I have to say one more thing about housework, OK? I'm just amazed at something. For some time now, I guess 4-5 months, I've been using almost entirely homemade, natural products to clean. I was skeptical in the beginning, but I'm really loving using them. I use vinegar to clean almost all surfaces. Baking soda and borax makes a terrific scouring powder. Vinegar is my rinse agent in the dishwasher and the baking soda/borax mix is the detergent. Baking soda and vinegar clean the toilet, and yesterday I used that mixture to remove rust stains from my shower (they were here before I moved in; I installed a filtration and water softening system, but have never been able to remove the stains with "store-bought" products.). Hydrogen peroxide is a good sanitizer. I even made liquid hand soap!
This all started because many products mess up the balance of the septic system, so I began looking for substitutes that would not cost me an arm and leg in maintenance of the tank. I don't use bleach any more. Oh maybe a table spoon here and there for certain things, but very little, and I try to empty that water on the weeds or more often, the scrub oak. Yep, bleach makes a good weed killer!
Anyway, that's all. I just had to express my delighted surprise that good old-fashioned, mostly non-toxic items are doing a fabulous job and saving my septic at the same time. BTW, the house smells really good after a cleaning with those things, especially the vinegar.
I haven't gotten as much housework done today as I hoped. A friend called me last night just as I was going to bed, and we talked a long time. I enjoyed our chat a great deal and I'm happy she called, but .... I couldn't go to sleep after we hung up! I read and tossed and turned. Then I watched TV and tossed and turned. I read some more and tossed and turned. Obviously, breaking my routine is not good for me. Eventually, I did sleep and got about 5.5 hours. Not nearly enough. I've been dragging around here all day long! I'm gradually getting it done, but .... whew!! Oh well, I won't worry. I'm sure it will still be around when I get to it!
I had an eye check last week, and everything remains good. I'm still aggravated with the floater blurring my vision, but the retina is still intact. She actually told me there are two floaters now, which explains why it seems to me my vision is worse, although it checks out just fine. And she assured me that the floaters are settling, so hopefully before too long, I'll see well again. I meant to ask why they can't break up the floater with laser treatment, but I forgot. I figure wh'e suggest it if it were an alternative.
And I thought I'd update you of the blood pressure. It is good, also. After just a few days, it settled back into a normal pattern, with just occasional readings slightly above the normal range. Whew. I've changed my eating slightly, including more fresh vegetables and fruits, especially salad. I have a friend who has a hydroponic hot house, and her veggies are worth eating. They taste SO good. My weight has dropped slightly, so I think the cholesterol will be dropping, too. It's not very high, and my HDL is very high, a good thing, but it does need to come down a few more points. It won't be retested for about 6 months, and I feel pretty comfortable that it will be fine.
Well, I guess I'd better get back to my work. Or a nap. Nope, too late for a nap, so work it is!