“Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.”

It is 4˚ and with the wind chill -12˚. I woke up earlier than my programmed heater starts its job and the house was only 62˚.

The Cough and the Mouse is the name of today’s entry which sounds like something Aesop might have written though I’m at a loss as to the moral of the story. Perhaps there isn’t one. I lasted until 5 o’clock before the coughing forced me out of bed. I was sitting up hoping to fall back to sleep, but the mouse in the trap would have none of that. It, number 20, was trying to break out of his metal trap. No luck, just noise. I finally came downstairs figuring if I’m awake I might as well have a cup of coffee to greet the day, such as it is. As for the mouse, I know it will not survive the temperature no matter where I free it, but I don’t foresee a new pet, especially a rodent who chews wires, wood and whatever looks good in the cabinet.

The weather woman on this morning’s news is wearing a dress which makes her looked deformed. Her top half leans left while her bottom half leans right. I wonder if the people working with her have noticed or maybe the 5 o’clock news is far too early for fashion statements.

My mother told me a lot of things. I knew I had to stay out of the water for an hour after eating because all that food could cause cramps and maybe even drowning. Not true, we all learned later. This morning more of my mother’s warnings have been debunked. Going out with wet hair will not cause a cold as my mother claimed. Not only that, all my body heat does not escape through my head. Putting a hat on just keeps my head warm.

My cold persists. My cough is painful. I’m sucking on lozenges and taking cough medicine. When I feel cold, I wrap in an afghan which Gracie thinks is hers so she tries to yank it off me. She will not be successful. This time the human will prevail!

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16 Comments on ““Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.””

  1. Beto Says:

    I was thinking yesterday..”She must be feeling really ill.”
    This cold with a cough that’s been going around is a virus that can lead to an infection but not often. This virus is particularly hard on you liver so don’t take anything with Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in it.
    You’ll get well a lot faster if you avoid it.
    Liver cleansing stuff like Elderberry, Olive Leaf Extract and Beta Glucans really kicks it to the curb. Wearing a surgical mask will help reduce your coughing too.
    All the best

    • katry Says:

      I am most decidedly sick. It’s the cough more than anything else which I find difficult. I can’t sleep too long. I start sleeping sitting up but end up in a more comfortable position and then the coughing starts.

      I didn’t realize it is a virus, and luckily I don’t take Tylenol. I actually haven’t ever heard of the remedies you recommended. I have to go out tomorrow so I’ll give the store a check for them. Why do liver cleaning products work?


      • Beto Says:

        “Why do liver cleaning products work?”

        Because the virus is creating a lot of trash from invading and exploding healthy cells and your immune cells are attacking the virus, your liver has to filter it all out.
        Think of it like a vacuum bag. The cleaner it is the better it cleans.
        The Elderberry helps the liver, the Olive Leaf helps creates more lymphocytes to attack the virus and the Beta Glucan attaches to invading virus cells and allows more of your immune cells to attach and attack them.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Good morning Kat
    It will take a while, be patient, stay warm and rest. Tell Gracie to behave

    So the Prince’s Uncle has been identified as the best prospect at the Senior Bowl and his prospective draft in to the NFL looks to be in the Top Ten. What excitement

    And while you are feeling under the weather, get ready for the Big One tomorrow night at 9.00 pm on Starz as we welcome back Sparticus. The whole of Rome must be quivering knowing that our boy is back and on the loose. Such a shame that Lucy Lawless jumped off the cliff at the end of last season with baby Sparty in her arms. Sparty is back – get ready for Fab TV to help cure out cold/flu

    • katry Says:

      Good Morning, My Dear Hedley,
      Gracie sleeps more than I do. I wish I could say she was commiserating but I just can’t lie.

      I have been resting and staying warm except for my excursion to get the papers and free the mouse this morning. I haven’t exerted myself in any way. I am quite good at that!

      That is so exciting having a future NFLer in the family. All of a sudden a new team to follow and shirts to buy.

      I am lying on the couch and ready for good TV!!!

  3. Birgit Says:

    The brave coughing lady is carrying mice
    Out to the street where they’re freezing to ice.
    She wonders about whether she has a heart.
    Imagine (m)ice sculptures and just call it “art”!
    Gracie is warm and so is the cover
    Why don’t you share it for sake of recover?
    Temperature is awful and might freeze the hell,
    Have a hot tea, stay warm and GET WELL !!!

    • katry Says:

      That is a great poem!! I had to chuckle about the mice art and it should rhyme with heart as I do feel brutish about freeing it in the cold, but I couldn’t think of anything else to do.

      Gracie is quite warm beside me when I take my naps. I think it has little to do with me and more to do with her loving napping.

      Love that poem!!!

    • Hedley Says:

      Oliver Twist asked “More” which was for slop
      Our Birgit rhymes and loves Iggy Pop
      Maggie prowls and knocks down mice,
      Gracie steals the afgan, and Kat is as cold as ice.
      Birgit thinks its as cold as hell,
      The Prince’s Uncle will be a star in the NFL
      The air is Michigan is as cold as the Arcticus
      I cannot wait for the return of Spartacus
      If you think my poem is rubbish and hockum
      It was all started by our friend in Bochum


  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    If it’s the Channel 4 weather woman, her wardrobe consultant needs a remedial course. She is often dressed in some odd combination of color and style. Same for the traffic woman. Perhaps they share a consultant. Or (and I lean towards this explanation) the producers don’t want them to outshine the woman newsreader.
    My mother always said that if you have a hat and socks on, your body doesn’t need to work as hard to keep the rest of you warmer than it would otherwise be if you weren’t wearing socks and hat. My mother is usually a font of old wive’s tales but this one sounds mostly right.
    You might try rubbing some CVS or Walgreens’s Muscle Rub on your chest and neck. Don’t use Benguay, it’s too strong. The heat from the cream helps to relax those muscles that have been strained from coughing while the uber-peppermint smell makes you think you can breathe. You can get similar results with a heating pad and some peppermint tea but it’s a little messy falling asleep with a cup of hot tea.
    Hope you feel better soon.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I think it may have been channel 4 as I don’t usually watch that station. I’m a channel 5 news person, but this morning I went for variety.

      That makes sense when it comes to feet. If my feet are cold, all of me seems cold. I’ll get up and add socks after being in bed for a while as I just can’t take my feet being cold.

      My father was a Vicks man. He’d rub that on us when we were young and offer it to us when we were older. He was also a Bengay man but that wasn’t for colds but aches for him.

      I will pick up a variety of additional remedies tomorrow as I do need cat food which means going out for the first time in a while. I have been using my asthma spray to help my chest congestions but I am almosy out of that.

  5. olof1 Says:

    I feel so sorry for You, I’ve managed to stay away from the worst cough colds this winter.
    -4 here this morning but now it’s on moderate 15 🙂 No wind, fog and nasty low temperatures makes the world look soo beautiful! It’s killing the deers though so now I have three of them for dinner at night. They are kind oif nasty towards each other when it comes to food, no sharing what so ever so I have several piles of food in different places ´now 🙂

    I hear no mice in the walls, maybe they froze to death last night. I worked over time so it never got especially warm here despite me having the fire burning longer than usual. I do hope this was Your last mouse!

    Take care my friend!

    • katry Says:

      Tis is my first cold in about 8 years, yup since I retired so I suppose it’s making up for all those years of not having one.

      Right now we are a balmy 20˚, and I have no idea what it feels like as I haven’t been out since I got the papers this morning.

      I left a lot of seed on the ground for the doves. I feel sorry for them as they are ground feeders and the snow covers anything they might eat. I was glad to see 5 or 6 of the there this morning munching on what I had thrown on the ground before the storm.

      I wish mine would freeze, but they are in the house, not the walls. I can only hope I have them all. That last one was the biggest one so far-maybe the mouse king!

  6. Bob Says:

    This horrible cold snap here in NJ is the lowest temperatures they have had in three years. Back home the temperature is in the 60s and I can’t wait until Saturday morning to fly home. I hope we don’t have major snow storm here which would strand me in the cold. While I have been freezing my butt off here my daughter and my wife are fighting the flu back home. Luckily I am not there to get sick. I took the flu shot but I understand that there is a strain that eludes the vaccine. I don’t need to get sick.

    Some old wive’s tales have a nugget of scientific truth. My former eye doctor told me that he had an internal medicine professor at Tulane Medical School who did a study on home cold remedies. He discovered that home made chicken soup has all of the nutrients and electrolytes your body needs to fight the cold virus. Unfortunately, the canned variety is over processed which kills the good stuff. All the ones you mentioned and many others that my grand mother and my mother told me are just a bunch of baloney. But in the days before antibiotics and vaccines those ideas made them feel better.

    You need to switch traps and just kill the critters. I still think that you are just recycling them 🙂

    • katry Says:

      The temperatures are the same here. Right now it is 8˚. Poor Gracie just didn’t want to go out, but she did ad was inside ina a flash, now back to sleep on the couch.

      They are predicting flurries on Saturday or Sunday and said the cold is keeping major snow away.

      I don’t have the flu though I wish I did as it lasts so much shorter a time than this cold. I am exhausted.

      I read about the value of chicken soup too, but I don’t have acces to home made unless I make it, and I just can’t.

      The mice have a homing instinct up to one mile so when I let them go further away they don’t come back. I can’t kill them.

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