Saturday, January 09, 2010
It's been snowing since early this morning and it hasn't stopped once. We have about a foot of snow now and it is a lot of fun trudging around in it and watching your dog sink into it up to his shoulders. The dog doesn't seem to be the least bit bothered and actually seems to like it. If he could skip and hop, he would do it, but it's a little bit hard in all that snow.
At noontime, when I sat here after my morning sleep, there was a loud knock on the window. It was my sister who was out with my nephew and her dog. They were having fun in the snow and said that they were going to build a snowman. I told them that I'd be right out and got dressed and took the dog to the field where my sister lives, but they were back inside having hot Cup a Soups. They said the snow was too dry to make a good snowman with. We had cappuccinos and watched the snow fall and the wind that came from the northeast blew all the snow sideways.
I don't have snow boots, but the leather boots my sister gave me are doing a good job at keeping my feet warm. Of course, I'm not out there for really long periods of time. I'm sure if I were to track through the snow for a long time, my boots would get soaked and my feet would get wet. I do also have my hiking boots that I can wear, if nothing else, but they are not very high and I would sink into the snow deeper than that.
My sister has started to have eczema just like me and she gave me a tube of natural ointment that she used before her doctor put her on a cortisone creme. I am loathe to use the cortisone creme that I have, because if you use it too often, it will damage your skin, so I'm more than happy to try the natural product. I had been planning on buying it, because my eczema is bad right now, but now I have an almost full tube and I've already applied the first layer. I'm counting on it working and will use it every day. At least I won't have to worry about it damaging my skin and I do believe in natural medicines. I think there are many medicinal plants that can help you very much and the ointments and pills made of them are widely available, so I'm going to give this creme a fair chance.
Sleeping in the morning makes the day go by quickly, especially if you subsequently go and have cappuccinos at your sister's. I've really wasted most of the day. It's kind of a shame, but I don't quite know what I would have done with it otherwise. Oh sure, I could have done some household chores. There are always those things to do. That's a never ending story. As a matter of fact, I will do some of those things later on, when I'm done sitting behind the computer. When I have a sore rear end and I do get one of those on occasion. The solution is to get up, right? No, the solution is to find a softer place to sit.
I don't want to have another wasted day like this though. I do want to fill my time more usefully. I don't like these empty hours in which I don't achieve anything. That's okay now and then, but not all the time. I have to make it a point to get some things done that will give me some satisfaction. There's nothing worse than looking back at the day and seeing no result of anything. That's not how I'm put together. I do want to feel that satisfaction of a job well done, although I realize that I can't always perform up to my standards. But I think if I feel good enough, I should do better than just having wasted most of my day. It doesn't make me feel good at all. That's a warning to me to make tomorrow a better day, even though it will be Sunday. It doesn't matter. We're snowed in and I may as well do something useful inside the apartment.
Well, now I'll go and do something useful like make cigarettes. That needs to happen too.
Goodbye from the snowy Netherlands.