Fake it till you make it

In the pink.

It’s one of those phrases people use without really knowing how it originated. Currently it means to be at a peak of condition, or in the best of health. That’s not a state I’m enjoying right now, so I thought I’d seek out some pink to see if I could turn the tide into a more positive frame of mind. So I went to look for pink.

I reckon I found some good examples. You have to smile: it’s spring in Queensland! I made this collage using the Adobe Spark free software for collages.

Also in the pink was lunch yesterday. So delicious, freshly caught prawns, salad, avocado and sun dried capsicums with a caesar dressing.

And finally, the latest Floribunda block, in progress. This is #5.

In case you’re wondering, that surface it’s lying on is a thick felted batting square which is one of literally hundreds supplied to the Husband as part of a spill kit for his job. I have appropriated a dozen or so for bag-making, padding and yes, block layouts so they can be easily transported from one surface to another. The pad is 16 inches square and roughly ¼ inch thick, a really useful weight and size.

Well, the pink has done its job. I no longer feel quite so green….

48 thoughts on “Fake it till you make it

  1. anne54 says:

    Sorry to hear that you were feeling a bit down, Kate. Goo to know that pink has worked its magic on you! Your floribunda block looks great ~ very much your sort of colours. ~ hugs~

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s the ongoing saga of gastric issues. I’m tired of having to leap out of bed at 3am… However, all that lovely pink really has cheered me up!

      • tialys says:

        Leaping out of bed? You can’t be that bad then. I go dizzy if I try that 🤣
        Seriously though – I hope this too will pass for you (no pun intended).

      • katechiconi says:

        Seriously though… speed is needed! Accompanied by cold sweats and a fair bit of pain. I’m over it, but nothing seems to fix it for good :-/

  2. Hugs 🤗 to make you feel better and glad the pink lifted you up … the salad 🥗 looked amazing and the block equally amazing!!
    Meanwhile in sunny ☀️ Melbourne today I made some yummy Almond Cookies for the first time and it’s heaven on a plate 😍… I’ve been experimenting on edible Christmas presents to go with my Quilted pressies… this is a sure fire Winner 🤩🤩

  3. Yup, think pink! Green is a lovely colour except when you’re feeling it. Hope the colour therapy and yummy seafood & salad did the trick. Take care ♡

    • katechiconi says:

      I was definitely feeling a pale shade of olive… I think of all of the flowers the pineapple lily is my favourite. The frangipani is always top of the list but it’s around much longer, the lily is a fugitive delight.

  4. knitnkwilt says:

    As winter approaches in Oregon, I’m definitely appreciating your spring. Hope you get over the GI stuff.

  5. Marty K says:

    All that pink — the flowers, the fabric, the prawns — is lovely and I’m glad it has done you some good. 🙂 I definitely understand feeling a little “green about the gills,” as they say. (Best GI advice I’ve ever received: Never trust a fart!)

    Hope you’re feeling back to your usual self soon!❤️

    • katechiconi says:

      The pink is so cheering. My always-iffy insides are now treating me to bouts of fairly sharp pain, with all obvious causes (including IBS) eliminated. Happy days. I shall definitely beware of what they delicately call ‘follow-through’, er… Down Under!

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    I am delighted you are feeling brighter- was there a link between the prawns and the green issue? I love the block you are working on, and the flowers are gorgeous- we have rain today and wind and lots of falling leaves.

    • katechiconi says:

      No, no link there; the prawns were innocent. The gastric issue is of very long standing, but is currently flaring up. That block is another one I love; in fact, I haven’t made one yet that wasn’t my favourite when I was working on it!

  7. I envy you spring! Here it is wet and dreary so your pink cheered me up too. Sorry to hear about the gastric trouble – very wearing! Hope it clears up soon and big – very gentle – hugs for now.

  8. Terri says:

    Glad that the pink helped you feel better. Beautiful flowers!! And another beautiful block.

  9. Sharon says:

    Thinking pink is wonderful and that block…another gorgeous arrangement but all that pink doesn’t take away from ‘those’ issues. (I have IBS so I feel your pain) Love your spring fling as winter sets in here in the WA state.

    • katechiconi says:

      There ARE other colours in my back yard, but the pink overwhelms them all at this time of year. The issues are very tiring (I almost wish it was IBS, then at least I’d know), but the sun is shining and doggo is demanding a walk, so my spirits are lifting 🙂

  10. craftycreeky says:

    Glad you’re feeling better, loved your pink photos, I made a quilt for a friend earlier this year which I called In the Pink

    • katechiconi says:

      It can be very cheering, can’t it? One thing I love about the strong light up here is that you can get away with the most vibrant and saturated colours. Love it!

  11. Dayphoto says:

    Wishing you good health, My Dear Friend!

  12. magpiesue says:

    Sorry about the flare up but glad the pinks have done the trick. That salad does look yummy. As does the block!. 🙂 I hope you have more good nights (and days) than foul ones, starting immediately!

    • katechiconi says:

      Last night was a good one, and I feel a lot more hopeful. Amazing how depressing pain and lack of sleep are! Time to clip on the leash and take Mr Mouse for a ‘sniff and comment’ around the block!

  13. cedar51 says:

    I definitely feel cheered up with your pink flowers and you quilting blocks…

    Haven’t been around much this week, the beginning of the week was not great, the middle was alright and then Friday arvo – things went off big time…

    Now gently taking time to get well…

  14. Kate, I’m really sorry to .” How frustrating, too, to still be searching for answers. I hope you find them soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a problem that’s been around since childhood, so I seriously doubt finding an actual solution at this late date… But it’s all good, I feel much better today. Don’t you sometimes think we’re badly designed? Wouldn’t a little window here and there be useful!

  15. Your determination to find things to cheer you up is inspiring. It’s dreadful to be ill, I’m sorry you have to go through this. Can you sneak in the odd nap during the day to make up for the nightly wake-ups? xxx

    • katechiconi says:

      I can try napping, but I tend to find a 35kg greyhound wanting to ‘share’ the bed when I do… He has the boniest elbows I’ve ever slept with! Yesterday was a bit of a dead loss apart from the cheerful flowers. Thankfully, today is much better, I feel OK despite not much sleep, and have much more energy.

  16. I’m sorry to hear about your gastric issues. Similar problem here. I keep trying to figure out what to eliminate from a diet that already has significant restrictions.

    What brings me peace of mind lately is blue. A blue ceramic bowl with the last of the strawberries. A blue journal where I keep track of writing submissions. And, may it be so, a wave of blue voters sweeping the Trump stain from the U.S. government.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think a blue flood would be most soothing! And yes, what to eliminate and what to retain because giving it up would be worse than the symptoms! I really miss onions and the ability to eat most dairy…

  17. Emmely says:

    In the pink is a new one for me. Hope you’re feeling better now!

    • katechiconi says:

      Getting there…! English has so many quirky phrases and metaphors, it’s a very rich language, but that can also make it a bit opaque for those for whom it isn’t their first language. I think you do remarkably well getting your head around our idiom!

  18. kymlucas says:

    So sorry you’re feeling poorly. I HATE stomach illnesses.

  19. I’m glad you are in the pink again. I hate those 3 a.m. runs and am grateful my bathroom is close to my bedroom. It’s awful to have something that is chronic and uncertain. I agree, we are poorly designed. We should talk to someone about that. Your floribunda block is lovely too. How wonderful that hubby can provide quilting supplies. 🙂 I’m sure it pleases him to be of help. Keep feeling better.

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