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Apologies for not visiting many of you last week – typing is still painful, and I have to do as little as possible :/

But throughout this tennis elbow episode, I have been writing a little every day. As of yesterday, when these photos were taken, I have written every day for 67 days. The first photo shows the day I started, March 30th, answering the question: ‘What are your favourite noises? Your least favourite?’desk2-001.JPGAnd this one, June 4th’s entry: ‘What do you think of when you think about love?’desk.JPGI’m using this book on my kindle for daily prompts, and following my physio’s advice, I’m using different pen grips on different pens to minimise the pain caused by holding/using a pen.

Some days I’ve barely managed a couple of sentences, other days, a couple of pages, but I haven’t missed a day, of which I am very proud 🙂 I’m aiming for 100 days, and if I manage that, ultimately, the full 365 days, which may well see me completing this gorgeous journal!

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Yes, I’m back – two whole months since I last posted… I’m emerging from the Valley of Pain that is known as tennis elbow – a real problem, as I only have one ‘good’ arm (Clearly the 12 years of constant use of my once non-dominant left hand, since the stroke, took its toll!) I’m still cautious, seriously limiting my typing/texting time (this post took several days typing in tiny spurts), resting the arm completely for hours at a time (I am watching A LOT of dvds (thank heaven for Downton Abbey!) The weekly combo of hydrotherapy on a Tuesday and physiotherapy on a Thursday, seems to be helping, though.

So, on my newly tidied** desk today isbook.JPGI’m taking part in an online study of the Book of Wisdom (I’m using my BIG Apocrypha. I’m not able to write much, and I have to take frequent breaks, but I’m enjoying the process 🙂 There’s a prompt a day (Mon – Fri, with an arty prompt on Sat) for four weeks – I’m a tad behind… but never mind 🙂

And I must show the view from the windowbirds-001.JPGMy beloved goldfinches! This pair have a wee brood who are just starting to grow their coloured wing feathers – their torsoes and faces are still a fluffy brown. The babies are very hard to photograph as they can’t hold on to feed as long as the adults.

Happily sharing this post with other deskers here 😀 Celebrating 10 remarkable years of What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday – WOW! I’m sorry I missed the ATC swap, but my arm is still not up to creating much.

** the desk has been buried under ‘stuff’ for two months. I simply couldn’t pick up anything like a book, a ring binder, a pen, a glue stick. Slowly over the past week I’ve been sorting and tidying, and beginning projects again – it feels SO good 🙂

BTW I have added a blogroll of my favourite blogs and websites – do take a look

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Thank you for all the comments last week. I never got to reply… I hurt my arm (my one useable arm!), so I’m struggling to type/use the computer or do much of anything really – even stroking Molly-cat hurts :/ It was x-rayed last Friday, but I’m assuming it’s OK as I’ve not heard anything… So I’m here – popping the paracetamol – and here’s a photo from the beginning of the year showing treasures atop my desk and wee side drawers. The painting far left was done a number of years ago by Jane at This Unfolding – she is my Muse 🙂 Happy WOYWW! Sharing over here.desk-002.JPG

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Another very lovely gift arrived in the post last Friday…desk-001I am surely blessed by online friends I’ve never met in real life ❤ Roz saw my post about the Alchemy Course, and the question of which animal(s) was symbolic for me, and thought the deck would help me ponder the question further. What a perfectly thoughtful and inspiring gift! I found a bag in my stash that suited perfectly (I struggle with boxes one-handed), and I love that the deck includes 3 blank cards to draw/paint your own – I’m thinking a barn owl (of course!) and those fantastic creatures you see depicted in illuminated manuscripts… Sharing with other lovely online buddies here 😀

PS Recently I found this – as an avid art-lover, how did I not know it existed?? Art every day=bliss ❤

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Thank you so much for all the lovely comments and get-well wishes last week, they really lifted my spirits (I am feeling much better – the intense pain has abated to a dull ache across my back, phew!) Spirits were lifted even higher by a surprise package in the post on Monday…desk-001I had no idea I’d receive such goodies when I started the Belle Coeur Spiritual Formation last summer. All are infused with Sibyl’s loving care and attention to meaningful details, and the prayer shawl is just gorgeous – both in colour and softness ❤ I am now officially a ‘Sister’ (oh my!) and my pre-teen self, who so wanted to run away to a convent, could not be happier 😀 Sharing with other deskers here.

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This is not how it was supposed to go – especially after the excited post last week. I have shingles. The spots appeared in the small of my back last Wednesday evening – they are progressing over my left hip (my good hip, which is making walking especially difficult). The nerve pain is horrible, so I am dosed up on pain-killers, and hoping the horse pills the doctor gave me will do their work and prevent nerve damage :/ I’m trying to think straight, scribbling in my notebook on my lap desk on the sofa, as I work on the online course which began on Monday (today I’m pondering animals that ‘speak’ to me and asking why…). Feeling sad and sorry for myself 😦desk-001.JPGSharing over here.

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Busy, busy… pulled out all my Jung books (some books you never throw away, ever!), making a list of images/symbols that speak to me, continuing with the alchemy theme as next Monday I start this course. I really cannot wait! This is the wonder of the internet – I can ‘attend’ a course hosted in South Africa from my living room – and they supply a transcript of the classes. As someone who learns best by reading, I am thrilled! So much content on the internet is podcasts now, and I just can’t get on with them – give me good ole-fashioned text any day! Sharing over at ‘Desk Central (Stamping Ground) 😀desk-001.JPG