Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas On The Couch!!

This was my view for most of yesterday.  Spending Christmas on the couch was clearly not what I wanted to read in the cards for me.  I was up rather early, wrote the blog and staggered to the couch, sneezing all the way.  At last count, 53 times .... those really hard sneezes that shake your brain.  I'm pretty sure a couple ounces disappeared into thin air, as I've totally forgotten my routine this morning, hence the late blog posting.
My baby puppies stood by me through thick and thin, wads of kleenex and sound barrier breaking sneezes, not to mention the moaning and groaning.  The steamy water that seemed to work in previous days, did nothing to relieve the symptoms.  I was out of old home remedies and relegated to the couch to wallow in self pity.  
I watched every Christmas movie again, caught several episodes of Jamie and Adam on Mythbusters, as well as sat through a few of John Wayne's oldies but goodies.  Finally, when one side of my head cleared, I got the brilliant idea to fix a Christmas dinner.  I had this tiny turkey in the fridge and one lone sweet potato.  I'm SURE I can make a feast out of this!!  
That's what happens when you've got a bad cold.  Your head is stuffed so full of "stuff" that your brain gets squeezed too tight, making you think you can do things you should KNOW you can't!!  In spite of my oven setting of 400 degrees to cook the turkey at 325, it came out surprisingly well.  The sweet potatoes were another story.  It was a Spice Islands recipe that sounded really good .. pecan pie potatoes.  

Trouble was, I didn't measure very well, I was in a hurry and my brain was in a fog.  I think I added twice the amount of flour and half the butter for the topping.  Then, just because, I loaded it up with marshmallows.  It looked pretty nice when it came out of the oven, but in two minutes the marshmallows dissolved totally into the burned flour at the bottom of the pan.  

I was so determined to have a nice Christmas dinner that I ate it anyway, along with some really nice turkey and broccoli (the only vegetable I had in the house).  I'm really not sure how any of it tasted, because you see with a bad cold, you can't taste anything!!  
And so I passed away the hours on the couch, sneezing and sniffling, only feeling better when I received an email that some very nice person had left a comment on my blog.  You folks kept me going through my worst day this year, and for that I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!

The good news is that I slept fairly well and my head isn't pounding like a sledge hammer on an anvil.  I can even ... almost ... breath through my nose.  Unfortunately, it's moved down into my chest and it's time to let the coughing begin!!!  Three days and counting!!



17 comments:

  1. Maybe it's time to have it checked out. Get well.

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    1. Jan, at this time of year, with only two urgent care facilities, and Obama's health policy, you can wait all day and STILL not get in to be seen. I could go to the local hospital ER, but too many friends have gone there and not returned. If I get as bad as last year, I'll definitely head to Modesto's hospital!!

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  2. Sorry your feeling bad.This to shall pass or so they say.

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    1. Thank you .... I know it will get better, I just wish it had been three days ago!!

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  3. I have been reading your blog for about two year. As you wrote in an earlier post this is the second year you have gotten sick a Christmas. I hope you get to felling better soon, if I remember last your you started your adventure still some what under the weather. I hope that not the case this year.
    I would like to offer a suggestion and that is to keep some hand sanitizer with you. This time of year you can pick up bug almost anywhere.
    I hope you get to feel better soon. It no fun starting you adventures sick.
    Jim M,

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    1. Thank you Jim .... I'm hoping for a quick recovery and extending my lift-off date. Being sick on the road isn't fun at all!! I think you're right ... hand sanitizer is going on the list!!

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  4. Well mentally at least hopefully you had a great Christmas day
    I know physically it sucks all I can say is go take a shower
    No no please don't take that as an insult
    I'm talking about the kind of the shower will you could step in the shower turn on the hot water where is long as you can stay in there and as hot as you can stand it and then a little more The steam will do good
    But the trick is to do it just before you go to bed and then bundle Up like with a good pair of sweats With plenty of blankets on and you'll sweat it right out O I'm sorry I mean perspire
    The colder the room is the better it is close a door open the windows and let the fresh air
    And if you want to take a couple of belts of the 151 Bacardi rum go far it
    Or you could substitute that for Southern comfort But maybe you want to do three belts instead
    Cheer up it'll all be over soon

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    1. You know, that really long hot shower sounds like a good idea. No problem with the cold room, my house stays at 65 during the winter, with the bedroom a few degrees colder. Thank you for all the suggestions .... I think it really has helped!!

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  5. Vyaadka say prayer that you get better real soon. Be careful of Mister Ed's receipe Vyaadka think he want to get good deal on your motorhouse at your estate sale.

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    1. Hahahahaha, thank you Vyaadka!! Even when I'm sick as a dog, you guys can make me laugh!!!

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  6. Sorry Vyaadka got a peek at the estate sale will and it's all going to the family
    The way I seen it Cooper gets to drive Jessie gets to navigate Jonathan well he's just flops around and squawks and looks cute as long as Cooper doesn't try driveing on 3 wheels

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    1. Now THAT'S the truth Mister Ed ..... unless they have to sell the motorhome to pay for dog food!!

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    2. Ms Nancy smart, she always thinking ahead. Wait! Maybe that why Ms Nancy do not send Vyaadka rubles.

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  7. O By the way Mr Vyaadka you better be good you better not pout only 12 more days till JANUARY 7
    Do we give you a big lump of coal ?? or do we give you a bottle of bathtub Russian vodka ??

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    1. Okay ... I had to look it up. In Russia, they actually celebrate Christmas on January 7. I've never heard of that before. I'm pretty sure Vyaadka will get a bathtub of Vodka!!

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    2. Yes, Vyaadka celebrate Christmas on January 7 because in Russia we use Julian Calendar and not Gregorian Calender. The reason is Gregorian is too hard to spell. Ms Nancy right again, Vyaadka take Vodka in bathtub or bottle.

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