Friday, March 6, 2015

My Day

I get the chills  and a fever for a few hours  every  day (on average ).  Just part of the lupus.

The good  news (besides that my medicine is starting to work and will continue to fight  this) is that the sun is creeping back into life in the Midwest!   Spring might be coming.

So here's my new "when I feel like crap " routine.   I take the recliner,  put it in the entryway pointed right at the front  door.  The storm door acts as my little warming hut, and with book in hand I'm  a cozy critter!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Meditating to Feel

I'm not sure if the title will fit the whole post, but I am determined to write today.  And I think I came the closest to knowing what to write about when I sat down to (force myself) meditate.

I've had a couple of lupus pain days--which is okay, they are on the heels of my first "felt normal the entire day" episode.  But today in pain day #2 I kept reminding myself that at times like this meditation is good for me.

I set my phone timer for 15 minutes and sat down on the carpet facing the sun.

And the pain came.  No, the pain was already there.  The pain was felt.  Not the muscles or the joints, but my heart.  The pain I try to hide from.  Yes, even though I know better I try to distract and hide from feeling my feelings.  But then I meditate and feel them :).

It was good because I had a cleansing cry, which I think had been hovering near the surface all morning.  Life's little hurts came bubbling up and I was able to weep for some loss, some frustration, and also to feel the light and the growth in the pain.  The best way to get over something is to actually wade *through* it--instead of avoidance.  So I'm grateful for today's pain.  My feelings feel felt.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Apple Pie Filling

I was randomly craving apple pie filling since I'd seen some recipes around pinterest.  Since it was just snowing this weekend, it is TOTALLY apple pie season.  

Because I say so :).

I bought two large bags of granny smith apples and my oldest daughter helped me hack away at those things.  We ended up with 24 cups of apples.

Here's the recipe we used.  It is our creation as we morphed together the ideas we'd seen and changed things according to what we had and our pot size :).  It is gluten-free naturally so makes an easy and fun dessert without bothering with a crust or anything. 

12-24 C apples
3 1/2 C white sugar
1 C corn starch
3 t cinnamon
1 t salt
1/2 t nutmeg
8 C water

Mix together and bring to a boil in a LARGE stockpot or pan.  Let boil until thick.  Then let cool on stove for 30 minutes to an hour.  Then you can put the amounts you want into freezer bags for enjoying later or making into pies or apple crisps.  This made plenty for our family to enjoy last night and three bags for the freezer.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Natural Pools

When I first read about natural pools I was fascinated instantly.  I've got my quirks and aversions and the chemicals in pools and hot tubs is in that list :).  They are quite common in Europe but haven't completely caught on here in the U.S.  My first suspicion wast that they must be WAY more expensive because there is very little maintenance--and that was too good to be true.

But there doesn't seem to be much of a catch.  Unless you are averse to beauty and nature and plants and all that shiz.  There is usually a section that has plants that act as natural filters.  So yeah, no filtration system, and very little cleaning unless you've got a leaf problem.  I think it would be so cool to have that combination of the look of a pond and the usefulness of a pool.

Now this midwesterner is off to daydream of  the sort of weather in which I could enjoy a pool!  Have a great day.


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