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18 February 2014

A little life update!

Hello strangers, It’s been a while! I’m reluctant to say ‘I’m back’ - life has just been so crazy these last couple of months and I feel like it’s only just beginning to settle down to the point that I can actually sit down with my laptop and put pen to paper as it were! So in case you have noticed my blog has been quiet I’ll try
and fill you in on what’s been going down and then I can get back to business because I have LOADS of things I want to tell you about.

So on the 20th December Jim and I moved into our new house (I know; who does that right before Christmas?!) As you can imagine the whole of December was hectic with packing up the house and trying to be prepared for Christmas in advance and then moving week was even more crazy because no sooner were all the boxes deposited into the house then we were off doing the rounds visiting various family members and friends for festive meals and general merriment which was lovely, but tinged with the stress of knowing we had all of the unpacking to do once Christmas and New Year were over.

As some of you may already know if you've been reading my blog for a while/following me on twitter/know me in real life, I have rheumatoid arthritis. I might talk a bit more about it this year if anyone would be interested but just to give you a background it is a chronic, autoimmune disease that is characterised by periods of inflammation in the joins which are incredibly painful. The periods of inflammation or ‘flare ups’ come and go meaning I have stretches of time with no/very little pain but one or more joint can become inflamed at any point causing a lot of pain, stiffness and reduced mobility as well as fatigue, depression and anxiety.

Often a flare up will happen for no obvious reason but there are definitely triggers which tend to aggravate the condition, the main ones being cold, damp weather, doing too much and getting over tired, and stress. So as you can probably guess, despite my best efforts to be organised and get a lot of help with the house move from family and friends, I started the year in a lot of pain and it continued throughout most of January. All or any of my joints can be affected when I have a flare up but this time it was mainly in my hands and wrists which meant even the simplest things like picking things up and gripping things, texting and typing were almost impossible, hence the lack of blog posts.

The pain along with the awful weather and some other life problems meant that January was a pretty miserable month for me (it always is isn't it?) and as if that wasn't bad enough, it was my birthday at the end of the month and I had to kiss goodbye to my twenties and accept that I am now closer to middle aged that my teens – arghhhhh!!! I really struggled with this birthday and I think a lot of people struggled to understand why. I guess to me it seems like a significant age and I did a lot of reflecting about where I am in my life and where I thought I would be. I always find the bad weather and dark nights effect my mood negatively and being in pain for so much of the month didn't help.

Anyway, there is only so long you can feel sorry for yourself for before you have to pull yourself out of it. I have been counting my blessings and trying to concentrate on the positive things in life; little things like the snowdrops that have popped up outside my office window remind me that winter won’t be here forever and before we know it the sun will be shining again, there will be leaves on the trees and life will seem that bit easier. I've also been using a meditation app on my phone which has really helped with my anxiety.

I've really missed blogging and interacting with you all so it feels good to be back, thanks for bearing with me. I hope all is well with you? Leave me a comment and let me know how your Winter has been so far.

Thanks for reading.


  1. Rebecca Sheen18/2/14 17:08

    Ah it's lovely to see you back. I love seeing snowdrops - they really are a light at the end of the tunnel!

    Rebecca x

  2. Amanda Ryan18/2/14 17:44

    Welcome back Anna, it'll be Spring soon and you'll feel much better then.x.

  3. Alison Rodriguez19/2/14 05:25

    Welcome back, Anna! I hear you on creeping out of your 20s and all the big life "what am I doing? where am I going?" questions that come up. But it will all work out wonderfully -- spring is almost here :)

  4. Great see see you back! I've suffered with flare ups of my joints before and it can really get you down so I know how you feel. I hope you're all settled in your new home and you're on the way up

    Jenn | PhotoJennic


  5. On The Dressing Table21/2/14 13:44

    Thanks very much Jenn. Sorry to hear you've had joint pain too but its nice to know people understand how horrible it can be. xx

  6. On The Dressing Table21/2/14 13:45

    Thanks Alison, I'm so looking forward to spring and getting out in my garden to plant some flowers, that always cheers me up! :) x

  7. On The Dressing Table21/2/14 13:45

    Thanks Amanda - i really hope so! xx

  8. On The Dressing Table21/2/14 13:48

    Thanks so much Rebecca, lovely comments like that really do help to cheer me up and make me so glad to be back blogging :-) I cant wait to get out in the garden and plant some bulbs so next spring i will have loads of snowdrops and crocuses to look at xx

  9. So glad you're back Anna, hope you're feeling better physically and mentally. Missed reading your posts, but health comes first xxxx

  10. On The Dressing Table14/3/14 13:25

    Thanks so much Vanessa, i can't even tell you how nice it is to know someone missed reading my posts :-)) xxx


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