Blog Entries With Tag: winter

Posted: Dec 16, 2009

Winter WonderlandI've got Baby It's Cold Out There  - a classic -  playing in the background as I type this out to you.  If you want the full effect of my scribbles below, click on the link, and enjoy the soothing voice of Dean Martin.

We're not getting the cold temperatures that Alberta is getting at present (-37C / -35F tonight for some of them - brrhhhh), but here in Montreal we are having unusually cooler temperatures then we usually do that this time of the year.  Usually February is when we hit the deep freeze of temperatures like this.  Anyone want to buy an island property in the sunny Caribbean with me?

Joking aside, all I know is that tonight, by accident, I left my blood monitor (I use the Freestyle Lite) in the side pocket of my little Smart when I went to see the movie 2012 (excellent movie - despite the critics reviews).  When I came outside a few hours later, to make sure I had bolused for the right amount of insulin for the nutritious dinner of "popcorn" - duh - meter not functioning!  This has happened to me once before, last year, and you would think I wouldn't do the same thing again! Scream!! At least I remembered what I did last time this happened to me, stuck the little monitor inside of my pants (plush tummy area <lol>).   Yuppers, that was the warmest place on me at the time as the theatre for some reason was cold. I was huddled with my down filled jacket on top of me, after pigging out on the popcorn of course!

Fifteen minutes later, the monitor was up and running again, but I seriously have to start bringing a handbag with me (I am not a lover of those things as some of you know),  to bring my medical supplies with me, even if it's for a few hours.  I must learn to be a real woman!

I know one thing I have to look into getting, is another blood monitor, as I only have the one.  That scares me sometimes that my current monitor may go on the fritz, at a time when I can't dash out to purchase another one.  Note to self - talk to the pharmacist  this week to see how to obtain another one, hopefully for free, since I go thru' an average of 10 strips a day ($1 / strip). I should own stock in Johnson and Johnson!

So, take care and stay warm everyone!  Winter is almost here, it starts officially December 21st!!! Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Posted: Feb 11, 2009

Well, from one day being -10C (14F) - and the next day to 7C (45F) - what is a gal to do but .... OPEN UP ALL THE WINDOWS IN THE HOUSE - then trudge up and down the stairs to bring buckets of water outside to wash her car!  My little Smart doesn't take much water / time to wash - so bing, bang, boom - it's now looking new and shiny - no salt on it - no road dirt.  Ahhhh, and here I was yesterday thinking I was wanting to book an inexpensive holiday away south - if and when a bag of money hit my doorstep.  Unfortunately, I do not buy lottery tickets, or gamble - well - I do gamble - but with life - we all do - but that is beside the point.

Anyway, after the car was taken care of inside and out - I tackled the iced up driveway - 23m (about 75') and think I have done my exercise for the day.  My heart is beating away comfortably; I feel alive and am hoping to nip back outside again for a few more hours before the sun goes down and attack the ice on the driveway.  At least the days are getting longer - and we only have about 5 weeks of winter according to Wiarton Willie the Groundhog (

I think though that I should go and nibble on abit of food now - since I'm feeling a tad peckish with all this fresh air (and today here in Montreal there is a smog warning alert - so not sure how "fresh" it is - and that explains my dull headache today).  Before I started on my outdoor adventure my BG was at 4.5 mmol/l (81 mg/l) - so I just now tested it on my forearm and I'm a 5.4 mmol/l (97 mg/l) - which is pretty good to me.  I had to test on my forearm instead of my fingers because the car detergent and water dried my hands out so much - the blood would have absorbed into the skin as moisturizer instead of being sucked up on my BG test strip. I use a Freestyle Lite incase you're wondering.

Okay - off I go to nibble on food (I know I keep on saying I'm off to eat - I'm a procrastinator) - and wait for the rain to come as there's a rainfall warning in effect for Thursday - so it's going to be a messy day on the roads tomorrow here in my neck of the woods.  How are you all fairing out where you live?

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