Time for a reality check
It has been a little more than a year since I resurrected my creative persona as The Knitted Raven.
I've learned that while I still enjoy creating with wire, it takes more energy than I might have expected. And as other things crop up in my life, jewelry making is often the first thing that gets put on the back burner as I struggle to keep up with just plain daily living.
On a brighter note, I do enjoy making instructional videos, so I expect that will continue, though likely at a reduced pace of 1-2 videos per month.
My congestive heart failure remains unchanged. I still have a low ejection fraction and struggle with low blood pressure issues, sleep disruptions and anxiety on a daily basis. The LAM has been stable (thank goodness), but it remains a specter lurking in my mind. While I might be able to "pass" as well at first glance, I still need a three hour nap some days in order to attend a one hour meeting via Zoom.
As the cost of living continues to increase in my area, my family are looking at ways to bring our energy costs down and increase our food security. My partner and I have recently begun indoor container gardening. Our goal is to grow some food year round as a way of having better access to fresh vegetables throughout the winter, without breaking the budget.
We've also expanded our rhubarb garden, established a new strawberry bed and planted raspberry bushes. I did a little foraging last year and plan to do more this year. On the agenda are:
- dandelion jelly
- red clover jelly, vinegar and oil
- rose hip jelly and tea
- wild raspberry tea
- blueberry picking
- rose petal tea