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Tackling the Front Door

So what can we do about this looming front door and bottleneck of a hallway. How can we make this a little easier? These are some things that have been or are helping me get out.

  1. Have a plan: in a comfortable location, make a plan beforehand on where you are going to go and when, what you will wear, make sure you pee, drink and have a lip balm. Then just go through the bottleneck and front door at speed (trying) not to think about it. plan
  2. Know what you are going to wear and have it accessible.
  3. zriphoneIf you have a smartphone, make the walk more fun with apps that measure your distance and time, like runkeeper, or make it into a game with  zombies run!. Play upbeat positive music or listen to an audiobook.
  4. Make the walk more fun in other ways, like with walking sticks for nordic walking, or measuring how fast you can do a certain distance and see if you improve over time.
  5. Walk a small distance to begin with. When that feels comfortable, increase it just a little, seriously, very little, like 20m. And when that is comfortable increase it a bit more and so on.
  6. Are there any animals anywhere in your surroundings? Make a point of going by their pasture or garden to look or say hello.
  7. Or there might be something else you especially enjoy that you can make a point to pass, for me it is water.
  8. Have nice walking clothes and good shoes, stay within your budget so you don’t feel pressured to use them or anxiety that you are not. Ten tips to
  9. Walk with a friend and have a nice conversation on the way, maybe you can schedule a weekly walk together.
  10. Get a dog. Ok this one might be a little drastic. I for one is allergic, and there is a bit more to owning a dog than just having a walking buddy. But maybe you have a neighbour with a dog that wouldn’t mind you “borrowing” the dog for a walk now and then. And there are also organisations where you can volunteer as a dog walker. dog

I know that some, or all of these can feel totally daunting some days, I know I couldn’t ask my neighbour to walk his dog for example, and its ok to feel that way. Maybe one or two things on the list is possible for you. Maybe a few more on a good day, or with company.

The important thing is to keep trying and not to give up on the things we want to do. map


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6 Easy Tips to Becoming Vegan

Are you thinking about becoming a vegetarian or a vegan? Are you wondering what that would entail and if you could do it, or want to do it? Here are 6 of my best tips for making it easier to become vegan.

TV1.  Start by watching these documentaries, or one of them, to understand what impact the meat and dairy industry has on the environment, our bodies and how the animals are treated.

And “The best speech you will ever hear” by Gary Yourofsky.
I have linked the titles to their corresponding trailer on YouTube. You can find some of them on Netflix, or free on YouTube.

How do you feel about veganism now?

plantmilksUPp2. Ok, milk. I did a test when I began being vegan.
I love lattes, that’s how I drink my coffee, and I love it, and need at least one a day. So if I was not able to find a milk substitute that I liked, then I was sort of screwed.
I changed to one of the favourite plant milks I had tried, Oatly’s oat milk especially for coffee, called ikaffe = incoffee, for one whole week. Then I made myself a cow milk latte and an oat milk latte and tried both.
The result was that they both tasted funny, the oat one tasted, not surprisingly slightly of oat, and the cow milk one had a weird metallic meaty taste.
I had no problem switching to plant milk after that.
It’s worth a try, right.

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 My third tip is, skip the meat/dairy substitutes to begin with. They won’t taste like “hotdog” or “parmesan”, not while the real taste is fresh in you mind. Go for the vegetables, grains and fruits.
Then after a while, you can try the substitutes and see if you like them for their own taste and not what they are trying to taste like.

Holy-Nut-vegan-treats-450x5504. Your favourite treats. Try to find a vegan alternative to your favourite treats.
There are lots of great vegan chocolate out there.
Cookies, Oreos are vegan in some countries.
Vegan ice cream is usually just as good as other prepackaged ice cream.
Chips often have milk powder on them, but if you go for a “rustic” kind they are usually good, and Pringles have a “vegan” sign on their vegan chips. Yay Pringles!
Nuts and seeds are tasty and so are fruit, but never, ever let anyone tell you that fruit is candy! It’s not, its fruit! But try nice cream, its fruit and yummy!
If you can’t find anything good in you local grocery store, try searching on the internet. I have heard that iHearb is good, but I have never ordered from there myself.

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5. Find a community of fellow vegans, whether it’s on Facebook,  Instagram or any other place you feel comfortable, dare I say it, maybe not even a virtual one! A place to swap recipes and get motivated. Maybe someone has found the most gorgeous vegan ice-cream in you area, you would want to know about that right! And the same for knowing about that totally disgusting power bar popping up in the shops.

apples6. Ha, you thought I would stop at five! No, I have Aspergers I don’t like fives. 😀
Important tip number six is; be prepared, have a nut bar or a pice of fruit with you, because you might just find yourself hungry and in a place without vegan options.
Not to say It has to be hard eating out. You can use you vegan community to help you find great eating spots almost everywhere.

Oh, quick tips:

  • you are going to eat a lot of bananas
  • no, you are not going to die from protein deficiency
  • b12 is a good idea
  • learn to read on the back of Everything
  • Why not do some vegan cross stitch, download for free herekrosstitsh

I sincerely hope this helps you who want to go vegan and make the rest of you think about it. 🙂
Love to everyone, even the animals!


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The 100 Days Project

100daysproject1I am all exited, I am going to take part in the 100 days project, now what is this you ask. Its described as “A wonderfully simple, and deceptively challenging project.
If you sign up to take part in the project, you agree to these two simple rules:

  1. You will repeat a simple creative task every day for the duration.
  2. You will record each days effort.

It’s that simple, and that difficult!
Choose one creative ‘exercise’, and then repeat it every day for 100 days.
Record each daily effort and see what evolves in the work and in the self over time.”
You can read more on 100 days project website here, and you sign up here.

This year it starts on the 22 of May and ends 100 days later on the 29th of August, so there is time to think about what to do and plan it out to make things run smoothly. Apparently not even 50% of the participants finish, I can understand that, 100 days is a very very long time. But I can see, in the projects of those who finish that they have reached something, something new that wasn’t there before. I want to try!
I have aded a countdown to the left, that for now counts down to the start and later will count the 100 days.

But
I’m not sure if I am a:
100 days blogger,
100 days jeweller,
100 days photographer,
100 days painter/doodler or sketcher

I think I’m going back to what I love and is actually educated as, a contemporary jeweller. And if I have until May 22, I’ll have time to set up my jewellers bench and get some supplies. If there is going to be a chance that I will last the 100 days it has to be “quick and dirty” jewellery, with lots of materials on hand.

One contemporary jewellery piece a day.

I also need some sort of unpredictable daily inspiration delivery, a word, a picture or something similar that I can base the days work on. And I don’t want to be able to know anything beforehand, then I will start dwelling and thinking about it when I should sleep, and it will take up all my time.

Something like:

  • The 8th word in the first column in a certain web newspaper
  • A word of the day mail service
  • Words my family tear out of a local newspaper and put in a box for me to draw each day
  • 100 objects found in a flea-market
  • An inspiring word a day from my readers
  • A word from a randomly chosen page in a really thick book

Any suggestions on this?

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Since I’m going to record this project here on my blog, Im not sure If I will be able to write as normal at the same time, the blog might be totally over run by the project. Or maybe it will do me good to blog as usual as well. We will have to see. Hopefully you will like the content. I am at least very exited to be working artistically again, I even dreamed about it last night. 🙂 I have missed it so much and I think this will be a way for me to kickstart my artistic work in the butt.

It would be wonderful to have an exhibition of some sort when/if the 100 days are over. That will also be a great incentive to actually finish. The base of the 100 days project is in New Zealand so I can’t really be apart of that, except virtually. But I was thinking about renting a space for a weekend or so either in Gothenburg, Alingsås or Tollered, and if there are any one else close to me who is participating also, maybe we can exhibit together! That would be so much fun!

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Here are some great inspiration from the 2016 100 days:

Kerryn did 100 Mini Creatures:

100 Vessels:

100 Abstractions drawn from objects:

Joni Murphy’s 100 imagined worlds:

And here is New Zealand graphic designer Emma Rogan, that started the 100 Days Project after reading about a class called ‘100 Days of Design’ – run by Michael Bierut at Yale School of Visual Arts, on TedTalks


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The healing company of animals

I don’t know what my life would be like without these darling little creatures…. a lot les fun, that’s for sure. Seriously, Billy and Ivar makes me get up in the morning (sort of) and they make me think of someone other than myself and keep me company when I am alone. They are the best, after my husband and my family and friends.
If things are a bit sad, go snuggle a bunny, its fail safe!
Or give them a little pice of banana and see how incredibly happy they get and how cute they are when they munch it down.
Build them a new play space and see if they like it, they might just look at you disdainfully like “I am more sophisticated than that” (they are a lot more like cats than you might think) or they might go bananas running around exploring everything, and eating the corners of your storage cube! As you can see it helps to spread some pellets around, if they like pellets that is.

They have even charmed my mom and dad, they immediately start climbing my mom when she goes to greet them, because she always gives treats and I think my dad grows vegetables just so he can give them to the bunnies. I mean he does one batch of kale soup a year, bunnies like kale, do the “math”! 😉

Oh, yes, they look a bit scraggly because they just had haircuts, they are Angora rabbits and you have to shear them four times a year or their fur will get to long, go all matted and they can’t eat, move or clean them selves properly. I prefer to do a fast, safe shearing job than a perfect one. 🙂 And they will stay on the carpet, angora feet are slippery on the parquet floors, but I keep an eye on them.


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Life with Aspergers

So today I thought I would start and try to be a bit vulnerable and honest about how my daily life with Aspergers, ADD and panic and anxiety issues works, and describe a typical at home day. This is hard!
I am inspired by EDucating Shanny on YouTube. She is so incredibly brave sharing her life with an eating disorder. And the blog The Cutting Cookies Circus that I mentioned on Monday. It’s so important to share what the reality is for a person with some kind of disability/disorder, physical or mental, to spread knowledge and understanding.

Ok here goes…. scary. This is going to be a long one, since I don’t have a “what is important and not” filter.

My day, sort of starts at midnight, it’s a marker for me that a new day has started. I need a lot of sleep, and I am totally crap at it, so going to bed is a bit tricky.
Firstly I need melatonin to actually get sleepy, Omeprazol for acid reflux, Stesolid  (a benzodiasepine) and Lyrica to not wake up with a full-blown panic attack, I also sleep under an 8 kg chain weighed duvet. But, these things are actually great, because finally, after years of insomnia, I am actually sleeping. I used to look forward to my horrible period pain because then I could take Kodein and get at leas three nights of good sleep, not healthy behaviour.

So, going to bed. Here I have two choices, sort of. I could take the more healthy seeming route and go to bed at about 12, at the same time as my husband, the problem with that is that I almost always wake up when he goes to work, and then I have trouble going back to sleep, and I need more sleep than him. I am awake for a few hours and then finally go back to sleep, wake up really late, like 13 of 14 pm and feel all groggy.

The other route is to wait a few hours, not a problem I am very active and awake at this time, and go to bed at 2 or 3 am in the morning, then I am deeply asleep when my husband gets up and mostly sleep right through it. If I do this I usually get a full nights uninterrupted sleep, but I wake up at about 12 noon, and I have missed a lot of the day and lots of sunlight. Now, I’m not a morning person so I don’t want to get up at 7 in the morning or anything like that, but say 10 would be nice. I haven’t found a way to make that happen… yet.

When I wake up, I usually watch a few YouTube videos to make myself a bit more alert, I have the same problem waking up, as I have falling asleep, I never, ever wake up feeling refreshed and done sleeping, probably because of the ADD. I have to convince myself to get up, and that’s quite hard when I’m alone in the house and have nothing planed for the day, I mean the bed is soft, warm and lovely, and has wi-fi, why leave it!?

I finally drag myself out of bed, grab some comfy clothing, and go feed the bunnies, my husband looked in on them before he left so I know they are not super hungry or anything. They want some pellets, new hay, water and usually a bit of sweeping, because they are messy little creatures. 😉  If its summer and we have our “sheep on loan” I go out on the deck and see where they are, count them in and make sure that they are all looking good. We talk a bit back and forth. 🙂 They don’t answer me when I mimic them, only when I speak human. 😀

Then I go take care of me, peeing and making breakfast, not at the same time! I don’t like breakfast, why would I, that would make things easier!
I think I am getting a bit cynical writhing this down, is it showing through?
But I love my mandatory big cup of black tea with a splash of oat milk. I might make oatmeal, or some other porridge, but that takes five minutes and sometimes I don’t have five minutes of patience in the morning. Or toast with banana and peanut butter or soygurt with muesli. I need something filling or otherwise whats the point. Now I need, at a minimum a full hour of silent waking up time (well, not silent for me, I listen to an audio book, play some “tapped out” on my phone, read or watch more YouTube, but don’t talk to me!) before I am able to do anything. And here is where I should remember to take my morning pills, a low dose of antidepressants, more Lyrica and some vitamins, especially important since I am a vegan. But I forget, say once a week or so, not good at all with these kinds of medications.

Then I have, lets call it “units” of energy to work with. I could go work on the blog, on some art like sewing, weaving, spinning or knitting, I could clean a bit, gardening in the summer or go for a walk. And after each unit I have to rest. The thing is, I have to start with one unit of energy, I don’t know what will happen later, and can’t presume there will be any more units, so I must choose one activity. If I am lucky and remember to get lunch on time (I have actually started to enjoy cooking for myself now that I am vegan) I might have a unit more after lunch and then past say 11 pm at night, my natural waking hours I have all the energy I want, and can complete large projects with precision, right when its time to go to bed.
Sometimes its great and I can work until the wee hours and really get things done and in spring hear the birds waking up and get to see the sunset before I go to bed.
And sometimes it’s totally inconvenient because I might have something to do in the morning and I need my sleep and new unit of energy. Thankfully the melatonin makes me sleepy about an hour after I take them, so even if I am wide awake, I know that after doing my nightly “brushing my teeth, cleaning my face” routine and some YouTube watching under the “very heavy” covers I will become sleepy.

When my husband comes home from work, we have dinner together and talk around the kitchen table, NOT! We are on totally different time schedules and I have usually already eaten and left him a plate in the fridge, but this is “Frida food” and it might not be palatable to everyone, and also he usually has had a big lunch.
Him coming home can go two ways, either I am happy to see him, get a new burst (unit) of energy and want to go do something! Or, I feel he is disturbing my lovely “quiet” alone time with his bursting in (to his home!) making noise and talking, this brings out emotions I didn’t know I felt and I can get really angry, not at him, it’s not his fault, just in general, but this calms down after a while.
And by the way, we eat in the living room each with a computer in our laps. 🙂 Thats how we like it!

(My head is currently screaming at me… “Aah, its just text, why would anyone want to read all this?!” Honesty, remember)


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Hay!

New hay setup for the bunnies! They used to have a fabric bag I sewed a while a go, but it was so floppy and it liked to collect teeny tiny pieces of hay that I could never clean out! This is a “Variera” plastic bag holder from IKEA. I have seen warnings that your bunny can get stuck in these, but Billy and Ivar are quite big and its securely cable tied to that grid.

They definitely seem to approve! They can reach they hay much better now. And these two are very good little hay eaters, I think they go through about tree refills of this size in 24 hours.

As you can see Ivar has had his haircut, and Billy is up next. They are almost exactly the same size…. I promise!


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