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A very subtle change in the weather
It's now gone a bit colder, so the latest precipitation fell as hail/snow/cold slushy stuff. :(

I do, however, feel perkier than I have since last Thursday. I think the Cold From Hell had been trying to make a comeback. I'd had watery sticky eyes for the past few days and the right ear had started feeling a little blocked. However, for no apparent reason I woke up this morning feeling much more energetic and the eye and ear have cleared up. Also I slept well. I don't think I had weird stress dreams; if I did, I didn't remember them on waking. It seems that doing not very much over the weekend has allowed me to fight off the dreaded lurgy once again.

I need more exercise though. It really has been dreary here and the rain and wind has been relentless. I know I shouldn't complain because a lot of people in the South West are losing their homes and their livelihoods due to flooding while we haven't had enough rain to cause real problems. But then again, just because someone is suffering more doesn't remove lesser suffering, and depression due to SAD takes all the joy out of life. Exercise helps lift my mood, but the prospect of being soaked to the skin after 10 minutes negates the positive effect.

Anyway, enough moaning. Onwards and upwards! I have finished unravelling a sweater that I started knitting a few years ago and then got stuck. The Ravellenic Games on Ravelry finally gave me the push I needed to bite the bullet and undo it so I could use the yarn for another project. I have done a pile of ironing, washed a sweater and a couple of towels and this afternoon I will plan my lessons for tomorrow and make more African flower motifs.

Current Mood: productive productive

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carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: February 10th, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just suggest you steer clear of coast and rivers while getting your exercise! :(

Rain has been pretty relentless here as well. No frost this morning, but hail was around yesterday. Fortunately we're well above flooding issues.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 10th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've just been reading the sad news that they've found the body of the chap who was kayaking on the river Usk at Crickhowell. We lived there for a couple of years shortly after we were married so I know the area fairly well. Why anyone was kayaking on a river that much in flood I don't know. :(
carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: February 12th, 2014 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect that the high levels make familiar stretches of river more 'challenging'. Mid-summer, with lower water levels, 'The Slaughter' rapids on the river Wye are pretty tame. If you go over you can pretty much stand up in ankle or knee deep water. More and deeper water over the same stretch makes the water faster and the waves and eddies bigger. Only, of course, it's winter and if you go over the current carries you away and you can't stand, or get out on wet and slippery banks and hypothermia sets in - even with wet/dry suits. And I understand he was part of a group, so they may have thought that made things 'safer'.

The thing about weather like this is it gets me thinking of all the 'kit' it would be useful to have 'just in case'. I found myself looking at petrol generators this morning after having a 5 second power cut last night. ;)
houseboatonstyx From: houseboatonstyx Date: February 10th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd had watery sticky eyes for the past few days and the right ear had started feeling a little blocked.

Many timezones away, my doctor diagnosed lack of humidity indoors: 'dry eye',; sinus trouble causing an ear problem.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 10th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha! Well, it's definitely not lack of humidity here. :) It is so humid that the dehumidifier we recently acquired can extract nearly 2 pints of water out of the air and then the next day (if it's raining) it can do it again and again and again. No, this was definitely one of the symptoms of a fluey sort of cold that's been going around.

kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: February 10th, 2014 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh you had that cold, ugh. I am so glad that you are better!

I need more exercise too. My sinuses had been a real mess and that neck and shoulder pain finally subsided so I must get at it.
Getting Soaked is no fun, yes the SAD sounds awful...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 10th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm intrigued to discover how my mood seems to be linked to atmospheric pressure. It can't just be sunlight because (as happened this morning) I can wake up feeling more energetic even before I've seen any daylight. If that happens, the day is always drier and brighter.

Unfortunately, after a day in which we actually saw some sun, it's now raining yet again. :(
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: February 10th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh gosh what awful weather this year.
I know I feel very strange when there is a quick drop in barometric pressure, like right before a rain. Sometimes I will even get a bad headache. My Dad and my sister too.
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