My new campaign for surviving these deadly grey days of winter is to implement a new campaign. Attila and I are unable to get out and about for long periods of time, sometimes weeks, in the winter. Bad road conditions, poor visibility, incessant grey skies, increased time needed for snow shoveling and providing wood for heating have combined to keep us home, safe and sound. Lucky as we are to have the basics taken care of, isolation can become an overbearing companion. Cabin fever is no joke, as anyone who has ever lived in the woods can tell you. Stories from the northern parts of Canada proliferate.
As I read through the symptoms of Cabin Fever, and the suggested remedial techniques to keep it in check, I realize that I am doing pretty well under the circumstances. I maintain my exercise regime, such that it is. I eat a healthy diet. I take advantage of every opportunity to interact with my friends, almost always Online, as transportation is such a defining issue in my lifestyle. I know my irritability and occasional bout of sadness stems from isolation, not from personal or relationship issues. Yes, I am in pretty good shape, all things considered. But still, I am struggling to keep my spirits up during the latter half of this long and seemingly endless winter. So, additional coping mechanisms are in order.
My plan is to implement the “Eight Weeks of Winter Tour de Force”. Beginning in February, each week Attila and I will allow one inexpensive indulgence. I already have two weeks worth of indulgences planned, one is the purchase of fresh flowers, or a blooming potted plant. This will give me a real lift, as I will place it in the middle of the open plan living area, so I can see it from anywhere I am working. Of course, it won’t be easy finding fresh flowers or potted plants near here, but I live in hope and will be searching diligently for the next month or so. The second sweet indulgence I have come up with is a look around the Chapters web site. There Attila and I might each choose a book, which will be delivered to the local Post Office, where we might easily fetch them. There, that’s two, six more to go!
As you might guess, the weather is abysmal again today. Fog, rain and snow are not a heart-warming combination. The roof is shedding large quantities of the last snowfall, occasionally falling to the earth with a loud thump. We are due to see the sun for one day, Wednesday, before the clouds gather once more, snow begins to fall again and the temperature plummets to –20.
Today my plans include washing laundry, which I will hang to dry in front of the fireplace and attending to more technical details on my servers and websites. Should keep me out of trouble today, and who knows, the sun may shine tomorrow!
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Hemlocks in the Fog
"Cabin fever is a condition that produces restlessness and irritability caused from being in a confined space. The actual term is slang for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a party is isolated and/or shut in, alone or together, for an extended period."
"Rosenblatt stresses the normality of cabin fever, cautioning that there is nothing "wrong" with someone for having those feelings. Even the inertia people get is normal."
Press 100.7 kPa / falling
Visibility 0.6 km
Dew Point 1.1°C
Wind Speed S 8 km/h
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