It has been quite a few days since I last posted. Reasons are many. The biggest one has been my S.A.D. It has really come into its own in the last few weeks. Especially in the last couple of days. With this “arctic blast”, named Bozeman, sending massive amounts of nasty cold weather and snow, with the days getting shorter and darker, is it any wonder I find myself sitting and crying, sometimes for no other reason than a sad kitty story, or a story of a romance gone wrong. Sometimes, I just cry. (In case you are wondering, S.A.D. stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. It means I get really depressed during winter or when there’s no sunlight for long periods of time. A rather simplistic explanation, but you get the point.) I still have a little over a month to go before the Winter Solstice. Sigh. Another month of short days.
On another topic, for those vaguely interested, my hernia is healing nicely. I’m going to have a few interesting scars on my left side and it begins to look like I will be on oxygen for a fairly long time, but that’s okay. I do have a bit of a rash on my tummy. the Doctor called it Touch Dermatitis, which means that I’m now allergic, just on my tummy though, to something in my clothes. We’ve tried changing the laundry soap and it seems to help a little. Its still there, but its not so obvious. So I’ll keep experimenting till I figure out how to get rid of it completely.
Then my re-certification for food stamps and LEAP hit a rather large snag. My case worker, whom I have had for 2 1/2 years up and quit and didn’t bother to let any of her clients know. So, I’ve had to re-apply for both, again. With LEAP, it’s not a big deal, it doesn’t end till the end of this month. However, with SNAP (food stamps), my benefits expired on Halloween, so I have been living on bacon and eggs and cereal and soups and oatmeal. That’s okay, though. I get a hot lunch at work 4 days a week and I can go over to my Mom’s anytime for lunch, too. I did find out yesterday that I have been approved for both. Benefits to start December 3. (Now, for those of you that complain about people on Food Stamps and LEAP, let me just say this – my take home pay for the month, most of the time is $522. That has to pay rent and utilities and put gas in my car. This last month, my take home, because of surgery, was just over $250. Fortunately I have a very understanding Land Lady and I had paid most of my bills before I left for surgery.)
I’m looking out my front windows and there is blue sky and fluffy white clouds. Then the wind blows and the snow flies and I look at the indoor/outdoor thermometer and its 19 degrees. SIGH I really hate winter.