I’m Dreaming Of A Tight Christmas

November 25, 2008

A couple of you mentioned MonAvie in the comments section recently.  That was the first “unnecessary” expense I eliminated when it became apparent that we would have to do some serious belt-tightening.  Since canceling my “autoship,” I’ve returned to the Land of Deep Fatigue.  Believe me, there are a lot of places I’d much rather revisit, Hawaii, for instance

Seriously, I am so tired by late afternoon, I can barely speak.   One upside to this is that I fall asleep almost as soon as I close my eyes. After all the nights I’ve spent tossing and turning and longing for Morpheus to cradle me in his arms, I have to say that it’s a wonderful thing to slip into slumberland so swiftly.

Unfortunately, I have a problem staying asleep.  I wake up quite a few times throughout the night, for a variety of reasons including pain, my bladder, doggie disturbances and a snoring spouse.  Consequently, I don’t feel rested when I wake up.  Non-restorative sleep affects my pain level, as well.

Anyway, back to eliminating expenses.  Monavie isn’t the only casualty in the budget-slashing massacre.  My Christmas list has been cut almost in half.  Last year, I gave gifts to thirty-three people.   Besides family, there were friends and co-workers (including a Secret Santa) on my list.  This year, the number of gift recipients has been whittled down to eighteen.  (That’s still a large number, but bear in mind that there are twenty-one people in my family.)   Six of those people will be receiving knitted items.

My Friend, mother and cousin are getting a “sharf.”  (I’m keeping some of the shawl/scarves shown below for myself, by the way.)  As you can see, they can be worn in several different ways.

My father, grandmother and ex MIL are getting afghans.

Speaking of Christmas, I’m going to the Christmas Tree Shop in Danbury, CT with my mother early tomorrow morning, so I’d better hit the sack.

Song of the Day:  Goodnight by The Beatles

15 Responses to “I’m Dreaming Of A Tight Christmas”

  1. Carol said

    Your knitting is beautiful.
    I hope you will find some healing restful sleep soon.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. LeAnn said

    Gorgeous!! I need to contract you to knit my dog a sweater! Aah, but I’m broke! Darn. Why don’t you try to acai from the heath food store. It may be more affordable and might help your fatigue. I hope you win the lottery and never have to worry about money again. But if you’re like me, you can’t afford to buy a ticket! lol. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Kim said

    The knitting is beautiful! I love the size of the sharf.

    Hey, a cheaper alternative to the MonaVie (maybe) is nettle infusion. Check out Susun Weed’s (too lazy to find you a site – but easily googled) pages about herbal infusions. I drink a couple of quarts per week, and I think it does boost energy and resilience.

    Happy 4 day weekend. Because, you know, it’s all about the time off…

  4. Michael said

    My Christmas spending is going to be cut way back, too. And I’m on the verge of canceling my Monavie shipments. I got into it a few months ago because my nephew became a distributor, and that’s the main reason I’ve kept drinking it. In my case, I can’t see that it’s done anything for me. It definitely hasn’t improved my sleep.

  5. Stefani said

    Your knitting is gorgeous! The recipients are very lucky indeed to receive such lovely, hand crafted gifts.

  6. Bex said

    I listened to a radio interview the other night from a guy who conducts those all-night sleep studies, and he said that a big glass of milk before bedtime (doesn’t have to be warm, cold is fine) gives him the sleep he needs, and another guest said he does the same thing every night. But the one thing I got out of the half hour interview was when he said that if we only get REM sleep, which is very light sleep, we don’t “restore” our bodies, and that deep “delta” sleep is what is necessary to bring oxygen to the muscles and to restore the body for the day. I never get delta sleep. I get REM sleep for sure, but I wake up and have trouble ever getting back to sleep. I think that’s why I am in so much pain.

  7. Bex said

    P.S. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  8. Those are beautiful! You could sell those on Etsy, I bet.

  9. Jeanette said

    Those are beautiful and so versatile. What a nice gift!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  10. Sharon said

    I love the scarves! You do such beautiful work! I used to crochet, but I just don’t have the patience..or the talent. 🙂

    I second the etsy recommendation! I know I’d purchase one.

  11. Betty Lou said

    Your needlework is beautiful. I hope your Thanksgiving is happy, healthful, and relaxing.

  12. Sasha said

    The sharfs are gorgeous. Who wouldn’t love that as a gift? If you make a surplus and want to sell a couple to me, let me know!

  13. terri t. said

    I echo the comments on the scarves….they are beautiful.

    Good luck on the sleep, I had lots of trouble when I was going through menopause but now….usually I can sleep straight through with only an occasional bad night.

  14. Sunshyn said

    Seriously, try thetotalhealthshop.com… I get six bigger bottles for $100. And the ingredients are purer and more natural. We’re having a tight Christmas and probably nowhere to live after that. Welcome to the U.S. economy courtesy of the Republican Party. Thanks, GW Bush. Too bad that $700 billion didn’t go to troubled mortgage holders. We would have paid off our homes and stimulated the economy buying things. But, wait, that would be socialism. Bitter? Me? I was just an uninformed buyer who believed aggressive lenders and realtors who kept saying, “You can always refinance when property values rise.”

  15. As I am catching up on e-mail, I am so glad I didn’t just randomly delete. I love your knitting. It gives me inspiration. I feel good just about beginning a basic crew neck sweater with cotton yarn. I also, plan for this forth coming year to do more knitting and get back into counted cross stitch for gifts instead of buying items.

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