Is it Friday Yet?

road conditionsIt started snowing late yesterday afternoon.  I think it snowed all night, and there was still some snow in the air at 9:00 this morning. This little map is a cut of our state’s DOT road warnings. That’s my county.  The lightening bolt is for winter storm warnings. All those purple dots are for hazardous driving conditions and the whole state map looks like somebody just poured a few packages of purple skittles over it.

I dislike purple skittles immensely. IMO, fake grape and fake banana are the two worst candy flavors in the universe.

Today was supposed to be the FYG’s two week check up when we’d determine how the healing was going, whether or not she needed a cast, what physical therapy to pursue.   We canceled and rescheduled.

Jenny tells me that last year by this time, we’d had five inches of snow.  This year, we are at 53 inches.

I have a mother bear of a cold that is just kicking my tail.  I woke up last night so solidly clogged up that I couldn’t breathe. My own phlem (and this is too much information) gagged me to the point of losing my cookies. Only it wasn’t cookies, it was kimchi pajeon.   I can’t find my eucalyptus oil- I think I gave it to one of my married daughters because they were all so stuffy.  I drank some medicinal tea and slurped down emergen-c and am eating cough drops like candy, but it’s not helping.   When I blow my nose it sounds like a flock of very large geese is in the room with me.  Or in my nose.

Mount fold-me is sneering at me in a very ugly, spiteful fashion.   Winter coats, hunting coats, boots, and the other detritus of living in the great white north or near enough cover my laundry room floor to the point where you can’t really see the floor.  I have a really large laundry room.  That’s a lot of detritus.

My dog couldn’t hold it and he peed on the floor upstairs. My dog is an Irish Wolfhound and he doesn’t have puddles when he piddles, he has lakes.

Last week I was philosophically giving a cheerful and friendly warning to a  young southern  friend who is new to the area that winter wasn’t over even though there was no snow on the ground, that this month was typically the worst. I sent her a sweet little piece of nature writing by one of my favorite home-grown authors about winters in this area and how we locals just love our many winters and miss the seasonal extremes when we move.

This week my philosophy has died and it’s starting to reek. I want to lay on my bed and kick and scream.

I want to go to Florida. Or Hawaii.  I want to be somewhere that I don’t have to stay warm by wrapping a quilt around my shoulders and sitting with three layers of quilts and blankets over my legs and a heating pad under my feet.

I’m having dark and wicked thoughts about what should be done to people who chirp, “Look on the bright side!”

Even my disgustingly optimistic,  look-on-the-bright-side, everything is always wonderful,  husband just stood in here, looked out the window and sighed, “The winter that would not go away.”

In short, oh. Never mind.  It’s too late to be brief.

I’m not having a pity party. I am taking a mud bath in the miry swamps of pity.

So I am kicking my own self in the backside and looking for some bright side things before some well-meaning other soul decides to live dangerously and tell me these things:

We have running water and electricity and propane.

All the family that still live at home are here- because school was canceled- even the University.

The FYG may be on crutches and having trouble moving her leg, but she has her leg and her foot.

We have blackberries in the fridge and creamy raw milk.

We have coffee and we have coffee creamer.

Mount Fold Me is proof that we have more than adequate clothing.

The winter gear all over the laundry room floor is proof that we have plenty of winter clothing to keep us warm.

I have the internet.

I can take a nap.’

I can almost breathe through one nostril.

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  1. Lynn
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    yup, nap sounds like a plan, grin.

    re the chest congestion… I have been using this for a while, now, and shocked how well it works.
    anytime I have the slightest chest congestion, I take one half to one tsp of turmeric powder, sometimes two or three times a day. cough up lots of junk, and it clears it up shocking well. no idea why.
    if you do use turmeric, try to buy organic powder, as apparently there is huge international black market on fake turmeric (all kinds of weird ingredients ground and added, etc.). My friend who was fr india, actually said it is a huge problem there too (I had read this concern on several sites, and asked)

    I hate turmeric taste, so I stick it under my tongue, and wash it down with water/flavored juice. that gets it down.

    also, if you have vinegar, try sniffing a small container of it, frequently, helps lots with congestion/upset stomach. also, good if you swallow a little vinegar.

    and, last but not least
    if you have any cough, put a tsp of instant coffee in a mug, fill two thirds full with BOILING water and stick your nose/mouth over/in. it will stop even a bad cough quite well. found this out by accident yrs back, when I had sever bronchitis. since have read many times it is often recommended as a natural cure. also, recently read some university research on using this for asthma.
    boiling water/instant coffee is better than drip, as it seems to be the right off the boil water which helps to activate it.

    (also, turmeric is used as a oral consumption treatment to help bones/skin heal, and dried plums has been found to strengthen bones.
    turmeric bones
    turmeric bone fractures
    Dried plums bones

    stay snuggly.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      I love turmeric for several remedies. I will keep this all in mind, but my chest isn’t congested, it’s all in my nose.

  2. Melinda
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on the nostril that is clearing. I’m glad the dog didn’t piddle in the laundry room!!

    Praying for you all.

  3. Katie Jo
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    We’re having a lovely winter in Fairbanks. I think our usual weather headed south this year. However last May when the snow just… would… not… go… away… I think my husband felt the same as yours. I think the last day of snowfall was mid May sometime. No spring, just a couple days of break up and then summer had arrived. Our yard was a mess, and so were my kids clothes.

    However, during times of great challenge it is definitely helpful to look at the blessings, however few or many. Blackberries sound delightful. I don’t think I’ve ever had the fresh variety, they are always shipped up from someplace warm. Praying that you have relief from your nasty cold and that your daughter continues to heal.

  4. Mama Squirrel
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Large hugs from Ontario…we are digging out over and over today too–you shovel it and more creeps up behind you. Big Phooey on arctic air masses.

  5. Laura
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Tea tree cream on the upper lip and in the base of each nostril works here. Well, helps anyway.

  6. Cindy Watson
    Posted February 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Fake grape is disgusting but I love fake banana flavor. That and perversely the totally artificial “buttery flavor ” syrup. I used to try to hide that I love it, not buy it, but, really I use it once a month if that I can indulge in a little fake food now and then. The description of your dog had me rolling on the floor. Thanks. And, yes, we have had too much winter. On the east coast where I am we got freezing rain last night. Combine that we a crazy night of patients calling and calling I reported in my morning report ” I know it is raining but patients don’t have to come two by two”. Hope that makes you laugh and brings some cheer to your day.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted February 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      that is funny1

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