Nothing interested me. I could sit for hours at the computer and play Farmville, because it didn't take much effort and I could forget everything else. But movies? No. I've had the same 2 Netflix movies here for about 4 months. Sewing? No. I'd walk into the sewing room, and just turn around again and leave. I can't even remember the last time we went out to eat, but it had to be August or September. 5 bins of Christmas decorations still sat in the living room, ready to be packed up and put away in the garage. It was all I could do to go to work.
I was just about ready to make an appointment with my physician and ask for anti-depressants. In the meantime, I started back on my routine vitamins, and added 2000 IU of Vitamin D daily. It's only been 7 days since I did that, but I am feeling SO much better. The Physician's Assistant for my gynecologist tested my Vitamin D level in Dec. and they have been trying to get in touch with me to give me prescription-strength Vit D ever since, but we have conflicting schedules, and I just never got around to calling them the pharmacy I use.
Two weekends ago, it was warm and in the upper 40s, and I did some early spring cleaning--opened up some windows and cleaned half the windows in the house. Took down some curtains to wash, did detailed vacuuming, etc. (Of course, I might not have done that had I not smoked up the house with stuff that bubbled over in the oven and then burned toast the NEXT morning!) Got the Christmas bins put away and bought flowers at the grocery store to put in a couple of vases in the house. This was before the Vit. D, and it helped some, but the difference in my energy level and just all-round well-being has been in the last week.
According to my PA, Vit. D has been determined to be a big influence in boosting our immune systems, fighting some forms of cancer, regulating sleep irregularities, and even has an effect on cardiac problems and insulin resistance. As I am obese, diabetic, and a night shift worker, it stands to reason I would be deficient in Vit D. I know Cathi, who lives in Canada, says she takes extra vit D from October to June every year. Makes sense to me!
Okay, so that's your public health service announcement for today. In other news, here's the latest weather around Scrapsville:
This was all yesterday, when we were served another helping of winter snow--almost one year to the day from the last March snowfall. (And yes, those trees are still down. With the weather and my sleeping schedule, the guys just haven't been able to get them all up yet)
Tandi was having a grand old time in the loose, powdery stuff. She came in with huge snowballs plastered to her ears and chest and belly--so much so that I had to plop her in a bathtub of warm water to get them off her, because they just weren't melting fast enough--and she was getting snow all over the carpet and sofa. Baths are not her favorite thing, but I rewarded her with peanut butter doggy treats I baked yesterday, and she was satisfied.
This morning the sun is out, the sky is blue, and the wind has the chill factor down to 22, though the thermometer says it's 33 degress out there.
Most of these pots sitting on my back deck hold chives, and they were just starting to poke their little green heads through. Don't know if they'll still be there once the snow melts!
The birds were more than happy to feast at the feeders
but this little guy was using his feet to dig a hole and look for seeds that had fallen below:
To help the spring come along a little more quickly, I put my spring tabletopper on the kitchen table, along with a thick-glassed old green pitcher I bought off eBay a few years back.
I love the way it looks with the sun shining through the glass.
Life is looking pretty good right now. Amazing what a few vitamins can do.
I may even make it into the sewing room this weekend--and stay awhile!