It's been a rough week with double migraines only two days apart - the silent kind with multiple auras, exhaustion and constant nausea; and the not so silent kind which trapped my head in a vice that would not ease for days.
And that's why I've been absent. Absent and resting. Absent and sleeping. Absent and doing minimal housework. Absent and stitching during the blessed in-between days of recovery.
Even though I discovered two new food triggers - capsicum (bell pepper) and mandarins - and eliminated them (more days pain free, yay!) it's the weather that's thrown me this time. Clouds, some heavy, some low, some just blown in by the Trade Winds we get every October. But clouds nonetheless and they are the one trigger I cannot avoid or manage.
Staying inside to keep cool with the air conditioner running helps me not throw up and even returns a bit of energy to my awfully lethargic body, so apart from hanging washing, feeding the hens (we have three now) and watering the garden beds, I've kept cool and sequestered from the humid heat and oppressive clouds.
On the up side of things I still got stuff done indoors during the migraine breaks, and I made sure to eat nourishing meals and drink lots and lots of water, usually with chopped strawberries and mint as that really settled the nausea.
I baked a lovely sugar-free, fat-free spiced Pumpkin and Banana loaf one day and have been enjoying that in the afternoons. The ginger I added was generous and also helped with keeping my tummy settled.
We're back to slowly eliminating meat again as returning it into our diet (after being vegan for six months) did not make an ounce of difference to Mr E's health and I think it might also be contributing to my own head issues...plus we always felt much more energetic without the meat.
I baked a Shepherdless Pie last Sunday (Shepherd's Pie normally has lamb) with loads of veg and lentils - surprise, it was delicious!! I was so grateful to have made so much because it kept us fed on my difficult evenings.
The garden is still producing, surprisingly well actually. There's lots of beans, cucumbers, spring onions, radishes, herbs, roma tomatoes and those capsicums I can't eat.
A bonus to sitting inside and resting a lot is that I've been able to do more hand embroidery on two very special projects which I can't wait to show you. But I have to say that while stitching I've been re-watching last year's Great Australian Bake-Off and eyeing off those gorgeous cover cloths which I now want to make...perhaps a few even.
Here's a tiny peek at the new Block of the Month which I'm hoping to release in the New Year.
It's called "A Simple Life"...
I'm also working on a special free Christmas project for you that I'll be sharing the first week of November and which will run for 4 weeks. Hope you'll join in with the stitch-along.
Sneek peak..."Joy to the World"...
I'm genuinely feeling improved this afternoon so hopefully life, the blog and everything else will be back on track next week. It was Ross's 30th birthday this week so we're having a family dinner on Saturday night and I know hubby is keen to browse some garage sales in the morning, plus Blossom and I have a date to go shopping on Monday. (She's doing very well, by the way, your prayers are such a blessing)
I shall leave you today with a photo of my little dumplings. I spent two mornings with them this week and despite all else they do what they always do - burst through with laughter, sunshine and a yearning to eat anything from Nana's kitchen with 'multiple' cups of tea! What joy they bring to my heart.
Love and hugs, prayers and blessings,