|Cute little owl DIL gave me: measuring cups inside|
I know it's been almost a week since I've blogged... forgive me, but I'm beginning to think Texas is the "Flu Capital" of the world. We get nightly posts on the news that the number of people who have died from the flu has gone up (19 in Dallas last I heard). It's certainly caused those who didn't get the flu vaccine earlier to go out and get it.
And it's caused some of us (at least those of us who are retired) to avoid crowds and stick pretty close to home. DH and I were sick right after Christmas (cough and fever - yes, we got the vac in Oct) and were never tested for the flu... but son, grandson, and ex-DIL were tested, had it, and took that Tamaflu. Other DIL was sick this past week, but symptoms were more like a stomach flu and seemed to end in 48 hours. 3 friends were down with 'something'...
I just wish whatever it was would go away. And this weird weather probably doesn't help... 70 degrees one day and below freezing the next. Today it's beautiful out... sun shining... DH and I took a walk around the neighborhood after lunch. Good to be out in the fresh air. We've curtailed even our 'walks inside the mall' since everywhere you go, people are coughing.
Anyway, now that I've ranted, I will say that since Christmas we have had a lot of rest time. I chalked it up to getting our strength back and healing, but enough is enough, yes? I did crochet a bit... working on a large afghan for daughter and a smaller mat for the cats. And we did resurrect the tread mill (or at least I did)!
Our cats spend their days cuddled up by the Aga, curled up on the sofa on comfy afghans, or all together in a sunspot on our bed. You'd think it was cold inside the house (which it isn't... we keep it at 68) the way they huddle. Actually I'm always cold inside too, but I'm cold-natured and don't have a natural fur coat as they do.
|Molly in her spot on the sofa|
The outside cats do fine. They either sleep under the heat lamps on the back porch at night or curl up on the many blankets in the garage. But even when the weather is cold and dreary, they play and chase each other around the yard... climb trees, etc. and don't seem to notice the cold. Guess they are a hardier breed.
Well, it's only January and we've got a bit of time before we can think of Spring... but you know what, I think I'm going to start thinking about it NOW. We've probably lost some of our potted plants due to the weather... so we'll have to get some new cuttings. We were careful about covering them in the early days of the Arctic Blast, but as the cold continued and we weren't feeling well, we got lax, and have probably lost them now. But we'll replant...
And we really want to paint our bedroom blue... a light grey blue to match the wonderful quilt my friend made for my birthday last year. Hopefully we will be able to get to that in the next month or so.
The weather, the flu, things seem hard this winter. I usually don't get a flu shot but i am glad that I did this year.ReplyDelete
Oh, Olga... I'm just venting. Our winter doesn't last half as long or get as bad as some - so I really shouldn't complain. And I am glad you got a flu shot this year. There's no way to really know if it helps or not, but at least it makes me feel that I did something to try to prevent it.Delete
You lost me after I read "70 degrees...." LOL.ReplyDelete
Trust me, it's NOT too early to think of Spring, and yours will come a heck of a lot sooner than ours.
And here's hoping you and your family remain healthy for the remainder of flu season!
Thanks, Kim. I know "70 degrees"... can you believe? And yes, I realize that our spring will come a lot sooner than yours. I have been looking at your pictures and although I'd love to visit Canada one day... it looks much too cold in the winter for me. You guys must be made of sturdier stuff!Delete
The other day I said Yea, January is half over. Spring is coming. I'm rather desperate.ReplyDelete
Me too, Joanne. I want January and February to be over...Delete
I do hope you don't get that awful flu, although it sounds like it strikes young people harder than us older ones. We probably have some immunity from previous bouts that they don't have. I haven't seen 70 degrees around here since October! :-)ReplyDelete
I hope we don't get it either... although we could have had it when we were down with the UR since we weren't tested, but we'll never know and it doesn't matter since we seem to be over it now. And yes, you would think that we'd have some immunity at our age... but some years the old and the young are more affected, other years less. It's a puzzle. All you can do is be cautious, and stay away from crowds right now. (I don't care for crowds anyway - but I do miss going out to eat occasionally - haven't done this since Christmas.)Delete
It certainly is flu and colds season. No flu in the house because we’ve both been vaccinated but rotten colds anyway.ReplyDelete
I know they aren’t serious but don’t they make you feel sorry for yourself!
I shall take things easy for a couple of days and pamper myself.
Sounds like a plan, Friko. Take care of yourself. Glad you've both been vaccinated.ReplyDelete
The flu is deadly this year...it is wise to be cautiousReplyDelete