Or is that my biggest morning stiffness?
One of the hardest things about living with a chronic condition is that bits of you are failing at different rates. My brain is great (even if a little out of practice!) and my body is struggling. Every day I wake up with grand plans, then realise it sounds awesome on paper but then I realise my body can’t do all those things in one day or probably a week. I reassess, I plan, I devise a way to pace my pain and energy and then I begin. Almost without exception I do not achieve this modified plan. What I achieve is swollen joints and severe morning stiffness.
This week was a classic example.
I had planned very little. My goal for the week was to host a Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for the Cancer Council and to bake for my children’s school fete. I started Sunday.
Surely it can’t take all week to bake some cakes???
It did, and I still haven’t delivered what I wanted to school. I will confess I am disappointed. Baking was the only way I could contribute to the school fete. I tried but couldn’t use my hands enough to help with the decorations. I can’t grip thongs, so flipping sausages on the BBQ was out and I couldn’t stand and man a stall (I sold ice creams two years ago and I couldn’t walk for days). Its now Saturday morning, I am sitting here writing this, warming up my back and preparing to go to the fete and enjoy the day with the children.
Importantly, what did I achieve this week?
- I raised money and had great laughs doing so for the Cancer Council
- I baked enough food for my morning tea
- I have baked some stuff for the school fete
- The house is in order and the children and I are looking forward to the day
On Monday, dark chocolate peppermint fudge (I only made the dark chocolate layer in this recipe and added a few drops of peppermint)
On Tuesday, condensed milk cupcakes (egg free) and the charity recipe developed by Krystyana Simmons. I then froze the majority of the cupcakes. To get this recipe, please donate a minimum of $5 to the Cancer Council and then provide me with your email address.
On Thursday, whipped cream and blueberry coulis
On Friday, I iced the frozen cupcakes.
Looking back, I am not sure I should be disappointed, maybe I just dream big! Thank you to all that have donated so far and I hope this post inspires you to host your own Biggest Morning Tea.