To the mountains!

Hubby starts a new job next Monday, so we decided we needed a trip, just the two of us. The kids are back at school, after all. and they’re old enough to take care of themselves. So, what should we do? Mini cruise to Copenhagen? Yes, grand idea. Only, they only had the worst cabins left. With bunk beds. So we looked in the other direction and booked two nights at a mountain resort. And we’re so happy we did. The drive up was amazing. The food here is nice. Nothing to rave about, but not bad. Wholesome and tasty. But the views! Ah, this is balsam for the soul. My heart’s been making leaps of joy at the sheer beauty. At one point I felt like I was about to burst from joy, but I burst into tears I stead. No idea where that came from, but I do know that this kind of nature speaks to my soul. What a blessing the good cabins were sold out on the ferry to Copenhagen. This is a gazillion times better. 

Some photos from our trip today:

Ringebu stave church:

A summer farm in Fefor

A small pond. ❤

One of the summer guests.

View towards Gudbrandsdalen.

Along the Peer Gynt road

View from our window at Dalseter hotel.

Today’s dramatic sunset.

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Shoes!

Bought some white Vans a while ago, planning to decorate them. Took a while to decide, but they’re now done, and I’m rather happy with the result.

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MS and gluten is a crap combination

At least it is for me. A month ago I started eating gluten, after having been without for six years, to trigger a reaction that could be measured by blood test. Almost immeadiately I sensed changes in my body. The first was water retention. I ended up having to remove my rings, as they become way too tight. I gained with with an amazing speed, but thankfully it levelled out (still, I fear it will be hard work to get those kgs off again), I got eye pain, headache, hipache, more stumbling and unsteadiness than I’ve ever had (and a souvenir mega scrape on my right knee to remember how it feels to have no idea where your feet are or what they do). I got itching – gods I’ve been itching like mad all over – and I’ve been so, so tired. Ridiculously tired. Zonked out like woah. With brain fog and forgetfulness. Really, it’s been crap.

A week ago I had the blood test, and since then I’ve been avoiding gluten like it is the plague. The eye pain is gone, as is the swelling – my rings are back on. But I’m just as unsteady. I get sudden “releases” in my hips, like they don’t want to hold me up, often while walking the stairs. Thankfully those releases last a fraction of a second, but it both hurts and scares. I really, definitely, absolutely, passionately do NOT want to fall down the stairs. Or, as things should be stated in the positive (as the subconscious is apparently unable to hear a negation), I really, definitely, absolutely, passionately want to walk down stairs with complete ease and grace. Actually, I would love to run and jump and skip carefree from boulder to boulder like I did in my childhood. To begin with I’d be happy to feel safe in the stairs. And lose weight (despite some loss of fluid, I’ve not lost any weight). At least I’m no longer itching like mad.

So, to those of you who read this and wonder if there is anything in all the gluten talk, is it as bad as people say: If you wonder, and you have some health issues, I’d suggest one thing: try it! Try being totally gluten free for three months and see what happens. Make notes of how you feel now, and compare. When I quit gluten I went though horrid withdrawal symptoms and had to remove everything that had gluten in it from the house. I would sleep walk to the bread bin to grab a slice and stand there finishing off my snack and wonder what was going on. Ridiculous. After three weeks I was out of it, thank goodness. Now I don’t care, I really don’t want anything with gluten in it.

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New doctor, new journey

13. July I went for my first appointment with a holistic GP at the Balder clinic. In their own words, the premier clinic in Europe for functional medicine. And I have to say this – they have a very different approach, compared to a standard GP. It costs quite a lot more, as it’s not part of the official health care system, but the attitude towards me as a patient is also vastly better. As this was my first time, we had 90 minutes. 90 minutes where my medical history was recorded, and she was digging into childhood issues as well as family issues. Afterwards I filled 13 of those blood test tubes, got test sets home for 24-hour urine sample, two day fecal sample (with instructions and everything going needed to send it to the lab in Denmark), and paperwork for a gluten/celiac blood test. Which I will take after 3 weeks of eating gluten to make sure there is a reaction. I had a croissant the first day, which was absolutely delicious. After 30 min I was queasy, and then my legs became more painful than they’ve been in a very long time. It’s now been 11 days with daily gluten intake, and I’m very happy I’m almost halfway through. Those blood tests better show something, because my mood has changed – and not for the better. I am constantly itchy, it’s like I’m itching inside my blood vessels, and it’s rather horrid. I don’t sleep well, and I’m constantly tired. More exhausted than I usually am, more forgetful, more zonked out. But it will be good to come to the bottom of this, and hopefully find a way towards at least some healing.

I’ve also got a tip on a good chiropractor, so I’m going to call him tomorrow. Maybe he can convince the renegade disc in my neck to align properly. A disc started sliding last winter, so it’s squeezing the spinal chord, which is affecting both arms, but especially the right. I can hardly carry anything anymore, and that’s very wrong (I was nicknamed “Mother of Force” at a former workplace, not much of that left now). Also annoying as I’m right-handed. Anyway, the specialists won’t operate until there’s no other option, and I really don’t mind. I just want my body to work… So fingers crossed for the chiropractor!

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Victoria’s toiletry bag 

My son’s girlfriend turned 18 4th July, and I knew I wanted to make her something. They’ve only recently got together, so I don’t know her that well yet, but I figured a toiletry bag would be OK. Checked with her mum for favourite colours (baby pink and white), found that those are in severe lack in my stash, but got this pieced together anyway. I had some leftover HSTs from a previous project. She was thrilled to bits, something that made me very happy.

The height was decided by the size of the HSTs, but in the end I found it could have been taller. I made a toothbrush pocket, but a grown-up size brush is too tall. Oops. I guess that’s the way it goes when I just sew and don’t plan properly in advance. But, as long as she is happy with it I am too. Next time I might take the time to think through the design before I make it though, because there will be more.

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Jo’s bag

A couple of weeks ago I had a fun project. A friend from London came visiting, and on Monday we went to Klässbols linen weavery. Great fun, and the looms were running. Those things have an amazing rhythm! I was walking around totally absorbed by the sound, hearing all kinds of music. In the shop we found a lovely 2nd grade table runner. I have no idea what was wrong with it, maybe the width was wrong or something. Very graphic and great start for a bag. As it was a 2nd, it was pretty cheap.

During the week, in between shopping and chats and walks and meals and concerts I constructed a bag. That is, thought it out, and made all the parts.

Sunday morning this is what I had.

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Here it’s coming together. I made a key ring to attach to the key fob.

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My Bernina is amazing! She chugged through all these layers without complaining.

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No pics from the final construction, but here is the final result on the recipient’s shoulder. With leather straps hand sewn in place. I’m quite happy with the result, I might just have to make more…

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In the two weeks that have passed since the bag was finished it has got a lot of wear, and I’m happy to say that the recipient is rather pleased with it. All the pockets and the amount of structure incorporated makes a very useful and easily organised bag. Woot! I’m chuffed to bits.

I need a new trip to Klässbols, I think.

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By Cobra’s order

In my Quantum Dreaming course I have found Cobra is an ally of mine – and when I first met her she scared me witless. She’s been showing up in subsequent drum journeys, a couple of weeks ago she showed up in my Mystical Library, where I went to retrieve the story I most needed in my life at this moment. Among other things I was told to draw. A minimum of 30 minutes each day. Other creative outlets might present themselves, but it was imperative that I draw each day. I have to confess, there were days that ended up being too busy, but on average I have been drawing much more than 1/2 hour daily. Mostly I have been drawing as much as my right shoulder would let me do (it was frozen and tried to kill me this winter, I’m still on the mend), and it has been a joy to realise I have been steadily improving. When I finished this drawing I was colouring non stop for two hours, in the beginning I could only do 10-15 minutes before my shoulder ached. Woot!

Now I am finished with my first Cobra-induced drawing, I just had one warmup before I  went for it. After I started colouring I realised I didn’t have a background planned, and decided that I was OK with that. It’s my first proper drawing in a very long time, and I am actually quite happy with how it turned out. The next one will get a background – because there has to be something behind all those holes in the wall, right?

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