Admittedly, I'm kind of a slug. From an early age, I've always preferred sedentary pursuits ~ reading, drawing, stitching. And it followed that I never suffered much in the way of usual activity-related injuries. But this month, I've added a regular feature to my before-bed routine...applying New-Skin to my sore and splitting fingertips! I've been quilting up a storm and if you're a hand-quilter, you know that even using thimbles, this is the result of pedal-to-the-metal stitching. New-Skin really works wonderfully, but nevertheless, a few days' break has helped a lot. Now that I have one project just about wrapped up, it's on to another ~ both with upcoming, self-impose deadlines.
Soon I'll be able to share this completed project, but here's a small peek from my morning's work, stitching down the binding. I've had these Clover Wonder Clips for over a year, something I ordered when they were recommended on another blog. Somehow (like so many other things) they got stashed in a drawer and forgotten until last week when I was rooting aroung looking for something else and came across them. They're similar to little plastic clothespins and even have measurement markings on one side. No more scratched arms from sharp pins! From just this morning's experience, I can highly recommend them. (Great price on Amazon.)
With so much handwork lately ~ the two quilting projects and the embroidery on the wheels quilt, *more on that soon* ~ making time to move and stretch has been a physical necessity. For a few years I've belonged to Curves, which is a fine place to start if you're naturally resistant to regular activity. But I'd fallen off the Curves bandwagon recently. Molly's been after me to try yoga, even giving me a gift certificate for the local yoga studio on my birthday, last January. Though it appealed on an intellectual level, I was hesitant. Won't I need special clothes? Mat? Etc? I just couldn't see myself showing up among what I perceived to be the young, the fit and the graceful. Long story short, I ran out of excuses, went down to check out the options and started attending two weeks ago on my unlimited, one month pass. I've been 5 times and am currently trying out different instructors. Molly was right. (Not the first time.)
I love it.
And now I'm one of those obnoxious new practitioners, proselytizing to everyone that they should try it. I'm already feeling some effects, in strength and focus. (Pssst...if you've ever considered it, really, give it a try. Very non-competitive.)
When we travel, my favorite thing to do in a new place is to walk the city and explore. In Japan, there've been days I've easily done 15 miles or more, exhilarated and anxious to cover more territory the next day. But generally, I'm not inclined to just "take a walk", no destination in mind. ("Slug", remember?) The weather's been so beautiful lately though and my neighborhood's so pretty at this time of year, it's hard to resist the urge to get up and out and enjoy it.
I'd love to do that now, but realized this morning that tomorrow's Halloween and I've yet to stock up on goodies to hand out. Hope there's something good left on the shelves ~ for the kids and for the leftovers. (I can always walk it off.)