“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.”
~Edward de Bono
Happy June! Summer may not “officially” be here yet but don’t let the calendar fool you. It IS Summer in every other way that matters! And so far, it has gotten off to a grand start.
In my last post, I told you I was going to back away from the internet and spend more time with my daughter, work to get my writing back on track and try to rejuvenate my sagging spirits.
So far, so good!
It all started with a bow and arrow.
A few weekends ago we were up at the farm, sitting outside, enjoying the sun and chatting. My mom said something about a bow and arrow to AnneShirley and all of a sudden that’s all AnneShirley talked about.
Well, we didn’t have one. I haven’t shot a bow and arrow since I was a lot younger. Uncle Tom gave me one of their old hatchets and off I went into the woods to cut down a young popple (poplar) tree. Using some old baling twine, I made her a little bow and cut a couple sticks for her arrows.
It’s not perfect. It’s nothing fancy, but it works. It’s just the right size for her to play with. And yes, it does shoot. Of course the stick arrows don’t go far but they will sail a good fifteen feet. I had the most fun making it for her. And to see the look of joy she had in her eyes as she was playing with it was wonderful.
This week, I’ve been continuing my work on my friend’s website which is LONG overdue to be completed. It’s getting there though. I most definitely plan to have it up before the end of the month if not sooner.
On Wednesday, I started putting together an activity center for AnneShirley in our kitchen. It is also something that is long overdue. We want her to have an area where she can freely grab her paints, crayons, colored pencils, paper, etc… and set up at the kitchen table.
We want it to be an area that grows with her as she starts school next year – where she can keep her homework and assignments organized.
Jess and I are planning on adding more shelves and a small desk area. We have a little shelf there for now. We are researching ideas and tips on how to maximize space and keep it highly functional yet fun.
We also baked cookies this week. I have a few vegan cookbooks so I thought we would try a recipe I had not previously considered. They were supposed to be Oatmeal Raisin, but I didn’t have any oatmeal so I substituted Quinoa Flakes. They were really good and a lot of fun to make.
My shoulder pain is finally (FINALLY) starting to go away. I haven’t been able to practice kettlebells in more than a month and I MISS it! I’ve been walking instead and I also started Intermittent Fasting the end of April.
I love it. I do two 24-hour fasts a week – usually Sunday night to Monday night (supper to supper) and again on Thursdays after supper until supper on Friday. The rest of the time, I usually fast at least 18 hours between supper and my first meal of the day. It is working super well for me.
It is not a starvation diet. It is not unhealthy. It is simply allowing the body a chance to rest rather than constantly flood the system with food to digest. It is not for every one-I give you that, but I have found such freedom, such control that I never knew I had. And I have more energy than ever before. I’ve also lost 11 pounds in the last month. I eat healthy meals during my period of eating and find that I need far less food than before.
I don’t mention what I am doing to too many people because I am met with a lot of negativity regarding intermittent fasting. Mostly it is from those who have no idea what they are talking about. I’m sorry but going without food for 24 hours is not going to kill you. You aren’t going to starve. Again, it’s not for those with diabetes or other medical conditions. It’s NOT a new concept. It’s something people have done forever. There are days when my body tells me it needs a little more. I listen to it and react accordingly. Food is more vibrant, more delicious, more beautiful than ever before. It’s about mindful eating and savoring that which I am giving my body as nourishment.
So anyway, that is what I’ve been up to as of late. How are you? I hope this post finds you all deliriously joyous, stupendously creative and fantastically well.
Until next Thursday!