Good afternoon everyone. Yes, it is bitter cold here but I am nice and warm in our little house. I actually feel better in the deep freeze then when it's cool and damp like NC right now.
Nancy, my massage therapist is invaluable as well. She has me figured out and I always feel better after a session. I'm glad you got one and are feeling better. I wish I could learn to slow down. I have some but it's a very slow change. I am learning, but times like this I am the only one to do it. I love helping others even if it hurts me. They do pay me well even though I try to get them not to. I made enough cash for my massage and to fill my truck up. It's kind of funny how it ends up a wash. Part of why I need the massage is from snow removal lol! I ended up digging out my house and three others. I'm not sure how I do it , but I always get it done.
I am in rough shape but the worst is behind me. I plan to take it easy the rest of the weekend so I can make it through another work week. Every week I wonder if I will make it, so far I have not called in or gone home for my issues but it is getting really close, I just know.
There was a train wreck about a block form my house. The rail yard is right there. There is a 90 degree turn at the bottom of a several mile hill. The brakes did not get applied early enough or failed. Two or the four men on board bailed off knowing it would derail. The other two stayed in the engine and it stayed on the rails. Scary, and a big mess.
I hope you all have a great day! Take care everyone.
Oh, and we just have a forced air natural gas furnace. It is about 12 years old now but has been pretty trusty. I love wood heat but it's so labor intensive it's not worth it to save a little money.View Thread
It is a beautiful sunny day here with not a cloud in the sky, and it's 2 degrees in the sun. I had to finish snow removal and it is hard enough to walk on top of. My trusty Ariens got a thorough beating all week but held up to the task.
I do a few things to stay warm. For the house I bank the snow around the part on posts. I keeps the floors warmer. I also keep the thermostat at 70. I do not like being cold. The house is small and well insulated, so it does not really cost much to heat.
I was outside this morning while it was still below zero. I was out for 3 hrs and did not get cold with my Carhart hat, thick leather gloves, snowmobiling boots and Columbia jacket. This is my cold weather combo. Honestly, I did not get cold because there was no wind and I was working. I stood still for 10 minutes talking to a neighbor and froze.
For my cars I just make darn sure in the fall that the heat works good, nothing leaks, and I have a strong battery. I keep the tanks full to prevent ice in the gas lines. It is from condensation in the tank when it's low. I also keep a quality set of jumper cables. The cheap ones won't bend when it's really cold. They start just fine, I don't even plug them in. As for the frozen doors, Most cars drain channels are built into the doors now, not smart when it freezes. I don't lock them on those nights when it goes from above freezing to below. Silicone spray works, but I don't care for the smell. I need to try that pam trick.
I usually just try to stay inside, much like others do in the high heat. It usually is not bitter cold for more than a week at a time. To me, if I dress for it and it's not windy, I can stay warm at zero and above.
It's all a part of living here. I do not enjoy it but it is a wonderful area to live most of the time. I wish I lived somewhere warmer, but cold and snow is the worst we ever get from mother nature.
Well, we ended up with about 26" they say, but it was heavy and wet so it settled some. Inland areas had 3 feet or more. It was a mad scramble for three days to keep ahead of it. I am a wreck but ok. I keep getting back spasms, my left knee is trashed, and the weight of my arms hurts my shoulders. This weekend will be some work, but mostly inside. There is a high of -4 tomorrow. I am fine down to zero if there is no wind, still too darn cold. It will be cold for a while.
I was luckier than many, never got stuck with any of our vehicles, didn't have to travel out of town, and have a good snowblower. It could have been worse so I try to be greatful. I did help some neighbors and that always feels good. I did also tell one unsavory neighbor that I cannot take care of everyone anymore so they will have to find other arrangements for snow removal.
Hopefully I can catch up with all of you folks tomorrow when I have more time. Take care everyone and have a good night.
Well winter is here with a bang. We have 16-22" right now depending where you are in town and another 2 feet coming. It should be a fun mess. I got home today from work to snowblow. After working hard to have the machine ready last week I broke it in ten minutes. Just after telling a neighbor I could dig her out. I had bought a belt at a parts store but it was the wrong one. I ran around town and could not find the right one. The implement store was out of them. I messed with it for two hours. After throwing in the towel I sat in my chair and a light bulb went off. I had the old one that still worked all along, in the shed trash can. Drrrr.... So I fixed the darn thing and moved all the cars again to dig out the first batch of heavy wet snow. I helped the neighbor and got in at 9.
Tomorrow's festivities will be about the same. Take care everyone,
Good evening everyone. We are in the beginning of our first big snowstorm of the year. They were predicting anywhere from 8-23" of snow before it ends sometime Wednesday. Nobody really knows. We have about 4 right now and it is slick out there. I am glad I have vehicles that can drive through it if needed. The DW has her daily 60 mile commute to deal with, luckily in a Subaru.
I am not looking forward to the usual snow removal duties after work the next few days but the snow blower is ready to go.
We have a good start on the Christmas gift with only a few to go. I never cared for the holiday madness. II love the time with family, the commercial part is overrated.
Bette, a stash of needed meds that can ward off or manage a flare is a good idea if a person has the means. I hope you are doing better, you sound as though you are, or at least will be after Wednesday.
To all, take care. I will be bust for a few days with the snow if you don't hear from me. Take care everyone.
Welcome, as I say to anyone who comes here for support, you are in a very good place. I continue to learn here every day.
To start, I had many aches and pains over the years I attributed to arthritis. At about 34 I went in for a full work up. I never get sick, have a healthy overall lifestyle, and weight. They called me "a vision of health" on paper with no reason for my chronic pain that they could explain after 2 separate rheumatologists went through it with me. The final result was throwing their arms up and suggesting fibro. They did not officially diagnose me with it either but I have been treated for it for it for the last 4 years.
If you have a hard time with your Dr. you need to drive to the next town or a bigger city for treatment. You can search here for a doctor in your area that treats it. There is a reason you have pain. Even if a cause can't be found you need to find a way to manage it and a doctor that wants the same for you.
As you know all meds have pros and cons so the answer may not even be a med but vitamins and other treatments. We each have to do the trial and error to see what works best. No two are exactly the same.
Being a man does pose some different challenges. I have more in common with the aches and pains of my 70plus year old neighbor lady with fibro than my male friends.
The best thing I have found to do is never give up and give into it. Do whatever you can to stay healthy and move even when you don't want to. Too much time sitting makes me worse. Doing too much does the same. Pace yourself. Most of us mean to but we have things to do. Whenever you can don't go past you own limits. We know when we do and regret it later.
This is a very good resource with very helpful ladies that don't mind us sticking our noses in here. We all help each other. I hope this helps a little.
I do get a lot of pain that feels like it's right in my bones and joints. I swore it was arthritis all these years but they found no truth to that theory. I feel your pain.
I get far worse with stress, like that of extra guests in the home. Even if they are loved ones.
I think we all have those days where everything seems bad, no positives to be found. Thank you for sharing even on a dark day. We all need to share these and help each other to have a better day tomorrow.
Make some quiet time for yourself. If you need your guests to leave you can tell them to. I think you have plenty of reasons.
Whatever is causing you to lock-up needs to be dealt with. Hang in there, you are loved and not alone.