Good morning* all!
Sorry for doing a disappearing act again, and I'm so sorry I worried you all. I'm struggling at the moment with winter generally and all my various conditions playing up at the same time. I'm not sleeping well at night and waking ridiculously early (and that's before it starts coming light early in the morning - heaven knows what I'll be like when daylight starts coming around earlier!), but sleeping almost all the time during the day.
My GP thinks I have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but I'm not entirely convinced - well she said either SAD or I'm half cat!
I've bought a light therapy lamp, but so far it's not doing anything (though it will provide a great light for painting when I eventually get round to painting again - I haven't even touched a paint brush since Christmas!). Unless I'm physically doing something, if I'm just sitting, watching TV, reading, listening to music or whatever, within a few minutes I'm asleep, and I don't just doze for a while, I can be asleep for hours. I have no energy (even less than usual) and no motivation to do anything, and I've even been dozing off at my desk at work - not good!
Winter generally isn't a good time for me - it aggravates my spinal problems, and my arthritis goes up a couple of notches. At the moment I'm struggling with my hands in particular. My back's protesting loudly at the moment, mainly due to the fact that I ended up helping my dad defrost the freezer yesterday, putting everything back in the freezer once he'd finished defrosting it. I'd got a chair in front of the freezer, but as he'd put everything on the floor I was having to bend to get them, and of course they were cold, so my hands were protesting too.
I just want warmer weather to come!!!
...and to think that at this time last year we were having a mini heat-wave! Here we are at the moment with first Storm Ciara last weekend, then Dennis this weekend!
It's blowing a gale outside and you can hear the rain battering on the windows. It's even worse in the porch as it has a UPVC roof so it sounds like cannon-fire in there. Fortunately we're safe from flooding because although we're right at the bottom of our road, which is on a hill, our road branches off another road which is also on the hill, our road branches off from it right at the top of it, so we're still pretty high up on the hill. Being the last house on the road we get the worst of the weather, which hits our gable-end, but we're safe from water as at the side of us there's a 10ft drop. Last weekend we didn't suffer any serious damage, although the garage doors got blown inside the door frame somehow and then wouldn't open properly, so my dad had to do some emergency DIY to the door frame to get them to close properly, and we lost part of the garage roof - I did remind him that under no circumstances was he going up on the roof to fix it though!
On the positive side, things are going really well at work, and I had my six-monthly 1-to-1 meeting with my manager last week. He's really pleased with the work I'm doing at the moment.
I've bought myself a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop (basically a tablet with an attached keyboard which can be detached) because for months I've been using my tablet rather than using my PC, but it's such hard work typing for any length of time that posting here for example at times became such a chore because it took so long to post anything but the shortest post. The new 2-in-1 is great though. Not only is it much easier and faster to type on a proper keyboard, but it's got a SSD drive, so it's so fast starting up. It'll also make it a lot easier for meetings, because rather than taking hard copies of papers with me, I can take the 2-in-1.
I haven't read what's been going on for the last couple of weeks, but hopefully over the next few days I'll get back into the swing of things. Back tomorrow hopefully.
* It was morning when I started this post, but due to dozing off a number of times and meal breaks it's suddenly evening!