Monthly Archives: December 2014

Things that make me smile ๐Ÿ˜„

Sunshine โ˜€๏ธ after the rain โ˜”๏ธ
Memories of fun times ๐Ÿ‘
Anticipation of things to come…
A cozy fire on a chilly day ๐Ÿ”ฅ
A funny film ๐Ÿ˜‰
Candles and fairy lights.
Sitting in a hot tub.
Stargazing โญ๏ธ
Greenery ๐ŸŒฟ or flowers ๐ŸŒบ in vases.
Sitting beside a fire pit ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Nature walks/wheels.
Snuggling with my assistance dog ๐Ÿถ
Little outings with my boys ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ฒ
A home cooked meal eaten at the table with my family ๐Ÿฒ
Watching my hens and ducks ๐Ÿ“
Decorating for the seasons โ„๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ
My lovely homely home ๐Ÿก
A scenic drive ๐Ÿš™
Our craft & sports holidays ๐ŸŽจโ›ณ๏ธ
Time beside the sea ๐Ÿ„
Traditions.
A good book ๐Ÿ“š
Learning something new.
My soon to be wet room ๐Ÿ‘
Independence.
Craft markets/fairs ๐ŸŽจ

The list is endless…

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Life began at 40…

I turned 40 a couple of years ago, after losing my sister (aged 43), and life took on a whole new direction!

I separated from my husband after years of negativity & grabbed life with all I had!

Yes it was hard, becoming a single mum is difficult enough when you’re fit and healthy, so doing it as a chronically ill, wheelchair user was sooooo tough!

But we’ve made it! And we’re happier, stronger and far more a family then we’ve ever been.

Life began…

Now to continue living it!

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Spoonless days can be special ๐Ÿ˜‰

My boys are enjoying a day out with their dad (my ex), which is perfect timing, as I’m spoonless. So I’m spending the day collapsed on the sofa…

But I’m making it feel like a luxury – I’m keeping the curtains drawn, and just lighting the room with fairy lights & the log fire, snuggling up under my handmade blanket & watching holiday films ๐Ÿ“บ

Now I feel like I’m having a ‘special’ day rather than feeling sorry for myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m thinking that take-out is on order tonight – I definitely don’t have spoons for cooking & my boys should have the day off too! So on with the ‘spoiling’ ๐Ÿ˜„

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The ๐ŸŽ„ Holidays ๐ŸŽ„ Spoonie Style…

Ok, so it seemed like a good idea to reduce my steroids… So when I visited my prof last month I enthusiastically pushed for a reduction. He suggested a 10mg reduction, I bartered him down to a 20mg reduction. After all these dreadful side-effects aren’t going to respond to such a limited drop – I have cataracts, osteo, high BP & Cholestrol, terrible Cushing’s, and very weak skin ๐Ÿ˜’

But I picked the wrong time of year!!!

Being an optimist, I’m looking on the bright side…. I’ve managed to watch oodles of holiday films, I’ve been saved the hassle and expense of Christmas markets and the crowds from light switch on events and parades ๐Ÿ˜‰

And, my boys have taken to our many changes of plans wonderfully! They’re such stars โญ๏ธ. So how can I complain???

I have my gifts – courtesy of the Internet ๐Ÿ‘. I have food either stored or on order – again thanks to online shopping. Plus I have meals out over the ho,u days booked too – so limited cooking, and cheaper too since I’m pagan, so celebrate on the 21st ๐Ÿ˜‰

So I can just chill, thankfully, as I’ve limited energy to do anything else!

So my lesson is that the holidays can be enjoyed, Spoonie style…

Here’s my tips…

(1) buy everything online! I’ve saved loads finding voucher deals and free postage frequently too ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. From gifts to food, wrap to cards, and even decorations too!
(2) enlist the help of close friends, carers or family… My carer is helping to get my house in order & our cooking etc, and a close friend picked up my tree ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ – he took photos and messaged them so I could choose too!
(3) use the opportunity to enjoy holiday films with popcorn for the kids ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. They’ll be extremely tied up with their new games afterwards, so grab the chance to spend quality time with them ๐Ÿ˜‰
(4) choose the perfect Spoonie gifts for your present list – gadgets galore to help where the body can’t – I have cooking aids on order this year ๐Ÿ‘
(5) don’t stress!!! Who carers that you’re doing it different,y, if it works go for it!
(6) eat out rather than cook! There are loads of deals around, so book and save on cooking ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
(7) gift bags with tissue paper to save wrapping and a stamp to ‘write’ cards too ๐Ÿ˜‰
(8) buy local ๐Ÿ˜„. It’s good for the economy to buy from independent shops and saves lots in wasting spoons traveling. I’m off to a nearby farmers market, if spoons allow, for my veg. Or failing that, my carer is taking me to the local organic veg shop for the fresh bits and pieces ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
(9) book treatments near to the holidays so you get the most of its benefits over the break ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. My next reflexology session is the 11th – perfect as I’ll be zapped immediately afterwards, but recover and feel the benefits by Yuletide ๐Ÿ˜‰
(10) don’t do what I’ve done and reduce important treatments close to the holidays! But if you have to, then like me, you’ll survive ๐Ÿ˜‰

I bet you can come up with loads more ideas…

Spoonie style holiday fun!

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