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  •  Had a flare last week. (7+ / 0-)

    You know, I realized exactly WHY it is that I work so hard.  I haven't had a flare for months. But of course it is because I eat a very careful restricted diet, exercise carefully, nap not too much, avoid stress, etc. and work to maintain a good attitude with the illness. But as we all know, if you get sick from anything else, fibro says, "OH! Me too! I'll get on board!"

    So I felt shitty for six hours from the smoke inhalation, and was miserable for four days from the fibro.

    I am really working hard not to go into an anxious tizzy over the conditions I'm moving into. This is doable. Really. Surely we can manage some sort of income stream before it gets supremely hot this summer so that Bear won't die of an asthma attack, and I have had the introductory training of all the pails of greywater, so I'm stronger now than I have been. But I admit to still being scared.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 04:51:22 PM PST

    •  I'm so sorry that you're having those travails (3+ / 0-)

      my mother-in-law suffers with fibro, and it is miserable to even watch. I've had some of the meds prescribed for it, for other reasons, and at least for me, are miserable as well.

      Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

      by postmodernista on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 04:59:19 PM PST

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    •  as one fibric to another, i hear you! (4+ / 0-)

      how did you happen to get exposed to smoke inhalation? i hope there wasn't some kind of fire you had to deal with, but even if you mean cigarette sidestream smoke that's not good either!

      i greywater my backyard from the laundry washer - the washer's hose goes into the laundryrm sink and i have a little sump pump in the sink with a loooong garden hose attached that is threaded through a hole cut in the laundryrm wall for the purpose.  the drainage pipes from the laundryroom cause all the concrete of the carport and patio to go damp (which means the rest of the slab foundation as well and the earth its resting on) so the greywatering to the garden is necessary to prevent the house from "settling" due to mud underneath the slab caused by pipe leakage.   each time i do laundry i have to go outside and put the end of the hose someplace else in the backyard for even distribution of the water.

      your pail-carrying sounds much harder work!!! and hard on the body!

      •  We were working on our house, (5+ / 0-)

        which has not had any human residents for nearly a calendar year, but which HAS had numerous other residents, mostly rodents. (And the raccoon we took out the other day.) It was a thirty degree day, and to wash walls with bleach requires one to take off gloves, etc. So we had a pair of kerosene heaters on. One worked fine, one began smoking, and by the time I figured out what it was and turned it off, I was already affected.

        The pailcarrying definitely hits my back. They're three gallon pails so I'm only lifting 24 pounds at a time, but when you recognize that washing up after dinner for four takes two changes of water in the dishpan (the plates and silverware, then the glasses followed by the pans and pots) and a similar two changes of water in the rinse side, plus any small amount to wash out sinks, you're going to haul about 80 pounds of water.

        And that was a simple one-pot meal for lunch. I get to do it again, possibly more, for supper.  More if I do any baking.

        But no one can be bothered to spend thirty bucks and rent a power auger to get through the clog in the kitchen sink drain. Well, they're going to sell the house, so they'll have to spend anyway. Not my problem, though, not after Monday next.

        When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

        by Alexandra Lynch on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 05:30:00 PM PST

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        •  hang in 'til next Monday! (4+ / 0-)

          i gather there is no running water in as well as no pipe-drainage out!  that sure is basic.  at least when we used to go camping we could scrub everything with dirt and then only needed to rinse with clear water.

          earth and water were far less polluted and far less rife with exotic microbes at the time....

          •  Here there's water in, and I can (5+ / 0-)

            just carry the water over and dump it in the toilet, which works fine. This is a pipe blockage.

            At my house, no running water but the drains work, although we'll be using a composting toilet because I am not hauling three gallons of water in the truck from elsewhere just to flush the damn toilet when we can handle it another way in a perfectly sanitary fashion.

            The main issue for us is really going to be that of heat at least for a bit. Forties and up we can handle (though Bear will start getting asthma attacks around 80.) But the twenties and thirties we've been having are very difficult.

            When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

            by Alexandra Lynch on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 07:25:21 PM PST

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