Today’s lesson: Listen to my doctor next year when she suggests a flu shot
Today’s gratitude: That I now have a stackable upstairs, easy access to the dryer
What started as a cold turned into flu like symptoms. It’s been joyous…NOT! I’ve been doing a lot of sleeping, and have been throwing blankets into the dryer, wrapping it around myself to try to get warm. Obviously feverish, and my body feeling like I’ve ran an 80 mile marathon, I kept track of the animals in between napping. The sound of the television in the background kept me entertained, though I rarely watched, just listened. I have shared that I like the Investigate Discovery channel. A couple nights ago listening to it I heard them advertise “House of Whores”….I’m thinking… well that is both interesting and disgusting. What has come of this world to have such a television programmed named this and what would Investigate Discovery find in this? I fall back to sleep. This morning I was resting and watching the same. “House of Horrors” was being advertised…. I just sat there shaking my head…. Oh!!!!!
Earlier this week, when I started with the chills, I went to lay on my couch and my oldest cat, female Maine coon cat, peed on a comforter that was on the couch. I threw the comforter in the wash and took the cushion covers off the couch to wash “just in case”. Lord knows I couldn’t smell anything. Well, I decided to also clean the pillow covers to the down pillows that reside on the sofa for comfort. When I took off the cover little down feathers flew everywhere. Everywhere! I said “screw it”, shoved the pillows in a garbage bag, not to throw away but to hopefully stop the release of feathers that my cats were having a field day with, until Sophie started bothering them. As Sophie chased them, the feathers spread all around the room. I was too tired to go and get the vacuum, all I wanted to do was lay on the couch which wasn’t happening. With laundry in I went back to bed. Upon returning downstairs a few hours later my living room now not only had feathers but bunches of batting from the cushions that Sophie chewed off, trying to fill her boredom. I couldn’t believe it. There she laid in the middle of the room on a sofa cushion which was standing on its side when I went to bed. Fortunately she didn’t like how it tasted because she stopped on that one cushion. Grateful the integrity of the cushions were not harmed, I fed them, went back to bed trying to convince myself that tomorrow would be better. Such chaos. While I have picked up most of the batting which looked like clumps of snow on my rug, the feathers still remain. What a mess. The cushion covers are still thrown over the shower curtain, a blanket is thrown over the couch, the pillows are still in the plastic bag. When I exert myself my fever comes back. Joy!
The bathroom cupboard clean out is still in process, and there is a dishpan of dishes that I keep going by thinking “I need to do these”. I am continually cleaning my favorite mug, going back and forth between soup and chai tea. Where the heck did the other dishes come from?
Tumbleweeds of dog hair in the corners of my house on the tile and hardwood floors remind me of why I used to call my Australian shepherd… Australian shedder. This german shepherd is no different. I pick up some here and there, again thinking “I need to vacuum”… Yah, yah, I need, I need, I need. I need to feel better!
“You’re sick an awful lot Donna”. A person once asked me if I ever eat vegetables… I just shake my head. Yes, and yes. No I did not have a flu shot, to my detriment. Perhaps next year I’ll LISTEN to my doctor. If anyone knows about my compromised immune system it is me! It felt so good to be back outside hiking for a few minutes with the dogs, that has ceased with the house keeping. Soon, I tell myself, soon I will be back in good health. As annoying and inconvenient as these bouts of illness are, I still have it made compared to many. I can live with this, bitch about it, but it isn’t going to kill me. This is temporary, hopefully being bitchy is, too!
I have found that if I stay downstairs, crank the thermostat and have the gas fireplace going, the dogs fall fast asleep. Ahhhh, peace!
When feeling up to it I designed jewelry, which was comical as the next day I would look at whatever it was I made and found humor in the comedy of errors….unmatched earrings, a necklace with one side 3″ longer than the other…. Good god, it’s funny. Soon I will deliver the jewelry I have been working on to my sister-in-law and friend who is so kindly putting it online for me. As of today beading is now on the back burner. I picked up the paintbrush [two deadlines] only to find more humor in my attempts at this medium……. I yi yi!
Now I shall go warm up some soup and sit in the chaos of my living room and watch ID channel, and advertisements for House of HORRORS!
“Summer at the Lake”