Tens of thousands of people…

I woke up stiff this morning.  It does not happen all that often, but this morning I could barely make it into and out of the easy chair in front of the fire.  Nothing for it but to stand up and do some stretching exercises and take some painkillers before breakfast!  A half hour later things felt much better; ready for a morning of hard physical labour.

The ball-bearings in my pull out keyboard tray are not just falling out, they are flying out and ricocheting off me, the lamp and the filing cabinet.  At first Attila and I thought they were being fired by the ceiling fan, which would have been very bad news indeed because it would have to be replaced.  However, the pull out try for the keyboard is not something we would bother to replace.  In fact, the desk here is far too large and cumbersome for the space we live in and if it had to be replaced neither Attila or I would grieve the loss.  I anticipate that the keyboard tray will function indefinitely without it’s ball-bearings.

The weather report for the week indicates that there is another cold snap coming next weekend.  That would mean another postponement of the visit to our little house in the city.  The combination of one day off work a week and winter weather conspire to create significant isolation.  I find myself feeling angry that our visit may have to be postponed two weekends in a row!  Who is there to be angry with, well no one!  That is what makes it so frustrating.

The food labeling “write-in” continues and all support is appreciated: http://www.allergicliving.com/petitions/food-labelling/.  I have to admit that I am shocked that there are not tens of thousands of people supporting this, it is so basic and obvious that we all need to know what is in the food we eat.  And example of this is a notice I received:

“Circle City Marketing and Distributing doing business as Candy Dynamics, Indianapolis, IN, is issuing a voluntary recall of all Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® Chew Bars, all flavors, Net wt. 0.7 oz (20 g) package. The product is imported from Pakistan.

A recent test performed by the California Department of Public Health has indicated that a lot (#8288A) of the cherry flavor of the above-listed product contains elevated levels of lead (0.24 parts per million; the U.S. FDA tolerance is 0.1 ppm) that potentially could cause health problems, particularly for infants, small children, and pregnant women.”

Source: http://inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2011/20110114e.shtml

Thank goodness the California Department of Public Health is watching out for us up here in Canada!

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Sil in Corea

I wish I could participate in the petition drive, as my daughter is allergic to gluten. Unfortunately we are both Yanks. 🙁

Your morning aches sound a lot like mine. Stretching and a little yoga get me limbered up. I do have to move around during the day,- can’t sit for much more than an hour before my joints start to lock up.


Thanks Sil, for the goodwill. When I was notified about the “write-in” there was a link to a US article about allergies and how they fall under a new act implemented by Obama, I haven’t looked at it closely but it sounds interesting, you can read it here: http://allergicliving.com/index.php/2011/01/12/qa-faama-school-allergy-law/.