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You Think Your Invincible But Then This Happens...

Last week in the studio has been pretty painful for me.  
For some reason my lower back is hurting.
Is it the exercise?
Is it how I am sitting in the crappy studio chair?
I don't know what the cause is but I am going INSANE!

This needs to be corrected and

Here's my chair.  I didn't buy it or anything.  It was being thrown out and so I rescued it.  I'm a sucker for old things.  I like things that have a history.  

Guess I'm just nostalgic 
something but if I replace the chair with a better one will it help my back?

The Chair
Somehow I relate this new back issue with getting ready to turn 46 (tomorrow) but nahhhhh.  This can't be it.

HA!  So if any of you readers out there have ANY suggestions PLEASE leave me a comment.  I'm desperate and have been on the web looking for chairs.

I'm now back to doing my A and B salutations in yoga hoping it will help.
In the meantime nothing and I mean NOTHING is getting made in the studio.
Oh those holiday markets are going to be rough for me but what can you do?

In the meantime my auntie is visiting the US for the first time.
Here she is signing our wall.
My auntie
And here is my mom taking a picture of her.
Big sister and little sister
They are so cute.  
It's a treat for me to see how they interact with each other.  

Stay warm people
have a great Monday
have a FANTASTIC week!



  1. Happy Birthday! Sorry to hear about your back pain, I hope it gets better soon.
    I had really bad back pain a while ago and put it down to getting used to working at jewellery bench height after working on a table for years (or it could just be my bad posture!) I think the exercise will help and possibly birthday chocolates :D

    1. Thanks For the birthday wish. I've been doing yoga everyday now and my aunt is here AND she is a masseuse so I've been getting massages! Yay me!!! You just reminded me about the chocolates. Now I'm going to raid the basket. :)


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