Thursday, January 20, 2011

Snow, cold, and cabin fever

Good Morning everyone.  I hope that everything is going well with all of you and your homes.

We had snow yesterday.  It started early Wednesday morning about 5 am.  And it would snow on and off light, then very heavy, then quit for a while then heavy.
Moral of the story, don't listen to the weatherman, especially the one we have.  You get a "snow job".  Have close to 7 inches of snow this morning, and its very cold,  -8 below with a wind chill of -25 below.  I'm not going out today.  

I had plans to go out later this morning to run a few errands, but I think not,  I wanted to get out and go have a cup of coffee out to just get out of the house as I have a major case of cabin fever, and it does not   help when you want to start some garden seeds and get things going a little.  I wanted to go get a grow light so I can start some herb seeds and place it in my kitchen but I am afraid that it will have to wait till the weekend.  Some of my blog I follow, they are starting their gardens and seeds, and I get so bummed out.  I was hoping to get to my cold frames and start laying them out so I can set up my lettuces and radishes and spinach  and get them covered, but they are under the porch and I have ice sealing up the space where I can get to the frames.  I am hoping that we will have a thaw toward the end of the month so I can at least get these set up and covered so I can get the soil warmed up.

Cabin fever is a multi-faceted term and for many people,  has many faces.  Funny thing is, I have plenty to do in the house, for one thing, start cleaning out rooms and get rid of "stuff" that is truly driving me buggy.  But I simply just need outside for a few hours to get some fresh air, and a change of scene, if only for a few hours.  We also have had 0 sun for over a week now, and that really bothers me.  It seems if the sun shines, I am better at staying in, than with no sun and cold and snow just makes me more blue.  My doctor told me to up my vitamin D.  I am some what bad on vitamins, I take them, but I can only afford certain ones on my little salary, so I take a whole food supplement, and a 2000 unit Vitamin D, which I am supposed to anyway since I have had cancer.  She also jumped on me to eat more fruit, but I informed her that fruit is unaffordable for me period, and it is beyond affordable here, and our fruit we get here I wouldn't let a parrot eat.  It is terrible and price wise is beyond my as well as others paychecks.  I have some peaches and apples and apricots that I canned last fall, and I do eat these, with my homemade yogurt, over my oatmeal, and I am in the process of starting some crocked fruit or "drunken fruit" as my grandmother called it.  It takes a little while to ferment, but its sure good over cake or ice cream.  All I need to do is just wander over to the liquor store and get a small bottle of brandy or another liquor and start it.  It will have to wait till payday though in February.  I also have dried fruit that I dried last summer and fall, from some fruit that I got from my prairie paks, so I usually dry these if I cannot eat them right off the bat.  I will see if I can do this crocked fruit and not have a lab experiment in the kitchen!  I will have photos to show progress.

Update:  The sun is shining now.  WOW,  I thought that it disappeared forever.

I also wanted to let you all know that when I changed my blogs name, somehow I created another blog site.  Now I am stupid when it comes to blogs, and  I deleted this "new" blog.  By some chance, if you go to something, and you have problems, email me and let me know.  I'll see if I can fix it.  Or I will probably delete something and it will disappear into the ozone and outer space.

Well, I should go do something, even if it's wrong.   I need to get some laundry done, and some dishes done.  It does not get done looking at it, though it would be nice.

So everyone, please have a great rest of the week, and a great weekend.


  1. We have sunshine I'm heading to town for the fixin's for grow lights myself...I'm so ready to get out in the garden.

  2. Hey, girl, I saw your comment on my blog and I wondered who this denimflyz person was Glenda mentioned to me earlier! I think I'm gonna like your blog, I'll do a little reading up so I can get to know you, and put a link to you on my sidebar! I have two blogs, RockWhisperer is my new one and Visit With Grandma is the one I've written on for the past year or two. It's just everything changed when we moved, so I thought a new blog was appropriate. Happy to have you visiting my blog -- the more the merrier! I lived in Lincoln NE for awhile right after graduating from HS. That's how I learned about RUNZAS!! Yum, yum. But, Lord, you folks sure do get a lot of cold and snow!!!

    Don't be bummed about not getting things started yet, lots of times I don't start things till Feb. People just get excited. Jan is too early for some things anyway.

    Hugs, Ilene

  3. Its been a dreary week here weatherwise as well. The good thing here compared to WY winter is the cold is not so fierce. I can bundle up and be outside comfortably for awhile each day.
    I do know that feeling when sometimes we are restless and the 'to-do' list doesn't appeal.
    Starting my seeds at the correct time for our KY garden will be a new venture this year.
    Should be interesting keeping the resident cats out of the seed trays.

  4. I know, I know! I desperately need to get out in "my" yard -- I rent, but I planted flowers and some other plants and have been taking care of the climbing roses and bush roses that were there when I moved in and sadly neglected. Gets me outside and gives me exercise, and something pretty to look at out the windows. I really need to start watering too so I'll have some irises this year, but I have to work every day between now and the 31st, because I need to make all the money I can -- know you can relate to that! Try the Heloise "Do ten things" trick. It usually gets me started on those big tasks.