Thursday, November 5, 2009
Close to Nowhere
• I don’t think it was the H1N1 (or swine) flu, but “something” has reeked havoc this past couple weeks on the Jones’ household!
Oldest granddaughter Meredith had a cold. She got over it very quickly, which is unusual for her. She’s usually the last to get sick and then usually gets the sickest.
The day we came home from our family gathering in Searcy, Ark., my throat hurt.
The next day, I thought I was dead and quite literally, slept the entire day -- when I wasn’t up moaning and taking ibuprofen and anything else I could find that might help.
I coughed and carried on and was pretty sure I was deathly ill for a week or so. (I was deathly ill at work though. You can’t miss at the newspaper, especially on deadline day -- not even if you’re dead! You still have to come to work!)
The following week Pop went and had his flu/pneumonia shot. He never misses those, as his health is precarious anyway. The evening he had the shot, he was sick. Apparently, he’d already caught my cold (or crud or whatever) and just wasn’t symptomatic until that particular day.
He gets to stay home and lay on the couch and moan and groan when he’s sick.
Within a few days, son Kris was also coughing and hacking and generally feeling like he was dead. He also came to work sick.
The three of us somehow managed to live though it and not hurt anyone else who wasn’t as sympathetic to our illness as we thought everyone should be.
We’re all still coughing, but upright. Now, we walk around the house and talk about how bad we still feel. And heavens, no one in the house had better think they felt worse than whoever is complaining at the moment!
• Saturday night, my daughter and I braved the elements and carried Remy to the Haunted (Harmon)Town at the NWSCC. Meredith and friend Grace have been rehearsing and planning their roles this year for the spooky event. Remy is not a “joiner” and it was iffy that she was even going to attend, but, attired in long blonde wig, black clothing and black spiderweb cape (and really glorious gory makeup) she went with us.
The hay ride, scarier than the haunted house, was her first choice. She wasn’t going in the haunted house! She finally ventured in and was able to see “little lost girl abducted by monsters” Mere and “undead” Grace in all their glory.
Kudos to the NWSCC! They pulled off a spectacular Halloween once again!
• Thursday, Nov. 5 is 49 days ’til Christmas!
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