Friday, 20 February 2015

What's in a (blog) name?

There are as many reasons for naming a blog as there are blogs out there.

Some people blog in their own name, some use their pets names and some their geographic area (helpful if you're the only quilter in some beautiful but remote islands!). Some choose a play on words ("sew" and "so" seem a popular choice) and others seem to go for (to the outside world) completely random words.

"Sewing Softly"  might seem to fall into the latter category but there is method in my madness. There's a lot more madness than method but I digress...

As some of you might be aware I suffer from two types of severe, chronic migraine. Yes, two types - I'm an overachiever. Ever had a migraine? The worst headache you've ever had, nausea, upset stomach, aches and pains, spots in your vision, photophobia, tiredness? Horrible wasn't it? Trying having that every single day. Christmas, birthdays, weddings, christening, holidays, weekends and weekdays. Every. single. one.

Mine are triggered by fluorescent lights, backlit screens (tv, monitors, iPads, cinema screens), tiredness etc. The usual suspects really. I've lost count of the number of specialists and pills I've tired, all to no avail. I've tried changing my diet, lifestyle, taken random holistic things (do they ever have anything other than a placebo effect?), massages, everything. I never have any idea what films are out and I take forever to watch a tv series because I can only manage an episode of so a week.

However I can't stop all activity when they strike because they happen every day so instead I've had to find things I can do. Sewing is one activity that doesn't require a computer, is calorie free and which is productive. But I can't be too noisy when I sew or my head might explode. Hence, "sewing softly".

See, I told you nothing humans do is ever random. Crazy, yes. Random, no.


  1. Sorry that you have such horrible migraines! I am glad that you have been able to find something that you can do to help relieve the stress and help you feel better! I wish more people would explain their blog names.

    1. Thanks! Some blog names are rather cryptic.