Showing posts from October, 2015

Headfirst in Pollen

I was working on a post, but ran out of steam. So glad to see Friday finally here. And I bet this little guy is, too.

2016 Calendars and Holiday Cards have Landed!

Did you know there are only eight Fridays until Christmas? I’ll give you a few minutes to get over the shock. Come to think of it, you might need more than a few minutes. And yes, I panicked when I found out, too. Although I ordinarily am of the opinion that holiday things it should not arrive anywhere until after Halloween, it’s okay to break that rule when mail order is involved. Right? As always, it’s been a joy making these products for you. I hope you enjoy them. If you enjoy my photos and would like to hang them on your wall, or give them away as gifts, you have two options for calendars this year. There is the traditional The Seated View calendar The Seated View 2016 Calendar by TheSeatedView And for the second year in a row, a calendar specifically for those of us who enjoy watching birds. The Seated View 2016 Bird Calendar by TheSeatedView I’ve also put together some new holiday cards, as well as a couple of old favourites . Most a

Guest post: Pregnancy and Parenting Survey

Are you a parent with arthritis? Do you have arthritis and want to have a family, too? Today’s guest post is by Laurie Proulx from the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA). She is the lead on a project about pregnancy and parenting with arthritis. CAPA has created a survey to find out what kind of information people with arthritis need about pregnancy and parenting with the disease. To find out more and take the survey, please visit the CAPA pregnancy and parenting survey page. Please also share this important survey to as many people as possible can participate. Take it away, Laurie! Laurie with Claire Please tell us a little about yourself, Laurie. I can hardly remember what it was like to not have RA. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (now called Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis) when I was 14 years old, 24 years ago. It was a long, hard road to diagnosis. I recall my Mom having many an argument with my family doctor in order to merely get

Self Care aka Dessert

I had all sorts of plans for this week, many of them doing related to being part of what ArthritisResearch UK is doing for their National Arthritis Week. None of it happened. Because I’m really tired. I’m so tired I’m close to curling up and crying. It’s my own fault. September was a wild ride of going back to work, being part of #RABlog Week, and somehow finishing the first draft of Book 2 in the Your Life with RA series . I don’t know how I did it, either. However, I have become extremely familiar with the consequences. For the past three weeks, I have been exhausted. I wake up not feeling rested, wanting nothing more than to stay in bed. I drag myself through the day until naptime, then keel over into a dead sleep. Then there’s dinner, an evening with some more stuff that needs to be done, a bit of drooling in front of the TV, and then at last to be. Except I’m so tired that my mind’s a whirring mess and I can’t sleep. So I take muscle relaxants which help me sl