Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Happy October!

Joyful autumn wishes to you!

I happily celebrated the arrival of October with pumpkin soup and candy corn! It was a decent start, with good weather too. Our foliage is just now starting to change and I adore the gray rainy days that make the fall leaves stand out even more so! In September I brought out my autumn garland and hung it along the stair rail and on our decor shelf. This Thanksgiving weekend I cracked open my bins of Halloween decor and unloaded it upon my living room. Although everything is out on its own shelf it still doesn't feel like Halloween around here...maybe once I put out our outdoor decor items it will tie it all together? I've been so ill I find it hard to pull out that Halloween spirit that's always been so near and dear to my heart. : /

I didn't post a monthly update last month because September was ridiculously busy. Things have been so...different around here. There's so much going on that I'm not even gonna get into most of it. I still don't have pictures yet, if you're wondering. I returned to work in mid September only to find faces I don't recognize and a mass amount of orders that has everyone on edge. This is compounded by the fact that I have been very ill. I have missed on average 1-2 days of work a week. In the end of August and throughout September I wore a face mask to work. There's some kind of flu bug circulating there and with a weakened immune system I couldn't afford to pick it up. Unfortunately my face blistered up in one of the worst acne outbreaks I've had since I was a teenager. I have to stop wearing the mask because it is causes me to break out in blind pimples. They hurt, they're unsightly, I can't get relief! I talked with my boss in the summer about going down to part-time. I've made the decision to enact that in the coming weeks, so I'll be working four days a week now. With the Christmas rush I have the ability to bump the shifts up to 10 hour shifts, so although I'll have a long weekend every week I'll be working the equivalent to what I normally would. I can also pick up Saturday shifts if I feel up to it. It sounds odd to choose to work 9-10 hour shifts when I'm sick but it works because I can push myself through the long days (as I've already been doing) and recuperate on Friday. Before, I would come home and sleep all Friday night, well into Saturday day, leaving nothing but Sunday to get anything done. I'm hoping that having a three day weekend I might be able to cope with my symptoms and some how push on through the work week. Somehow it's easier when you know there's only four days. I can't explain it any better than that.

And no, I still have no idea what's wrong. I can tell you the pain is far worse than it's ever been before. I would put it on par with the pain I experienced in my hysterectomy. The body pains are like flu symptoms times a thousand. I feel as though my whole body is a charley horse. I am one big bruise. My stomach reacts to anything so I have difficulty feeling hungry. I've lost weight...something I shouldn't celebrate...but HELL YEAH! Anything I eat will give me the feeling of gut rot or I'll literally have an upset stomach one way or another. As a result I'm shy about eating anything for fear of the pain, I'm surviving on what is probably only 500 calories a day. A few Fridays ago I went to the ER because the pain was so crippling I couldn't hold onto things. I'm not exaggerating...I was so scared of what was going on inside me that I felt I was going to die. I'm on morphine now. It helps a little but I think it's keeping me up at night. I'm going to see the GI in a few weeks, I don't know if he'll be able to help with my body pains but if we can figure out the stomach issues that's really something. I still have fevers every day of my life and come next February it'll have been a whole year with fevers. December will mark a whole year of physical pain. And that's one whole year of my family doctor not really giving a fuck.

Westerland Rose (left) Climbing Joseph's Coat Rose (Right)

I've been doing up our garden for the fall. Not much to choose from at any of the nurseries. I found these lovely icicle pansies, not a flower I'm familiar with, apparently they'll survive the winter months and return in the spring! You can see in my main post photo above, with my petunias and snapdragons that are still going strong. Sadly I think my Halloween pansies have all died off. They were choked out by the petunias. I think maybe next year I'll do mostly snapdragons and icicle pansies, the petunias just became too unruly this year. My roses really started to look healthier once our weather changed. The stalks became stronger and there have been more buds yet they take a long time to bloom. I purchased two mums while at the nursery, one in a soft pink which I've never seen before and another burgundy which we placed into a burgundy pot (looks really sharp). Our Fuji Cherry is bouncing back now that all the damn Japanese beetles are gone. I must've killed hundreds of them this year. We still have an earwig problem though...yuck!

Mums (left) and my Halloween Pansies from early this year (right)

My folk art has been slow going but I'm happy with what I'm working on right now. I'll probably have to put my art on hiatus yet again. I obviously have no time for Halloween stuff now, it's too late, and it's too late for Christmas because I should've had the bases made and dried last month, but it's been good practice. Sales in my vintage Etsy shop have been steady. It's nice to declutter and get patterns to people who will love them. I've returned to doing my art/illustration work. I'm sick of how underdeveloped my artistic skills have been so I'm studying composition and learning new techniques in Photoshop and Illustrator. Ideally I'd like to continue with that, especially considering that the winter is not ideal for sculpting my folk art, so really, I have no other art to work on but my cartoons at this point.

I've also been sewing! I made a totally adorable dress, not very gothy but that's okay. I've also sewn this cool faux leather spandex crop top. I'm having fun sewing with knits. It's actually quite useful once you get the hang of it; knits are way easier to fit and knit projects tend to go faster than others. Odd as it may sound, the only way I've been learning is by deconstructing other knit items in my wardrobe. The dress I made is actually based on a nightgown, the top I made is based off of a long sleeve shirt that I pinned to the floor and traced; I plan on finding other knit items I enjoy and making copies of them. 

Currently I'm busy sewing my Halloween costume...You may recall I started this up last year but never finished it. Well, I'm not into having too many unfinished objects lying around in my sewing room so I've decided to take up the project yet again! Yes, a fairy! I figure I wear so much black normally it'd be a fun change to go crazy sparkly girly this year. I'm making the headband, wand, and fairy wings. I hope to wear one of the Lockshop wigs I bought a few years ago. I have one in periwinkle and one in purple. I also have these cute silver jelly sandals I got for $5 at Forever21, I love them so much! I don't care if people are over them, they're comfy. I hope to finish the wings this weekend and I'll share my progress as I go along. :)

What are you up to this Halloween, my lovelies?



  1. Sorry to hear all about all your health issues everything sounds bloody stressful.A few years ago. I worked in call centre and when doing my nurse training I did 13 hours shifts so I can empathize with the stress and fatigue. In the call centre I felt like a zombie. I would highly recommend either finding another job or drastically cutting your hours to where is possible, I know easier said than done. Good luck with sorting your work and health issues.

    It's great your starting to get back into sewing and crafting that always a great outlet for dealing with stress and negativity (from my experience).

    P.s I was read your sewing review a while ago which reviewed Simplicity 8020, the one that uses the hideous Halloween fabric. The blouse has turning out lovely.

    1. Long shifts are hell aren't they? I pulled a full Saturday shift and felt like I was going to collapse towards the end. I'm being more open to the idea of allowing myself days off. It's a hit to my finances but if I'm in pain I can't help it. I'd rather heal than make it worse by overworking myself. I'd love to find another job but my boss at this job is so supportive and accommodating that I think it's a good fit for now, once I get healthier I can look at other options.

      Sewing is helping when I have the energy to do it. It makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something with my time, and I really need a sense of fulfillment given the circumstances right now lol. I hope I have the energy to continue with my folk art, it's hard painting when your hands hurt. I'll post pics of my art upon completion.

      Good to hear about the blouse! I'm sure you used much nicer fabric. :)

  2. I really hope you feel better soon, you can get through anything! I don't have any plans yet, but I can't wait to see your Halloween gown!

    1. Thank you! I'm trying to be as optimistic as possible! I see the specialist soon, fingers crossed. :)

  3. I am so sorry about your health! I guess you have had Cat scans?? 500 calories is nothing! Please take care of yourself! No plans for Halloween yet. But, I do know, I will be going to the cemetery, to visit my grandpa. A tradition I have done for years and leave apples around the grave stones.

    1. Sadly no CAT scans yet, I really would like someone to perform one, this specialist might. I had wanted them to do a CAT at the ER but they wouldn't do anything other than basic physical examination. I always worry something not quite right is happening inside my tummy and I feel like an xray of some sorts might reveal something. I try to eat more but I'm limited by what my stomach can intake, I've been living off of rice crispies and smoothies (smoothies are at least providing me with vitamins). Still, I'd like to eat more.

      That tradition sounds beautiful! Is there significance to the apples or just a symbol of the harvest? :)

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    1. Thank you! :) They're growing well this fall.

  5. I am so so sad to hear about your continued illness :( I wish so much better for you. I love your pictures of flowers and leaves. Please forgive me not visiting as much lately.


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