Up Again

It’s 3:47 A.M. and I’ve been up for a while. It’s not unusual for me to be woken up by pain. It usually happens every night. I have to get up and take more pain medication. My legs are on fire. I have degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, gouty arthritis, osteoarthritis. I could go on and on, but I won’t.  I am not in the habit of complaining about my pain, it is what it is. I deal with it the best I can.

What I was going to tell you is that there are several ways that you can learn to live with chronic pain. For me, it was finding something to do that took my mind off of the pain, to at least lessen the pain so that I could function. Crochet was that something for me. It helps me to deal with the overwhelming pain that I feel. Sometimes my house smells of Icy Hot so much that it is overwhelming for a while.  I was lucky enough to find a pair of compression gloves that help my fingers and wrists. I am able to type better now and there is less pain.  I have my lift chair and my extra large heating pad hooked up and oh boy the relief that I get for a while feels so good. I meant to tell you that I now have 14 blankets made for my comfort bags. I’ll take a photo of them soon and post it. After I get done here, I will go to my chair and start on number 15. I bought 30 bags and if I can get 30 blankets done then that would be fantastic. I would like to get them done by November 1st if I can, so whatever the amount of blankets I can manage will have to do. All I need are the stuffed animals. I have a feeling that I need not worry. I will  manage to get what I need.

My medication is starting to work, so I think rather than crochet, I will go back to my bed and get some more sleep. It was nice talking to you all. I hope to see you soon.

 

Comfort Bags

Hello everyone!  It has been a long while since I have been here and I apologize. I haven’t been feeling well and my medications haven’t been agreeing with me,  but I digress.  There are more important things to talk about.

Recently I was honored at a breakfast along with eight other remarkable people as a Senior Champion for doing charitable work. I was sincerely humbled.IMG_20170809_164501_751

 Even now as I sit typing this blog, I smile and realize how lucky I am to be doing what I am doing.

I am working on what I call Comfort Bags. The bag will contain 1 handmade (crocheted) blanket. The blankets will be all different sizes and the bag will also have 1 stuffed animal. I have the yarn for the blankets and I also have the bags. What I need help with is the stuffed animals. That is why I have started a go fund me page.  Help me get some stuffed animals .    The bags will be given to our local police department to give to children that have been traumatized in one way or another. This will let them know that someone cares and loves them.

To me, this is not work, it is a labor of love. I have been doing this for years and I will be doing this for a long time to come.

 

A Stick And Some String

Day 19

A Stick And Some String

I wonder how the idea of crochet came about

Did they try and try and fail and pout

Makes you wonder how they came to ponder

that one would even try to conjure

Why they would persist at anything

With a little stick and some string

Half Done

Day 15

Half Done

I can’t crochet a blanket

and leave it half done.

What good would it be

to leave it half done?

You couldn’t use it

only being half done.

A blanket for charity is no

charity at all when its half done.

How can it keep someone warm

if its only half done.

I can’t do it. Not me. I’m not a

half done kind of person.

It’s all or nothing for me

I don’t do things half done.

Six Ways To Make A Difference

Day 6

Six Ways To Make A Difference

  1. Donate money to the charity of your choice. They could all use some extra money. Whether it is a small donation or a large one, they will appreciate it just the same. Every dollar counts.
  2. Volunteer your time. There are soup kitchens, food banks, hospitals and nursing homes to name a few.
  3. Send a care package to a soldier. You can send practical things like razors or sunglasses, small bags of nuts, socks,paperback books, etc. For a good place to find out what is needed and how to send it you can check out this web site at Care Packages.  It is called Operation Shoebox.
  4. Go to your local library and volunteer to teach someone to read. What a gift, just think how wonderful it is to be able to read. You would be surprised to learn how many adults can not read.
  5. Volunteer at your local animal shelter. You could offer to walk the dogs, clean out cages or any number of tasks that they need help with.
  6. Any of you crocheters or knitters out there could make hats and scarves in different sizes and colors for homeless people. There are plenty of shelters that would be very happy to get these things.

There are many more things that I could mention, but this is a good starting place. Donate today, it makes a difference.