Yesterday I had some unexpected things thrown my way. For some reason, my body decided to show its age in a somewhat nasty way. While getting up, it seems that something went awry with one side of my lower back, causing me a great deal of discomfort. There was no warning with this and I was just standing up when it happened. I didn’t lift anything heavy and I was fresh out of the shower, so my muscles were warm. I am completely confuzzled as to how this occurred, and I wouldn’t believe that it could have even happened but for the sharp pain in my lower back when I move.
I had Keith rub the area for me and took some Ibuprofen and had to take it quite easy yesterday. It was pretty much impossible for me to paint, because of the way I sit when I do so. It just wouldn’t work with this going on.
I was able to sit at the computer a bit, as long as I got up to move around periodically (which usually meant removing several cats from around my legs and warm blanket!) We had fortunately just purchased a new couch this past year where the two seats on the end recline and it is quite supportive and comfortable. Fortunately, it is where I typically sit while on my computer here, so that is good.
In the afternoon I was getting quite antsy and I decided to change gears and even though I abandoned the idea of painting for now, I still wanted to do a version of the masks that were scrolled. So I drew.
I got the first one done, and I am quite pleased with it. I took my time and as I said, I stopped frequently to get up and walk around and stretch. Here is a little sample of the drawings:
While I realize that resting is something that I need to do, so is creating. One good part about working in many directions is that it gives you lots of alternatives to do something that is comfortable to do at the time when something like this happens. It isn’t as if I have the flue and my whole body feels horrid. It is only my back and then too it is only when I move around and sit certain ways. Once I am comfortable, I am good for a while. So why not make good use of that time and push the large pile of ideas along a little bit?
Today I am going to go slow. If I hadn’t seen any improvement, I would have headed to the doctor, but while I am not “all better” just yet, I do feel much better than yesterday. What baffles me the most is I just don’t know what I did to trigger this. We do sit a lot in our various part of work, but we also do go to the gym three times a week to keep ourselves somewhat fit. I hope it was just a fluke and something got pinched or something like that.
In any case, I am slowing it down for a couple of days.
But that doesn’t mean I won’t still be a little bit productive. I have a couple of “girl” movies in mind to watch today. as Keith will be out for a while and I have some cats here to keep me company and I can draw here for a bit and work on the scrolled part of these designs while I wait for my crystal rhinestones to arrive. So all is good. :)
At least the pile will move forward a bit, even though it will be a bit slower than I originally intended.
Our snow turned to rain yesterday and once again we have a muddy mess on our hands. Reports from my friends that are west of me say that colder temperatures are on their way in the next few days. It is a good time to stay warm and cozy here anyway. So that is what I will do.
I wish you all a wonderful day today. Have fun and enjoy some time being creative!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"