Category Archives: health

Night time drink

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If like me you like to have a hot milky drink in the evening then you may like my bedtime drink. It is apparently a version of a chai latte but I started to make it as an alternate to cocoa (minus the tea) without realising. Once I discovered recipes for chai latte’s I tried adding some tea to my recipe and haven’t looked back. I use soy milk (alpro soy light) but any milk of your choice should work fine, it is also worth mentioning that I use a pretty large mug (larger than normal mug) so you may need to adjust accordingly. (I will try to remember to measure capacity of my mug tomorrow).

Ingredients

1 teaspoon loose tea
1/2 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
2 cloves
1 cardamom pod
1 teaspoon sweetner

Place a mug full of milk into a saucepan.
Add dried ingredients
Heat, stirring or whisking occasionally
Strain into manual milk frother, froth, pour into mug and sprinkle with either cinnamon, nutmeg or choc.

Can easily be drunk without frothing or can be frothed in any other manner.

In other news, I have cast on a sweater with my handspun (I have already completed the first sleeve) and love the rustic look of the knitted fabric. To mask any inconsistencies between skeins I am alternating every other row.

I am still having pain issues with my hip but have to sit and wait for my appointment for the hospital. I’m not confident of being seen this side of Xmas, which is going to make a miserable Xmas. 😦

Hip Hip….

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Hooray?

well the hip part is right. I started feeling the niggling pain back in hip a couple of days ago and it has gradually got worse, so back to the GP I limped. I have been referred back to Addenbrookes Hospital, this time to the Orthopaedic team as after examination (and pain) my GP managed to make hip clunk, that’s right no ‘clicking’ joints for me but deep seated clunking ones. That said is is pretty certain it isn’t actually a problem with the bone(s) as my x-ray a few weeks ago was clear but more likely a soft tissue/cartilage problem. I was prescribed more painkillers (Co-Dydramol) and have to wait to hear from Addenbrookes. I’m glad that the issue is being investigated but in the mean time I am in pain and when not in pain (after taking pain meds) am either drowsy/dopey or asleep so still not able to sit at a desk an concentrate on my work. I have also got to delay my meeting at uni about my project as have to rest my hip for another 2-3 days, which means no walking to bus stop/around campus etc. The real bummer though is no spinning 😦 so I won’t be able to get my sweater yarn plied up for a while. This will however leave an opening for a new sweater project as I am so very close to finishing the Trellis & Lace pullover. I am undecided about what to cast-on but the options are:

Stranded/Colourwork

Kauni cardigan in Kauni EP
Little Birds by Ysolda in Drops Alpaca
Freya Sweater by Courtney Kelley in Drops Alpaca
Enid Cardigan in Drops Alpaca

Sweaters/Pullovers

Layered Skater’s Top by Veronik Avery in Rowan Cotton Glace
Owls by Kate Davies in Zitron Loft Classic (Burgundy)

Cardigans/Jackets

Nonpareil by Berroco in Rowanspun Aran (from frogged Wicked which is way to big now)
Miss BB by Chic Knits in Rowanspun Aran

Tomorrow I hope to frog the Wicked which is hugely to big now and soak/wash the skeins ready for swatching, and start swatching for he stuff I have the yarn and patterns for. I will probably decide to cast on for 2 projects – one mindless knitting (little or no cable/colourwork) and one with either cables or colourwork throughout.

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

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Today was a perfect autumnal Sunday. It started with a nice lie-in (with no guilt as all the housework was done on Saturday), followed by a breakfast and coffee. I then spent most of the day spinning and finished off watching season 4 of Supernatural. We had beef stew and dumplings cooked in the slow cooker for dinner and then started watching season4 of Bones.
Spinning was fantastic, I hadn’t spent that long in front of the wheel for ages and forgot just how relaxing it is. I started by finishing of last bobbin of singles for my sweater yarn (hopefully I can get it plied this week) and then started spinning the roving in the picture – scrumptious (merino/silk) from Fyberspates. I had never spun anything with silk in before and it took a little getting used to. I am spinning it on the second for fastest ratio on my wheel and it is spinning up like a dream, and nice and fine. The two braids whilst no identical are fraternal twins and I plan to ply the them together, so one ply will be lighter and more green than the other darker more blue one. If I could find mt camera cable I would post photos of the singles on the bobbin. They have so much shine and lustre, and the dark blue/purple is reminiscent of the colour of ink from a biro when it leaks out of the top.

People always remark that knitting/spinning is relaxing and calming, and I do find it is, which is why I can see alot of fibre play happening our house over the next few weeks – Karl is going to try and quit smoking. He has an appointment with the nurse at our GP clinic tomorrow to discuss the best plan for him, but has being trying to cut down this weekend and decided to ‘make do’ with the baccy he had rather than buy some more. this meant that come early afternoon he ran out. Even after a few hours without a cigarette he started to become short tempered, but i managed to hold my tongue and not retaliate to anything I would normally, especially as I was mindful that I am suffering from PMS at the moment. I swear if it wasn’t DVD boxsets keeping us occupied there may have been bloodshed. 😉 I am actually really proud of him for even trying as he has been smoking for over 10 years. If anyone has any advice about quitting smoking or supporting someone trying to quit it would be gratefully received.
In other news my hip has started to hurt again, not as bad as before but it is definitely the same pain in the same place. If it gets worse again then I will go back to my GP and see if anyone has any idea what it causing it. So far I just have a list of things that it isn’t. Iit is nearly 28 days since the pain started last time, so I am waiting to see if it follows the same pattern as before, over the next 5-6days, (getting gradually worse then going away for 21days) in which case it may be gynae related as fits my cycle. (TMI? sorry)
Tomorrow I plan to scour the house in search of my camera cable and if I can’t find it then i think I’ll just buy a replacement from Tesco when I go to pick up dinner, as I really need update my stash and projects page on Ravelry.

Lightbox

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lightbox, originally uploaded by lyndsey-jane.

After the wonderful few days we recently had I saw a HUGE increase in my energy levels (and no brain fog for the duration either) I began to wonder whether the increased light was the cause.

I did some research into SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and found that I had pretty much all the symptoms (except for the depression, but as I am already taking the type of anti-depressants prescribed for SAD it seemed logical that I wouldn’t have).

I decided to research light therapy and found a company who sold lightboxes for SAD but with a 30 day money back guarantee. I started the therapy to day and actually feel better already. It is so simple, I just sit 50cm away from the box for 90mins a day and bright light should increase my serotonin levels and make me feel better. The amount of time spent in front of the light is dependent on the strength of the bulb(s). This one has one of the weaker daylight bulbs, hence the need to spend more time in front of it, some of the stronger boxes only require 20 mins. I can study, knit or watch TV whilst using it, in fact anything I want as long as my eyes are open and I am stationary. So I know have an excuse to knit for at least 90mins a day.

If this works I will be so overjoyed, and I am also looking to get a sunrise/sunset simulator. This slowly increases the amount of light at a preset time so your body wakes naturally to an increase in light, and vice versa at night.

If this does what I hope then I plan to start training to run the Race for If this year instead of walking. I haven’t yet got my sponsor page up but will do so soon, so anyone who wants to sponsor me can do so.

I’m off to make brownies again now as we have Karl’s parents coming over tomorrow.