Of late, getting to sleep or staying asleep have been challenging. Not wanting to take drugs that have side effects including poor sleep, other options have been sought.
For starters, caffeine is out of the question after noon. One cup of coffee in the morning, and a switch to tea, preferably herbal or decaf versions. Putting down the screen at least an hour before bedtime and returning to real bound books, not an e-reader are other changes. Knitting, spinning, or reading are okay.
Several of my friends have begun doing Zentangles, a mindful, relaxing, calm slowly drawing of patterns on a 3 1/2″ square paper tile. Later other shapes can be used and color can be added. Thinking that might help clear my mind of the daily detritus that accumulates and keeps me awake, a bit on online research was done and a simple book of instruction and patterns purchased. Using a soft pencil and a thin microtip pen, I have been playing with this for several days. Fearing that the shoulders would tense and my “it must be perfect” mindset would set in, I was surprised at how calm and relaxing it is.
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The top left is the first one, totally copied from the instruction book to learn some of the shapes, the top middle is an altered pattern from the book. The top right has no redeeming qualities as far as I am concerned and I have looked at it for a couple of days trying to see what to do to make me like it. The bottom is left is a copied pattern to learn a circle and the bottom right is my first one that I did only referring back to a couple of shapes.
Some people keep all they do in a journal, I envision them as very personal note card fronts or individual bookmarkers. We will see if it sticks, but now I feel like I understand more why one daughter-in-law always has a sketchbook with her and an assortment of pencils and pens.
The featured photo is of this morning’s visitors and a reminder that those doors needed a good cleaning, now done. The chickens finally figured out their no waste feeder and it is indeed no waste, but the slackers haven’t laid an egg in a week, not a single egg.