I'm having a quiet day, mainly due to lack of sleep due to bad pains in my neck and shoulder. It might be from basket making but I'm not sure. If it is, they will subside in a few days, if not I am due another massage in a couple of weeks so will wait until then. I have mild scoliosis of the back and we manage it by paying for a monthly deep medical massage and bi-monthly chiropractic treatment (any savings we make in the household budget caters for this expense).
My right hip is tilted forward and upwards by about 1 1/2”, my right shoulder is similarly tilted. This has the effect of making my neck strain at an angle to keep my head level and is further compounded by an inward rotation of my ankles – one by 11 degrees, the other 16 degrees. I'm supposed to wear some lifts inside my shoes but oddly enough, that makes my back even worse so I don't bother.
The above treatments keep it in check and although I start out reasonably level after treatment, after a few weeks, the rotation returns. Can't get this help on the NHS, all they say is “you'll just have to walk through the pain”. Before having this treatment, I couldn't actually walk for any longer than 10 minutes without having to stop. At least now, I can go out for long walks and be pain free most of the time. Hey ho, such is life!
Anyway, I managed to take the edge of it with a heat pad and deep heat but am still uncomfortable.
Went out first thing to a small farmers market but didn't find anything we wanted. Went to their local church where a Christmas craft fair was being held and bought a few little odds & sods for people for presents but also got ourselves this delightful little trug for just £2. (They were all the same price even though they varied in size).
It is 9 1/2" long x 5 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" deep. The handle is 12" tall.
Came home, had lunch then made another batch of mincemeat. It should be ready to use in about 4 weeks. I like to make my own as I find shop bought mincemeat is not only too sweet but doesn't have a depth to its flavour. I use Delia's recipe from her Christmas cookery book and adapt it to use up whatever I have available.