ktg, you at the Catholic school?
I haven't knit a stitch in more than a week, and my hands are so much better.
On the bright side, though, the writing is coming along. I am making time daily, which is already a giant step. If I do it for another 30 days, it will be my new habit.
artparent, that bargain wool sounds like a wonderful surprise!
I've also been working out daily, and so far have lost a couple of pounds and definitely strengthened my body. I am reducing my use of anti-inflammatory medicine, and have gone sugar-free. Have also all but eliminated most carbs. Still lots of vegetables and fruits, but very few grains. A normal diet, just trying to burn off my own energy stores.
And don't ask about coffee.
I am still wary about the working arrangement, though I feel incredibly blessed to be given the chance to try. My employer values my work enough to call me back in, which is huge (esp. in this economy), and trusts me enough to give me the autonomy to try and structure my life in a non-traditional way--which is even more huge.
So now I have to get organized again. I can't do cook-aheads or crock pots, so meal planning is going to be more critical than ever. Also, all our meats are frozen, so advance planning is required. Today, I'll make black bean chili with frozen chard and zucchini, and tomorrow I will cook a pair of turkey drumsticks I have in the freezer with some eggplant and roasted peppers we also have down there. I think it's time for me to consolidate freezer contents, too, which helps me send a "don't waste" message to dh with regard to meat.
My dear sister dropped off a huge bag of hand-me-downs last night, so the kids have dug into the treasure and are picking their new favorites.
They have been making art every day, too. Painting, drawing, cutting and gluing (lots of snowflakes), writing. The house looks like it, too.
Our other big challenge is balancing keeping the barn warm with keeping it ventilated enough to prevent pneumonia. Dh seals up every crack, and while this keeps it warm, it also keeps things humid and doesn't allow the ammonia out. I shovel out a little each day during the week, which helps, but those ladies pee a lot. Looking forward to a warmup this week, when we can keep doors open through the night.