Sadly, I did not get a post out last week to announce the winner of Charles Yallowitz’s War of Nytefall: Anarchy. The week got away from me with its awful stress. I’m sure you can relate to stress. One of these days, I’ll have the emotional wherewithal to tell you alllllllllllll about it. For now, let’s discuss a stress management tactic—rest/relaxation. I don’t mean taking a nap, though my mom says that’s her favorite form of stress relief. I’m not much of a napper, because napping subtracts from my nighttime sleep hours. The only time it doesn’t is when I’m really ill.
One of my favorite forms of rest/relaxation, besides watching this show (based on the book by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus)
or playing this
is to crochet. I’m currently making an underwater habitat for this little whale as part of a gift.
Whale crochet pattern by LittleMagicHouse
Coral, seaweed, and shell patterns by TheYarnConspiracy.
It might seem like a lot of work. And it is. But with every stitch crocheted or felt sewn, that’s minutes of stress off my back. I’m not sure why it works that way for me. Some people do crossword or jigsaw puzzles (looking at you, Jill Weatherholt and Charles Yallowitz); I crochet. I like to keep my hands busy while watching a movie or show on Netflix.
What do you do for relaxation? While you consider that, Marian Beaman, consider yourself a winner of Charles’s latest book!
Thank you to all who commented and faithfully read this weird blog.
Book cover and author photos courtesy of Charles Yallowitz. Other photos by L. Marie.