Today my blog is one year old, and I have been thinking about how to celebrate.
I wanted to write something nice, not just about how last week my whole family caught some stomach bug. One by one through the week we took our turns in bed with the “sicky bowl”. On the positive side we didn’t all get sick on the same day; on the negative side the girls got sick in the evening and I had to sit up all night with them.
But that is not what I want to write about on my anniversary. I have been thinking about the types of blogs I like to read and the friendships I feel I have made with other bloggers. Some of the blogs I read are crafty or about small farms, others about lives I find interesting. Some I maintain a dialogue with and think of them as friends, some I just observe what is happening in their lives.
I never thought my blog would be very personal but I realise now that I am not the type of person who writes just facts. When I was young I kept a diary, and after that a journal. From the age of 12 till 24 I wrote about every thing in my life. This blog isn’t that, but I know the blogs I like are the ones when you feel the person writing.
So with that in mind, and as a way to say thanks to people who read my blog, I am going to share a bit more about myself.
Some of the things that make me who I am is the places I have lived. I was born in Canada, (Manitoba), but then lived in the USA, (Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota, and Arizona) and in the UK, (Lancashire, London, and Devon). I now live in Chile, (Region IV).
I am a natural blond, but started going grey after a dream about spiders when I was 20. Now I am a mix of blonds and white. When I was younger I always changed my hair colour, reds mainly, but last year while living in the UK I dyed my hair blue/black. I loved it, but keeping on top of the roots was not worth the trouble.
I hardly wear make-up, never use heels or iron clothes, and prefer to be in comfortable clothes or better, PJ’s! (which is actually a bit unusually in Chile, PJ’s are for in bed)
I have suffered my whole life from migraines. They can be a low grade pain for 3 days or severe pain for 3 hours, or the more common headache followed by repeated, day long vomiting. I am always changing my diet and watching what I eat to try and reduce the severity and number of attacks. (At the moment no MSG and alcohol, which is no fun, I like junk food!) Not drinking seems to be making the biggest difference, (not that I drank much before), but I am not getting as sick.
Migraine’s shape so much of who I am, from not being able to eat certain foods to worrying about missing special occasions because that is when I always get sick. I am starting to understand them more now, knowing that stress and lack of sleep are big triggers, and learning to anticipate them. Luckily I have a very understanding husband who takes over when I “crash” and usually knows when they are coming, telling me to calm down and relax.
I have two beautiful daughters, aged 7 and 15. The younger likes to do crafty stuff with me, the older one likes to watch TV marathons with me.
Let’see what else? I am kind of specific about how and where the laundry gets hung, (my family loves to tease me about this), and I love to see laundry on the line.
I cry very easily; sad stories, the news, Disney films, some commercials…
I have a tattoo of a lizard, well it was. Now it looks like a gila monster.
Oh, and I love wool, and spinning, and felting, and weaving, and everything related to fibre! But then I guess everyone already knows that.