It’s Been a Long Winter

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. Β 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!

23 thoughts on “It’s Been a Long Winter

  1. Hi Barbara….
    Happy Belated Birthday! Are you a February baby like me? πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ
    You sleep in seperate rooms? Don’t like the sounds of that…😳
    We are wrapping up our month here in the sunny south…
    Weather has been believable…sunny and warm.
    Looking forward to seeing our sweetie pie Miss V…and my kidsπŸ’œ
    Hope things warm up for you soon…
    Linda :o)

    • My husband and I still have lots of fun. Many times a week. We’re like teenagers now that the kids are off on their own. Just have the cat scratching at the door to be let in! πŸ˜‚

  2. Hello, dear Birdie! I am glad to hear your voice here. First off, let me say that I am glad you are making a blanket on your loom. My friend Kathleen loomed many, many beautiful things and it brought her such pleasure. She gave scarfs to everyone and they were all gorgeous. And that room color? Lovely.
    Do what makes your heart happy. It is your room and as such, it should be your color.
    Now- as to the mental health. Oh, honey. I’ve been struggling too. And yet, I know (despite what my mind tells me) that things will become brighter. I know they will.
    UTI’s? Oh my Lord. I don’t have any idea. I’m sure you’re drinking gallons of water. They say now that cranberry doesn’t really help. So I don’t know. Research golden seal. I have used that topically to miraculous effect. And I know that some people have used it (capped in gel caps) internally for different things. See if there’s any information on that. But test it out before you swallow it. My husband is allergic to it so I know that’s a possibility.
    Take care, dear woman. Take care.

  3. A very happy Belated Birthday to you.
    Yay for getting a really cheap painting job. Love the idea of a lavender room.
    We have had a vicious summer here. I am as over it as you are of your winter. And my mental health is wobbly too.
    Take care of your important self. And hugs.

  4. Happy belated Birthday to you, dear friend. Last year at this time I was in such a deep depression it scared even me! So I totally understand, but thankfully you don’t seem to be in a deep depression. Still, even a mild one can get the better of us sometimes. Sending you warm hugs and a lot of love.

  5. Happy Birthday dear Birdie! I’m sorry about your UTI, those and other things send me into a funk too, especially when the antibiotics do not work. I hope what you are attempting is successful. Love your lavender room!

  6. Happy belated birthday Birdie! I hope you feel better soon from your UTI. I’ve missed you here. I love the idea of loom knitting. Must look into that. Here’s to warmth and joy.

  7. Birdie, Birdie…..Happy Birthday! I’m sad I missed it but it sounds like a good time. Pizza in your warm and cozy home is a pretty nice treat.

    That color is becoming one of my favorites. I see it a lot in the decorating magazines I indulge in and it just seems right for you.

    I’ve had UTI’s before and the very best thing I know for them is tons and tons of water – it will make you pee and pee but that cleans it out. (I’m talkin’ – a lot of water) It’s worked wonderfully for me. And please, don’t slip, slow and steady. No more injuries are required. xoxo

  8. Hi Birdie! I’m sorry to hear you are struggling these days. When you get your UTIs, do they show an infection when they do the urine strip test? I’ve had lots of problems with them, but they show up negative. I finally, after MUCH research, have gone a whole different route. I found what I had been experiencing was more like the pain of a UTI without the infection. (kind of like nerve pain). Stress, worry, etc. can activate it. I take a very low dose of an anti-depressant, but not for the anti-depressant effects… instead it acts on the pain.
    As well, something that also helps is drinking baking soda in water, about a teaspoon each time. Cranberry was no help at all for me. Hope you get some relief. Hugs. -Jenn

  9. When I lived in NYS it seemed I was always chilled to the bone from November through March. Using a blanket for the car sounds like a good plan. I am happy to hear you had a nice birthday. Sorry about the UTI’s. Lots of water seems like the way to go. I’m glad you’re writing the blog again!

  10. I’ve had a lavender room since I moved out on my own at 22…for some reason the light purple color calms me down and makes it easier to mentally “breathe”. Make that room your haven…having your own spot is seriously life changing! I’ll never go back to sharing a room again. Yes I’m married, yes we still have plenty of fun, and yes we both adore having our own places to retreat to. Extroverts probably wouldn’t need their own room, but hubs and I are both introverts and we love having a bit of space to call our own. πŸ™‚

  11. I live in a snowbelt and for us, the last few winters have been big time, wussy. Sorry you have to walk on scary sidewalks. Ack. Love that the blanket making takes you to a new place. Here’s hoping the time changes helps you. Would you ever move to a more year-round sunny location?

    Happy belated Birthday. Love staying in, but I always did. I’d rather have people here to eat but not because of anxiety, I’ve never really been interested in eating out much. Glad they did what works for you. That’s wonderful.

    Sorry about your ongoing UTI. Have they looked into the route cause of why you’ve got it, again. I read something about billberries and blueberries helping, but I don’t know enough about it. Hope you get to the route, soon.

  12. Happy birthday to you!!! And many more.
    I’m sorry to hear about your depression. The winders are getting weird. It snows where it’s not supposed to and warms up when it’s not supposed to. We barely had winter at all. It was in the seventies and eighties a lot during Feb. and that’s just wrong for here.

    That lavender room looks so cheerful and feminine.
    When you finish that blanket, you should put it in your car and leave it there. You’ll always have it. I know what you mean about being chilled to the bone. It’s funny, but I don’t get that bone-chilling feeling in the winter, but in spring, when it’s in the fifties and raining, I stay cold. It’s just raw outside and I freeze.

  13. Happy belated Birthday! The lavender is lovely. I adore reading the names of paint colors. Naming colors would be my dream job. I almost used ‘Raindrops on Roses” in our room, just for the name. Unfortunately, it was pink.
    I can help with the risk of slipping: Put a pair of textured socks on over your shoes.

  14. Happy Belated Birthday! Sorry about your UTI. The pizza party and lavender room sounds lovely :o) I’m with ya about the winter. I was hoping for cherry blossoms on Baby Bananaface’s birthday like the day he was born. It was snow instead. The snow is pretty, but I’m over it. Especially the icy windshield part!

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