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Self-Care is….

Eating healthy.

This is a quinoa salad with kale, snap peas, red peppers, green onions, plums and an orange ginger dressing.

Depression often causes me to crave carbs. It can even cause an aversion to fruits and veggies – the appetite for them is completely gone and it’s hard to even force myself to eat them. Making healthy meals usually means that I’m on a bit of an upswing! I sure hope so.

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What My Depression Looks Like…

This corner of chaos is what depression looks like for me. Unfinished projects. Many starts and precious few endings. Fizzled out ideas.

Crochet

Perfect V-Stitch Toddler Hat

I made this cute toddler hat out of portions of Caron Cupcakes leftover from my elf hats. I quite enjoyed the pattern and I think it makes a cute hat.

Perfect V-Stitch Hat by Sarah who blogs at Ball Hank n’ Skein

Recipes

Soup!

Determined to be productive, I’m making soup!

Acorn Squash, Kale and Barley Soup

I modified the recipe slightly to fit what I had on hand. Most notably, I used leftover turkey bone broth from Thanksgiving rather than veggie broth. So, mine is not exactly vegetarian, but it would be if it didn’t kill me to throw things out.

2/4 kids ate it. 😏

Books

Romanticized Loneliness

Love in Lowercase by Francesc Miralles.

Book 36/50 for 2018 – doesn’t look like I’ll make my 50 book goal….

I adored the beginning half of Love in Lowercase. A solitary literature professor filling his quiet hours with classical music, tidying up, and reading. If you add in some crochet, that is my dream escape!

I lost the thread of the story during the second half. The gist is that all kinds of little mundane choices make up a life. Let a cat into your life and it sets in motion an escape from peaceful solitude. The butterfly effect.

I lived alone in my twenties. I rented a small ground floor apartment walking distance from the Skytrain and MetroTown mall. A vaguely creepy guy lived a few doors down but he didn’t give me any trouble. He might have just been lonely and akward.

I worked at a trucking company. I had a quiet back desk where I entered accounting data and printed reports and filed files. It was predictable, routine, and just slightly social.

After work, I would pick up a few groceries and sometimes a Bubble Tea. As I walked home I could faintly hear someone practicing violin. The notes would float onto the sidewalk and serenade me as I made my way home in the dusk.

I spent my evenings cooking, reading, cleaning, watching TV or surfing dating sites online.

On Saturdays, I would browse around the library, walk in the park, go shopping at the mall, drink coffee with biscotti at the cafe.

I vaguely remember feeling lonely, restless, bored. Mostly, I remember quiet.

In my forties, I am now married and have four children. I have a father-in-law that I care for. I have aging parents that will need my care soon. I volunteer at the kid’s school. Our family has our fair share of mental illnesses and different abilities. I am not lonely. I am rarely alone! It is easy to look back on those quiet days and remember only peace and solitude and simplicity and sushi and violins in the rain at dusk.

Crochet

Saturday morning migraine. Attempting to remedy with strong coffee, Tragically Hip, crochet, ear plugs and various meds.

Not working too well.

Going to lose the lights, music and crochet soon. Lay in a dark room. Frustrated and bored and annoyed at loud children.

Crochet

Elf Hats

I’m working on some pretty fun hats. 🤩. It took me some time to warm up to this Caron Cupcake yarn but now I love it. It makes a light and airy hat. I plan to make all my kids wear one for a Christmas picture. 😜

Pattern: Hooked on Homemade Happiness

Yarn: Caron Cupcakes