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Seriously Cold Weather

triceps

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I live in the NW corner of Wisconsin with the closest town being 18 miles away and it's a town with a population of 610. My daughter's graduation class was 34 students. Anyway, I used to enjoy the weather predictions of a storm coming or a good snowstorm but now I just don't handle them as well. We have a predicted low actual temp tonight of -34. I've got an AA meeting I have to attend as I'm the designated coffee maker and am the only member with a key that hasn't gone south for the winter. It's like man, there's all kinds of stuff that can happen during that type of severe cold. I'm just kinda freaking out, just major generalized anxiety right now. I know I'm blowing up the concerns but that's the nature of the anxiety beast. My wife is bopping around like it's no big deal and I'll try and follow her lead, but honestly not a chance. Just thought it would help expressing my anxiety-riddled thoughts with my anxiety-riddled friends. Thanks.
 

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Wow TRI, that predicted low is almost unreal! Makes me feel "toasty" for our -4 predicted low here in SE Ohio.
Only a couple days of the real cold here, as its gonna be in the 50s next week!

I agree about the anxiety making a mountain out of a mole hill, that may be the worst symptom of anxiety for us to deal with because it starts the ball rolling...ya know?

Get thru this damn cold spell coming, and all almost HAS to be better!
 

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Thanks guitarman. I'll make it thru it. Even -4 doesn't happen often in OH depending on which part you're in. So you packin' it in today with all that food? I've still got to feed those cows and walk out to the mailbox.
 

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Yeah, just dont have much that needs done today, so just gonna kick back i think. Hopefully i feel like making dinner tonight. Gonna make crab alfredo pasta and maybe play some guitar i think.

Your mailbox walk may be better today, cause of wanting to get back in from that cold will make u walk faster! Lol

...and i bet the cows are tying their bibs as we speak! Lol
 

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You're right on both counts. The cows bibs are a different color than yesterday, don't know where they got them. They're just standing in the sun by the barn like it's 70 degrees out there instead of -10.

I used to really like to cook. Probably could have matched you on the crab (real or mock?) alfredo but at some point cooking became a real chore for me. Enjoy your relaxing day and make sure you get some guitar playing in.
 

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Well TRI, i would say that maybe someone is sneaking in to the barn and providing the cows with a fresh bib change periodically, but sounds like u are so damn remote, thats impossible! They must have their own "bib provider" amongst themselves!

Mock crab, about 75% cheaper, and the alfredo covers up the fact! Lol

It seems like i feel good enough to cook about 2 days a week. My brother cooks the other days when we dont order out, so that works out well!

...and the guitar thing, usually around 3 days a week i try to play for an hr or so on a good day. My dad showed me how to play about 40 years ago. He's been gone about 20 yrs now, and told me to play every day, but he didnt know that my anxiety would prevent that...sorry dad! Lol

If i feel as good tonight as i do now, it will be pasta and the beatles i think! Gotta take advantage of these good days, ya know?

Stay warm if possible TRI, and enjoy the crisp clean air out there in the sticks!
 

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I used to really like to cook.. kitchen anxiety..
Triceps, what's your theory on that (?) I've noticed in my research & online communication that the kitchen is a uniquely difficult room. One of my first creeping symptoms was kitchen forgetfulness.. I'd put milk & orange juice in cupboards instead of back in the refrigerator.. was the only room I was absent-minded. And now when I lean over the sink to wash dishes, it's always a precursor to dizziness.. help me understand if u have an insight (?) I still work in their tho, and looking for managing tips.
 

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Well guitarman, I bet you were born in 1965. And I'll bet the mock crab by weight is 200% cheaper. (I never write Lol figuring if they don't get it, they don't get it) I have a brother basking in my house in Arizona who has schizophrenia but has been taking his meds for about 20 years. We speak sports and politics a couple times each day along with how each of us are doing mentally. The poor guy was a street person in Phoenix for 2 years before going back on medication. He's on medical marijuana and some serious other meds and swears the marijuana helps keep him even keeled better than the other stuff. It sounds like you've got your brother there for you. That's great, I'd be at a real loss without mine.
What's the closest big city you're near in SE OH?
 

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Triceps, what's your theory on that (?) I've noticed in my research & online communication that the kitchen is a uniquely difficult room. One of my first creeping symptoms was kitchen forgetfulness.. I'd put milk & orange juice in cupboards instead of back in the refrigerator.. was the only room I was absent-minded. And now when I lean over the sink to wash dishes, it's always a precursor to dizziness.. help me understand if u have an insight (?) I still work in their tho, and looking for managing tips.
Hi HeMan. You're right about there being kitchen anxiety amongst many with anxiety. I'm impressed you're looking into the what might be the causes. My cooking problem isn't related to the kitchen itself, it's an unnecessary fear of not having the components of the meal ready at the same time. Almost an OCD type uncomfortableness that came on when I got into my late 50's. I have no problem doing the dishes (except for motivation) which I do daily so my wife can come home from work to a clean kitchen. My anxiety makes me absent minded regardless of the room I'm in.
 

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Yes '65...esp i bet! Lol

The mock crab price u quoted only tells me that my store's "genuine" crab may possibly be not so "genuine" lol

Yeah, brothers are great to have! Sounds like yours is dealing with some issues, but has some what of a plan to do so. Hopefully he can make it all work for himself. My brother says the same thing about medical marijuana. Must not be a coincidence if they both agree!

My spot in ohio is actually closer to the WV panhandle and the PA border. Im about right in the middle between pittsburgh pa and columbus ohio. (And also about 15 min drive from the WV panhandle) if that makes any sense.
 
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Yeah I live in Michigan and we had temps that felt like -35 here. It's been hell with my bronchitis, and staying inside only helps so much as that cold still gets through no matter what you do. Can't go outside, but inside with the dry heat is bad too. The humidifier and hot liquids (and sleep) is the only thing that really works to give me some relief. Even on the best days, you are going to have some throat irritation. The human body was just not meant to live in temps like this.

This has been my roughest winter yet, and yes before I always loved winter (it was my favorite season) I could go out in 3 degree weather with no problem as long as I was bundled up, but something with the polar vortex + the atmosphere this winter (we didn't get snow until way later and the air has been so deathly dry) has really triggered these health issues.

I'm a little younger than people here it seems, but don't get jealous - these past few years I really have felt my mortality. I used to feel immortal and invincible almost, but I was too naive.
 
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