Tuesday, December 02, 2014
We still haven't had much snow up here.
Just enough for them to shovel the walks.
Many days have been cold and gray.
It is most definitely winter.
Was cold and windy--my direction--yesterday so that it was one of those days the blinds swayed gently as I sat by the window and my hands and feet were cold. Ever since they bolted the top halves of the windows up a few years ago (because some of the apartments had leakage from rain), I can't lock my windows and there's a wider gap between them. But more cold air comes in through the dryer vent, actually--LOL! It's nothing new. I'm used to wearing an extra layer whenever it gets below freezing. Otherwise it stays pretty warm in here because heat rises.
But yesterday I appreciated being able to sit at my desk to journal...farther away from the window...with my coffee (for the ladies over at T Stands For Tuesday). I've been drinking a lot of hot, black coffee on these frigid days of winter. ;)
Caroline helped me bring in my meager Christmas decorations last week. I haven't put them up for maybe 5-6 years. Can't even remember how long. Funny how having a baby in the family makes one want to get out the Christmas decorations--LOL! I'm surprised the table top tree still lit up. And I had forgotten about the angel that lights up, too.
I strung the two sets of lights that still worked over the window, too, so it is quite festive at night. Especially since the one set blinks and can play carols if I turn the sound on--LOL! Not that the lack of decorations ever put a damper on my high holiday spirits. ;)
Miss Karma spends a lot more time up in her chair and off the floor in the winter. I had her gray foam bed out of reach for quite a while. I laid it on the ottoman.
New spot for it. Immediate interest, of course.
Do you see I have both Karma's hazelwood collar and her red collar on?
She had a big, long area under her chin on her neck where she'd scratched off all her hair. That was before she got the hazelwood collar. She was still scratching when I first put it on her and she got a couple bloody sores. I wondered if it was from the edges of the hazelwood beads against her bare skin, so I put her big red collar on to kind of protect the bare area because it hangs right over it. And in the last couple weeks all the sores are gone and the hair has grown back! :)
She still scratches, of course, but only occasionally and not frantically or for a long time. No cat or dog is going to quit scratching altogether...and she still has dry skin...but I even noticed a lot less cat dandruff when I comb and brush her lately. Can all that goodness really be from the hazelwood collar? Can it really help remove toxins? Oh, and the tabletop humidifier has also been going in the bedroom. I'm sure that may have helped, too...but I have that going every winter and it has never stopped her dry skin and cat dandruff that she has year round?
I may have to get me a hazelwood necklace for myself for Christmas. ;)
Anyways, Leah texted me Black Friday morning that Ian cut a bottom tooth--and by evening he had cut the other one. Apparently Ian's baltic amber necklace/anklet really helped him with pain, too. He wasn't really acting any different. Nice!
I may have to get me a baltic amber necklace for myself, too--ROFL! ;)
The red FriXion pen from the set I just bought last month quit writing...and I only use them in my new planner so I've barely used it. I emailed JetPens.com because I know they are such a good company. They responded quickly--but you'll chuckle at what the person asked me to do. Remember I showed you how the ink disappears when it gets cold, etc...well, he asked me to put the red pen in the freezer overnight, let it warm up for a couple of hours, and then see if it would write. I realize they are temperature sensitive but all the pens have been together in the one cup holder, right? Well, I tried it...but it still wouldn't write at all. Emailed him back...and another red pen is already in the mail. In the cold, cold mail. I'll let you know if it works well when it gets here...after it has warmed up. ;) JetPens has fantastic customer service.
I am planning to go over to Leah's to finish up Christmas projects this afternoon. Tomorrow Caroline is coming over to go buy groceries for me. Since they still don't have all the items from the natural foods department on their website yet and they will only allow a small amount for a written add on, Caroline will get groceries for me until they get everything back on the website. She's such a sweetheart! We're so funny! You'd think this was a real adventure or something...we get so excited about having a change in plans after nine years--LOL! It's cool because Caroline actually saved me money when she went that time. She can call and ask me questions and tell me what's what, you know? Such fun! Doesn't take much to make me happy, eh?
Leah's had the same problem because she also orders a lot from natural foods that still isn't back on the new website so she's been going to the store to shop for a couple of months. They've been getting delivery for as long as I have. She said you forget how long it takes to grocery shop. Especially when you don't know where things are anymore--LOL! Cashwise has the very best natural foods department in the area, too. Dagan and Leah shop for a lot of things at Costco now (yes, we got a Costco in Fargo!)--but there are a lot of items you can only get at Cashwise. I am so lucky to have Caroline volunteer to get groceries for me for as long as it takes them to get the website up to date with all their products. (Funny how slow an entire corporate website "team" can be--ROFL!)
It only got up to about 5 degrees yesterday. It's already 17 today (but it says feels like 3 degrees with the wind chill factor). Will be a nippy trip. Good day for hot, black coffee. ;) I know some of you are desperately trying to stay cool while we are trying to stay warm here...but may we all have a really good day no matter where we are. :):)
"I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding."