Sunday, 25 November 2018

A week of wellbeing

As I told you last week, I decided to try and do something nice for myself every day as a little bit of wellbeing. The last few months have been incredibly stressful, and now that I've started treatment, I think it's so important to take care of not just my body but my mind too. So here are some of the little treats that came my way...

*** Monday ***

 I unpacked a parcel from the USA. My lovely friends in the ThreeBagsFull group on Ravelry included me in their Advent yarn swap. So I have 25 little balls of yarn to unwrap as well as some chocolate and stitch markers. Of course Flo already has her eye on the goodies! I fully expect her to be monitoring the opening of each ball of yarn and no doubt trying to squirrel away her favourites! 

*** Tuesday ***

I made two loaves of vegan, gluten-free banana bread and my house was filled with the delicious aroma of baking. I've been reading up about autoimmune diseases and having a gluten-free diet seems to help a lot of people. So I'm giving it a whirl, I've got nothing to lose. I'm not vegan but my friend Julia is, and I wanted to give her a loaf too, so I adapted this vegan recipe and used gluten-free flour and baking powder instead. It tastes really good. 

*** Wednesday ***

A bunch of yellow roses from the supermarket today to brighten up the kitchen. 

*** Thursday ***

Julia and I spent some time sewing together and the first string of festive bunting is hot off the sewing machine! This is a present for a friend's Mum and Dad who loved the bunting we made last year.

***  Friday ***

I received a beautiful tea towel in the post from Poppy Treffry. She held a giveaway, asking people to make suggestions of things they would like to see in her shop. I'm a huge fan of her work. If you haven't seen her fun and quirky free motion stitched designs, please do pop over to her website and take a look. Perfect Christmas gifts! I love the Morris Minor Traveller on this tea towel - we had a white one when I was growing up. The sound of the engine is so nostalgic!

*** Saturday ***

Getting ready for Stir Up Sunday by mixing up the Christmas puddings. This was something Mr JK and I always did together and I like carrying on the tradition. Christmas music plays and the heady aroma of festive spices dances around the kitchen and up my nose. Heavenly! 

*** Sunday ***

Catching up over tea and a minced pie (my first this year and it's not even December yet!) with my dear pal Snoopydog. 

All simple things, but guaranteed to bring much pleasure and relaxation to the body and soul, which is the most important thing. I'm going to do the same thing next week if you'd like to join me again. xxx


busybusybeejay said...

Great idea.Hope your treatment continues to go well.

VeggieMummy said...

What a great idea. I love your festive bunting and the vegan loaf looks yummy. I treated myself to a Kate Selene advent calendar this year; I'm really looking forward to December 1st. No mince pies here yet but it won't be long! xx

Helsie said...

Great way to keep your spirits up.

Jenny Peacock said...

Good for you, could you maybe come round here and be nice to me because I'm still so exhausted from our trip home I cannot be bothered to do anything, though I am avoiding mince pies for now which is a good thing.

Jane Winter said...

Hi Helen
I am pleased to hear that you are looking after yourself and hope that your treatment means that you begin to feel a lot better soon. The advent basket looks gorgeous and I am looking forward to seeing what is in those lovely little parcels.

Lynne said...

Is it wrong to love that tea towel so much??!! That would be a "do not use" tea towel in my house, and would be folded over the oven door handle!!