The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

January recap

Here we are, another month has gotten away from me. I’m trying to do a summary of “what I did this month” to keep me on track, so without further ado:

  • I didn’t spend a lot. My ultimate goal was to have a “no spend” month. I want to save some money, travel a bit, and be more conscious of what I purchase (and what I use). I’m tired of feeling like I have so much but yet I have nothing to wear. :p

    So…this month I bought a going-out/work top, a cardigan sweater, and a pair of boots. All were on sale or clearance and two were tried and tries–essentially pieces that I wear a LOT and love, just in different colors, so I know I’ll get a good amount of use out of them. It feels really good to step back and be more aware of what I’m purchasing. I think I enjoy the stuff more, too.

  • I also bought a yoga ball chair for home. Again, a tried and true because I’ve an identical one at work. I love them.

  • I got sick. The good news is, I was only sick for about two weeks, as opposed to last year when I was sick for about six weeks. I think my small changes are adding up!
  • I started limiting inflammatory foods. Ever since I was a kid I would have these patches of dermatitis. They would come and go seemingly at random and sometimes they would get pretty big and/bleed. It was gross. Well, now they are popping up in greater numbers. Normally this isn’t a big deal; it’s winter and I have dry skin so I expect it. But lately they’re beyond a little dry skin patch. They’re cracking and the cream I have isn’t working so well. I got a new prescription–$96 with insurance!–and was told my other option was steroid shots that stay in the body three months.

    Steroid shots!! For dry skin!!

    That’s when I decided a dietary change is in order. My derm said that like gluten and other inflammatory foods can trigger this, especially if people have autoimmune issues (like hypothyroid). So, I’m cutting out gluten and incorporating more greens, veggies, and things like coconut oil. We’ll see how things are at the end of this month.

  • I started knitting my first sweater! I am taking a sweater knitting class. It’s a challenge, but it’s also a lot of fun. I’ve been worried about the cats trying to play with the yarn but they’ve been really good, just sitting next to me or sleeping nearby while I knit.

  • Been picking up more freelance. I can’t wait to pay off my final student loan this year, yahoooo!

    In other news, last night I cleaned off my desk so once again I have a dedicated writing spot! ::throws confetti:: Meanwhile, here is a picture of Sophie chilling out as a knit:

    Sophie kitty relaxing on the back of couch with a Christmas blanket under her

    Sophie watching me as I knit. I haven’t wanted to put away the Christmas throw blankets yet. 🙂

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    The last few weeks have just “flu” by, har, har

    I’ve been meaning to post for ages. Honestly, I’ve got this 2017 retrospective in my drafts folder, and I am planning on posting about my new desk set-up (once I get my chair full assembled, I’ll finally have an actual workspace again), and blah, blah, blah. But as life would have it, I’ve been sick. I got sick the other weekend with what was either a super-short-lived-but-violent case of food poisoning or a super-short-lived-but-violent case of the stomach flu. Literally, within 24 hours I was weak, but up and somewhat mobile.

    Then yesterday I woke up feeling fairly OK but within an hour or two I had a fever and a massive headache and joint aches. I took some NyQuil* last night and while I am not 100% today, I’m much better. But still, it’s such a pain because I’ve planned these bigger house projects on the weekend and when you’re pretty much down for the count, you have to catch up during the week and honestly, do you really want to do all this work after working 8 hours? Not me.

    Still, I wanted to get a post in. I did have an awkward photo showing Grizzy, Sophie, and Sammi (puppy) on the bed with me! Despite the fact that I was pinned down on three sides, it was very sweet. 🙂 However, it looked like a war zone due to a ton of blankets being on the bed (Sammi had an accident on our comforter, so that was thrown over the closet door. Taking that to the cleaners.) So here are a few separate pictures of my furry nurses:

    Sammi puppy bundled up under the comforter

    Sammi is unimpressed.

    Sophie and G, soaking up sunbeams on the chair in the living room

    Sophie and G, soaking up sunbeams.

    Thermometer showing my temperature of 100.8

    Finally going down a bit.

    In Summary:
    The bad news? I have been getting sick. Not a huge suprise, given a lot of bugs are going around.

    The good news? It appears I’m not getting *as* sick. I’m going to tentatively chalk this up to taking vitamins (fish oil, vitamins d and c) regularly. I’ve also been eating fewer inflammatory foods and more whole foods, and consciously doing more relaxing things (walking, reading, knitting), which helps keep the stress down. I’m also pumped because I just brewed a fresh batch of kombucha! My last scoby got moldy, so I held off brewing for a while. Then my lovely boyfriend bought me a kombucha heater so I decided it was time to start brewing again.

    I really believe these small, all-over-the-map changes are making a difference. I want 2018 to be the year I don’t get knocked down completely by every virus that goes around.

    I hope you are staying healthy, and that your 2018 is off to a good start. 🙂

    Do you have any tips on staying healthy? I’m all ears.

    *OMG NyQuil. I was scared to take it, but it was all we had in the house, so I went for it. The last couple times I’ve taken NyQuil I’ve had such horrible nightmares I swore it off. Last night I had some mildly unsettling dreams, which is better than the alternative, but right now I don’t think I’ll need it tonight and I am so glad!

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    Where there’s a bag…

    there’s a cat (trying to get inside).

     

    Sophie kitty snuggled up in Qdoba bag

    Looks like a tight fit, but when we pull back the handles a bit…

    Sophie kitty snuggled up in Qdoba bag

    She looks surprisingly comfy!

    Sophie kitty in the Qdoba bag

    Grizzy is trying to finagle a way into the bag, too.


    Been reflecting on this past year. Has it ever gone by fast! I read that one hypothesis as to why times seems to go by faster as we age is we’re not creating super-new memories. That is, usually some aspect of the event has been seen / felt / heard, etc. I wonder. Either way, it’s been a good year and I’m starting to reflect on it and everything that’s happened. And seeing as I am down for the count with a cold (ARGH!) I’ve been getting lots of couch-and-kitty time to do so.

    I hope your December is going swimmingly!

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    A bonded pair

    Isn’t this a sweet picture of the furkids?

    Sophiekitty and Grizzy on the chair

    One of my favorite pictures of the small fries.

    Everyone once in a while I think of shelter kitties with the sign “bonded pair.” It broke my heart that they were in the shelter, but it also made me so happy that they had a true, close friend.

    Lately I’ve seen these guys snuggled up together on their couch cushion (yes, “their” cushion. Up until a few months ago it was only Grizzy’s cushion). It makes my heart melt. My little bonded pair who will stay with me forever. ❤

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    Back in bed

    Sophiekitty snuggled up in my arm in bed

    Sophie chillin’ in her human bed.

    Ah, the life of a cat, being able to use your humans as a mattress/blanket/heating pad.

    Can I go back to bed? Please? Or have another few days off? I had a nice holiday, and spent lots of time with family, but now I need a day to catch up on everything else…like cleaning and laundry, and a side project that came in. Thankfully I’ve got some PTO banked and I plan to take a couple Fridays off.

    Now…to be productive! Wish me luck! And I hope you have a productive, happy week too. 🙂

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    Grizzy at the window

    Grizzy at the window pane

    I wonder what’s out there?

    I spied the G-cat at the window the other day and was lucky enough to snap a picture. He was there for quite a while. I wonder what he was looking at? I’m so glad he has more perches and windows to gaze out of now. 🙂

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    Thankful Thursday

    I’m thankful for so much, but I’m especially thankful for moments like this:

    Sammipup, Sophie, Grizzykitty

    I had been sitting with these three prior to taking the picture.

    It was such a sweet moment. 🙂


    In more thankful moments, I’m so happy I did a phone dump onto my computer last night! I’m now in the process – and not just thinking of it, haha – of sorting through images and then uploading them to Dropbox or the like. I hope to stay more organized going forward, deleting and/or transferring images weekly or month. It just helps me function better.

    May you have a lovely Thursday!

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    How is it November already? (Mini-mind dump edition)

    Allllrightee, it’s now November 8 which means we are a full week into November already. Where is the time going?!

    I have started writing a blog post countless times and deleted it. I think my biggest issue is my computer (a laptop) isn’t set up on my desk because other stuff is there. If I’m at my home desk, I can type, complete, publish. If I’m at work or on the couch at home, I get distracted. That said, I am bound and determined to find a permanent home for my laptop this weekend, and for right now, well, this starting-and-stopping is ridiculous so here is a mini-mind dump! 😀

    The Homestead
    I’ve been cleaning up the house and slowly but surely getting things organized. When I get misty-eyed thinking of how my apartment was *just how* I wanted it, I remember I was there for several years and it went through several iterations of being.

    Our front door with harvest decor

    All decked out for fall!

    A perfect micro-example of this at the new house is the front door. First I put out two pumpkins. Then I found a cute little harvest-esque wreath. Then I remembered I had a Halloween slate tile, as well as fall door mat. Lastly my sweetie tied some corn husks* to the rails and voila! Granted, this all happened over the course of two weeks or so, and it all happened in pieces, but I’m so pleased with the results.

    Knitting
    This is another work-in-progress situation. I took a lace knitting class in late September, early October. The project was a scarf with various lace knitting stitches. Lots of new things to learn and master. Everything was moving along fairly well with minor hiccups until Chart 6. OMG, I think I ripped out that section at least 10 times. Last night I finally (finally!) completed it.

    My beginning lace knit scarf.

    It looks messy, but once it’s blocked you should be able to see the pattern nicely.

    The good thing about redoing it so many times is I feel like I’ve mastered nupps (kind of like a bobble–basically, they are a little nub and add some texture to knitting) and I have a much better handle on gauging where I’m at and troubleshooting by investigating specific rows and stitches instead of having to rip *everything* out because of one stitch I messed up. So, it was a very good learning process.

    Maine
    Oh, Maine…I still get emotional when I look at the pictures of the ocean. It was breathtaking. Check it out:

    Maine shoreline...simply stunning.

    Maine shoreline…simply stunning.

    I have it on my list to upload those photos to Dropbox this weekend so I can sort them and put them in a book or on the blog. Suffice to say, New England was beautiful and I would totally go back. I’d even run another half marathon there. 🙂

    The Cats!
    I saved the best for last. Oh, my small fries. I can’t tell if they enjoy not being in a furnace (aka my old apartment) anymore? We do have the heat on so it’s warm but not not stifling like at my old place. They do seem to be sleeping on top of each other more often, which is sweet. A few times now I’ve looked over and see a black blob and I squint and realize they’re *both* there.

    Sophie and Grizzy snuggled up on their cushion.

    Snuggled up on their cushion.

    Sophie is having a hard time accepting that us silly humans must abide by the dreaded Daylight Saving Time. Sunday morning she woke me up at 5 am (which 24 hours prior had been 6 am). This whole week it’s been going on like that. I do appreciate the help, because I’m trying to get up by 5:30, but the transition is still a little rough.

    Grizzy is usually sleeping on his chair when I get up but as soon as I walk into the kitchen he’s there for his drive-by leg rubs. He’s such a mellow kitty.

    That’s about it for now. I’ll be working on organizing this weekend so I can actually get back to blogging!

    Have a wonderful rest o’ the week!

    *These started sprouting outside out kitchen window. The neighbors two houses down have some box gardens with corn, so I assume the birds carried the seeds over. It’s pretty neat!

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    Happy Halloween!

    I promise to get back to blogging next month…which is tomorrow, ahhh!

    Have a lovely Halloween! 🙂

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    Thankful Thursday

    I am so thankful today. I feel really good and I wish I could have this feeling every day.

    Sophiekitty in the window

    I want to be calm like this and remember there is a lot of good in my life.

    It’s funny, earlier this week there was a LOT of drama surrounding a family portrait. As one of seven kids, I come from a big immediate family. This picture was supposed to include grandkids and one great-grandkid, as well. I say “supposed to” because it’s now up in the air because of, how do I say this dellicately, “differing” priorities. Yay, family!

    Needless to say, it was a little stressful. But today I feel great. I think how I ran 10 miles the other night–and I was able to converse throughout the whole thing. I don’t think I’ve ever run 10 miles and I’ve certainly not been able to converse through the whole stretch.

    Next week I’ll be on my way to New Hampshire, to run my first ever half marathon. I’m excited, a little nervous, but mostly excited. I’ve wanted to go to New England for decades and I’ve wanted to run a half marathon for at least 10 years. Now I’m doing both, whee!

    The kitties are happy and Sammi has accepted them really well, too. Life is good. I want to remember this, when there is a lot of family drama, I want to be able to focus on the good things in my life.

    So that’s that. And OMG I ran 10 miles! I’m going to be running 13.1 miles in 10 days from now!! Ahh!

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