Freezing Rain

This morning dawned grey and dreary.

Yesterday, since I could not sit, when I was tired of standing I lay down on the couch. Without knowing it, I fell asleep, only to awaken an hour or so later to find that I had fallen asleep. That meant that I was awake for several hours in the middle of the night. In turn, that meant that I slept in, Attila letting me sleep as he knew I’d been up during the night. It was light when awoke, a rare event.

I talked with Sister-The-Youngest-Girl this morning, she calls from time to time with her bluetooth system, from her car, while she is commuting to work. She has a long commute, so this seems an excellent way to stay in touch. All is well in her world, except that the branch of the company she works for has been sold, and future employment is up in the air for all of the employees right now. It doesn’t make for relaxing days at work!

After chatting with my sister, I puttered in the kitchen, doing dishes, and putting together a braised beef dinner in the cast iron Dutch Oven. It simmered all day, and will make an excellent dinner.

Around 10:00 a.m. the freezing rain began to pelt the windows, and the world outside began to shimmer in the cold. That meant that Attila drove to work before the freezing rain started. I continued all day, off and on, so that Attila’s drive home from work was through patches of freezing rain, and slippery roads. He arrived home late, but safe.

I enjoyed my day in the cozy warmth of Mist Cottage, taking a few tours of apartment’s in Japan, and reading a little about what it is like to teach in the schools there. Where the rest of the day went I just don’t know, and luckily, there is no need to know.

I am happy to say that my blood pressure levels are mostly within normal range now, as I continue with my very low sodium and sugar diet, continue to take some form of daily exercise, and occasionally now imbibe the Apple Cider Vinegar concoction. My back is returning to normal, which I credit to the Robax medication, which brought relief from the pain almost immediately, and made me drowsy enough to ensure I rested while my back healed. I took three pills, over the course of two days, and that seemed to do the trick. The maximum dosage per day is 6 pills, or 12 pills over two days, so I am very glad that only three pills were required for relief.

My visit to the Clinic for the CAD test brought me close to the walk-in clinic, so I visited there for a prescription renewal while I was in the city. The ECHO test had come back, it seems my valves have mild sclerosis, which is not unusual for someone my age. Another test has been scheduled for a year from now, to keep an eye on the condition. It may, or may not, get worse.

The weather prevented me from getting out for my walk today, but I did spend quite a bit of time standing at the computer, and puttering in the kitchen, so I think I did fairly well anyway.

I have been ignoring the whole President Donald Trump show, I have nothing to add to the fray, and feel no temptation at all to say rude and insulting things about anyone, no matter how pathetic their behaviour. I have no words of wisdom, in fact I am somewhat speechless at the current state of affairs. As for those who urge one to worry oneself into ill health, fie on you! We need our strength. A door has closed, we need not watch the closed door, but remain vigilant to find the open windows.

In our insignificant little world there are loving people who treat each other with relative respect. Attila and I do what we can, when we can, to alleviate any suffering we see around us. We have much to celebrate, much to fear, and will do our best to weather these interesting times.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 3:52 PM EST Tuesday 17 January 2017
Condition: Light Drizzle
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Tendency: Falling…
Temperature: 0.5°C
Dew point: -2.4°C
Humidity: 81%
Wind: ENE 27 gust 38 km/h
Visibility: 8 km


“Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty… Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
1875 – 1926

A Bad Decision

Yesterday I put on my parka, donned my hat, and headed out for my walk! I hadn’t been out for a walk since last week, being too busy with Attila home for the weekend, and reticent to venture out into the snow and/or rain that dominated this past week’s weather. The day was sunny yesterday, and I was very happy to be going out for my walk at last.

When I opened the door, I found snow drifts in the driveway. I grabbed a shovel and went to work. It was a bad decision. The snow was wet, and heavy, and after five minutes I could not straighten up, and was barely able to get myself up the stairs and indoors again. My back gives me problems from time to time, and this was one of those times. I took Ibuprofen and it didn’t help at all. I found the electric heating pad, and that did help a bit. Finally, late in the afternoon, I remembered that I had Voltaren, an anti-inflammatory cream, meant for my arthritic knee, so I applied some of that to area in my back that was seizing up, and it helped quite a bit. More of the cream at bedtime and I slept painlessly and soundly through the night.

This morning my back was seizing again. I tried the heating pad, but it was no longer helping me. I applied more Voltaren, which helped. Then I remembered that I had a back brace, which I had needed in the past during trying times with my back. I found it, put it on, and it helped tremendously. The catch is, I cannot sit down for more than about 15 minutes, or the pain returns.

I have to drive to the city for the CAD test tomorrow, so I think I will take more Ibuprofen tomorrow morning, apply Voltaren to my back, and wear my back brace to the appointment. Hopefully all of these precautions will allow me to get there and back without incident.

I wonder if all this is psychosomatic, because I really don’t want to attend all of these medical appointments. I have almost zero faith in the walk-in clinic Doctor who ordered the tests, and I expect they will all come back normal, yet require another visit to the walk-in clinic so that I can be told that everything is fine. Of course, life is full of surprises, so I could be wrong about how this will play out!

Since moving around results in pain, it has been a quiet day here! I did manage to bake another batch of muffins for Attila’s lunches. I had one overripe banana left on the counter, and a bit of leftover pineapple in the refrigerator, so into the muffins it all went. Sampling the results was definitely in order. I like this combination of flavours, I hope Attila does too.

Worldly Distractions


Date: 5:00 PM EST Thursday 12 January 2017
Condition: Fog, Periods of Rain
Pressure: 101.1 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 3.8°C
Dew point: 3.4°C
Humidity: 97%
Wind: WSW 11 km/h
Visibility: 0.6 km


“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
Carl Jung
Letters Volume I, Page 33
1875 – 1961