It seems that every year winters last longer. This year is no exception. In fact, it is the 4th worst winter on record. Most winters we don’t even get snow. This year it has been snow non-stop. It’s exhausting. When you don’t regularly drive in it and then have to almost daily it wears on you. And because the people I care for are not able to shovel their sidewalks , driveways and stairs I am constantly scared of slipping. Anyway, more snow is in the forecast for this week.
My mental health is not great. It isn’t really bad but it is bad enough. The long dark days are bringing on depression and anxiety. Same old story.
One thing I have been doing to pass the time after work is knitting on my loom. It takes my brain to a different place for a while. This will be a blanket eventually. I have a long way to go and no idea how to get the individual strips together to form a blanket once they are completed but that is a thing to figure out another day.
It was my birthday a few weeks back. My husband spoiled me and so did my kids. Going out causes me anxiety so we just stayed home and ordered pizza which was a real treat for me. It seems as the years pass I become more like my mother. Staying home is so nice, especially in the winter. We had gone out two nights before for dinner with friends and I brought a blanket for the car along because I knew I would be cold. Yes. Just like my mom used to. When I was a teenager I remember her complaining about getting cold. It is the Pacific Northwest. It’s always damp. It gets into your bones.
My husband and I are going to be painting our house. Rather, we are hiring someone to paint. I have a latex allergy and can’t be around it, let alone touch it. And we are getting the labour for a steal. Only $250.00 for three rooms. Because I snore, my husband and I sleep separately. I am thinking of doing my sleeping area in lavender. Something like in this picture.
In the never ending battle with UTI’s, I have another one. I’m starting to worry that it is becoming antibiotic resistant. I have already been on antibiotics twice this year and should be on them now but I am trying D-Mannose powder and a cranberry supplement instead. It is way more expensive than antibiotics and of course, not covered through medical. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!