Sunday, March 29

Yoga-and-Air-conditioning

    It has been a few (weeks?) since I've updated my blog. Just thought I'd point that out if you weren't paying attention. LOL. Anyway, I guess I can tell you, or re-tell some of you that I have started taking a Yoga class at our YMCA. I have only been to two classes so far. The main reasons for starting that is to hopefully get my balance to improve, another is to stretch and strengthen my leg muscles, especially my left thigh muscle. I am hoping for the latter especially, to either stop the foot-drop from happening, or at least improve my walking by being able to raise my foot higher off the ground. That way, the brace, also referred to an AFO (Ankle Foot Orthotic), will be more beneficial to my gait.

    Let's see… what else is new? Not a hell of a lot to be honest. I'm having a difficult time deciding what to write. I don't want to share too much information with the public. Then again, I hear that any and everything that goes out electronically, either via email, video, or a blog, can be seen by pretty much anyone who wants to snoop bad enough. That doesn't mean we should make it easy though, right?

Anyway, I do believe that spring has sprung here in TX. Am I enjoying it? Only a little. I'm really hoping that my electric bill will go down to less than $250-$300 a month, which it has been the last couple/few month, that greatly impacts our money that could be spent on groceries. I'd probably enjoy Spring more if I was better able to tolerate heat. Even with a cooling jacket on, I can't be outside in heat that is much over 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit for very long. I fucking hate MS (multiple sclerosis). I have decided to try something different when running the air conditioner. Prior to this year I was setting it on "energy saver" mode, so that it would go off completely (well, almost) when it reached a certain temperature in the living room (it's a window unit). However, it wasn't being very efficient, meaning that it (the AC) would allow the room temperature to get to 80*F, or a little above even with the setting being on 75*F. So this year I am leaving it on "cool", still set at 75, but it'll go into 'fan mode' when the temp. gets to the set temp. I don't know if that'll save any money or not, but I get sleepy and lose all my energy when it gets to almost 80 in here. Besides, if I can (barely) pay the heating bills of almost $300, I should be able to wrangle less than that for a cooling bill.

Monday, March 9

Heat.Light.Cleaning.and.Friends

    So here I sit with the heater going because I was cold earlier. But now that I've put my pullover and jacket on, eaten, read from a couple of sites on the computer, I'm warm. Guess I should probably turn the heater off, huh? Alrighty, the thermostat knob has been turned down. Hopefully the heater won't kick on again for a while. I was freezing earlier, and it was a little over 70 degrees in here. Sigh. Anyway, I heard someone say at the exercise class this morning that it's supposed to get up to 70 degrees (Fahrenheit) by this Wednesday. That'll be nice. I'm just so tired of gray. I still plan on going to the hardware store and looking for natural-light bulbs to help simulate the effects of sunshine when I'm inside the house. I'm hoping that will help with the probable affliction of SAD (seasonal effected disorder).

    Browsed through a few of my earlier blogs looking for when I wrote that I hadn't even used the mop that I had bought to do the kitchen floor in over 4 months (wanted to add a link to it), but alas I couldn't find it. No matter, all I want to say it that I did finally use it last week. The kitchen floor has now been mopped. It doesn't look any different. At least it's cleaner, though I still probably wouldn't eat any food that's been laying on it for any length of time over the 5 second rule. OK, so that's a myth, but I've never been one who's a germophobe, so I don't really care. The "it's just a rental" reason was NOT the reason for not doing it. My reason was because we rarely get visitors. Now that I think about it, that's really nobody's fault but my own. I should invite more people over. The truth of the matter is that I suck at making friends whom I could invite to visit. I just remembered that I did decide shortly after mopping that I will clean the rest of the kitchen, eventually. I need to wash the cabinet doors. I suppose I could wash the windows as well.

    Enough of that. Too depressing. Yesterday was a good day. Although I spent all day in the house because it was cold and cloudy, it was still good. I had access to, and used the computer all day. I got to watch videos. I got to be on my support site and FB. Even added several friends from my "team" on my support site as friends on FB. Now I get to 'see' them twice as much.

    That's pretty much all I've got. If you've read this far down the page, thank you. I hope you'll stop by for the next episode of "So THIS is Todd's life?" ROFL!!

    Addendum: Just read a post from a friend on FB about there being someone, somewhere, poisoning dog treats and leaving them laying around for pets to eat. Another one of my friends commented that she has trained her service dog not to blindly accept and eat treats from strangers. I think that's a brilliant thing to train into pets and service animals. Anyway, that reminded me that I want to visit the MS Society's web page and see if they help find and/or finance getting service dogs for those of us with MS. I'm thinking that one might be helpful as a companion to relieve some of my depression.