Left: Sometimes Eric just can’t even
Top Center: A simple wreath I made with felt flowers from a kit and an embroidery hoop, and lots of hot glue
Top Right: A wire and bead flower in a DiSaranno bottle decorated with alcohol ink
Middle Center: A beautiful violet one of my friends gave me
Middle Right: What happens when I wake up and decide that the jewelry I’m wearing later in the week just isn’t “right” so I need to make something better
Bottom Center: Saturday night’s dinner – Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork with mini tots and home made refrigerator dill pickles
Bottom Right: The back of the now completely 100% finished Meadow Lace Shrug
We had a very nicely productive weekend. I like when there’s a good balance of getting shit done and being able to relax, and that’s what we had. I will say it helped that I had a short day on Friday because of a doctor’s appointment.
I’ve been in that mood to really get some things finished, which is part of why getting the very last bits done on the Meadow Lace Shrug felt so good. I ended up modifying the pattern to make it have longer sleeves and that resulted in having to modify the way the seams worked, and of course I decided I didn’t like the crocheted ribbing so I knit it instead. Overall, I am quite pleased with the final result. Of course now it’s probably going to be entirely too warm to wear it, but whatever.
We’ve also been getting ready for another great shake up at home. We have a new entertainment center thingie on the way and that means having to move a bunch of other stuff around. It’s good, it kind of forced me to once again go through my craft supplies and look at things with a more critical eye. I’m pleased to say that I didn’t get rid of much, mostly because the last cull was so harsh. And it also prompted me to make that wreath and the wire flower, so total win.
Things still seem to be going quite well. I’m seeing my therapist every other week, mostly to provide some accountability in terms of using my coping skills and making sure I’m sticking with the goals I’ve set for myself. Plus, I just enjoy visiting with her.
My anxiety med, I take Gabapentin, is down to 300mg in the morning and 600mg at night. That’s the lowest I think it’s ever been, and it seems to be working well. When I go back in June we’ll talk about potentially lowering my Depakote. I honestly feel like my mental health is in a really good place right now. I’m aware of my mood fluctuations, but that’s the biggest thing – they’re fluctuations, not swings. And I can control them.
The only other thing I’ve been dealing with lately is a tendency to “Tasmanian Devil” as Lancelot refers to it. I’ll start working on something, get distracted and jump to something else, and then end up with multiple things in various states of doneness. It’s frustrating for both of us.
So I’m trying to be more mindful of this tendency and when I observe it, I try to immediately course correct. It’s a process, but it seems to be working. Slowly. And that’s ok because baby steps are still progress.