I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Monday, November 8, 2010

When you're under the weather...

Henry David Thoreau said, "Tis healthy to be sick..." I'm not so sure about that, but it seems that I do get things done that might otherwise just sit where they lie. I, also, feel better today.
Thank you for all the advice. I have tried everything. The chicken soup, resting, drugs, Zinc, and the old Aussie remedy....rubbing Vick's on the feet and covering them with warm socks.  I believe I'm feeling better. I think they all helped.
Thank you. Farmlady was alive this morning when she got up.
During the Cold plague I.... did some knitting and learned how to make "bobbles" online.
I went all the way through the IKEA wish book, read my AARP magazine (that reminded me how old I am and how dangerous colds can be.), cleaned out another box of old letter and notes of my mothers and watched a lot of television. Did anyone watch the new series called Migrations on the Nat. Geographic channel? It's wonderful.
I drank lots, and lots, and lots of water and sucked on many cough drops.
...and finally found the bottle of Vicks VapoRub in the closet. It was next to the OFF Deepwoods insect repellent for sportsmen. I had a moment where I thought that a spray behind each ear might help my situation  but I know I didn't get bitten by a West Nile virus carrying mosquito so I will save that for another occasion. Still, it wouldn't hurt. Can't be too safe when you're fighting off the plague.
I spent way too much time on the computer the last few days. But I'm sick. It's my connection to the land of the living. This is my new tiny Jansjo lamp I got at Ikea for $9.99. My other lamp was taking up too much space on my desk. This little gem is just right and puts out a focused beam of light that is stronger than the old lamp. The light is called a diode.  It consumes 70% less energy and lasts up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. It comes in lots of great colors and you can twist it any way you want to. It's a real deal.
OK... yes, that's a snickers wrapper in the bottom right corner. So what? I needed extra energy.
This afternoon I went outside for a few minutes. The sun was shinning and it was so beautiful. The clouds are coming back in and it will be raining again tonight but right now the sun is shiny and warm against the south side of the house. It's lovely.

One of the garden ladies was drying out, soaking up the warmth and wearing flowers in her hair. She's a California girl for sure.
I need to go lie down for a while but first a  little thankfulness....

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little,
 And if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die;
so.... let us be thankful."
That's a quote from one of my favorite men.... the Hindu Prince, Gautama Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism.


  1. so glad you are feeling some better baby steps... and i LOVE the lady in the garden shes perfect!

  2. I love that little lamp! I think I need one for the bedside table that is too tiny for a regular lamp. I also love the garden lady with the flowers in her hair. I'm glad you're feeling better. My husband and I are still feeling a little "slow". Hard to know if we're fighting a bug or just old age...

  3. I'm bad, I did not even notice the wrapper- focused on your feeling better. I like those
    garden ladies! We had cloudy dreary weather today, and getting colder each day.

  4. I liked your quote at the end. I decided it fit my current work situation, so I printed it to tape to the computer at the office!!! GET WELL AND STAY WELL!

  5. I am so glad you are feeling some better. Just keep on doing what you have been doing and soon you will be back to your old self. I love the pictures. The lady in the garden with the flowers is quite nice. The one with the clouds coming in and the blue sky is very nice. Take care and have a blessed evening. Madeline
    P.S. I really like the quote.

  6. Sweet little prayer in your post, and the lamp looks very useful. I had not heard of diodes before. I am glad you are reentering the land of the living, well you never really left, thank goodness! Lets say, the land of the healthy.

  7. I'm glad today is a little better for you, and hope that tomorrow is better than today. Soon you'll be back "in the pink" :)

    I always keep Vicks nearby when I'm under the weather. It's so comforting.

    Take care!

  8. Hi Connie, I'm so sorry you're under the weather. I hope you feel better soon. Thank you so much for such a wonderful message you left, it is very thoughtful, love it. I'm inspired, thank you for that. Everyone has been so sweet, really helpful. What a wonderful world of blogging sisters we have. Get well, big hug. Riki

  9. So glad you are feeling much better.

    Take care-

  10. Every one of your blog posts are inspiring and promote such a positive wonderful feeling. Did you know that? You're not feeling well and yet you still do it? Amazing.

    I love garden lady. I do that, well, without the flowers. And the quote? Copy, paste and print. Love it! I'm glad you are feeling better hon.

    I think the Vicks was located perfectly in the "smells" category of stuff.


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