a dropped stitch, depending on what you are knitting, the stitch you are doing, and even the pattern you are making. I do hope this is helpful to the beginner knitter, and that those with some experience find it entertaining at least!

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Yarn Review

In my latest yarn review, I have chosen Yarn Bee Sugarwheel Cotton Mini. This is a smaller version of the Sugarwheel Cotton available at Hobby Lobby stores. I picked up a few of these on the clearance sale.

I am also demonstrating how I do some crochet and knit stitches. Plus, I am using the handy tool I purchased through Etsy called a WPI gauge ( Wraps per inch).

Join me and find out what I think of this yarn!