It sure has been quiet around here...

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It sure has been quiet around here...
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Wed, 01-22-2014 - 10:37am

Not that there's much happening here with me.  My latest news is that I'm into week #3 of the exercise program I signed up for through Alberta Health Services.  It's held in the same building as our YMCA is located and actually as part of this program we get to make use of the Y's exercise equipment/machinery.  We congregate first in a room in the bulding but after some warm up exercises, we head out to the Y's facility and use the cardio machines and/or the strength training machines.  On Monday we used stretchy bands instead of the strength training machines as an alternative (and less expensive) way to use the resistance of those stretchy bands on various muscle groups. 

I certainly have noticed some muscles that I've not used in a while!  Happily the minor aches don't last more than a day usually.  The instructors/trainers for this course are very good and certainly are careful to look out for us and to check to see we are doing well with the exercises.  As to be expected we are are older persons with various chronic health problems that should be helped by exercise.  (The whole purpose of this course).  We've got 5 more weeks to go (three times a week) - not sure but I think after that is completed we may be allowed to then take a 'maintenance' course?  Not that we've been told this yet, but I know someone who is doing this (not someone I know well, but heard this in passing). 

Other news (not that its so exciting) - but we are on new mattress #2 after finding the first one we bought was not right in some ways.  (we had a 60 day trial period).  We got to exchange it for a similar mattress- similar make but with some differences. At least this one is not so darn high that I can place my feet on the floor when I sit on the bed's edge!  However, the difference between this one and the previous one (same company make) is not so different, I find, save for the height of it.  I am disappointed but now wonder what would suit me?  Ray is not complaining about it... maybe it's just me that finds my shoulders sore and my arms numb on the side I sleep on?  Is it my pillow?  I just don't know.  I would have considered a memory foam mattress but Ray cannot stand the feel of those kind of mattresses.  So that's completely not an option.  I don't think I've ever had such a problem with getting comfortable on a mattress...maybe it's this old body that's more particular?!  When I think of those mattresses we owned years ago and they were nothing too fancy - yet we never had a complaint about them!  Our younger bodies never seemed to mind!  Our last mattress was a Simmons independent coil type and it was good for quite a while but then we felt the loss of support in the middle section after a number of years.  This mattress is supposed to be independent coils (but not a Simmons and not large coils) and yet it doesn't really have that same feel.  Anyway.... !

I should quit here...this is getting long.  Just thought I'd chatter away here.  Anything new happening with anyone here, or it doesn't have to be new...but what are you up to?  Anything to share mid-week?

Shirley

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Wed, 01-22-2014 - 12:59pm

Shirly, we've had similiar problems with mattresses.  I had a mattress for 20 years, with no real problems except that it plumb wore out.  And now we are on our second in 5 years.  The first was an EXPENSIVE pillow top, that we thought we would love because it seemed soft on top, but still with support underneath.  Like your first one, it was extremely high, and extremely heavy!  We ended up needing to buy 20inch deep pocket sheets to stay on the darn thing, and NONE of my comforters fitted, so had to buy bedspreads to cover the sides.  After a while, it kind of collapsed in the places where Ed & I  generally slept, and then it was like we were each in our own "valley" that became unbearable hot.  And there was a very discernable HILL between us.  So when we went looking for another, the sales person said since we are both on the "fluffy" side, we needed a firmer mattress, and no pillow top.  He  said our weight would shortly  break it down and make it softer. (We ended up giving the first mattress and box spring to Lauren and Will, since it was only about 2.5 years old!  They are short and NOT fluffy, and have no problems with heat, altho the "hill" is still there.)

The firm mattress we've had for 3 years.  It is still a board.  I ended up buying a feather bed to top the mattress.  The feather bed gets smooshed, and needs to be turned and fluffed once a month--which is a project, since it weighs a ton-dry.  When it's wet, it's heavier than I can manage, so I've only washed it once.   So I have TWO mattress pads over the whole thing, and am now back in deep sheet territory.   And don't even get me started on the LACK of quality in bedding anymore, either

The last time we went away, we were at an Embassy Suites, and the bed there was FABULOUS.  Soft as a cloud, but NOT hot.  However, I can't find any information about the brand or type.  Perhaps it is a trade secret!

Been housebound yesterday and today.  More snow, and cold.  The HIGH today is supposed to be +15F.  It's only +10 now.  We got about 8 inches yesterday, and it's been snowing again for an hour.  Bah Humbug.

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Wed, 01-22-2014 - 8:43pm

Well, considering I put in a request for a snow-free Winter...something definitely got mixed up. We have had one of the longest, coldest Winters for many a year. We seem to be breaking records-last night again, it was almost -30C...& Kingston area is supposed to be moderated by the presence of Lake Ontario? By the weekend, it will be warmer, but once again, we are to have huge amounts of snow falling (& blowing). And then next week-the pattern is to repeat itself-record breaking low temperatures, with a pause in the snowfall for a couple days.

But-I am a proud Canadian-I will "Suck it up, Buttercup" & just put up with it. Not cheerfully, nor quietly-but because I don't have a choice.

On the matter of mattresses-we are on our third since getting married. The first one did us well over 20yrs-so that tells you a lot about the deterioration of quality. I can't use Sabr's idea of feather mattress on top of hard-I'd have a non-stop migraine from the feathers. The one we have now seems ok-but we just got it last year, so hopefully it will do for a few more years. When we bought our 2nd mattress-we decided to do away with the box springs-both of us have 'touchy' backs & the salesman had a fit. "Impossible-can't buy it that way-yada yada" This time we said mattress only & this guy said "Certainly, delivery out your way is on...." Platform beds are now 'In Style'. Imagine-the age I am now & I'm suddenly 'In Style'?

So while we try to keep warm, both woodstoves & new furnace chugging along, house renovations are moving along too. We don't have to hurry-according to Environment Canada-Spring won't be an early one, so we can take our time & continue to do things as we see fit. I'm getting impatient to get things done & get things growing but of course, Mother Nature has her own agenda-so I might as well accept that.

Nora

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Thu, 01-23-2014 - 11:20am

Nora, if we ever had a snow-free winter,we would be in serious trouble. It  would be very cold (the snow acts like an insulator) and  no spring flowers or summer crops. Believe me snow is much more pleasant than constant rain. I lived in Van for several years; it was depressing with cold rain. Hated it. It might get cold but at least the sun is shinny.

Here, it is -24C (with the wind -34C). It is dropping to -27C latter on today.  Colder then usual but not record breaking. Back in the late 70s/early 80s, I remember the temperature getting down to -30C, forget the wind chill.  I remember going to Sunday evening mass in Montreal as a teen in -20F temperatures; we took the bus in the days of mini-skirts and short coats. Talk about cold! LOL!  So, although it is cold, it is what it is. You dress warm and get on with life. Now if only the buses here stay on schedule.

My car was frozen shut yesterday; had to call CAA to get into it. It took the guy 1 minute to do it. He was able to gently pried open the driver's door and I ran the car for 20 minutes. Today, the passenger side doors are again "stuck".  Running the car for 10 minutes solved that problem. My fault-you should clear snow off of a car and check it once a day in winter-open the doors, drive it etc.. I left it for two days in the driveway. Stupid me.

Interesting about the mattress. I bought a Queen size mattress for DD's room about 3 years ago. It wasn't that expensive since it wasn't going to be used that often. DD was home for about 6 months after she returned from grad school; she ended up putting it on the floor because she said it was so soft that it hurt her back. One of these days, I am going to have to replace it with a better one.

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Thu, 01-23-2014 - 11:52am

Checking in before I start a whirlwind of activity--not sure if I mentioned it but dh and I are going to San Francisco for a long weekend to visit ds and his gf. I don't have much planned yet, I figure that ds will have some ideas. So I will report when I get back!

Somehow there's always a lot to do before going out of town, even when just for a few days. A cat-sitter will be coming in to feed Coco so that had to be arranged. Until yesterday the weather was hot and dry so I've been watering the garden daily. (This morning there's a heavy ground fog, good thing we weren't hoping to fly out early.) So I've been plugging away at tasks and need to get back at them, and pack.

We've had pretty good luck with mattresses over the years. We got a good Serta mattress as a wedding present which we had for about 15 years including 2 pregnancies and little kids bouncing on it. We stayed at a hotel and realized that our mattress was getting tired so replaced it with a pillowtop which I think is still okay (you tell me Shirley, the one in our guest room) but was starting to get a bit of a valley in the center. We decided to replace it because I was having sacro-iliac problems and everytime dh moved at night the mattress shifted and tweaked my SI, which could be very painful. We relaced it with a memory foam mattress which is great in that you don't feel the other person move. I had been having shoulder/arm pain (originally from an exercise mishap) that went away completely within days of getting the memory foam--I don't know what the connection was but I'd had the problem for 6 months with no improvement so I do attribute it to the change in mattress. Now the memory foam mattress is about 11 years old and I'm seeing slight indentations where each of us sleep. I often wake with back pain but it could be because I don't move much in my sleep...at this age, stay in any position for long enough and things will start hurting. I think the mattress is supposed to last for 20 years but I doubt it will make it that long. It was very expensive so I'm not rushing out to replace it.

Sabr, could you put a memory foam mattress topper on your hard mattress?

Well I'd better get going with my to-do list. The plane will leave if I'm ready or not! I'm taking my iPad and will probably have a chance to check the board, but posting from the tablet can be a challenge to say the least. So if I'm not back here before next week, I hope that you all have a good weekend and stay warm/dry/ice-free etc.

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Thu, 01-23-2014 - 5:23pm

Not much happening here.  DH had a doctors appointment on Mon.   He has issues having to get up a lot during the night to go the bathroom and the meds he is on are not working as well as he had hoped.  They did a test to find out if he needed surgery to fix a problem.  Found out he does not have  the issue they suspected he miight so does not need surgery but there is an elective surgery that may mean getting off at least one med.  He goes back in May and will probably have a decision by then.

I also had a doctors appointment my routine welll woman appointment.  It was just that routine, no issues.

We got a sleep number bed about a year ago. We had talked about getting one for awhile to see if it helped DH's sleeping, then with 2 DD having surgery and recovering here we took the plunge.  Being able to elevate the bed was wonderful while they were recovering.  

The weather has been crazy,  it was 80 (26) on Monday.  Cold front came in today, freezing rain and or snow expected tonight and this weekend back to  70 (21)  expected this weekend.

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Thu, 01-23-2014 - 9:29pm

I do remember the very cold winters yiou refer to, teadrinker. I went to high school in Ottawa-in the early-mid 60's when we walked, there were no school buses, & city buses weren't direct & were deemed expensive. So we'd walk from the Base to the high school-no slacks or jeans allowed (if you wore them under your skirts-you had to dash to the washroom to get them off before the teachers caught you). It was about 3mi-my kids didn't believe I walked that far until one of my brothers showed them where I lived, & where I went to school. There were times when we were the first ones to go through the field off base & be breaking through the snow-the first semester of grade 13 we shared the school because construction wasn't done on another high school-we had classes 7:30-12:30, they went 1-6 (my sister was in that last group). So we'd be walking in the dark to school, she'd be walking home in the dark.

I know why we need snow-I just don't happen to appreciate it. This year is better than others because I'm not worrying about it creating problems getting Adam to appointments or to the emergency room-but I still don't like it. (we were always lucky in that our neighbours knew we had him & volunteered to plow us out or drive us in their 4x4.) Our house is warm, we have lots of food & fuel & aren't lacking in anything. I've lots to read or sew or knit-but I'm anxious for Spring to arrive. Enough with Winter, already! This year I'm more impatient than usual because once Spring comes, we can begin the process of listing & hopefully selling & moving.

Nora

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Fri, 01-24-2014 - 11:07am

Spring will come before you know it.  Have you found an agent yet which specializes in your area? She/he will be able to tell you what you have to fix up in your house for a fast sale, for your area. Save time and money. ( I think now in Ontario you can pick and chose the services you want from an agent and hence pay less than the 5%.)

My sister sold her house last summer; took 2 weeks.  Hopefully, yours will sell fast too

Yea, I went to one of those high schools too. We wore  tartan wool skirts, peter-pan collar blouses, blue thin matching sweaters and, on our legs, beige nylons.  We would freeze in the winter (the nuns were concerned about the image of the school; no pants,nor high boots etc..) and we would boil in May and June.   They would stand at the doors when we were leaving for the day to make sure we looked like "ladies".

My first year of high school was spent off the island of Montreal, on the south shore. The high school was the only one in the whole area for all the towns lined up along the seaway so we too were on shifts. I was on the early shift.  The only thing good about it was that I was home in time to watch my fav TV show at 3.

Yea, I have shown my kids too  how far I had to walked to school when I was in elementary school, 4 times a day.  No school buses in those days in the city of Montreal.  Good exercise; there wasn't that many chubby kids in those days. LOL!  We wore snow pants but those Sears over-boots always got holes in them. Hated them. My feet were always cold.

I think the worst thing about  cold weather is waiting for buses. I would rather be walking.  I spent many a morning doing that when I was young. At McGill, I lived "way out" to save money.  I did the same when I lived in Ottawa in the late 70s/early 80s. No car and a long commute to save money.  My kids are following my example.

But I swear the bus drivers are either calling in "sick" or trying to make a point. Service seems to get worse in cold weather (no reason because the buses are all rated for cold temperatures).  Both my kids had to wait for a long time for buses that didn't come this week.

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Fri, 01-24-2014 - 11:07am

Spring will come before you know it.  Have you found an agent yet which specializes in your area? She/he will be able to tell you what you have to fix up in your house for a fast sale, for your area. Save time and money. ( I think now in Ontario you can pick and chose the services you want from an agent and hence pay less than the 5%.)

My sister sold her house last summer; took 2 weeks.  Hopefully, yours will sell fast too

Yea, I went to one of those high schools too. We wore  tartan wool skirts, peter-pan collar blouses, blue thin matching sweaters and, on our legs, beige nylons.  We would freeze in the winter (the nuns were concerned about the image of the school; no pants,nor high boots etc..) and we would boil in May and June.   They would stand at the doors when we were leaving for the day to make sure we looked like "ladies".

My first year of high school was spent off the island of Montreal, on the south shore. The high school was the only one in the whole area for all the towns lined up along the seaway so we too were on shifts. I was on the early shift.  The only thing good about it was that I was home in time to watch my fav TV show at 3.

Yea, I have shown my kids too  how far I had to walked to school when I was in elementary school, 4 times a day.  No school buses in those days in the city of Montreal.  Good exercise; there wasn't that many chubby kids in those days. LOL!  We wore snow pants but those Sears over-boots always got holes in them. Hated them. My feet were always cold.

I think the worst thing about  cold weather is waiting for buses. I would rather be walking.  I spent many a morning doing that when I was young. At McGill, I lived "way out" to save money.  I did the same when I lived in Ottawa in the late 70s/early 80s. No car and a long commute to save money.  My kids are following my example.

But I swear the bus drivers are either calling in "sick" or trying to make a point. Service seems to get worse in cold weather (no reason because the buses are all rated for cold temperatures).  Both my kids had to wait for a long time for buses that didn't come this week.

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Fri, 01-24-2014 - 12:51pm

Sabr, the description of that former mattress of yours sounds similar to the one we had and then this one is not a whole lot different (same company).  This one does not have a pillow top but it does have a cushy enough material over the interior springs and all - in fact it felt quite nice in the store.  Now that we've slept on it for a few weeks it feels similar to the mattress prior to this.  It too  has a vertical bar of some sort of extra firm foam down the center of it and while it seems we have already made our own personal 'well's on each side of  this middle section, there feels to be a 'hill' as you say in the center.  It's not visible to the eye, but if I am to move over to the center, it's hard to do...I feel like I'm trying to push my body 'uphill'!  So even if the company means to create a center that does not 'sink' - instead we have a slight but noticeable hill, as you say.  I'm still trying to figure out what pillow works best for me since I bought two new ones (from this same bedding store) and neither have been terribly satisfactory.  I wonder if a better suited pillow would help - but my shoulders do get sore after a night of sleeping on this mattress. Then again, it's hard to say...I have had recent pain issues in my shoulders..is it the osteoarthritis in them or is it the pillow or is it the exercises I've been doing lately in my exercise course or is it tension!!!!!?????  LOL

Now my Dh has not said a word since we exchanged the former mattress for this one.  I've not said anything either!  I'm waiting for him to complain (if he will?) but I am kind of resigned to keeping this mattress - and in a few years if it is unsatisfactory for Dh, then maybe we'll consider looking to buy another mattress (but I tell you, I won't go back to that store to buy a mattress there!).  I've had a lot to complain about lately...sigh...sore knees, sore shoulders.  Perhaps that is part of the problem? 

I think I would like a memory foam mattress but Dh does not like the feel of those type of mattresses.  I went on a website of some kind not so long ago and it had a list of types of mattresses (brand names too, I think?).  Anyway from the poll that was conducted (?) it said that a larger percentage of people were satisfied and happy with memory foam mattresses than the conventional coil types.  (Then there was the other percentage that were not listed who like my Dh say they don't like memory foam mattresses!).  

Anyway.....

Shirley