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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Cabin Fever??

Warning...Warning....This starts out as a  kind of a whining, nagging, miserable post. Read on if you want to hear my complaining. 

It's snowing like crazy outside my window. The birdseed is being covered up and I don't plan to go out to fill them again today. Joe just commented on his not knowing that his wife had such a fear of driving in the snow. I told him that in my previous marriage...I used to travel miles to work and the weather never kept me home...unless it was advised to stay off the roads. We lived in a little farm town...I would take off and go to a far away grocery store at the drop of a hat... in the winter. Since I have been married to Joe, and we both are retired, he does the majority of the driving...and he wants to. I am just the passenger...sometimes holding on for dear life :) I have lost my driving on ice skills, I'm at an age, where I don't feel safe driving to Rockford in really bad weather. I've heard that if you can drive in Rockford you can drive in Chicago. Right now the roads we might take are either closed or snow covered with drifting. If we could take well traveled roads, I wouldn't mind. I've learned my way around Rockford, but I avoid it if I can.I just don't think that we should take a chance with Joe's just having surgery... when he has two sons who could drive him...if need be....one living just a block and a half away.
Seems like a wee bit of cabin fever taking hold this early morning.

Time to move on to another subject. Taking down Christmas...I'm going to start this weekend. I am pleased with how the house looks right now, so I'll be putting what is out now...in bins and marking them 2013 decor.Much easier next year...than taking things out of many bins. I talked to a friend just last night and when I heard about her job ahead...I felt relieved. We laughed when we talked about how I was going to get the tree down to the basement. I told her that I was going to take the tree apart...it is in two pieces and tie a rope around it and lower it over the railing that goes downstairs. I really think that this would work. Then I can put it in the bag and store it. It's only a 4' tree.No danger of me falling down stairs. I use the cloth grocery store bags to take the rest of the decorations down.One bag at a time...holding on to the railing.
It's such a pain to grow old...and not be able to do what you did in the past years. Sometimes my mind is working so hard to figure out a way to accomplish things... that I did in the past.

I have been reading posts from other blogs and it seems to me that winter is getting the best of many. It's a long time till spring...winter just started. We have to think of new things to do while inside. Claudia  
http://mockingbirdhillcottage.com/ and her blogging friend are starting a Christmas Critter Felt Along. Each week we will make two simple felt ornaments for our Christmas trees. That way we will have 24 new ornaments. I have a little woodland tree that I would like some ornaments for. I'd like to keep it up all year. Its in the breakfast nook... right next to the sliding glass doors.I once thought of making little felt birds...so this is perfect for me. If you have cabin fever...go over and check out Claudia's post from yesterday. These little critters look easy to make and are so cute.

Guess I better get going. Joe's therapist will be here soon and I have things to do in the kitchen.
Have a nice snowy day... if you are in the north. If you are in the south....I'm green with envy.


Donna said...

No snow here but it's really cold. I think I may have forgotten how to drive in the snow!
Wishing you the best this new year!

Balisha said...

Sometimes I wish that I lived where there was no driving in winter, but then I'd have to live without the beauty of snow falling out my window.
Hoping for the best for you this year, Donna. Sometimes things go wrong, but we are truly blessed.

debra @ HOMESPUN said...

Balisha..did you suddenly age a million years between gardening season and now? LOL I think that you did. Only two months ago you were about 40 years old or less ..certainly in energy and what you accomplished over the summer so m'dear...it's winter doldrums...if you don't believe me look at your summer posts /now shake those doldrums off! :)

Judy said...

I used to go anywhere, anytime-no matter the weather. Then--like you--I got out of the habit of driving because Fred drove everywhere. These past two years have been a challenge in regaining courage to drive on the expressway and off through the country roads by myself. I DO NOT drive when the roads are bad. Luckily, I live on a fairly busy road that is usually clean and clear--however, getting out of the park, to the nice cleared road, is not the easiest!!!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

As long as the sun is shining and I can sit by the big window and have green plants inside - I do better. Weather not to the exsteme that you have but it is still very cold and below zero expected int he morning. A doctor
appointment will be cancelled.
Just do not need to take any chances with no family near.
They keep telling me this is where I wanted to move to - I am not going to leave :) We just have to keep simplfying and go slower. This was the first year that I did not put up a tree.
It has sure been nice to just put up special items all over this cottage....

Jan said...

We've been reading about the terrible weather across the USA. It's been so bad that it seems to have caused pretty ferocious wind and rain here in the UK. Here's hoping that everything starts to settle soon and we see some hints of spring. Jx

Pat said...

I have always been a white knuckled driver in snowy conditions so I just never drive in icy weather. This morning we are getting frozen rain so we won't be going out at all until the temperatures go up above later today. Appears it going to be a long, cold winter!

Balisha said...

I don't think I have cabin fever or winter doldrums...Just been a very hard 7 months for me.

Zoey said...

Hi Balisha,
I have not been here for the past week, so I am catching up on your posts. I am glad to hear that Joe is doing good. Did you ever explain what that cookie sheet was for on his bed?

I don't like to drive in snow/ice either. We are having the same frigid snowy weather as you. I may have Jim drive me to work today.

I hope 2014 is a better year for you!

Balisha said...

The cookie sheet is used by the therapist. She puts it under his heel and he slides it up and down the bed. Then they move it sideways ..and he slides from side to side. He has to wear those compression stockings and they stick to the fleece sheets. This way his heel slides more easily.
I thought this was very clever. Soon, he won't need it.