Sunday, August 2, 2009

Not So Hot

The temperatures have come down to what is normal for this area at this time of year. It's very pleasant most of the time. Gets pretty warm and humid in the late afternoons, but the mornings have felt wonderfully cool lately. Amazing what a 20* drop in temperatures will do! That hasn't helped me to be more productive however. In fact, I've all but declared myself on a reading vacation. I've been spending my time in Regency England the last several days. I may spend more time there before I try applying my nose to the proverbial grindstone again. I guess I'm hoping that if I indulge myself, reading all I want for a week or so, my enthusiasm for stitching will return. We shall see.

I've also had another run-in with toxins. I was foolhardy enough to venture into my local used book store in search of reading material one day this week.

This place used to be one of my favorite haunts. They moved to a new location and refurbished their new digs maybe a year ago. Well, the new carpet and maybe the paints and varnishes they used on the walls and shelves are still too toxic for me.

The next day my local bead shop had a one day sale and I had to go check that out.

I just bought on spec, not for any specific project. I was trying to flesh out my stash with various sizes and shapes. I have everything from size 15 seeds to 4x4 cubes here. And wouldn't I just LOVE to go to Portland for the Bead Fest?!! You betcha.

Unfortunately, those two outings in quick succession nearly did me in. Not physically so much as mentally or emotionally. There were physical symptoms but it was the depression that really took me down. (No pun intended.) I'm still trying to get up out of that pit. Hiding out in lighthearted romance novels is a pretty safe place for me to be at the moment.

To those whose blogs I regularly read and comment on - if you're reading my blog as well - I'd just like to say that I'll be back one day soon (I hope) to catch up on all that you've been doing. Right now I just can't handle the energy and enthusiasm and productivity that I so admire in others. Sometimes reading about your activities inspires me to get up off my butt and get busy myself. Other times, like now, it just depresses me further.

Time to look for a new book...


  1. just to let you know that I am still reading :-)

  2. poor you. i understand the feeling completely. i hope you feel better soon (in all respects) cheers Paula

  3. Glad to hear your temps are more normal. We're still quite hot in the afternoons - 90* yesterday & today. We'll be better in a few days, I think.

    Sorry to hear you're having health issues again. I hope the Regency romances pick you back up soon. A week reading is a good prescription!

  4. I'm very thankful for the lower temperatures. I don't do well in the heat. I relish the cooler mornings and try to stay cool during the afternoon / evening hours.

    I'm sorry to hear you're having some health issues. Relax. You'll be back doing what you love best in no time.

  5. Whatever works. Getting lost in some novels for a while sounds great to me right now!

  6. Your description in that last paragraph is SOOOOO true for me, too ... sometimes the work of ya'll just lights my fire and sends me off in a hurry to stitch. Other times, I can barely peek in for fear of feeling even worse.

    To every thing there is a season ... it's all about patience, I guess.

  7. I kind of know what you mean--there's a store that I can hardly go into because of the awful smell. Hope that you are feeling much better soon. I buy a lot of books from the internet. I like as they are often cheaper than amazon.

  8. One of the most comforting things for me to do is to curl up with a good book...preferably while in my pjs.

    I hope you're not suffering in the heat and that today was a bit better than yesterday!

  9. I don't get your chemical issues but I sure understand the depression part. It can strike out of nowhere - you are fine one day and the next it's hard to do anything and nothing is fun. I keep myself from deleting everything on my computer such as blogs and groups just barely. I tell myself I won't hurt myself that way and so far I haven't. My cyberfriends like you are my tie to the world outside my family.


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