Today's high temperature: 45 degrees
November and February--two of my very least liked months of the year. Everything is dead or dying and the weather is cold and grey. Nope! Don't like it--besides...I'm still waiting for the summer we really didn't have.
My view out these front windows
The arthritis, that destroyed my hips and affects my neck and spine, has now decided it will attack the knuckles on my hands! I have two knots on my left index and middle finger--it is also making my index finger crooked.
On my right hand, it has already affected my thumb, and taken away my ability to write long-hand, by pulling it in toward the palm of my hand--so far no knuckle bumps on my right hand.
That reminds me--today is the 66th anniversary of my stubby index finger. I missed the Halloween party of my 3rd grade that year because I was in so much pain I couldn't attend.
Anyway--my hands are beginning to look like my Daddy's--and with good reason. The arthritis comes from his side of the family. Plus, it aches. When I type, my left index finger hurts--and you know I do a lot of typing. RATZ!
Gosh--I have awful looking hands!You can pull the loose skin up into a "tent" like you used to do with your Grandma's!
My sister has just recovered from some sort of upper respiratory virus that is going around. She felt pretty good yesterday, but every time she got out of the car, the wind made her cough. She was flat in bed for 5 days!
My neighbor, from when I lived in Saginaw, calls me every Tuesday. Every Tuesday--of every single week! What is there to talk about with someone I haven't seen in eleven years? She has a card, with people's names on it. She calls certain people on certain days, and I am a Tuesday Person. I usually don't have too say too much, as she is quite talkative--like Dar--so I just listen and put in an occasional, "You're kidding!", or "OHMYGOSH!" She never, ever asks me how I'm doing. Never!
So, she called me today. Kind of threw me off as it's Wednesday--I think. She has also had the respiratory virus and was out for 6 days! She went to the ER on Sunday and they put her on a Z-Pack, Flonase and Claratin D, because the virus had worked it's way into a sinus and ear infection.
I got my flu shot 14 days ago--it takes two weeks for it to become "good", so--I think I am now protected. And yet--I hate to go shopping or to the doc's office, or anywhere there are people. I am not a germaphobe, but I certainly use the sanitizing wipes on the grocery cart and Purell when I get in my car and wash my hands when I get home. Hm-mm, maybe I am a germaphobe?
My sister gave me some gas money so this afternoon, I went up to the Meijer gas station. Their gas is always lower than any other place. It was $2.91, but because I put in my MPerks number, I got it for $2.71. Then I stopped into the store (wiped down the cart handle with a wipe) and got a gallon of milk, some baked beans, potato salad and my little cake--that I haven't had in over a week! GASP! They had a sale on Halloween candy--bags of fun size--buy 1 get 1 free. I don't ever have any kids come to the door, but........I do like candy bars, LOL.
I had my $18.00 food assistance, so it cost me nothing.
I haven't heard a thing from Dar in two days--which is good. I also haven't heard from Pearl in two days--which is bad. I'm sure she saw Dar and I leave together and then come back and Pearl may be a bit put-off by that. I am planning on walking up to her place right after supper tonight.
Sometimes, this whole thing reminds me of elementary school. "Why did ya pway wif her at recess? I fought you were my fwrend!"