This post has nothing to with dolls or making pictures, but it does have to do with creativity and mindfulness.
I moved here to help look after my parents, specifically my mother who has had many mini strokes, because my sister had gotten sicker and sicker and could no longer look after them. She has continued getting sicker and had some rather yucky tests from which she was just not recovering. One of the things suggested was a blood test for celiacs but she was to sick to drag to the clinic so I suggested, why don’t we try gluten free?
I did some research and made gluten free muffins. They stayed in, and so did the other food (non gluten). Not only did it stay in but by the end of the week she was free from toilet dependency. At the end of the month I have a new sister, one that can do things for more then 2 hours a day. One that is not passing out. One that is thinking clearly. One that is even thinking about going out and meeting people again and is currently installing a floor in what will be the studio.
My challenge was baking gluten free. Not only gluten free but diary, soy, potato and baking powder free. I spent hours reading recipes on line, in the library looking up books and reading them. The best book I found at the butchers (the owners have gluten issues), “Company’s coming – baking gluten free” by Ted Wolff. Not only does it have nice recipes but it explains what I can substitute for the other nasties.
But my biggest challenge was “being mindful” , thinking about every ingredient, reading the labels. It is so easy to be on auto pilot when cooking – baking powder -sure, oops, salt, sugar, butter. Sometimes I felt like the centipede who suddenly pays attention to all its legs and trips over them. But sitting on my counter is a fluffy white egg bread that is rather tasty and has no gluten, dairy, soy or potato. It is my 3rd bread. The first was a flat little brick, the second a dense but tasty “herb loaf” , but this one is “Bread” – one that will make sandwiches! My best piece of art work yet. I couldn’t be more proud!