Sorry my blog posts have been missing from action this past couple of weeks. My chronic fatigue has been kicking my backside this past fortnight or so and, combined with little sleep, I’ve had very little energy to do much apart from work (and I only work a 4 day week). I’m hoping my energy levels are going to rise for June as I have quite a few things planned. Fingers crossed!
(Skip down to “Love” if you don’t want to read the ramble about fatigue!)
I do have several posts in the pipeline (notebook reviews, a paper-cut review and a castle visit post), but it’s just having the energy and brainpower to sit down and complete them.
For those who don’t know, chronic fatigue isn’t just physical fatigue, it’s mental fatigue too. Brain fog clouds memory and numbs creativity. Fatigue isn’t just tiredness either, it’s so much more. It’s hard to describe real fatigue to people… If you’ve ever had an operation or medical procedure, imagine how you feel when you’re coming around from it. Imagine how you feel when you have a bout of flu (and I mean proper flu where you ache all over and can barely get out of bed, not a cold or man-flu). Imagine how you’d feel after running a marathon. Fatigue is that kind of tiredness. It’s like pushing against a wall all day long. Even if I get a good night of sleep (which I had been getting up until this past fortnight), I still feel like I haven’t slept. I’ve actually forgotten what it’s like to wake up feeling refreshed.
I find chronic fatigue so frustrating because it means I can’t do everything I want to do. I can’t work a 5 day week every week (which of course has an impact on my income and expenditures). It’s had quite an effect on my (now almost non-existent) social life (though I do try!) and plans are very much dependent on how I feel on any given day.
No, not my love life. That’s pretty non-existent at the moment, but after last year’s stressful drama, I’m not too bothered about that!
I love getting out and about with my camera and whilst the fatigue has meant I’ve not visited the places I’d hoped to this past couple of weeks, I did manage to get out in the garden with my camera (although I forgot to swap to my macro lens!).
I love this time of year and seeing the flowers and plants springing to life. I love seeing the bees buzzing about the garden, although I wish they’d sit still a little longer.
I don’t really do new year’s resolutions, but I did promise myself that 2017 would be the year I took more time out for myself and got back into crafts. So I’ve been having a go at making my own Traveller’s Notebooks.
Traveller’s Notebooks are basically leather covers with elastics which hold a number of notebooks inside.
I made this one as a gift for my friend Sarah. It’s made from black leather, with rainbow elastic and a porcelain letter charm. Inside I slotted in 3 Calepino pocket notebooks, but Sarah can switch these out and replace with new notebooks when she’s done with them.
My Dad has asked for one in burgundy leather (which I’ll make for Father’s Day next month) and I’ve got some purple leather to make myself one with. That will leave me with leftover black, burgundy and purple leather… Guess what everyone’s getting as gifts this year!