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Message Board > Miscellaneous > After the Hoildays... ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 1/5/12 12:04 PM

Is it just me that notices after the Holiday season and mad rush is over that it gets boring for a month or so? I am usually so busy during December I do not slow down. Things moderate a little after Christmas, but not a lot. It is still a busy time.

Then comes January and it comes to a grinding halt on the 1st or 2nd. Everything just stops. I do longer want to do anything. I do not mean I am physically tired, but more along the brain tired and worn out type of thing.

My MIL was here for 12 days in December, due to being very ill. She is a wonderful MIL to me and I could not ask for a better one. We took her home when we thought she could handle being on her own again. I admit I was glad when she was able to be on her own, as I was stressed big time.

I am suffering from not enough sunlight for sure. I need more vitamin D and I am taking it. I have no interest in sewing, but I did get my room cleaned and organized and a closet cleaned too.

I wondered if anyone else is having these problem or is it just me.

The Boards are also boring to me. Not much happening to talk about. As I said, it could just be me...

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Date: 1/5/12 12:35 PM

Not just you! I'm taking the down time to organize everything in the house, stuff that I'd been meaning to do for months. I have little spurts of creative moments I use to sew or knit.

We were dealing with the death of my FIL shortly before Christmas (one month in hospice), that event overshadowed the winter holidays this year.

I'm finally back home and trying to catch up with things, going well so far. I get bored pretty easily so I need to be constantly learning and doing stuff. My sewing related project for these next couple of days is to draft a skirt.

Take the mental break to re-group, everything will pick up really soon for you, I'm sure!

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Date: 1/5/12 12:38 PM

It's not just you...it's just that time of the year. The contrast between everything going on around you to nothing going on is huge. I also think that you have some sadness lingering from taking care of your mother in law and watching her age. Times like this make us stop and look at ourselves and our lives! Snuggle in for a few days and just enjoy the downtime...one thing you can count on is that won't last and life will become busy once again.

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Date: 1/5/12 1:36 PM

Nope you are not alone, I am organizing everything from the attic to the kitchen.

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Date: 1/5/12 1:49 PM

Nope, I dislike the holidays in general anyway, so I start the season depressed. I had a baby and the postpartum depression makes it so much worse. Then my DH has PTSD, and you can forget about anything getting done.

It's a struggle to get up and brush my hair, pet my dog (who needs it, bless his heart), go outside with my coffee to see my cat (DH and baby are allergic), but the baby isn't bothering me. Largely I think it's because I was smart enough to beg for anti depressants this time (I had 5 years of it with my DS all untreated).

I just have to find time to be me, since I feel better doing my own things (dog, cat coffee you know?). As to the boards, I try not to really talk about much deep stuff, even though I post a lot, because no one really wants to hear about my depression or living with PTSD unless they are coping themselves.

It will get better, tho. It always does!

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Date: 1/5/12 1:57 PM

I hear you on the postpartum depression. Been there, and no treatment. In those days apparently they just ignored it and a lot of other "female troubles." Hang in there, so glad to hear you got treatment and medication. The lights (OTT, natural lights) can help too, as well as exercise which although I hate the stuff, it really does help. Having an extended family to help and count on is handy, as I was always too far away, and my Mom didn't approve of my child rearing anyhow. So, not that I can help, but just hang in there....lots of hugs.
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Date: 1/5/12 3:01 PM

I'm spending this week not doing much because December was so hectic. I do have a volunteer job on Friday but other than that I have not done much other than exercise to a new DVD that I bought at Wal-Mart and a lot of much needed housework.

It is a power walking DVD with Leslie Sansome and it has five miles on it and so far I have only done one each day. (I got it from Wal-Mart for $10.) It is a pretty good workout and I can already feel the difference. I can go to the gym at my old work, but that is such a hassle because I have to drive 30 minutes to get there and exercising around a bunch of sickly college students doesn't excite me. So this is working out great.

Once I tried to do two miles and had to take a nap that afternoon. I'm telling you, getting old isn't for sissies. Grin.

Anyway, my resolutions are to sew more and exercise more. I hope I can do that. I'm being careful not to say how much more.

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Date: 1/5/12 3:14 PM

I'm glad I am not alone. I was wondering if it is all in my head and I bet most of it is. Two hours after taking the vitamin D I feel better. No myself by any means, but much better. The level must be much lower than I thought. I have been taking it, but once I got down too low in mid December with mom here, I did not take much of it, as I was so busy, and then I would forget to take it.

This means the decent level I had this fall is gone completely. I did not need the other pills i was taking anymore, so I forgot to take the vitamin D. Give that a month and then add the normal Holiday stress and family stress, and here I am. I did take some while Mom was here, just not every day. I need to do this every day for a month to feel better. I know it is not thyroid bothering me, but low vitamin d levels.

I need to get under a bright light sometime today. The sun is shinning so that helps. I only need 10 minutes of it when driving a car to get a sunburn on my face and it can be very cloudy and raining to get one. Now, where did I move the sunscreen to when Mom was here?
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Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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Date: 1/5/12 3:16 PM

I wont be able to decompress until my kids all go back to school... the ones in college dont start classes til the 24th... Im taking a week off in February for some ME time

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Date: 1/5/12 4:05 PM

I kind get a little lazy but have a desire to clean and organize. My dd's birthday is 3 days after Christmas so it's hectic or used to be. I was always happy to see New Years. But want to try and stay busy especially after losing Nicky.

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