That’s been my day today. Not boring, necessarily – but definitely not exciting.
The ornaments are beaded ornaments that I’m making for our parish Christmas tree. Every year someone makes ornaments for the tree which have tags with the name of the church and the year on them. They stay on the tree until Christmas services, then everyone takes one home as a gift from the church. There was one woman who started the tradition and carried it on until she was no longer able to do it due to age. Since then, it’s been volunteers. I do it anonymously. I don’t want praise. I just want to do it as an “unseen angel.”
Those of us who have been at the church for many years have quite a collection of these ornaments. It is a special reminder at Christmastime that we are all a big family, with everyone putting the same ornaments on their trees at home.
Today, my husband was at work and my son was at the Woodstock Fair helping his grandparents. I had the house to myself. It was nice and peaceful. The weather was moderate. The fibromyalgia was mild today. So I decided to work on the ornaments. I put on some modern Native American music and sat down at my craft table. (For those interested, the CD’s were Beneath the Raven Moon by Mary Youngblood and Midnight Strong Heart by Kevin Locke). Then I set to work.
Even with time off to visit with my husband at lunch, I completed 50 ornaments by 2 PM. I had only 30 left to go, but by then my back was starting to complain about sitting in the same place too long. So I packed up for the day and put the table away. With fibromyalgia, one of the most important things to learn is to listen to your body. Since I’ve been dealing with it over 40 years, I have learned the signs and signals pretty well. Okay – sometimes I ignore the signals, but I do know them.
What to do now? I don’t have to cook tonight. My husband offered to pick up Chinese on his way home from work. I don’t feel like reading right now. I do feel like a nap, but that would mess up my sleep tonight, so I’d better fight that urge. How about computer games?
Better than nothing. Actually, computer games at Pogo have saved my sanity many times before. I can find variety and most of them pause, so I can take phone calls or do chores between games. After all, once the laundry is in the washer, there isn’t much to do while it washes. I personally prefer not to sit and watch the clothes tumble.
Games also work with fibromyalgia. When the fibromyalgia flares up, there are two things that become important: not staying in any one position too long and something fairly easy to keep the mind occupied. Even sitting for hours, watching TV, can cause the fibro flare to be worse. Great, huh? The games aren’t difficult but they do give you something to concentrate on. The brain can’t concentrate on two things at once – if you truly focus on something else, you don’t register the pain. I’m sure everyone has had the experience. You have a wicked headache. If you’re standing in a long line at the register, that headache will drive you crazy. If you’re doing something you enjoy, the headache doesn’t feel that bad. Even if it’s the same headache on the same day. Interesting.
Gratefully, my Chinese food and my husband arrived and rescued me! I told my daughter I had to go; I wanted the food while it was still hot. Dinner was great – just chow mein, nothing exotic, but I didn’t have to cook it! Right now my husband is out on the roof of the screen room tearing off the old shingles so he can set to work bright and early putting on the new roofing. It’s a good thing I had such a nice, quiet, relaxing day today. I suspect it will be too noisy for my liking tomorrow. Heck, it already is.
I think I’ll go back to the games for a while. At least they may help me ignore the noise. The Dead Sox . . . I mean, Red Sox . . . are on but I’m listening to a different channel. After their lackluster performance in New York the past few days, they don’t get my time – at least until my husband stops banging away on the roof and comes in to relax. Maybe I’ll let him watch them – and maybe not. I’ll flip a coin.
This is going to be a frustrating weekend. Lots of home improvement work that I can’t participate in. I’m going to have to work to keep myself occupied. Computer games only go so far and the ornaments are almost all made.