Arid – the tale of an old light bulb

Incandescent bulbs have been around for the longest time and could be bought at the most affordable price.  Remember 25c a piece?  These days are long gone, following a Light Bulb Law signed by George Bush in 2007.  Scroll up to 2014 when the old bulb was phased out, punished for not meeting the federal energy-efficient standards.  Gone for good?

Not so fast.  According to EPA, “any type of bulb can be sold as long as it meets the efficiency requirements”.  Consequently this applies to ANY bulb including incandescent, just as long as it complies with the Light Bulb Law.

So yes, the arid incandescent bulbs are still being manufactured and sold. The price however went up tenfold as it usually happens with a more efficient product. The consumer pays, one way or the other.

Some manufacturers get creative.
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For example, Globe Electric concocted a 60 watt Vintage Style bulb that goes for $7.56 at Home Depot.

You can buy a 6-pack of these on the Houzz website at a deal of $26.50, down from $90.

I miss the old arid incandescent bulbs and their respective prices dearly, as I don’t get along with the new mercury-containing bulbs.  Will post about that later.  Stay tuned.

This was initially written in order to describe the problems with CFL bulbs but edited to fit the Daily Prompt: Arid.

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Neuropathy and Cold Weather

There is definitely a connection between the two, I can feel it each time the weather takes a wrong turn. Neuropathy is a nerve damage that can be caused by various conditions; mine is due to the type 2 diabetes. Lately I have noticed that my feet became extremely sensitive to cold; it’s not that I can’t deal with it, but I am just not used to. On top of that, I feel numbness in the toes and heels and anywhere in between, especially on my bad days. The nerve pain joins in, mostly in the morning and of course, arthritis. I keep a bottle of pain pills by the bed but am trying not to take them. Am really trying because I hate meds in general as I am convinced that (sometimes) they can do more harm than good, especially in the long run.

Back to the neuropathy.  There are some theories to the effect that worsening of neuropathy in response to the cold weather can be due to the reduction of blood flow as well as muscle tightening which in turn pulls on the nerves thus bringing up all that pain and discomfort.   I however take this with a grain of salt. To me this sounds like an attempt to explain it away. Just another opinion. So why my neuropathy goes bad with the weather change even if I am indoors, and my place is always warm as I can turn the heat up as much as I want to? Aha, that’s a good question.

Actually, it tends to get worse not only in response to a cold weather but also when a rain or a storm is coming. This has to do with atmospheric pressure, sometimes also called barometric pressure.  To put it simply, when it rains, atmospheric pressure drops.

Arthritis Foundation reports a study conducted by Tufts University in 2007. It established a relationship between barometric pressure, temperature, precipitation and arthritis pain. When both barometric or atmospheric pressure and the temperature drop low especially accompanied by precipitation, arthritis pain gets worse, although researchers aren’t sure why. From my observations, similar thing happens with neuropathy as well as a few other conditions. Such as for example, high blood pressure. Now this starts making sense.

AccuWeather has coined a term for this occasion, Arthritis Index.  Not neuropathy index which is possibly for the reason that “arthritis” is easier to understand, while “neuropathy” involves an extra piece of an explanation what the heck this means in the first place.

And guess what, today’s forecast is all about rain.  I am yet to see it as so far all we’re having is a cloudy sky.   My neuropathy has been acting up somewhat but not too bad.  And my morning fasting number was 99 which is super normal for me.

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Today’s Prompt: Clean.

I am going to put blogging on hold for some time. I do realize that I should have made this announcement a while ago… yes, I know it’s an excuse. So I have decided to come clean and write this blog post. Will be back.

My fasting blood sugar this morning was 106.

Until later.

 

Inspired by Today’s Prompt: Clean

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Today’s Prompt: Hopeful

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Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.
~ Desmond Tutu

The Daily Prompt:  Hopeful

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Merry Christmas and how to shop around in the holidays time and always

It’s holidays time, and shopping becomes a household name. Most everyone is anxious to give in to their shopping desire and go buy-buy-buy. The retailers are well aware of this fact and some of them respond by jacking up their prices a few times over.

The keyword here is to stay calm and do some shopping around first. Doing this far in advance is even better which is what I’m going to illustrate below. Will be using mineral oil, of all things, as an example.

Granted, chances are highly unlikely that you’d give a bottle of THIS as a Christmas present but as I am doing this for myself and my cutting board, works just fine. So, I have decided to start off online and see what happens. I was astonished by the results; am still scooping my jaw from the floor.

Walmart sells a 16-ounce bottle of Swan brand mineral oil for under $5, and so does Ace Hardware, $5.99. Plus a few dollars of shipping if you want to enjoy this delivered to your door. Walmart also sells another brand, Equate, for the mere $2. That sounds very reasonable; I am sure my little cutting board will appreciate.
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On the other hand, Amazon website plays hard to get as their prices for said mineral oil are close to $30. For a moment there, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. But no. Here now, a 16-ounces bottle of Swan Mineral Oil goes for a whopping $23.52 plus $5 shipping; alternatively, $28.44 with free shipping. This yields roughly nearly $20 profit per bottle; sounds great for a seller but sucks for a buyer. $20 multiplied by an XXX number of sales, well you get the picture. I am pretty sure that Amazon is well aware of these tactics as the company gets a cut from the sale. A nice one, may I say.
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However, if the online sellers can source their products from the brick-and-mortar prices, so can you. Off I’m going to Walmart.

Speaking of brick-and-mortar prices, on my last trip to a local Dollar Tree store, I had purchased a hair coloring kit that worked just the same as the overpriced one by a big brand name. A dollar price has likely paid off for my entire shopping there. This is what I’d call a Christmas present to my budget.

Christmas time isn’t exclusive to the price hikes; The Fiscal Times website reports Big Pharma raising their drug prices “by staggering amounts” and raking in billions in revenues at the expense of shocked consumers. Read about it here.

By the way, should you want to use mineral oil as laxative, I would suggest looking for the alternative as using mineral oil can wreak havoc on the vitamins content in your body. Try eating things like dry beans, corn on the cob and other products with high fiber content.

Dry beans is super easy to cook in your favorite crockpot. I usually pour hot water over my pinto beans, soak them for a couple of hours and then cook on high for about five hours more. Yum.

Merry Christmas, everyone!   This of course was inspired by the Daily Prompt: CALM.

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DISCLOSURE: The above images of mineral oil are from Amazon and Walmart websites, respectively.  The images were slightly modified as to better fit the format of my blog;  the contents are original.

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Winter Blues and how to beat them

It’s a full-blown winter here in the Midwest, and with it, comes oh so familiar feeling of depression. Winter blues, they make us feel hopeless or worthless, lose interest in doing just about any kind of activity, not wanting any social interaction, might have problems with sleeping or appetite.  We don’t feel like doing much anything including blogging which is my lame excuse for taking a break in writing; however lately I felt compelled to scribble out my feelings so here goes.

Winter Blues are also known as SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. There is also such thing as summer blues but winter depression is the most common type.

Winter Blues are here, and you could find yourself having a problem waking up in the morning; it’s a dark winter morning, gloomy and cold, and you just don’t feel like getting out of bed.

A bright sunlight could make a difference, mainly because it boosts the production of the body chemicals that contribute to the feeling of happiness, however good luck with getting it in the wee hours of the winter morning. A Wake-Up Light can provide a substitute. It’s basically a programmable variation of an alarm with a sunrise function. It begins to brighten gradually and is fully lit by the alarm preset time; the sound is optional. This might just work, or else you might want to try an alarm clock with bed shaker and lamp flasher… not sure I would want this one. It’s a matter of the preference though.

Speaking of falling asleep, some sources recommend to eliminate electronics in your bedroom including the cell phone. This way the bedroom is designated for sleeping only. Am not sure this would work for me as I have developed a habit of falling asleep with the TV going on and playing one of my favorite DVDs.  Have been doing this for the longest time.

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This does wonders for my sleep quality and needless to say, I’m enjoying it. My cell phone is plugged in and charging nearby, while it can be set on a silent mode. This works for me just fine. Each to their own, I guess.

Back to the winter morning. F5 your mood or in other words, refresh it. Color your mood, paint your walls; some sources recommend painting them in bright colors. My walls are a blah off-white that I’ve always had a nagging feeling to paint in some other color. Not sure about bright colors but maybe a shade of green or lavender, and save bright colors for the accessories. This goes on my list of the next projects.

Inasmuch as my walls aren’t undergoing any changes in the near future, I am focusing on lighting a candle and taking a hot shower. Doing these two simultaneously sounds like a good idea.

Add chocolate to the mix. I always knew that there was an underlying reason for craving it. Actually, some ingredients of chocolate are used by the brain to make serotonin, the neurotransmitter related to that feeling of happiness. I am all for the dark chocolate but of course, can’t indulge.

A cup of coffee and back to blogging. Stay warm, everyone, and away from the winter storm that’s sweeping through the Midwest USA as we speak.

Home Office. Laptop, writing pen and a cup of coffee

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Almost a Martyr

According to the Merriam-Webster, one of the definitions of martyr is victim.  Speaking of which, I had a close call earlier today but now I am home in one piece so I guess I am Almost a Martyr.

I went for a grocery shopping and was driving down the street when I noticed a truck right behind me. It was a commercial garbage-truck looking thing. Not being particularly fond of a truck on my tail, I changed lanes. The truck did the same.

It’s just a coincidence, I thought. And changed the lanes back, if only to see what happens. And it did happen again.

I made a right turn into another street; the truck followed. This cat-and-mouse game continued in the same pattern for a few blocks, and even when I took a red light, the truck took it, too. Now it wasn’t a coincidence any more. Finally the truck turned into a side street and vanished. Gone.

In light of the recent string of carjacking going on in the area, I was all shaken.

A bit of history. Carjacking is swiftly sweeping across Ohio when a car is rear-ended and once the driver steps out to exchange insurance information, the car is taken over. The other scenario is when a car is followed and then stolen from the driveway at a gunpoint.

All this flashed before my very eyes as I tried to regain composure and keep on driving. I was close to the state of panic. My heart was racing, my neuropathy kicked in immediately; likely BG levels followed close behind. I made it to the shopping center and took my time to calm down and get ahold of my senses.

Done with the shopping, I have made it home safely while watching the road around me like a hawk. Having jotted the truck plate number down, I made a call to a non-emergency police number. I described what happened and spelled out the plate number. I was asked what color it was and I said gray, but honestly I don’t know the color. I thought I was running for the dear life and the police asks me about the color?? Not that it mattered, as they aren’t going to do anything anyway. These were their words exactly.

After all, I have made it home in one piece, which is what counts. I am safely in my studio; my car is parked in the garage. Nothing is going to happen while the things are the way they are at the moment.

Almost a victim, almost a martyr.

 

All of the above coincided with the Daily Prompt: Martyr

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