Head and Shoulders, Knees and…Elbows?

Dear Vi,

I hate to be a complainer, but I just have to tell you:

Too much hand quilting, knitting, typing, and gripping heavy weights at the gym have given me tennis elbow in both arms and caused the arthritis in my hands to flare up.

It’s my own fault. I let it go too far. I let it get away from me. I let it get to the point where it hurts to even pick up a cup of tea.

And that’s not all. Poor ergonomics in my sewing and writing life are affecting my shoulders, neck and back, which (not surprisingly) has worked it’s way down into the knees.

‘It hurts when I cackle!’

Because I’m a writer, I’m often at my laptop for several hours a day. If I want to continue, it’s imperative that I address the ergonomics problem.

Fortunately, I know what I have to do to fix it.

Yesterday I went to Staples and bought myself a properly adjustable office chair. My lower half notices the improved sitting situation already, but my shoulders are still complaining because the keyboard is too high.

In a perfect world, I’d buy a properly adjustable computer desk. But the reality is, we all have to work with what we’ve got and live within our means. Whatever modifications I make to my writing space cannot infringe on the rest of my very small house, and they also have to fall within my fixed-income budget.

Installing a sliding, adjustable keyboard tray (and new keyboard) under my sewing table and using my laptop like a desk computer may be the best solution.

The laptop can easily share real estate with the sewing machine. Both are lightweight & portable, and can easily be unplugged and set it aside to make room for the other. Mr. C will have the final say on whether or not the sewing table can be modified.

It may take a month or more, but getting back to my home yoga practice, doing physio & massage therapy for the elbows, and making these ergonomic fixes will hopefully take care of the worst of the problems.

Have you ever suffered repetitive strain injuries or dealt with ergonomic issues when sitting for long periods at the keyboard or sewing machine? Has knitting or hand quilting ever given you tennis elbow?

Do tell!

A busy day and the letter W

Thank you to Cindy for identifying the mystery tree!

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Do you want to know what it is? Watch this short 20 second clip to find out!

Now there is a little family-of-origin joke in the clip you just watched. Oh my, how we kids would roll around laughing!

Today has been one of those very productive days that has felt very relaxed at the same time. A batch of sourdough bread has been baked. A venison stew is simmering. Laundry is drying on the line.  A lovely walk has been taken with my neighbour.

More straight and wavy lines have been sewn on my nephew’s quilt:

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And I sewed a skirt! Well…I didn’t really sew it from scratch.

I had this pair of palazzo pants. They’ve never been that comfortable, so I hardly ever wear them. I’ve kept them all these years because they were expensive! Silly!

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I finally said enough is enough. I need something black for community band, so I cut up the pants and refashioned them into a skirt!

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With the yoga pant waistband, it will be a very comfy! 🙂

Speaking of yoga…

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250_hp_lift_02_4502Wild thing (I just had to include this…for the name!)

No? Me, neither.

 

 

How about this W pose, instead?

Wide Legged Seated Pose:

A walk in the park and the letter V

Sam and I have been going for morning walks to Harold Provincial Park with my friend Shelley, who lives next door. The park is only a 5 minute drive away. It’s such a beautiful time of the year…I thought I would share a bit with you today.  🙂

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Does anyone know what kind of tree this is? We think maybe a Tamarack?

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And for the A-Z in April Blogging Challenge:

VVirabhadrasana -better know as Warrior pose – comes in handy-dandy pack of three varieties. The warrior poses are what a lot of people think of when they hear the word “yoga.” At least one virabhadrasana is included in just about every yoga class. 🙂

 

 

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warrior II

 

 

warrior III

 

 

 

 

I don’t know why they are numbered I, II and III instead of each being given it’s own name.  I guess it’s one of the great mysteries of the universe.

Either that or I’m too lazy to go find out.