On the plus side a friend dropped round today with a belated house warming gift of a little outdoor table and four folding chairs in a set with an umbrella, so that is set up in the backyard and I probably spent a little bit too long sitting outside in the cold just because I was so excited about it. It’s like having a little cafe setting in your own backyard. I hope to make a habit of eating breakfast out there when the weather warms up a bit. In the meantime, I’m back to bed.
The weather is too cold, my home is too un-insulated, and my joint pain is flaring badly. I couldn’t get to sleep until about 7am, most of which was spent shivering in bed under all the blankets I own as my TMJ (pain in the joint of my jaw) reduced me to tears. I cannot tell you how much it sucks to have a chronic pain condition that also leaves you intolerant of most pain killers. The muscles spam in cycles, one moment I’m right as rain, the next I’m totally immobilised. I’m very depressed and feeling sorry for myself because I had much more exciting plans like making art and going to the beach. I am instead contemplating getting a new, faster phone with an inbuilt camera, which would make navigating a lot easier – google maps takes up to 10 minutes to load on my current phone, and allow me to easily post a picture and a short blurb on nights like this when I’m too trashed to post anything more coherent. I’m eyeing up a later model Samsung which should upgrade me about a decades worth of phone developments. 🙂 I’m looking at buying another electric blanket as mine is dying and on the setting 60C manages to get just past the sensation of ‘cold’ and almost into ‘tepid’ if you use your imagination. Considering that we’re only 10 days into winter technically, I don’t think I’m going to make it through to spring at this rate without some major improvements in my keeping warm approach. Curses!