Friday, August 21, 2020

Taking a Deep Breath on Friday

Thank you all for your kind words of support. They really helped me as I moved through the week, which was a hard one. My jaw was damaged when I was born. When I'm under stress, I clench, which causes terrible headaches. (Yes, I have a bite guard, but that just protects your teeth.) For the first time, the jaw problems are causing severe earaches. Apparently this is a common issue with jaw problems.

I saw two doctors this week. They both said I need to reduce stress as much as possible. Since that's not really possible, they upped my pain and sleep meds.

Still, I hustled all week. I have a lot of freshmen on my caseload this year, so I've been getting to know them and their families virtually. I completed a mountain of paperwork -- and I think I did it correctly! Now we have two weeks of professional development before the students come back virtually.

In the midst of all that, it seemed reasonable to indulge myself, so I started knitting the Annalise Shawl that I was gifted by Bridget:

Clearly I will have to block the heck out of the edges. Nonetheless, it is the perfect antidote to this trying week. Easy, fun, and beautiful.

I also picked up a project that I had cast on and lost track of months ago:

This is the beginning of a fingerless mitten. The pattern is About Town Mitts by Bonnie Sennott, who is one of my favorite designers. It's also an easy knit, which is all I am capable of at this point!

And I squeezed in another sketch of a house in the expensive part of my neighborhood. As you can tell, I really enjoy doing the stonework. The stone here is lannon stone, which is largely found in southeastern Wisconsin.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who is glad that it's Friday!


  1. TGIF all around.

    Sending healing vibes your way.

    Your drawing is so cute. That is a really cool house.

  2. Have you tried acupuncture for the jaw pain? It helped me. Love the colors of the shawl. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Don't you love it when Drs tell you to reduce your stress. Yet do they give you any suggestions on how to do it. Ugh! I, too am a clencher and get headaches as well as my RA going into my jaw joint for a day or two. Makes eating a challenge lol. Love the colors for your shawl and mitt. Your drawing of your neighbors home is quite nice.

  4. My drs told me no news, no controversy and no drama! I asked for a ticket to a deserted island! lol Just be aware of your stress levels and walk away when you can! The artwork is beautiful--I love your style! The detail of the stone is incredible! That's a great stress-buster for you--as is the knitting. Take care.

  5. I just tried a mouth guard myself because I know my headaches are from clenching my jaw. I can feel it right now. I try to chew gum all day but that doesn't help much either. Reduce stress? That's a laugh. A simple trip to the store just to pick up groceries sends me in a tizzy anymore.
    Love the sketch. Stone is hard to get right but you nailed it. Araignee

  6. Hope the knitting and painting help to reduce your stress. They certainly are beautiful enough to. The stone detail is amazing in the painting. I'm sure you've tried deep breathing exercises and mediation to relieve some of the stress but if you haven't, they work great for me. Hope you can find something that helps.

  7. Oh dear, I hope this week will at a minimum be less stressful. Your wrap is looking good so far, and now I'm off to take a look at those mitts.

    I hope you will keep drawing - I love those!

  8. oH Deb. You do need to get rid of some stress!!!! I dont want you run down. Your house is amazing. SO very Wisconsin/mequon area? Love all your knitting

  9. big hugs to you! Still praying and hoping that the light is at the end of the tunnel. I wish I could help you :)

  10. I have significant jaw issues so I literally feel your pain. I am a clencher at night and regardless of a night guard I sometimes can't even open my mouth to eat. It is horrible and good luck with the reducing stress, it becomes a habit so even when stress is low it can be a real issue. Good luck with school this year.

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  12. I find myself clenching my jaw a lot lately, something I never used to do. It's driving my crazy when I realize I'm doing it because I can't figure out why!

    You have some beautiful projects on the needles, and I always love seeing your sketches.

  13. Life is so full of stress right now; I'm sorry it has exacerbated your jaw problems. Hope the medication change helps.

    Those blue-green yarns are lovely, and your sketch is wonderful! It looks like a quintessential Madison-area house. :)