New Year, New Me??

It has felt like forever since I have posted anything on here (again) but I was just wanting to give a bit of an update as to some changes that I am planning to undertake for 2018.

And yes, I know it is already halfway through the third month of the year. Sue me. I take ages to figure out most things! Don’t even get me started on trying to blog on a more regular basis…

So, in case you don’t know me personally, I have gone through a sh*t done of health problems in the last decade roughly, and while somethings have subsided, for now, they will always be a part of me no matter how hard I try.

I’ll summarise: back in my last year of high school (2006) I got really sick, had been in and out of hospital due to a few abscesses, as well as sore joints and what I call my “witches claws” or funky fingers. It was so bad that for almost two years I could not use my dominant arm properly. I still occasionally get abscesses, but none as bad as those first three and now I know what seems to bring them on – stress – so that is one thing I try not to get worked up with these days. My joints were so bad at the start, I could not bend my knees properly and when I sat down with friends on the ground, I had to ask them to help me get up. I was 17, but felt at times like I was about 90!! Not so bad now, I mean I make noises – creaking, clicking, etc. – but I can get down and up from a seated position on the floor.

There is an upside to all this blathering on. What I am hoping to start this year is to try and better myself with my health and wellbeing by actually trying something where I am in control of it all. My diet.

I love cooking, have been since I was about 14 and just enjoy cooking when I can just dive right into a meal or two. I found this one meal plan/diet online recently and I am going to try and slowly integrate it into my repertoire for not just me, but my family one day as well.

I know it will be a hard one, as I have so many vices that I will have to get rid of, but one thing at a time and besides I keep saying to people “everything in moderation”. Enjoy those fatty, greasy, sugary foods when you feel an urge, but that’s all. It is your body telling you what it wants, so go with it. If you want something salty, eat something salty.

I am no nutritionist by ANY standard so I could be saying this completely wrong, but not everything is good for you, same as not everything is bad for you either. It is just about finding balance, moderation and keeping fit as best as you feel you can and/or want to. At the end of the day, it is you who can change what you do with yourself.

Next post I will go into a bit more detail of my health plan, and will hopefully have experimented with some foods by then as well. Until then, Peace out everyone.

~D

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Bit of a crazy week

Trying to find routine when there is no possible way of having a ‘normal, set’ work week, is hard. I don’t know what to do at times.

There have been days recently when I just want to have a day to myself, just “chill the EFF out”, but I can’t. Least not properly. There is always tasks that needs to be done, either around the house, in town. Whatever. Cleaning, cooking, gardening, and yet if I had more than maybe one day off, I would enjoy being able to do all of that, especially on a lovely, sunny day like today. But not right now, it just seems more of a chore, than anything else.

And the worst thing about it, I procrastinate something terrible. I’ll admit that. Finding something menial to do instead of the real task, least for a while.

I’d love to go back to having just a regular routine, with normal hours where I can go out, meet people, make friends, and at least seem like the social butterfly I portray at work currently. But… trying to find the right job that can allow for that now, is not possible.

I keep looking, and asking, though I try not to get my hopes up too high, least for now. I’d love to get into doing this – writing, for a job. But there is not really anything like that around for the moment.

Well, not sure on what else to say, except that it has been an all-over the place sort of day, and then back to the grindstone tomorrow. Least the work day is a short one, and I get the afternoon to potter around the house and garden.

Till next time.

~ Darlene

Home life. Cooking, cleaning, etc.

It is amazing on what can be done in just one day, given the way the day now seems to go by so fast. The amount of tasks that I try to set myself most days may be a bit much; such as washing, cleaning, cooking, and even meal prepping, but once I get started, I just keep going.

Today for example, I hope to get some deep cleaning done in the kitchen, as some previous visitors have left quite a mess on the surfaces. *cough*flies*cough* And then, once I start, I find them all over the house, and want to do the entire place, floor to ceiling.

And do I find it all annoying? The tasks of housework and maintaining a home?

Surprisingly, … No. I’m actually finding relief in it. Since I am still unable to find paid work to go out and do – least for the moment, I just get stuck into keeping the house as tidy and as clean as I can.

Least the only pest we get inside now are flies, what with the heat some days with the New Zealand summer slowly approaching. When we first moved in, there was a massive swarm of wasps in the lounge. Yes. Wasps!

Though thankfully, they were all a bit dozed when we found them, as it was in the middle of the Winter season. So, all we did was douse the buggers with fly spray – even though it wouldn’t likely kill them outright, and them swepped them up and took them outside. I despise wasps with a passion, it gave me the shivers when I took them away. Still does just at the thought.

They still appear outside, as we live in an area full of orchards – rotten fruit seems to attract them in, but I keep well away from them and try my best to keep them outside.

Can anyone tell me what they are called?
Can anyone tell me what they are called?

The image above is as close to how they looked when I see them, if anyone is able to tell me what they are would be great. Just in the case of getting stung by them and I could be allergic.

Going back to a previous thought, I also find relief in cooking. Getting the meals sorted for dinner, or even lunches is almost therapeutic. Guess it must be a part of me, as my Poppa use to do a lot of catering for local events back in Auckland, as well as at the old family home some nights.

And his skills have been passed down, through his daughters (my mum and her sisters) and to the following generation. At times, it makes me feel close to him, in a way I wish I had tried to do more so when he was alive.

Time to get back into it all, I guess. I’ve blabbered on long enough with this post, I think. I might even do a post on what I’m cooking for tonight, when I get the chance.