“Sitting too close to the TV will ruin your eyesight”

When I woke up, I heard steady drops outside my window. It’s raining I figured, but I didn’t care. I have nowhere I need to go, and there is nothing I need to do. My dance card is empty. My house is clean. Christmas is totally gone, down the cellar, and I can do errands tomorrow. When I ran out for the newspapers, I was surprised it wasn’t raining. The steady dripping from the melting snow on the roof was mimicking the rain. It is warm, 45˚.

When I was a kid, after Christmas was always a letdown. The presents had long been opened and vacation was over. Every day was back. It was up early, eat breakfast, get dressed, walk to school, learn something, eat lunch, learn something else, finish the school day then walk home. It was every kid’s rut. We just didn’t notice.

I am never in a rut. I can make every day what I want. Lately I have been up until the wee hours and sleeping until nearly afternoon. I go out but not often. I go to appointments and finish necessary errands. I went to my uke lesson yesterday and out to my friends’ house for dinner the other night. My odometer says 62 miles already this week. Usually it is 20 or under. I’m okay with limited mileage. I never mind staying home, prefer it even. There is so much here to keep me occupied, busy.

Feed a cold and starve a fever have long been part of every mother’s medical training. The advice actually dates back to the 15th century. My mother believed it. Now that former aphorism, note the word former, will join no swimming after eating for thirty minutes, no swallowing watermelon seeds as they’ll sprout in your stomach, wearing hats keeps body heat inside our heads and going out with wet hair will cause a cold.

Come to find out, eating is necessary when you have a cold or a fever, when you need to keep up your strength to battle being sick. My mother would be so disappointed that another motherly remedy has been disproved. The poor woman’s doctor bag would be just about empty.

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4 Comments on ““Sitting too close to the TV will ruin your eyesight””

  1. olof1 Says:

    For once we can’t hear any rain here but we’ll get more during the weekend they say but also sunshine so I guess they’ll get the rain part right 🙂 🙂

    It is unusually warm here and it will, if the weather forecasts are right, rise up to almost 50F next week. I don’t mind but the tick season has already started and that is a bit annoying to be honest.

    We can actually see a slight difference here if the afternoon is cloud free, it isn’t even pitch black when I come home after work now even if the sun sets 3:40 pm. It has however been mostly cloudy all the time so it doesn’t help much to be honest 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      We had a longer than usual fall tick season as it stayed so warm. People wanted a snow storm to kill them off but they’re still around. Someone just told me they had found a tick.

      So far, this winter has had a record warmth. The next few days will add to that and next week will be in the mid-40’s. The last two days we had the first really cold spell.

      We too have had days and days of clouds, not much rain, just clouds.

      Have a great Saturday!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    This year my post holiday “rut” feels more like a New Year’s Resolution. I’ve been finishing up knitting projects which have been hanging fire. Some of them have been doing so for a few years. I hope it’s a rut that hangs around for awhile.

    Feeding a cold is a problem for me because when I have a cold I only want to drink orange juice and eat potato chips. The orange juice is okay but potato chips have little nutritional value. My theory is that I do this because my nose is stuffed and I can’t taste anything except the basic flavors of salt, sweet, acid, and bitter and that’s pretty much the taste of orange juice and potato chips.

    No rain here. Not as warm as I thought it would be, though, because there is still the wind to cool things down. There isn’t anything to be melted, either, but if there were, it would sound like rain at my house, too.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’m so glad that Christmas is finally put away. That job just wasn’t getting done so I had to force myself, but I’m glad I did. Today was a wonderfully quiet day. I had I needed to do. Tomorrow, I have to go out.

      My colds are generally coughs. The coughs sometimes became bronchitis. That happened far more when I worked. I just stay in bed and hope to sleep away my germs. Sometimes I crave potato chips just for the salt.

      It was warmish today. Henry left paw prints on my newly washed kitchen floor.

      Enjoy the weekend.

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