What to do when you are Time Rich, but Energy Poor

What to do when you are Time Rich, but Energy Poor

exhausted_revision_v02_01aka (all-s0-known-as) What other people think you should do when you tell them you are Time Rich, but Energy Poor and you are Bored!!!!

I have in the past made comments to a friend of mine and to a daughter or two that i am having a bad day and i am soooo tired, but i am bored. Do they recommend some delight for me to fill my time? Not usually any that are useful and sleeping all day will often result in me not sleeping all night, although i am partial to naps during the day, sleeping all day is not good, unless i have migraine.

These are the things that have been suggested –

  • take a nap (done that)
  • have a shower…yes, but are you going to come and dry and dress me and put me back to bed afterwards?
  • go to the local library…blank stare
  • go to your favourite coffee shop…even bigger blank stare
  • visit the art gallery…bog-eyed blank stare
  • go for a walk…(this one is my favourite) this is what i would like to say back, but never do ‘are you coming to dress me, then when i get back undress me and put me back to bed?’an unfathomable stare…I mean, i don’t mind walking down the garden in my pyjamas, but i am not about to walk down the street in them, even if it appears to be trendy at the moment to do so. No. Just NO!

I am not a normal person…please stop seeing me as a normal person…i am sorry i have a invisible, chronic condition, but it just the way it is, be grateful it’s not catching!

So what to do when you are TIME RICH, But Energy poor…

  1. sleep
  2. eat – today i managed cereal, orange juice, fruit bread, boiled eggs, toast (which i had to make twice as i managed to burn the first lot black because even though i was stood next to it, i forgot about it, I don’t mind dark brown toast, but there is a limit) and a microwaveable chocolate pudding.
  3. stay hydrated
  4. have a bath/shower if you can and invest in a extra large snuggly towel so you can air dry while staying warm and who needs clothes anyway!
  5. laptops or iPad are an amazing invention, but small amount often works best
  6. read – i find a kindle easier than a book as i can stand it up and read it rather than having to hold it in my hands
  7. watch a film or a favourite TV program
  8. do some light crafting, knitting, sewing, etc. even a small amount moves time along
  9. adult colouring books – do i need to say more
  10. more sleep
  11. stop telling yourself that if you can make yourself ‘do’ when you know that you really cannot ‘do’ then…????
  12. meditate or relaxation – forget about sitting double-crossed legged and all that
  13. eat chocolate, buy your absolute favourite and save it for such an occasion.
  14. remember this too will pass

And when it has passed and you tell a daughter or two or a friend that you had a bad day, they often ask me why you didn’t tell me? Well, this is the reason – ‘it is just too tiring to talk.’

An Absolutely Free Children’s knitting pattern

An Absolutely Free Children’s knitting pattern

After spending days trying to find a suitable knitting pattern for my granddaughters i gave up and created my own. The patterned i found online were either too small, although they were labelled ‘child’ and not ‘baby’ or they said they were ‘free’ but when i finally tracked them down to the source they weren’t and i don’t mind paying for a pattern, but i do when people label it as ‘free’ and then it is not. This is it. All i ask is that you use it freely, share it freely and state where it has come from. You can of course sell any item you have made using the pattern. All needle and wool gauges are English and so if you need it in a different gauge then i would suggest you search the Internet.

Note: Please knit a tension square. I have never, ever knitted one before, but i thought i had better make sure i was giving out the correct information. I found that i knit looser using the needle stated than the pattern needed and had to change down from a 4mm to a 3.75mm needle, this gave me the correct measurements. Also measure the child you are knitting for, the middle size fit (nicely) my 3-years-old granddaughters, chest measurement 61cm (24 inches) actual size (65cm/25.5inches).

I haven’t created my own pattern before and would be grateful to know if there are any problems.

This is Amelia in her red version. It was knitted in DK Cotton. 

Round Neck Cardigan

Wool: Double Knitting

Needles: 3 ¼ – 3 ½ mm and 3 ¾ – 4 mm

Tension square: 22 sts x 28 rows worked over stocking stitch (st st) on 4mm needles. Adjust to create correct tension.

Chest size: 22, (24, 26) inches/ 56, (61, 66) cms (made up size 60 (65, 71)cm (22, 25.5, 28 in)

Length from bottom edge to under arms 26.5cms (10.5 in)

Arms – wrist to underarm 28cms (11 in)

Adjust to fit.


Using smaller sized needles cast on 69, (74, 79) stitches


1st Row. K1, P1 to end

2nd Row. P1, K1 to end

Repeat last two rows five times (12 rows in total)

Change to larger sized needles and proceed as follows.

1st Row. Knit

2nd Row. Purl

This will be known as stocking stitch (st st). Continue in st st until work measures 11.5, (13.5, 15) inches [30, 33, 38] cms. Cast off.

Count down from cast off edge 11, (13, 15) rows and place a marker at each side edge.


Right Front

Using smaller needles cast on 35, (39, 43) stitches.

Rib 12 rows as given for back.

Change to larger needles and **continue in st st until front measure 11, (13, 15) rows less than back.

With right side facing cast off 5 stitches. Knit to end.

Next row. Purl to end.

Cast off one stitch at neck edge for next 3 rows, work one row, then cast off 3 stitches every alternate row until 24, (28, 32) stitches remain. Continue in st st until front measure same length as back cast off edge.

Cast off.**


Left Front

Using smaller needles cast on 35, (39, 43) stitches.

Rib 12 rows as set for left front.

Change to larger sized needles and **continue in st st as set for left front working one row less, finishing on a right side row, (wrong side facing).

Cast off 5 stitches.

Cast off one stitch at the neck edge on the next 3 rows, work one row. Cast off 3 stitches every alternate row until 24, (28, 32) stitches remain. Continue in st st until front measures same as back to cast off edge.**


Sleeves (make 2)

Using smaller needles cast on 37, (39, 41) stitches.

Work 12 rows in rib as given for back.

Change to larger sized needles and beginning on knit row work 8 rows in st st.

Next row. *K1, M1, knit to last stitch, M1, K1

Next row. Purl

Next row. Knit

Next row. Purl*

Repeat * to * until there are 63, (71, 77) stitches

Continue in st st until sleeve measures 10 ½, (11 ½, 13) inches 26, (30, 34) cm or desired length to underarm. Cast off.


Making Up

With right side of back facing, lay right side of front on top, bringing edges of knitting to match. Sew shoulder seams without stretching, leaving 24, (26, 28) stitches in the middles for back of neck edge.

Fold sleeves in half and match fold to shoulder seams, pin and sew each sleeve into place without stretching.

Button Band

With right side facing and beginning at neck edge. Pick up and knit 47, (57, 63) sts along edge and 10 sts along rib.

Work 5 rows in rib, beginning with 1st row.

Cast off loosely.

Mark 4, (4, 5) places for button holes.


Button Hole Band

With right side of work facing, at bottom edge cast on 10 sts across rib and 47, (57, 63) sts along edge.

Beginning with 2nd row of rib work two rows.

Create button holes to match markers on button band by working 2 tog and y.r.n working 4, (4, 5) button holes.


Neck band

With right side facing cast on 5 sts across top of rib, 5 sts across cast off stitches and 11, (13, 15) stitches up right neck edge, cast on 24, (26, 28) sts across back, 11, (13, 15) sts down left side of neck, 5 sts across cast off edge and 5 sts across rib. (66, 68, 70) sts.

Beginning with 2nd row of rib work two rows.

Next row. Work too last 4sts, work 2tog, with y.r.n work to end.

Work two more rows in rib.

Cast off loosely in rib.


This is Ava’s (i don’t have a photo of her in it, because my daughter hasn’t sent me one). It is knitted in Paton Smoothie DK on the same size needles and to the same size.

How to add Pockets

Pocket lining 

Using larger sized needles cast on 25 stitches. Beginning with a knit row work 24 rows in st st. Ending on a right side row.

Place stitches on a spare needle.

Left Front 

Using smaller needles cast on 35 (39, 43) stitches

Work 12 rows in k1, p1 rib.

Change to larger needles.

Work 23 rows in st st beginning with a knit row.

With wrong facing p5, (7, 9) st, *k1, p1* repeat ** until last 5, (7, 9) sts purl to end

Next row. Knit 5, (7, 9) sts, knit across 25 stitches on spare needle,

Slip k1, p1 stitches on left hand needle onto a spare needle

knit to end.

Next row. Purl

Next continue as for red cardigan **to**

To complete pocket.

Work across rib at front of pocket.

Work 5 more rows in rib.

Cast off loosely in k1, p1 rib.

Make up.

With wrong side facing. Fit the pocket lining to the top edge of the bottom ribbed edge. Pin into place before sewing around the pocket lining and the side of the ribbed top.

Repeat for right side of cardigan.

PS I would really like to know if anyone knits and photo would be lovely too.

Leaving the rat race

Leaving the rat race

xeasy-to-make-christmas-decorations-300x300-jpg-pagespeed-ic-ql0xruwpwjI am leaving the rat race.

In some ways i have already left the rat race.

Being unable to work as in some ways, especially financially put me outside the senseless need to buy, buy buy. I find it increasingly difficult to feel a sense of satisfaction with the commercial side of the world.

So what is the ‘Rat Race?’ According to Google it is ‘a way of life in which people are caught up in competitive struggle for wealth or power.’ We shouldn’t have to struggle to provide for ‘wants’ and ‘wants’ should never come before ‘needs.’

For me it is not so much about giving up money, although if i could live in the world without it, i honestly would, but as it’s not possible, as there are bills to pay and food to buy and other people’s expectation to be met, i want to take a step back and see where i land and from there.

Christmas is coming! Have you noticed? I am sure that you have, especially if you have been anywhere near any large shopping area. Now, don’t get me wrong. It is not that i do not like Christmas, and nothing can make me feel so good as when i give gift that is received well.  Yet, just the other day as i wandered through a local shopping centre i couldn’t help but see how many people were almost blindly walking around and everyone else around them seem to be invisible – people watching is something i have always enjoyed, as human behaviour often leave me bemused.

One of my goals for this year was ‘Make more, spend less.’ I would have liked to be able to say that all the gifts i am giving this year are handmade, but unfortunately that is not so, there is always room for improvement in the future. But, it is time to stop the crazy buying – rushing here, rushing there and getting nowhere at all. However, personally speaking i do think gifts should still be given and i am sure i would be amused by a card that said ‘i have a bought a cow in your name for a family in a far off place…but once my children bought me a star and that was felt warm and fuzzy!!!

Recently i have been watching re-runs of Star Trek and it has got me thinking. What if there was no money? What is money had no value? If what we needed and a little of what we wanted was provided freely for an honest days work? Could there ever come a time when we really would give up money and the need for stuff we do not need, but want? Yet, even Councillor Dianna Troy sometimes wants real chocolate and requests it from the replicators on ship – there is nothing wrong with fulfilling a little need sometimes. We would live in a world where there was no hunger, no poverty and no greed. Would the end of money bring peace? It doesn’t always bring peace in the Star Trek so there is no reason to think it would it would in reality. But, no one would be rich and no one would be poor and everyone would work to their ability…

But, for now i live in the real world and i need to prepare for the season to come. I am grateful that although my children enjoy giving and receiving gifts they do not see the need for expensive, elaborate toys and trinkets of no heart value.

I know that i need to be more proactive in achieving my goal of ‘Make more, spend less’ or indeed ‘…spend less’ on that which has no lasting value.

Listology ~ Begin

Listology ~ Begin


6 things to Begin this week –

  1. reading that book you want to read, but never find time for.
  2. writing a daily Journal.
  3. counting 1,000 gifts of gratitude, 3-a-day means you will have completed your thousand in a year.
  4. a new craft; sewing, embroidery, crochet, knitting…you choose.
  5. taking a walk every day
  6. meditating-every day!
Stumbling Blocks

Stumbling Blocks


In a recent church General Conference, Elder Quentin L Cook gave an address by the title ‘Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus: We cannot afford for our testimonies of the Father and the Son to become confused and stumbling block.’

Although he spoke for several minutes there was a couple of things that stuck with me, even though i have gone to listen to several others since. I love this talk, it has really spoken to me and made me think about what stumbling blocks i am needlessly creating in my own and, which i could avoid by simple changing direction.

  1. It is important that we do not see others perspectives as our own and by doing so allow them to become our own stumbling blocks.
  2. ‘A stumbling block is anything that distracts us from achieving righteous goals.’
  3. Even when the philosophies of men look good we need to be vigilant and make sure we not allowing them to become stumbling blocks by distracting us from the truths found in the teachings of Christ.
  4. Sin can be one of the greatest stumbling blocks. The world would have us believe that anything goes and there is no consequence to anything we do or don’t do, but as we look around us we can see for ourselves the devastating that a little sin as managed to do in the world. More and more turn away from believing there is a God, turning towards false Gods and false teachings.
  5. Elder Neal A. Maxwell said in 1982: “Much sifting will occur because of lapses in righteous behavior which go unrepented of. A few will give up instead of holding out to the end. A few will be deceived by defectors. Likewise, others will be offended, for sufficient unto each dispensation are the stumbling blocks thereof!”
  6. Lastly he talks about the fact that many will create their own stumbling blocks by ‘looking beyond the mark’ or by ‘elevating one principal of the gospel above another’ or by taking one commandment to the extreme that it wasn’t supposed to be. So many people today take one thing and take it to such extreme it becomes destructive.

“If we are to be valiant in our testimony of Jesus, we must avoid the stumbling blocks that entrap and impede the progress of many otherwise honorable men and women. Let us determine to always be in His service. While seeking knowledge, we need to avoid the philosophies of men that lessen our commitment to the Savior. We must see sin in its true light and accept the Savior’s Atonement through repentance. We need to avoid looking beyond the mark and focus on Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, and follow His doctrine.”