Frost and Sunshine Remedies

There’s one thing that continues to surprise me when it comes to my illness: some times moving about will provide more energy instead of leaving me drained. It’s a strange (and difficult) line to play with because I can feel like absolute shit only to go outside for a 15 minute walk and come back refreshed, feeling like I can do anything, but I won’t know which way the scale will tip until I’ve tried. Today is one of those days. 

It was -7 degrees today and sunny, one of my favourite combos, and so I got it in my head that I wanted to go out for a walk. My dog’s too sick to come with which is really depressing, so I drove into town and met up with my sister. I’d told her it’d probably be a short Sunday walk thing and she brought her bicycle in case I got tired so  she could just pop me on the back and cycle back, but we actually walked along the river, through the city and rounded back alongside the ocean to then go for a hot sweet chili coffee (our favourite). The entire walk took about one and a half hour, which sounds so insane in my ears because it’s not something that happens on a daily basis and I don’t feel any symptoms at all, sure I’m a little tired but only like a normal person would feel, nothing even resembling M.E fatigue. Amazing! It’s days like these that fill me with hope and help me get through the bad times because I can look back and know that the bad won’t last forever.  And I can honestly say that I’ve had an amazing day, which feels incredibly nice after an entire month of just living on the couch! 

Hope your Sunday is going well, too! 

– Martie xx


The Little Things

Today has been a day to remember. Not because of anything extraordinary, but simply because it was a good day. The sun was shining from a blue sky, and the temperature had gone up to 20 degrees celsius. In other words it was not a day I wanted to spend locked up inside. I grabbed a friend (contrary to popular belief I do have one of those) and we bought ourselves some coffee before taking a walk around the city. The entire human population in the city seemed to have come out of hibernation – we do that when the sun decides to grant us with its presence – filling up every nook and cranny of the outdoor seatings. With camera in hand we walked around the Cathedral and continued into the Archbishop’s Palace, to then move through the courtyard towards the Marina and then round back through the graveyard belonging to the Cathedral – taking pictures along the way.

Before leaving home my last order from Blackmilk Clothing arrived and so of course I had to wear one of the skirts it contained. This is my day in pictures, which basically consists of a lot of outfit pictures, laughter and just a happy mood in general. My face honestly hurts from all the smiling and laughing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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If there is one thing I always try to do it is to appreciate the little things, they are worth so much more than we tend to give them credit for.

– Martie xx