So, today is another Sunday. They do come around every seven days. :-) Today will truly be a resting day for me because I've been quite busy over the past week. Rest is important for anyone, but it's particularly so for someone with fibromyalgia.
I heard about a chocolate festival taking place in Bromont, Quebec this weekend. It's about 90 minutes away or so. I did want to go, but I have to listen to common sense. If I go, I'm sure I'll cross over that line from very tired to fatigued. While being very tired is manageable, being fatigued isn't. So, I'll spend my day relaxing with my new sewing machine, reading, and taking it easy.
I wish I had a hammock. When I was in Mexico a year ago, my favourite activity was "hammocking." Just lying in a hammock and dozing, relaxing, listening to the sounds around me. The ultimate in relaxation, in my book.
It used to be that spending a day doing nothing was considered slothful, a sin. After all, idle hands and all that. But it's been found that true resting, taking time for yourself to be self-indulgent (within reason of course) is good for you. Relaxing helps you refocus, bring your thoughts back to where they can flow and be their own.
I'm not Jewish, but I admire those of the faith who observe the Sabbath. By having a day when they do not do anything considered to be work, by staying away from electronics and the hub-hub of the modern world, they are left with time to pray, reflect, think, spend time with family. They know that they can - and will - do this every week. There has got to be something good for you there. With our 24/7 life, constant connections, many of us don't allow for that real down time.
My busy but fun couple of days
The method I learned was a machine-pieced pattern and I learned it's not really that difficult, it's picky. You need to be very precise to get it right, but once you do get that precision, it works. Aren't so many of things in life like that? We rush through them and get so-so results, but if we take the time to think them through and do them properly, they work out in a much more satisfactory way. The wonderful instructor was Sheila Wintle.
The workshop I attended yesterday was on machine quilting. I don't like to machine quilt. I've been a hard-line hand quilter since I began quilting over 20 years ago. I've learned how to MQ and I have done it for baby quilts, placemats, and so on, but I don't enjoy the process. So, I decided I have the opportunity to learn from one of the best (Wendy Butler Berns), now was the chance. If I learned how to do it properly, maybe I would enjoy it a bit more.
What I learned was, as I said about rushing things - I was rushing things with the machine quilting. My results didn't make me happy before because I was rushing through it. I was equating machine quilting with speed quilting. It doesn't really work like that! So, although I am far from proficient now, at least I have a better idea of what to do and how to do it, and where I was making my worst mistakes.
So, this is why I need my down time today. As much fun as the workshops were, as well as taking tours around the wonderful quilt exhibit, it was tiring.
Relaxing is good. It's not a luxury. It's a must. I hope that everyone gets that chance to relax, if only a few moments, this weekend.