Crafty in the Med

I am here to enjoy meeting other bloggers and to share my love of craft ,mostly crochet, my thoughts and my daily happenings here in Alicante,Spain, my adopted country. I belong to a local choir because singing and music makes me happy. Flea markets and book shops are two of my favourite places to be. I read lots......sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I walk and walk and walk for about 10 months per year during the hot months I swim.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Me too

 

Google image

 

 I wasn't well after the second Moderna vaccination I had last Wednesday. On the Thursday I had a temperature of 38.5 and I felt very sorry for myself so I decided to take a day off and reclined on the settee all day. I couldn't even perk myself up to do some crochet. That is telling you how poorly I was feeling.  As a rule I like to avoid taking any medicine only what is absolutely essential like my thyroid pill but by mid afternoon I was feeling worse and felt quite dizzy so I took a paracetamol and that did help.  I also drunk loads of water and ate very little;toast and plain yoghurt. This is what worked for me. Three days later I was much better,no temperature  just a few aches and pains in general, a bit like the flu.  

 

At last!

I finally received notification from the hospital yesterday and I go in for my test on Friday! In preparation for the test my diet has changed from the bland diet I was on to a "don't eat anything" diet until after the test. OK I am fibbing! It does contain some food of sorts but even less than what I was eating with the previous bland diet.  Big sigh! not complaining really... just wish it was all over and done with.  

I am not sure how I will feel afterwards so I may fall behind commenting on your posts a bit over the weekend. 


Meanwhile I just wanted to let you know in case you would like to check them out (optional๐Ÿ˜) ,I have finally completed all replies to comments sent in on my previous posts Midday Sun and Splash.  Please do give a shout out if I have missed anyone.

 

The pool is open!

Temperatures have risen here,the pool is open and summer is practically upon us.

 I think this is about the only photo I have of the swimming pool;taken a few summers ago.

 


Sr P making everyone laugh in his Calypso Joe outfit !!  

 


Fire Festival

The children will be out of school for their summer holidays next week and as usual just before the yearly Fire Festival starts at the end of June. I commented and posted in the past about this festival here .  Sadly though the festival has once again been cancelled due to Covid restrictions. They are talking about having it in September instead but quite frankly I cannot see it happening.

 I have posted a few photographs from the last festival held in 2019. It is such a very big event here that it is greatly missed and not celebrating it again for a second year has produced some "grumbling" in certain quarters!   

 

 


Stunning parades !




The Alicantinas on their way to offer flowers to the Virgin at the Cathedral.

 


 Beautiful displays of flowers on the facade of San Nicholas de Bari Cathedral,patron saint of Alicante. Flowers that  have been offered to the Virgen del Remedio who protects all Alicantinos from her niche over the main entrance of the Cathedral. 

 

 

 

One of the effigies in front of the Town Hall. There are numerous others which are dotted throughout the city and they stay up for the six days of the festival. Constructed of wood and paper machรฉ they are elaborate works of art. On San Juan's night,24th June, they are burnt. The last one to burn is the the effigy that won the first prize.

 Lets hope next year all these traditions will carry on as normal.

 

RAOCKs

My latest RAOCK.

Result of a bit of crochet doodling and at the same time using up bits and bobs of yarn and a few sparkly bits. 


 

 

 


 

Happy Blogging


Amanda :-)






 





35 comments:

  1. Very imaginative RAOCK Amanda, really love it, you’re very clever to think and picture those, I’m thinking that if I didn’t have long list of things to make I’d like to try one.. but not sure I’ve wool left think it was all put out/donated in a big clean up, that room was completely remodelled that it was in.
    Miss some of those things. Your fire festival is certainly a big display for the town.
    So sorry the Moderna second jab was not fun. Seems the second vaccine jab of most of them is that way. I’m not getting it, not here since April last year.
    We’ve been very blessed in country Oz. Pray all goes well on test on Friday and they find out your problem, and yes the diets are not fun for those procedures, had them quite a few times.
    Thanks for your reply to comment, shared more of Oz again today, some folks amazed and some not keen on one of pickies! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    Thanks for Sharing too, may God bless and keep you safe, and all those you love, hugs Shaz in Oz.x

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Shaz :-) My sister in Queensland has told me that they haven't been vaccinated as yet either. Australia seems a bit slow with their vaccination plans but then I suppose being such a huge country it takes a lot of planning. A x

      Delete
  2. Sorry you felt unwell after jab 2, but at least now it's done and you're as protected as possible. I think it's just the luck of the draw whether you get side effects or not. I hope the tests give you some answers on Friday. It's a shame all sorts of events and celebrations have been cancelled/postponed, but we all know it's for the best. Your RAOCK is lovely. I seem to have lost my crochet mojo at the moment. It WILL return, so I'm not stressing about it! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello HH, I hope you have found your crochet mojo ... that happens to me occasionally not often as it upsets me not having anything planned crochet wise. Daft I know but its crochet addiction! A x

      Delete
  3. Hi Amanda, good luck with the tests-hoping they will figure out the issue-have they ever tested for celiac (no gluten) I had to figure that out myself around 25 years or more ago. I had tests done and everything came back ok for digestion problems-so I decided I must be allergic to some food and it was gluten
    Looks like a really nice pool.
    I am glad my state of Missouri is fully open and to get that ill from a shot is not for me. just my own opinion of course and will probably have people after me-oh well-I am thankful we still have choices where I live. even big box stores no longer require masks here. I found no actual science that proves they work.
    another really hot and humid day here and our septic project is close to completion except for the restoration crew-leveling and planting grass seed take care hugs

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kathy :-) I have been tested for gluten intolerance and allergy and it was negative. My test last week came up negative although I am waiting for biopsy results. A x

      Delete
  4. I can sympathise - my second jab had more intense reactions than the first, but luckily only lasted a day, then I was fine. I had the Astra Zenaca. I told myself that the reaction was far better than getting Covid. I'm glad you are feeling better now.
    I love the effigy photo - the Fire Festival sounds spectacular.
    I hope your tests go OK.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Ellie, The test came up negative just waiting for biopsy results. I was a little surprise to feel so poorly after my second vaccination as I weathered the first one so well with no side effects at all. All the same I would put up with this and more to be fully protected from COVID. A x

      Delete
  5. Good Morning Amanda. I'm sorry your second shot was so much worse than the first. My second was also worse but only for about 12 hours and then I was fine. Diets in preparation for procedures are always miserable.
    It's too bad the festival has had to be canceled yet again. Most things are open here now and masks are not required. Recommended, but not required.
    Love your RAOCK. You have a wonderful imagination.
    I need to get back to unpacking. I think our boxes are multiplying and having babies!
    Blessings and hugs,
    Betsy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Betsy. Always great to hear from you and glad you found a moment in your hectic days of setting up your new home. Your new home is looking so good you know! I thoroughly enjoy your posts! The festival has been cancelled but it seems part of the city population is having their own parties today which is a fiesta to make up for it and the beaches are packed. A x

      Delete
  6. I'm sorry that you've been unwell with the vaccination reaction and the digestive problem. All the best for your test day and afterwards. It's a shame that your region can't put on festivals but
    understandable in the circumstances. Thinking of you Amanda and family.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Many thanks Linda :-) There are still restrictions here so I do wish people would be sensible and take this into consideration. My test was negative which is good but now I have to wait and see what the next step is. I see my GP next Wednesday. A x

      Delete
  7. Prayers your tests go well, and for you Good Health!
    What an ordeal being sick like that. I am glad you took it easy on the sofa. The kitten is adorable, and so true when needed.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love the look of the Festival - hope it happens in September. Good luck with the tests. Love Mr P`s costume and his physique!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Chris, Thanks! I am not telling Sr P that it will go to his head. That man is so lucky he can eat what he likes,when he likes and doesn't put on a weight! It is so annoying! LOL! A x

      Delete
  9. Take care of you and know we are all sending love. Good luck with tests.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Many thanks Wendy! Test was negative which is good. Waiting for other results. A x

      Delete
  10. So sorry to read you have been unwell not only a reaction to the vaccine but stomach issues too. Hope the tests go well and they are able to give you some help. Such a shame about the parade it looks amazing, I am starting to wonder if we will ever see normal again. Love the heart it is beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Lorraine, Thanks for popping in and leaving a comment :-) I must say I wonder too...but it has got to get back to some normalcy...this is so stressful! A x

      Delete
  11. Sorry to hear you were a bit unwell after the jab. Hopefully you are fully recovered and raring to go today. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Cherie. As if nothing had ever happened! It is better that then having COVID of course :-) A x

      Delete
  12. Amanda, I LOVE YOUR hearts with bobbles !!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kathy. It is fun just to let the imagination go wild...it doesn't always produce pretty results but sometimes it brings results! A x

      Delete
  13. So sorry to hear that you've had problems after your vaccinations. I had the Moderna jab too, and fortunately on both occasions I just had a stiff shoulder, which eased after a couple of paracetamol.
    Denia town has Fallas festivals, in March, similar to the San Juan Hogueras. I've seen the models on several occasions and have marvelled at their intricacy and stunning designs. It seems such a shame to burn them!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello CG. My first vaccination was a breeze but the second not at all. Never mind though the important thing is I have some sort of protection now. I feel like you it is such a pity they burn those wonderful effigies that they take ages to make and people pay for all year round to get it built. It is the tradition though as it is done to protest usually against local authorities or a particular famous person who has been in the news through out the year. It is all very satirical and political; a year's worth of criticism. A x

      Delete
  14. So sorry you were feeling so poorly after your last shot. Still way better than getting Covid, but still its no fun. Hoping for the very best for you as you move towards your testing, bland food is a bummer! Stay safe.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Mere, Definitely much better than having the Covid so it is a question of grin and bear as far as I was concerned :-) Test was negative which was good now back to Doc for next stage of trying to find out what is wrong. A x

      Delete
  15. Sensational pictures. Glad you're on the mend after your jabs. I had some problems after mine, nothing to serious though. Keep well. Jean. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hello Jean, Thanks for popping by :-) IMO Three days of feeling poorly is worth it if I am protected against this horrible virus. A x

      Delete
  16. I felt terrible after my second shot too. But 3 days later, I felt fine. Boy, I was a little worried the day after. I'm glad you are feeling better now! Take care of yourself sweet lady!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for visiting. Much better now as well. It is as if nothing had happened :-) A x

      Delete
  17. I was ill for three whole days after my second shot. I'm told that it is a good think, it means that it is working on me. But now you are good to go! How nice. And good luck on your test.
    Amalia
    xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Amalia. Well we are protected now so it was worth feeling out of sorts for a few days :-) The test was negative so that is good. A x

      Delete
  18. you have a good knowledge of Cricket you Can play daily online ,live cricket games,
    cricket online games, best cricket games, play cricket online, cricket game online at best cricket games app for android phones to win real
    cash and amount to instant approve in your bank or Paytm wallet.
    play cricket online

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for your comments. I do read them and try to reply to all as well.Please keep them coming. Amanda :-)