“Be not sick too late, nor well too soon”

When I marathon cough, Gracie, my protector, leaves the room and goes to sleep in her crate. If she senses I am done, she returns to the couch. Her watch dog association must have amendments which excuse her from having to endure extreme noise by her owner.

The other day I heard a loud bang outside. My first thought was a breaker, but I still had electricity so that was out. A car backfire was the next guess, but I can’t remember the last time I heard a backfire. I don’t even know if cars backfire any more. A gun shot was last my guess so I checked the time so I could give the police officer a true reckoning of when the crime occurred. Nothing happened: no electric company, no disabled car and no police officers. The loud bang remains a mystery.

Yesterday we went to the dump and to Agway where I bought cat food. If it weren’t for the cats, I would never have left the house.  The last stop was a Dunkin’ Donut where I bought coffee and a croissant. They were my reward for getting dressed, mostly dressed, and for dragging myself out of the house. I got home, finished my treats and went to bed for a well-deserved nap. All of the lugging and throwing of magazines, newspapers, cardboard and bags of trash in various receptacles was tiring.

The felling ill isn’t the worst part. It’s the boredom. I can’t seem to concentrate on a book for too long, and I haven’t finished the crossword in a couple of days. I did the cryptogram but that’s just my assurance that I am still keeping Alzheimer’s at bay. I haven’t seen the end of a single television program. I lose track. Tomorrow is syfy movie day so I don’t need my wits about me. It’s a winter theme with snow beasts: Rage of the Yeti and the highlight, The Abominable Snowman.

I haven’t seen people this week. Friends dropped some cough medicine, M&M’s, some sandwich meat and some chips, a balanced diet for a cold. They didn’t stay. I am typhoid Mary.

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13 Comments on ““Be not sick too late, nor well too soon””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I might be getting something too now, I’m tired all the time and I freeze all the time even if it’s 75 degrees in my cottage. As long as it isn’t a cough cold I’ll take it without whining too much 🙂

    I wish I had Your scyfy cahnnel, those movies sounds like something I would like 🙂 It’s channel six that shows any kind of scyfy or fantasy here and now they’ve decided to show Grimm on Sunday nights at 10 pm??!! I can never figure out if they want anyone to watch the channel or if it is a drunk monkey that planns when they will show the programs 🙂 🙂 🙂

    have a great day and take care.
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I agree-the cough colds are the worst and mine is awful. I keep checking the top of my head to make sure I don’t have a hole there caused by the coughing.

      If I were still working, 10 would be far too late for me to stay up to watch TV. Now, of course, it doesn’t matter. Grimm is on here at 9 at night. I never miss it.

      I hope you don’t catch that cold!!!!

    • Birgit Says:

      Christer,
      The Abominable Snowman (1:21:53) :
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhpax4DngSg

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Mysterious bangs are annoying. I can usually put them down to the guy on the next street over doing bodywork on cars. He’s not very close but the louder thumps do carry through the woods. The thumps that don’t sound like bodywork are more worrying. I go around the house looking out of windows for bits that may have fallen off trees or whatever. There is never anything. I suspect squirrels. I always suspect squirrels.
    My cold is hanging fire; neither better nor worse. Drippy nose, slightly scratchy throat and a moderately draggy feeling in the body. Irksome.
    Sunny, cold, rinse, repeat. There was a dusting of snow here and there this morning. Very dry snow. It’s gone now.
    Enjoy the day. Rest up. I’m going to. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’ll go along with you and suspect the spawns. They are likely guilty of anything.

      I think I am a bit better except for the coughing. That is the worst, and I get a headache so bad I think I’ve blown off the top of my head. I start sleeping upright but slump and at some point the cough wakes me up.

      We had morning grey, afternoon sun and also got a dusting during the night.

      I’ve had one nap-could use another!

  3. Bill S. Says:

    Did you get a flu shot this year? I saw my g.p. last week, and she advised me to do so as Feb. is the worst flu month. I also got a pneumonia shot. Both shots were against my better judgment but I did it anyway. I had a Welcome-to-Medicare evaluation, a questionnaire put together by doctors and senators (???). Some of the questions were insane; I’m not sure what the purpose of the questionnaire is.

    I was outside at the dump today, and I swear the day was colder than any other this week. I have a gallon jug of windshield anti-freeze in the garage, and it’s frozen solid. Glad I didn’t use it.

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      I got my flu shot early on. I do every year. I didn’t get a pneumonia shot, and given how bronchial this cold is, I probably should have.

      I’m not qualified for medicare, not enough quarters, so I’m still with Blue Cross completely.

      That’s funny-windshield anti-freeze is frozen!

  4. Birgit Says:

    If I hear loud bangs, which is far too often, my first thought is: firecrackers. Easy available fireworks and dumb people is not a good combination, especially at night.
    The Abominable Snowman seems to be funny, found it on YouTube, but I’ll have to save it for later. I also had to look up Typhoid Mary, what a crazy and sad story.
    Get well and thanks for the lovely music. First time I heard the hit version of Young Love, for me it’s connected to the McGarrigles.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Firecrackers are not sold in this state so are illegal but around July 4th the air is filled with the sounds of the fizzles and bangs of the firecrackers. New Hampshire sells them right close to the Massachusetts state line.

      You are most welcome for the music. I just went through and picked what sounded good to my ears today.

      I think I always think of the original as it played all the time.

  5. MT C Says:

    Well, Mary, sounds like it must be time to plan another adventure. Something close and cheap might do the trick. Drug stores are noted to be places of high adventure at times. It was when I worked in one.

    Carl

    • katry Says:

      Carl,
      I think it will have to be close and cheap. I was thinking somewhere I can drive and take the dog too.

      High adventure in a drug store? I seem to miss it every time I go to one.

  6. flyboybob Says:

    The big bang outside your house could be from an assault weapon being discharged by one of your neighbors at a mouse that you failed to kill. The mouse was returning to your neighborhood and got confused trying to find your house so your neighbor exercised his constitutional duty to protect his property. It’s important that we protect our constitutional right to bear assault weapons of any kind, including bazookas and grenade launchers, in the event that the rodents of the world decide to take over the government and take away everyone’s rights 🙂 The NRA (National Rifle Association) has proof that in the former Soviet Union and in Nazi Germany those dirty rats came to power because their people were not armed to the teeth 🙂

    This is turning out to be a nasty winter of flu and other viruses. Even the flu vaccine is not enough protection from the ever mutating germs. I returned home today to fifty degree weather with low ceilings and reduced visibility. Just cool and damp instead of the freezing cold weather that hit the East Coast this week. I hope you feel better.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      My neighborhood is not a hotbed of assault weapons, but the mouse’s demise would not be bothersome to me at all. It’s just that I can’t kill them. The rodents in this house could overrun us easily I fear. The good thing is they’re small and can’t climb some places in the house where I’ll be safe.

      Thanks, I do feel a bit better today, the week anniversary of this whatever it is. I really do think it’s a cold as I don’t have any flu symptoms.

      It is still cold but getting warmer day by day.


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