Ugh...it wasn't the start to the week that I hoped it would be. D and Eli went home on Saturday and I started to feel ill that evening, just a tickle in my throat. Sunday, my throat got more painful as the day went on and my head started feeling stuffed up. By Monday morning, I was feeling absolutely horrid I spent most of the day in bed. By the end of the day I'd used up a half bottle of Buckleys cough medicine (yuck), a box and a half of tissues, several lozenges, a scoop or two of Vaporub, two envelopes of Neocitron, and two tabs of Tylenol extra strength cold and flu meds (one day, one night). I was pretty much throwing everything I had at it, with the hope I'd get over it quickly. I woke a couple of times through the night, to take more cough medicine and to blow my nose. By morning, I wasn't as fuzzy headed but had that darn barking cough.
I kept up the regimen for the day, more cough medicine, the Tylenol for the sinus pain, and Neocitron before I went to bed at night. Because I felt like I'd been penned up for a week, I went out for a short walk. The fresh air was definitely good for me, though I was pretty much exhausted by the time I got home. The rest of the day was spent mostly relaxing though I did get started on these little ghosts for Eli.
D asked me if I could find a pattern to make "pooping" ghosts. I thought I'd have to adapt this pattern, but quickly realized that leaving the bottom open would leave enough room for her to stuff a mini chocolate bar into it. They are having a mostly at-home Halloween this year. They'll decorate the house, he'll wear his costume (a pirate), and she'll hide candy for him to find. Her friend F has invited them to join her family for a special Halloween dinner, and D and Eli will stop at the neighbour's on either side to trick or treat. Some Halloween cartoons will likely be watched as well. Eli is young enough to not realize this isn't the norm and I know he'll enjoy himself. The little stinker has already found the box of treats - he definitely knows what those are about.
I slept much better on Tuesday night, so woke Wednesday feeling much better. Still a little congested but not feeling the need to dose myself up. But damn did my muscles hurt from coughing. Guess I need to work on that core a bit more.
It was a beautiful morning for a walk. Since I hadn't taken my camera with me for the last few days I grabbed it on my way out the door. I'm glad I did.
As I snapped this photo, the jack rabbit on the left came bounding into the shot. I wish I'd been a tenth of a second later but I laughed as I saw it flash on the screen.
There were hundreds of geese on the pond today. Just a solitary duck on the creek, and one cormorant. My brother R says most should be heading south my mid-October.
The next photo is my very favorite of the day. We don't have a lot of red in our fall colors since we don't have any/many maples. This grape vine provides it instead.
By Thursday I was feeling much better, although still coughing, my head felt clear. I don't know if it was the cold, or the amount of meds but the day before I'd caught myself putting the clean cat bowls in the fridge instead of the cupboard where they belong. When I tried to start knitting a toque for Eli I had to tear it out three times as I kept making mistakes. On Friday I looked at it again and realized it still wasn't right so I've started again with an easier pattern.