Gloom descending …

07 Oct


I can feel it coming, the despondency of winter.  It starts with that chill of the air when you throw back the duvet cover, it is no longer refreshing but biting, it quickly adds the dullness of light as you surface from your slumbers, you think it is 5.30am but really it is 9.30, add the necessity to turn on lights as the grey skies seem to suck any natural light brave enough to attempt appearance … and there you have it, the portent that winter is closing in.

Although I have never been tested or diagnosed, I do wonder if I am someone who suffers from the ‘seasonally affected disorder’ otherwise colloquially known as the winter blues [which is a bit of a man flu term really].  I struggle more and more to fight a misery mood, the lack of light makes me feel drained and lethargic, sleep restful proper sleep becomes a lusted for luxury .. and I am tetchy, short tempered and generally low on energy, enthusiasm or will.

Hence my tardiness of blogging [I know, you didn’t notice any difference, lol]

My September tasks scored a 75% success.  I crocheted the black neck warmer for Tania and she bought a second one as a christmas gift.  I did not get the gloves done and I doubt I will even start them.  I have done the video to dvd’s, what a time consuming but rewarding job that was!  The shower chair has been sorted and ordered, but as it is rather bespoke it will not be with me until mid November.

For October I am not going to set tasks, for I know I shall not meet any of them, the gloom with the addition of unexplained pain is getting the better of me.  As you know I have a muscle disease and for some unfathomable reason I have pain where the collar bone meets the shoulder, also where my shoulder blade comes up to my neck when trying to sit/lay comfy and most curiously half way down my upper arm the muscle feels like a burning ball. I stopped crocheting and iPading for a week, thinking it was strain that way but it has made no difference.  I don’t like pain, especially when I cannot discover the reason for it.  when you cannot discover the cause, you cannot change your ways.  So I began crocheting again and it made no difference, just a little stress pain in my lower arm probably compensating for the upper arm pain.  I am working on some doggy attire to send to a dog foster charity in the USA, it is nice doing something a little different.

What else, what else, what else … … … nope, it is a sunny Sunday afternoon, one that ‘looks’ like a glorious July day but beware anyone opening the window!



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7 responses to “Gloom descending …

  1. la_spice

    October 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I can’t wait to see pictures of your doggy attire …. I first misread this as ‘dodgy attire’ and wondered if you were crotcheting those certain things for keeping men’s bits warm for winter!!!! 😳

    Now that might just cheer you up …. why not do some rainbow coloured ones??? :>>


    • The_Walrus

      October 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      Last time I saw those mentioned was in the Schoolchildren’s Edition of Oz, wa-a-a-ay back.


      • amgroves

        October 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

        I could probably make those too :p would need to make sure they fit ‘properly’ and I’d warm my hands first 🙂


  2. gillyk

    October 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Oooooooooooooooh dear, one of my daughters gets SAD … do you have a special lamp to cheer up your happy hormones? Sorry about your aches and pains – I know what that’s like and how it can drag you down. Do hope they behave themselves and leave you soon …Ibuprofen?? 🙄


    • amgroves

      October 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

      Soetimes my craft lamp helps with its daylight bulb. I have tried taking St Johns Wort for the winter, did not notice any remarkable difference, but I don’t think you would, you’d feel more normal and less blue as it were.

      I might resort to the ibuprofen, I don’t dislike taking pills, they are great as a temporary fox for a temporary problem like headaches, muscle cramps etc, but if this is going to be more persistent or permanent, hmmm, we shall see.


  3. deleted user

    October 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    The dog charity will greatly appreciate that.
    I hope there’s prescribable medication that can alleviate the pain, and getting angrossed in anything constructive is always a good thing.
    Take Care.


  4. amgroves

    October 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Thanks, I am trying the ignore it method a little longer, lol, although might have to secumb to an ibuprofen or two a little later, it is annoying.



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