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.



Maggie May said...

Sorry about the eczema. We seem to be an eczema family too. My eldest grandson is the worst afflicted but we are all prone to it from time to time.

I went out for a short walk today and felt so pleased with myself.
I hope the predicted snow doesn't fall.
Guess we will all appreciate Spring/ Summer when it comes. X

Nuts in May

Wisewebwoman said...

I hope the cream works, GSW, I have psoriasis so am always on the lookout for natural ointments as I hate using Pharma-Fixers, you just never know of long term effects.
I wish I could have joined you for those cappucinos!!

Gail said...

Your day was not had a good visit.

Babaloo said...

Ah come on, how can this be a wasted day? You went out in the snow, visited your sister and had a nice time. Sounds like a good day to me!

Good to give that creme a go. I've found with cortisone cremes in the past, that they really only work as long as you use them but as soon as you stop, that's that. No long term effect whatsoever. So generally I'd rather use natural remedies whenever I can. Some haven't worked for me, but not everything works for everybody. Hope this one works well for you!

smilinggreenmom said...

First of all - wow! Your snow is beautiful :) Second, I wanted to share our story with you about our little boy and what has helped his Eczema. It has been an absolute miracle for us and now I am on a mission to share this with others LOL!

His skin was so bad since he was a baby and he was covered with Eczema and would bleed and could hardly even sleep at night. We took him to many doctors and allergists who could not help and kept insisting on oral and topical steroids. I am so glad to hear that you are trying to avoid these because our son at two was diagnosed as steroid dependent and I really believe it was hurting his body and making him very weak and sick. We were desperate to find something healthy to help him from the inside out rather than treating his symptoms by covering up the problem.

I have to tell you that my dad told us about a chewable probiotic from Vidazorb that he said we should try. We did. Oh My Goodness!!! We started seeing a dramatic difference in his skin within just the first week and he has continued to improve so much that here we are a year later with hardly any Eczema anywhere. It has really worked and I just wanted to share this with you because I too believe so many natural things can help us!!! I pray this works for you and your sister too. I have a mom blog on green/natural and allergy-free living at if you ever want to stop by!! I would love to hear if this works for you :)