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straydog
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   Posted 1/8/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Everyone,
 
Wow we are in the middle of a deep freeze down here in Texas. It is 13 degrees out this morning. That is terribly cold for us. Its been many, many years since we have had temps like this. The wind has kicked up and it just cuts right thru a person.We have actually had some school closings because of the temps. This is day two of this front, tomorrow should be the last day of it and by Sunday we should thaw out.  This means lots of lost plants, bushes and plenty of frozen water pipes, ugh. Back in 1987 we had 18 days of below freezing temps and it thawed out on Christmas Eve. Oh, what a mess it was, people's houses flooded due to pipes thawing out and breaking. I was one of those people. An upstairs bathroom had froze up and when it thawed the pipes broke in the ceiling of the master bedroom downstairs over the bed. It was a total mess. Hubby & I decided to go do some last minute shopping, we get to the driveway and I asked him if he heard water running, he said yes. We went back inside and found water running down the walls out into the floor of the bathroom and bedroom. Water was pouring thru the ceiling fan over our bed. It was out in the hallway and living room in nothing flat. Many people were out of town and they had water running out the front doors of their homes, this happened on our street. My first and only experience of a pipe breaking inside.
 
I went out to Walmart yesterday and bought some burlap to wrap my palm tree in. I just hope I don't lose it. I raised this windmill palm from a one gallon bucket to the height now of a little over 6 ft. I bought the pam on a whim and really did not think it would grow here. Since then, palms have caught on and so many people now have them planted down here. It is gorgeous and has such a tropical effect in the yard. I have several saga palms pulled up next to the jacuzzi to keep them warm and and I just cover them with a sheet. I think I lost my oak leaf hydrangea, it looks kind of sad, but I went ahead and covered it anyway.confused
 
I have been keeping an eye on the weather across the country and it is really been bad for the folks back east way  & up north. I spoke to my sister in W. Va. last night and she said they have had snow every day for the past week and she is sick of it. She said it had started snowing yesterday afternoon and by 8 last night there was 5 inchses on the ground and it was still coming down with it continuing thru the night. She said its a dry snow which is ok to drive ok, its the other nuts she said she has to watch out for. They don't plow out in her subdivision and she said its pretty treacherous, but once she makes it to the interstate its ok.
 
Hope everyone can stay indoors and be warm and safe.


 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


BigLucy
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   Posted 1/8/2010 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Ugh, what a pain. Years ago I moved into my current house and during the first big storm I discovered I had a bad roof and there was six holes that dripped water incessantly. Of course, you can not get a roofer out during a storm, so it was pots and constantly watching the holes get larger for days. Turned out that the whole roof was bad and ended up costing 6K. Till this day, any time it storms, I find myself watching the ceiling and wait for the roof to leak--talk about PTSD! Oh, one Christmas day, my house heater broke, that was fun and expensive.

Jim1969
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   Posted 1/8/2010 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel for you and understand how much worse it feels if you are not used to it.
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straydog
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   Posted 1/8/2010 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
After 10 minutes of that stuff yesterday it was enough for me to know to stay in till this passes. I had one 2 pairs of gloves and within minutes my finger tips were numb with cold. One thing I did notice, I had on a tobogan and it kept my head and ears warm and the rest of me stayed warm except the hands. I also wear the thick compression hose in the winter and they really help keep me warm in the cold. The wind just cut right thru my jeans.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


skeye
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   Posted 1/8/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
That cold front is coming up to us in New England tonight & will be here for the weekend. I can't say that I like it, but it's not all that unusual for us. We've actually had a below average amount of snowfall this year. All the snow storms seem to juuuust miss us. Many people are very happy about that, but I'm sad. I LOVE snow (well, as long as I'm not driving in it, then it's not so fun)!

Stay warm!

Skeye

PAlady
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   Posted 1/8/2010 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
If you love snow come visit me! We just got an additional half a foot overnight. But people about a half hour south of me in the true "snow belt" have had up to 4 FEET just since Jan. 1!

I am sick of winter and it's really only beginning. And I dread seeing my heating (gas) AND electric bills (space heater!). Both companies are raising their rates this month. Joy, joy. Last year I got some low income heating assistance, but this year I may not qualify as PA lowered the amount you can make to qualify. Heck of a year to do that! I'm going to try though!

Stay warm and safe everyone - especially those of you not used to living or driving in this kind of weather!

PaLady

Lindaloo
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   Posted 1/10/2010 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Well yesterday it snowed in Ocala Florida. I took pictures. I can't believe it! It was just a little bit, collecting on some furniture and I got to see it falling, but it was enough to be exciting. Snow in Florida is a big deal to us. Lol.

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cat8201
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   Posted 1/10/2010 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm in Arkansas and I know it got down to 12 last night and 8 the night before. You can get frostbit outside in 15 minutes. Personally, I'm 27 and I never remember it being this cold. For more than a day or two but my mother assures me it has. One of the things about Arkansas is we usually get ice instead of snow. I hate ice. I am so thankful it missed us.

We had to purchase some space heaters because our furnace was grumbling and squeeling at us for overworking it. I, too, am dreading the gas and electric bill as it is going to be ridiculous.

Luckily for me, I've been on limited movement for 3 days because I had an epidural put in my lower back for sciatia. So I've been able to tell my husband that I was not going outside. When I have ventured out I borrow my husband's hunting gear and it keeps me very warm. If I am just going outside the house and not leaving I wear his size 13 (I'm a female 6) knee muck boots which come way up past my knees. They are very insulated and despite being a little clumbsy in them they keep my legs toasty.

Warm wishes to everyone today
27 yrs old-Fibromyalgia; PCOS; Surgery induced Menopause; Classic Migraines with Aura; Neuropathy; Ankylosing Spondylitis w/ narrowing around the spinal cord; Spinal Stenosis of the Cervical & Lumbar Spine; other little things
 
Medications for pain: Oxycontin; Soma **will update when change meds for sleep, etc.
 
Other treatment: Aquatic Therapy (still have to start); Sleep Study (need a sitter)


golitho
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   Posted 1/10/2010 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow I just converted 13 degrees into celcius and its -10 C on my scale. That sounds horrendous. We are hot over here. Its going to be 29C today which is 85 F. But the humidity is really high. Extremily muggy. I'm sweating sitting here on the computer and its 8.40am!

I'm throwing water on all my plants trying to keep them alive. I'm going to plant a palm in my new garden. Love palms too, love the sound of the wind in their fronds.

Sounds like you need thermals to keep you warm. Stay safe, no falling, regards, golitho

Tirzah
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   Posted 1/10/2010 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I woke up this morning -- late -- and it was 2F temperature with a -20F windchill. The cold is so awful. I can't even take a breath when I go outside. I have heard it will reach the 60's here later this week so I'm looking forward to that. It is so hard to stay motivated to get out of bed & move about when even indoors it is only 55F (our poor little boiler can't keep up). I sure hope this bitter cold isn't a huge setback for anyone's pain.

warm thoughts,
frances

straydog
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   Posted 1/10/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
We warmed up today finally, in the 30's we are thawing out. I hear the pump running on the pool which means its dropped to 32 or lower. Ack, I hate to see this next electric bill. This is the time of year I generally get a reprieve on the electric bills. Not this time around.

Stay safe and warm everyone.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


cat8201
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   Posted 1/11/2010 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
It is supposed to get up to 50F today. Thank goodness. It is cold now, even in the house but it is 55F in here, my son is not going to want to get up in just a minute. It got down to 10F last night. But this is supposed to be the last night this week that it gets that cold. Thank goodness. My body is aching all over today, especially my legs and lower back.
27 yrs old-Fibromyalgia; PCOS; Surgery induced Menopause; Classic Migraines with Aura; Neuropathy; Ankylosing Spondylitis w/ narrowing around the spinal cord; Spinal Stenosis of the Cervical & Lumbar Spine; other little things
 
Medications for pain: Oxycontin; Soma **will update when change meds for sleep, etc.
 
Other treatment: Aquatic Therapy (still have to start); Sleep Study (need a sitter)


straydog
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   Posted 1/12/2010 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
WOW Cat, now your house is just plain cold if it is 55 in there. Jeesh, build a fire do something to get some heat going in that place. My body was would screaming and me too if it got to 55 in my house.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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