Friday, July 14, 2017

Gran Taught Me

My Grandmother had her own craft shop.  Back in the day, folks who had craft shops had them in their homes and folks would drop by to purchase a hand made dish cloth or baby ensemble or mittens and such.  

I didn't live in the same city as my Gran, she was out East.  She used to send me hand made items through the mail.  I have a pillow she made (I still have it!)  and I have a sweater that she knit for me but it never fit... I still have it too, hanging in my closet in a garment bag.  She knit me mittens every winter for a long time.  I have peach, white, off white (my favourite ones), blue, navy, red (I lost a red one though), yellow and a green/white mix.  And yes, I still have them all stored away in a bag in my keepsake trunk in a closet... except the off white pair, I wear those in the winter to keep my hands warm!  I also have a ribbon and lace decorated heart that she made which is now hung on a the outside of my bathroom door and a hot pot.  I never used the hot pot (aka pot holder) because it was too cute, it had a teddy bear and a red heart printed on the front of it.  And of course, I have a crochet throw blanket.  I've got other small items too, she was always dropping me something in the mail in response to my letters.  I kept them because I knew it took time to create them and the love that went into the creation meant a lot to me.

It's been ten years since my Gran's passing.  I do miss her dearly.  I used to write her letters... used to joke and call her my therapist!  She'd laugh.  But the one thing I am ever so grateful for is that she taught me to love crafting.  She was the one who taught me the crochet granny-square.  And she encouraged me to keep with the cross stitch when I first made one as a gift for her but it turned out a hot mess.  I just truly am grateful that she and I shared crafts back and forth through the snail mail, it's one of my fondest memories of her.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Break Time

I'm taking a bit of a break from my usual day to day blogging stuff to focus on adding some craft stuff to this blog.  I've got tons of photos over on Flickr of crafts I've done and I have plenty more that haven't been posted yet.  My friend will be happy, she's usually criticizing my blog and was the one who suggested I just keep everything in one place.   Initially, I had intended to create a new blog solely for crafts but she said, and I quote "no you can't do that!  you have to keep all your shit in one place".  sigh.... at least she keeps it real.  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Can It Be Extreme Hair Growth?

I noticed recently that my hair has grown in much MUCH thicker than it used to be.  I haven't had hair this thick and healthy since I was a kid.  I had a friend tell me it's probably because I've finally let it grow after being cut so frequently (meaning the grow back from a pixie cut).  It also has appeared to have grown in much quicker too. But I know there are other factors that may have contributed to this...

#1: Drink Rooibos tea!

I've fallen in love with red tea (Rooibos or Red Bush tea).  I was first introduced to this darling of a tea on a trip to England where my husband's uncle only drinks the rooibos.  One day he offered me a cup of tea and I've been hooked ever since.  Red tea comes in a variety of flavours (green, earl grey), I've purchased these from David's Tea.  Red tea is also very rich in calcium, potassium and other minerals, and is a good source of antioxidants.  I looked that tidbit up on the google.  So basically besides being good for your health, it's also good for your hair so drink up!!

#2 Drink lots of water

I've been drinking 2-3 litres of water a day.  I'm really doing that for two reasons: weight loss and hydration for my inner pipes.  I usually don't get even two glasses of water in a day so to ensure I drink at least 2 litres, I've kept aside a 2 litre fruit juice bottle, filled with water and set aside on my desk so while I work I sip.  When I'm home I have a mason jar on the counter and I make sure to drink at least two full jars of water (that will make up the third litre).  Yes I pee a lot but my skin is like wow!  My nails are growing healthier too but I keep em short so that don't matter.  But my hair is growing like a chia pet!  ha!

#3 Take a regular multivitamin along with the vitamin B 100 complex. (don't over take the biotin and pregnancy vitamins because its still too much biotin).

I've heard lots of folks talk about the biotin vitamin.  Ya I tried that 2000mcg of biotin once for a week and my scalp itched like ants under my skin.  Turns out that's an allergic reaction!  My body was compensating for the over dose of one vitamin when the others were at regular amounts.  I turned to taking either the Centrum Women's daily vitamin (has 45mcg of biotin) and is a great source of vitamins and minerals for women's health.  I had also used at one time the One A Day Carb Smart vitamins, they had I think 50 or 75mcg of biotin, I can't remember but basically I take a multivitamin for women's health on a daily basis.  I also take the vitamin B 100 complex. Yes, the potent vitamin B because what your body doesn't need, you pee out. There is also biotin in the vitamin B.  once in a while I take iron tablets but that's on doctors orders. So a regular daily multivitamin and vitamin b 100 complex.

#4 Wash hair often enough and massage scalp.

I do take care of my hair by washing it frequently.  I don't let hair products build up in my hair, nor do I wear tight hair styles.  I honestly don't know how folks can go more than a week without washing their hair.  Even just cowashing (how does that remove the build up of product?).  Find a good shampoo and stick to the one brand.  I also give myself a scalp massage twice a day!  Sounds strange but just do this and it's habit forming, honestly, when I comb my hair in the morning, first I massage my scalp with my fingertips to get the blood circulating.  Before heading to bed, same thing.  If I get a chance throughout the day to massage my scalp then I do, it also keeps headaches and tension at bay.

#5 Eat more protein

Eating better... well I'm still working on that one but I do eat more protein than ever but that's more to help my arm heal than aiding my hair growth but hey it's like two birds with one stone right!

I'm tempted to cut my hair again but another part of me wants to just leave it and see how long it will grow....but handling it with an arm injury that has considerably weakened my arms is just taxing.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Back On Track

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It's been quite a while but I've finally got myself back out jogging.  Last week I ran twice.  I didn't do as bad as I thought I would.  I only ran 2.2km each day with one day in between to rest.  It was kind of tough going and believe it or not, it wasn't because I was coughing up a lung.  The injury to my arm was aching.  The jiggly movement while jogging caused my arm to ache and I couldn't stand it.  The second day I jogged, I wrapped the arm up but not tight enough so it pained me but just not as much as the previous run.

I'm jumping the gun to a 5km run this week.  I didn't run on Monday, though I should never miss a Monday... I missed Monday so I'm still going to force myself to get the three running days in.  Let's see how that goes.