Ever had one of those days where you feel like you’re at your wit’s end? Remember, Alice had to fall down a pretty deep rabbit hole before she ended up in Wonderland.
How about we help you turn your wit’s end into your knit’s end with a free knitting program (seriously, free program, free parking – all are welcome!)…because as we all know, Knit Happens!
Knit Happens!!! Free, you, you heard right, Free Therapeutic Knitting Activity Group for all!!! Join us in Study Room A – Jalna Branch (1119 Jalna Blvd. across from White Oaks Mall) of the London Public Library, as of March 5th, 2020 between 1-3pm. Free Parking and on LTC bus routes #4, #93 Express and at White Oaks, #90, #10, #13.Check LTChttp://www.londontransit.ca/ for more info. City of London also has an income-related bus pass subsidy http://www.london.ca/residents/social-services/discretionary-benefits/Pages/Subsidized-Transit.aspx Please remember, Fibromyalgia London Group events are scent-free – what you think smells good could make someone else uncomfortable or ill. Whether you’re a long-time knitter or a newbie or somewhere in between, members and non-members (open to the public) of Fibromyalgia London Group, all are welcome! Janice Sumpton, our wonderful instructor is there to help or just share some time together. Bi-weekly – March 5th, 2020 1pm-3pm; March 19th, 2020 1-3pm; April 2nd, 2020 1-3pm.
Knit Happens Therapuetic Knitting program brought to you by London Public Library and Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG). Come one and all, because we all know, Knit Happens!
“I want to take all our best moments, put them in a jar, and take them out like cookies and savor each one of them forever.” ~ Crystal Woods
Do you have fond memories of smelling cookies baking? Do you drool when you think of that first bite of a cookie? Do you remember the seasons by when Girls Scouts sell cookies?
Don’t let people make you believe that you have a cookie “problem” or a cookie “addiction”, it’s simply #cookielove.
“Count your cookies, not your problems.” ~ Cookie Monster
“C” is for Cookies, That’s Good Enough For Me (and the Cookie Monster, a role model for some). If you’re trying to kick a cookie habit love, then stop reading right now! Warning: Do Not Read Any Further! What’s coming up next can not be unseen!!!
The first bite of these cookies and you won’t know whether to thank or curse (or both), Lynn, an amazing, kind, and supportive Peer Leader/member of the Fibromyalgia London Group, for introducing you to these delicious, mouth-watering morsels. I thank her, but my waist may not. Where’s that button to stop “cookie” pop-ups?
This simple (read, not too tiring) yet magnificent recipe has been used as a staple cookie recipe in Lynn’s family since 1980’s. Based on a Canadian Living Classic recipe from her first cookbook as a young wife and mother, this recipe proves that simple can be best.
“Home is where heart is. Heart where cookie is. Math clear: Home is cookie.” ~Cookie Monster
Ingredients: 1 cup butter 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 2 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (or your choice, or gluten-free flour) 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 1/2 cups rolled oats Raisins, seeds, cranberries, and/ or chocolate chips optional (when is chocolate ever optional?)
Preheat your oven to 350 (180C)
In a large bowl cream together butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. In separate bowl mix your salt, baking soda, cinnamon and flour. Add together and blend into a creamy mixture.
It’s a very versatile batter, sometimes Lynn adds both chocolate chips and raisins (and sometimes white and dark chocolate chips) but you could also add nuts, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds…if so desired.
On a well-greased cookie sheet (or parchment paper or non-stick), make little mountains of dough (approx. 1 tsp), leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Flour the bottom of a glass and gently flatten each cookie to about 1/4 inch thickness.
“Early bird gets the worm. But cookie taste better than worm. So me sleep in.” ~ Cookie Monster
Bake for about 8-9 or until golden brown. Let them cool down on a baking sheets for about 2 minutes (if you can wait that long without eating one, for testing purposes only, of course) then remove to baking rack to cool completely. Makes about 40 cookies.
This recipe can be kept for a few days in sealed container and can be frozen for up to a month (either the baked cookies or the dough)….if they last that long.
What’s your favourite cookie or cookie recipe? Share the cookie love by sharing this on: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and/or in the comment box below and/or email to me (D. Parker – Mom, blogger https://yadadarcyyada.com/, silliness coordinator, Peer Leader/ member of FLG and cookie addict lover): email@example.comI should have warned you, dear readers, that this website uses “cookies”…Nom Nom Nom!
“No cry because cookie is finished. Smile because cookie happened.” ~Cookie Monster
Happy New Year! Hard to believe it’s already 2020 (no vision jokes). A new year (and a leap year at that), a new decade, but what’s next? Sometimes when we’re in a Fibro flare, stressed out, and/or having a rough time, it’s hard to think, what’s next? So make plans anyway, make choices, don’t let the world make them for you.
So come out to some (or all – with a $20 membership per year every single event, program, sharing circle, everything is no extra charge to you and a registered caregiver/supporter/loved one) of our programs, events, sharing circles, etc. – relax, de-stress, learn about resources and ways to cope with pain, exhaustion, anxiety. Also, you’ll meet folks who know what you’re going through. We don’t just say we get it. We get it.
Please note: Fibromyalgia London Group (FM/CFS/chronic pain) Saturday Sharing Circle sessions in the North end, North London Optimist Centre will now be bi-monthly (every second month, 6 times per year). As well, the FM/CFS Caregivers’ Support Group, led and facilitated by Rick Avdovich. Caregivers, supporters, and loved ones of persons living with FM or CFS have their own support circle, held Bi-monthly (every 2nd month/ 6x/year) at the same time our FM/CFS/CRPS/ME Sharing Circle meets.
Thursday Sharing Circle sessions will continue MONTHLY. So just as a reminder, there’s NO Sharing Circle January 4th, but join us at the North London Optimist Centre January 11th, 2020 for an educational opportunity…
LIVE BLOOD MICROSCOPY Saturday, January 11, 2020; 1-3pm North London Optimist Community Centre.
Knit Happens: Therapeutic Knitting for all! Bi-weekly knitting program, 3rd Floor Board room London Public Library Central Branch (accessible to all). Please remember all FLG events are scent-free please. Instructor Janice Sumpton shows how knitting can help with chronic pain, or everyday stress, because Knit Happens! All are welcome! Open not only to Fibromyalgia London Group members but to the general public. New to knitting or an expert, come to learn or just for the company!Free 2hr parking (validate at front desk of LPL with library card) and on several London Transit routes, ie. #4, 6, 13, 90, and more – check out http://www.londontransit.ca/plan-a-trip/routes-schedules/ for more details. Also, the City of London has an income-related bus pass http://www.london.ca/residents/social-services/discretionary-benefits/Pages/Subsidized-Transit.aspx Whichever way you arrive, we want you to thrive!January 9th 1pm-2:30pm – bring your needles and yarn – we’re going to have a ball!
Please read and keep checking back, to the homepage, https://fibrolondongroup.ca/ changes all the time with upcoming events. To the right of that page, under “What We’ve Been Up To” are blog posts about events, Fibromyalgia and other stuff. Also, and very important, please share this homepage https://fibrolondongroup.ca/for the London Fibromyalgia Group (FLG) with family, friends, colleagues, medical professionals, clubs, groups and on especially social media – you never know when you’re going to help someone. Then please, submit…
ORIGINAL content (written by you) blog posts, memes, quotes, ideas, recipes, lyrics, personal experiences, etc. to: firstname.lastname@example.org (you can use your first name, full name, pseudonym, whatever you feel comfortable with, in the blogging world, anything goes…). Here are a few examples of ORIGINAL blog posts, but the whole point of original is you do you!!!
“Chronic Suckage”, “Is #Fibromyalgia Still a Four Letter Word?” and “12 Unusual Ways To Relieve HolidayStress” by Guest Blogger, D. Parker https://yadadarcyyada.com also a member of Fibromyalgia London Group and a Peer Leader.
Keep checking https://fibrolondongroup.ca for more and more details. Even if no one else understands, we do. New Year, new you or are you enough already and just need some help to live your best life? Don’t wait for help to come to you, come to us for help. Fibromyalgia London Group Tel: 519-453-3198 ~
And how about stopping for awhile and having some laughs?
How does an afternoon anyway from all the hustle and bustle sound?
No Christmas songs, no busy stores, no gimmicks, no salespeople, no traffic jams, just cards and company.
That’s happening Monday December 23rd, 2019 1pm-3pm.
Are you worried you’re not playing with a full deck from: pain, worry, anxiety, stress, lack of sleep, etc.?
We understand. We get it. Other people say they get it, but they don’t get it. We live it. Just like you. Join us. Be understood.
Whether you’re exhausted, sharp as a tack (ouch!), just want the company, just want to relax or snack, or snack and relax… So whether you’re a card newbie or a card shark…
Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG) Games Afternoon, hosted by the joyful and kind Leanne, is for you! Looking for laughs, refreshments, friends and could-be friends? All that and card games too.
You just never known what delights you’re going to be dealt.
Don’t get lost in the shuffle, pop by Monday December 23rd, 1pm-3pm and did I mention it’s free (kindness is free to, spread it around and receive it with joy) for FLG members and their caregivers/supporters, family, friends, etc.? Not Even. Kidding. Free.
But treats, healthy or unhealthy or maybe both, homemade or store-bought or homegrown, all are welcome! Always.
Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG) invites any member, support person, and/or member of the public to participate in a free (what a beautiful word) activity program, therapeutic knitting for those with pain and who want more purpose.
Led by Janice Sumpton, Knitter Extraordinaire and Knitwear Designer with more than 50 years knitting experience. Living with chronic pain for more than 20 years, Janice found the rhythm and calming repetition of knitting very therapeutic in helping her cope with pain.
This program is sponsored by our group, the Fibromyalgia London Group and offered in collaboration with the London Public Library (LPL), to support the needs of the FM/CFS/ME community in London, Ontario, Canada and area, as well as anyone who feel they will benefit from being a part of this new community-led program.
Join us Thursday December 12th, 2019 from 1-2:30pm (doors open until 3pm if you want to finish, rest, relax, chat, etc.) in the Boardroom, 3rd Floor (elevators available right across from the staircase), London Public Library – Central Branch in Citi Plaza (formerly the Galleria), Downtown London, Ontario, Canada.
FREE program (yes, free!), OPEN TO ALL AGES, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – simply email mailto:email@example.com or phone 519-453-3198 to reserve your seat.
Anyone of any knitting skill level who is:
Interested in learning how to knit or about therapeutic knitting as a coping method for pain management…
Interested in swapping ideas on how to live everyday with pain and manage this pain…
Looking to enjoy fun time with others who share similar interests, make friends, etc…
Looking to give back to community by supporting local charities in need of donated knitwear (COMING SOON! Knit/Crochet for Donation to a Local Charity – We Will Provide Supplies!).
Please join us (and tell your friends, family, neighbours, co-workers, children, siblings, Grandma, Grandpa, mailperson, doctors, Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, the reindeer (I bet they’d like to learn to knit themselves sweaters with their names so we’d all stop getting them confused, on Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Daryl Dixon? Well, tell everyone!).
Don’t Know How To Knit? We’ll Teach You! Learn How Therapeutic Knitting Can Help You Cope with Pain. Come Meet for Fun and Crafty Conversations!
Yarn provided for beginners with Instructional Help (bring own 4mm or 4.5mm needles), or please, bring your own project!
Free knitting program, free conversation, free 2-hour underground parking in Citi Plaza if you bring your parking ticket for validation at the Front Desk on the Main Floor with your Library Card.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: Fibromyalgia London Group [FLG] was created to be a resource of pertinent information, education, and peer-led wellness support to all who attend our programs and events. While we may invite healthcare professionals, advocates, practitioners or representatives from community organizations to speak at our Group meetings and special public events, FLG does not endorse, support or recommend any specific service provider, treatment, product, theory or person.
To Knit of Not Knit, that is the question? That’s a silly question. To knit and to teach others how to knit, that’s the answer.
Please join us for our “Goodbye 2019, We’ll Pick up that Stitch in 2020!” Knitting class on Thursday December 12th, 2019 1pm until 2:30pm 3rd floor Boardroom, Central Branch, London Public Library (in Citi Plaza). Free to all!
Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! ¡Felices Fiestas! Jie Ri Yu Kuai! Laethanta saoire sona! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanzaa! Yuletide Greetings! Joyeux Noël! Let it snow…somewhere else! Feliz Navidad! Seasons Greetings! Happy New Year Joy! Celebrate! Be merry! Shiawasena kyūjitsu!Boas Festas! Li holide eximnandi! Happy Christmas! Wishing you a latke fun this Hanukkah! Hau’oli Lanui! मेरी क्रिसमस ! Forhe Feiertage! Selamat Hari Raya! Joyeuses Fêtes! Prettige Feestdagen! Buone Feste! Trevlig Helg! Jingle All The Way! Happy Holidays from owl of us! Tis the Season! Warmest greetings! Happy Holidays, Mate! It doesn’t matter how you say it as long as it’s said with kindness.
How about an afternoon of cards and company? That’s happening Monday December 9th, 2019.
Don’t Get Lost in the Shuffle!
Looking for a bunch of laughs, friends and could-be friends, refreshments? Who wants all that and card games too? You do?
Then deal with your boredom by joining us at the monthly Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG) Games Afternoon hosted by the delightful Leanne. Whether you’re a card shark or just like to chat and laugh and snack, there’s something for everyone.
Don’t get lost in the shuffle, pop by Monday December 9th, 1-3pm and did I mention it’s free (that’s a real word) for FLG members and their caregivers/supporters, family, friends, etc.? I kid you not. But treats, snacks, chocolate, cookies, coffee, well, any yummies are always, always welcome!!! Always.