Janathon 2018, Day 24 – Nothing to report

I was finding that it was a bit difficult to breathe today, so I didn’t fancy exerting myself. Instead I dragged a fan from the backwaters of the Old Trout’s bedroom and stuck it so that it blew into my face.

Today’s Janathon activities include driving mum spare by walking up and down the house until I reached my daily step count and 20 kneeling push ups for good measure.

As you can see, my yarn arrived today. Crocheting will now recommence in earnest. I am roughly halfway through a double-bed sized rainbow flower blanket. So far it’s taken months. My patience is beginning to wear thin with working the same pattern and colours constantly. That’s why I got a couple of extra colours in my order. No, really… I didn’t just buy them because they were pretty. They’ll be good for breaking up the monotony. Thus allowing me to gain extra vigour for my blanket so that I can finish it faster.

Yes… okay. I just bought them because they were pretty 😒

Nothing to report Day: reached daily step goal, 20 kneeling push ups

Steps taken: 3,623

Difficulty Level: medium


Janathon 2018, Day 23 – Sleep Day

Some days I have to sleep all day. I get very cranky if I don’t sleep. I’m not just talking about being irritable. I’m talking Incredible Hulk style cranky. One moment I’m ripping doors off walls, the next I’ve fallen asleep where I lay.

No, irritable is how I felt last night when I couldn’t find my spare rainbow yarn ball and I couldn’t carry on crocheting.

It’s not a full sleep day today. I emerged from the covers at roughly midday to be told by the Old Trout that she was heading out to Asda to buy a squeezy marmite pot. It’s apparently going to turn into a geocaching container. I took the opportunity to drag us around the nearby B&M as well, in order to satiate my need for yarn.

We headed out. I completed my daily step goal whilst walking down the final aisle of B&M. Unlike yesterday, I didn’t cheer when that happened. That’s because I was in charge of the trolley and I am incapable of steering and cheering simultaneously without bad things happening.

That’s the pretty yarn I bought.

Mum couldn’t find any squeezy marmite in Asda.

And I’ve been in bed asleep ever since we got home. Now I need to go back to sleep – which I feel I can do, having reached the magic 3,000 step mark.

Oh, one more thing before I go. The filter arrived for the washing machine today. I screwed it in and now I have officially fixed the filter problem that the Old Trout was having. 😊 See: I am an adult that can do adulty things. 😉

Sleep Day: Reached Step goal

Steps Taken: 3,667

Difficulty Level: Easy

Janathon 2018, Day 10 – Train day

Well, I’ve done it!

I’ve reached today’s daily step goal. I might have looked like a loony wandering up and down a 10m stretch of Bristol Parkway’s #3 platform for 10 minutes, but I have completed 3,000 steps. I hope no one was too concerned by my antics.

Other than that, this journey has been uneventful and very quiet. I’m wondering if the rail strike on some lines today has stopped quite a few people from travelling altogether.

I love train journeys when they’re like this. The sun has even decided to shine, so the scenery is bright and cheerful. I nearly needn’t have brought my crochet wip (Work In Progress) with me.

Ach, who am I trying to kid?! 8 hours on a train without something like crochet to keep myself busy and I’d be bored rigid.

Please take note that my vivofit3 is on the counter in that photo. If I don’t take it off whilst crocheting I often discover that I’ve supposedly been going hell for leather on an elliptical for an hour or so. And the annoying thing is that it’ll not allow you to modify the amount of “steps” taken during the day through the app. Once they’re on there, those crocheting marathons are on there for life.

Have you guessed where I’m going yet and what I’m going to be doing? You’ll see tomorrow when I’ll hopefully be doing a little bit more than the bare minimum amount of exercise.

Train Day: reached daily step goal

Steps Taken: 3,431

Difficulty level: Easy

Juneathon 2017, Day 15 – A Crochet Day


African Flower Hexagons

As it was a nice day today I went out in the garden and did a little crochet. The photo above shows the five hexagons that I completed. So far I’ve made 33 of them. I’m hoping to have enough patience to make 225 and to make a square blanket. I don’t really know what size it’ll be; it doesn’t matter.
I started crocheting in earnest about 3 years ago when my muscles started to deteriorate. It gave me something that I was able to accomplish without too much mental or physical effort. And today I grabbed my crochet and headed outside because mentally I was incapable of anything else. After making a fair few of these little flowers I know precisely what I’m doing and how many stitches to make. As the hook flows through the work my mind is able to relax and forget about all of the things that are niggling away at me. The dark thoughts are banished into the dark recesses of my brain as if by magic. It feels good to crochet. And on a sunny day like today, crocheting in my safe little back garden is one of the best remedies for my mental illness that I can think of.


A wee fellow enjoying one of my poppies

Unfortunately, even after enjoying a very relaxing couple of hours in the garden, my schizophrenia was still having far too much fun inside my head.

Doing exercise for Juneathon is fine when I’m feeling well mentally, but it’s virtually impossible on days like these when my brain is trying to shut me down and the horrible thoughts are like a thick, dank fog hovering around my head:
“You’re useless! You’re fat! Nobody likes you! You’re dirty! You smell! Your family hates you! You don’t have any friends! What you wrote yesterday about shoes: that was stupid! You’re so stupid. You can’t even manage to put plates in the dishwasher! Other people don’t need a dishwasher. They wash things. They do things. They’re not lazy. You’re so lazy! You’re an embarrassment. No wonder no one ever wants to talk to you. Why would they ever want to talk to you? …”
On and on and on…

The last thing I wanted to do was to go out for a walk. But I couldn’t face anything else either. Walking will often drive the thoughts away, just as crocheting does. I suppose it’s the meditative, calm state that I get into when I’m doing either activity. Unfortunately dancing, yoga, lifting weight etc. just don’t have the same effect.

So, I compromised: today would have to just be a day when I reached my step goal and felt satisfied with it. But, I thought I’d try to do one better and go outside in order to reach my goal.
It took one walk up my street and then down a neighbouring street to reach 3,000 steps, whereupon I sighed with relief and scurried home.

A Crochet day: met daily step count
Steps Taken: 3,682
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Janathon 2017, Day 14 – A lunch date


As today’s exercise for Janathon I walked roughly 1.5 miles to and from my lunch date.


Today I had the delightful company of my niece and my sister. So it was a girly outing. It was our normal place to lunch – a “greasy spoon” type of cafe that I plucked up the courage to go to a few years ago when I heard good reports about it. It’s great to take my niece and nephew into because I don’t feel worried that any accidentally spilled baked bean will send fearsome scowls our way.

As you might have noticed from the picture above, I took my crochet with me. It helps to while away the time whilst I’m waiting for the rest of the gang to arrive. Today they were late, so I was glad I’d taken it with me.

There’s nothing more to report about today’s exercising. Tomorrow may be difficult because my niece is staying over, and the little cheeky miss runs me ragged. Hopefully some exercise will get done tomorrow.

And here’s a photo of the little madam.
We totally did not go into the ice-cream parlour after her mum left. I am not a naughty aunty.


A lunch date day: 1.5 miles
Steps Taken: 5,414
Difficulty Level: Medium

Janathon 2017, Day 13 – Happy crochet


I’ve been trying all day to get some exercise done. To get anything done in fact. But my depression hit me hard today. It was with quite a bit of relief that I felt well enough at about 6pm to pick up my crochet.
After choosing my next colour I also decided upon a plan. An exercise plan: after every row, I’d walk up and down the living room 10 times. Short bursts to try to attain my minimum step goal for the day. And it worked!

(I was very good and removed my Vivofit2 whilst I was crocheting. It gets a tad confused when it’s on my wrist and I’m hooking away. I think it believes I’ve suddenly turned into a world class runner.)

Happy Crochet day: reached daily step goal
Steps Taken: 3,094
Difficulty Level: Hard