I think the Christmas spirit is slow to get me this year, largely because, due to M.E, I’m finding it difficult to think clearly about things and can become a bit overwhelmed by it all. However, by taking it a little bit at a time it is beginning to look more manageable and we have begun to make headway into sorting out Christmas presents, cards and I’m even contemplating putting up some decorations!
It’s times like these that really bring home how affected I am as pre-M.E. we would have pretty much done all this; certainly the tree would be up, most of the baking done and cards written.
We’ve also just got in from posting some parcels and buying the grand kids presents, a relatively easy job in Caithness, but even this has left me completely wiped out and sore.
Please don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind, I strongly believe that despite my condition I am very fortunate to have a warm, dry home, live safely and with love. It is how it is. If the Santa post fails to deliver our Christmas card to you, the M.E brain fog pixies are to blame…
Moving on, I thought I would share with you a couple of brilliant places to find your last minute, oh-my-word we forgot Grandma/Aunt Fanny/Cousin It (delete as appropriate)’s gift. Firstly we have some beautiful jewelry from CranBeatha by Anne, I love the way she puts together natural colours and materials to make items with a subtle elegance – perfect for a gift or to treat yourself.
Next I’d like to introduce you to picturebothy, a local photographer from Caithness who produces stunning pictures and cards, I think you could find an ideal present for that tricky-to-buy-for man in your life here.
Both of the above have things for a range of budgets and I personally vouch for both of them; I believe in supporting small businesses for lots of reasons, not least because you can find something completely unique and individual – much better than spending your hard earned pennies in a big company with poor staff morale (mention no names).
Finally, this year I have tried to make as many of our presents as possible. I finished a scarf for my sister-in-law last night (I don’t think she reads this but if you do STOP reading right now missy!).
Apologies for the bad photos; it’s woven with semi-solid purple and black mohair in a twill pattern. I’m planning to make another one for my Etsy shop at some point, the fringe needs tidying up and I’m going to bead it to add some glamour but I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out.
As for Mr Knittingkitten’s sweater…let’s just say there’s a long way to go.