I'm just starting to emerge from the rabbit-hole of illness, where I spent most of the week. It's a bad cold, or a moderate flu, maybe. All I know is that it hit me fast and I was down for a few days. One of the last things I did, on Tuesday morning, was to wander the backyard with my camera to take some photos of the snow we'd gotten on Monday. There had been a slight chance of snow in the forecast, but they got it very wrong - it snowed quite heavily for the entire day and we ended up with about three inches in my neck of the woods. The children were very disappointed when they realized it was the heavy, wet kind of snow that is no good for playing in. It looked pretty, though, especially since so many autumn leaves were still on the trees (many have since dropped off). We watched the snow fall all day while we had homeschool, watched a movie and baked brownies. By evening, the snow had stopped and the storm moved on, leaving two days of frigid wind behind it.
I was beginning to feel a little achy by Tuesday night; on Wednesday morning, I could barely get out of bed. Life didn't exactly stop - I still had to do the school driving and the usual household things - but the Bear helped where he could, as he always does. I rested as much as possible and tried to stay warm (see, this is why you should make stacks and stacks of blankets - someday, you just might need them all at once). Today is the first day I've felt somewhat energetic. I went to the grocery store for the basics (including orange juice and cough syrup), and straightened up around the house a little. I hate being sick, I really do. I feel completely useless. I'm not a slow-down-and-rest kind of person, even when I really need to be. I know, I know. It's hard for me. I'm learning.
I'm starting to prepare for Thanksgiving; in fact, I need to go back to the store on Monday for my turkey and some of the other fresh foods I plan to make. I have a cooking plan for myself next week, to get some things prepared before the holiday (I keep wishing for that double oven but it hasn't materialized yet). I've got a special day coming on Monday, and we're still planning to celebrate with dinner out tomorrow night, so I'm going to rest as much as I can today and tomorrow. I'm determined! Watch me power-nap and hydrate myself! Feel the burn.
I'm far behind on blog-reading, and I owe some emails too; I'll try to get back on track soon. For now, I'm heading back to my couch and Netflix documentaries. I hope you're having a good weekend, my friends.