Sunday, December 21, 2014

Flu 2014 Update

I can barely stay awake.  This seems to be the end-stage of flu for me.  I suppose my body is telling me to stop, rest, and take it easy, that what doesn't get done doesn't get done and it's not the end of the world. 

I know this.  Yet, I'll forever feel awful about Lil's ninth birthday. :sigh:

The girls and B are running along at almost 100% which makes my need for sleep that much stranger.  Tamiflu is truly a godsend and I can't imagine us feeling as awful as we did for as long as we might have.  UGH!!

Nana was diagnosed yesterday.  We use the same pharmacy.  They had Tamiflu for me Wednesday, and for the girls Wednesday evening.  By Thursday morning they were out and B's was sent to Rite Aid across the street. 

Yesterday, Rite Aid was out and Nana had to go to yet ANOTHER pharmacy to get her prescription filled. 

Pop figured he'd better get on Tamiflu ASAP as a prophylactic and tried.  His doctor's office was closed (it was Saturday, after all) and the urgent care that saw Nana wouldn't write him a prescription because he wasn't their patient.  Guess who was at urgent care this morning being swabbed for a flu test?  :sigh:

Nana said the urgent care has RUN OUT OF FLU TESTS!!!!!!!  Holy smokes this area is inundated with flu.  And, this is a flu not found in the vaccines, since both Nana and Pop and the girls all got either a shot or the flu mist.  Flu is running rampant, and I'm grateful our bout with it is almost over.

B is in the kitchen right now working on the marinade for Lil' (belated) birthday fajitas.  I should be making a pie, but honestly, I simply have no energy yet.  I can do small and odd jobs here and there but mostly they sap me.  :o(  I'm not used to being the one who's down and out.  :o( 

I've planned out what needs to happen prep-wise for the upcoming week, to be prepared Christmas morning.  I hope with much napping today (as if I could stop myself...) and good sleep tonight (oh, was last nigth's uninterrupted sleep divine!) I'll be up for what tomorrow brings.  We've scaled back our plans, and if I can't get the cards out, I can't get the cards out.  I'm not going to spazz about it. 

My main goal is to just get better. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Flu 2014 Part II

Bitty came home from school complaining about an upset tummy and then threw-up her dinner.  Then had dry heaves for the rest of the night.

Bean went to bed with a 100.2 fever and woke up this morning with 102 fever.  She's had her second dose of Tamiflu and I'm hoping she feels a bit better tomorrow.  She's currently lying in bed being stoic while tears slip down her face because she feels so miserable. 

Lil's home sick from her last day before winter break (missing her class party, I'm sure) and won't be able to celebrate her birthday today because we all feel so damn bad.  :o( 

I'm feeling remarkably better given I had full-on flu Tuesday and Wednesday.  Tamiflu is a gift from the gods.  But, I'm still very weak and woozy and there is no way I can make a birthday dinner and pie.  :o(  Poor Bitty! 

B's feeling better today--about where I was yesterday--and is trying to get Bean set up in her room with a TV for the day. 

We're all sick and I'm ready to call out the CDC hazmat team.  :oS

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Flu 2014

This post is definitely going to be disjointed.  I'm not in my right mind...
So, it's flu. 


Yesterday I felt sicker than I have in 14 years.  I was weak and jittery and achy and headachy and coughing and sore throat-y and all those wonderful flu-like symptoms.  I had B take me to Urgent Care first thing so I could get a Tamiflu prescription because I knew it was flu. 

I grabbed the mask as soon as I entered Urgent Care.  You know you're sick when the doctor and nurse walk in wearing masks.  :oS 

I spent yesterday in bed with fever and chills and lightheadedness.  I had a dose of Tamiflu as soon as I got home and another at bedtime while B took care of the girls and the house. 

I knew I was pretty sick Tuesday evening and wouldn't let the girls near me and I'm so glad.  They've had Flu Mist, so hopefully they won't get it.

Too late for B.  He came to bed last night with a cough and chills and took one of my Tamiflu (he has a scrip waiting for him so we'll just share).  We've both had doses of Tamiflu this morning, and I have to say I'm grateful for it.  My fever was up to 103 yesterday and today I'm about 99.6.  I'm still rather weak and lightheaded but that could be due in part to the fact I've not had much in the way of food for the past two days...

Lil's birthday is tomorrow and I don't know if I'm going to be up to making dinner and pie.  I'm so sad for her.  :o(  And, our Christmas plans have changed since Mom doesn't want to come and be exposed--I don't blame her. 

Nana is making us soup for dinner and picking up the girls' and B's Tamiflu and that's about all she can do since she and Dad have to help out GG and Bill and they certainly can't can't afford to get this.  This is NASTY.  :o( 

Christmas cards still haven't gone out and I haven't gotten teacher gifts and still need to get a couple more family gifts.  And, well, it's not going to happen.  I just have to let it go.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Prep Continues

You know, there's never really a good time of year to get sick, but I swear, this is NOT a good time to be ill. 

I been chilled all day and have a headache, lightheadedness and a cough.  I thought the chills were from my cool house (we keep it at 67 during the day in the winter) and the head issues related to the cough.  Then, I took my temperature.  I'm sitting at about 100.2.  Oh boy.  I'm one of those folks who are generally in the 97 range for "normal", so this is, in fact, a fever. 


Because I don't need to make dinner and get cards in the mail (and finished, if I'm honest) and snowflakes starched and blocked and gifts wrapped and gifts purchased and and and...

Or, I can do as is apparently intended, and sit down and sit still and just be. 

So I will. 

I'll enjoy the lovely tree.

And the brown paper packages tied up in string (and ribbon).

And, I had Lil light the candles because I needed their warm glow.

And, really, just bask in this delightful little environment I've created for my family and me. :o)

In other news, I had to quickly starch and block a snowflake for Mrs. O yesterday, as it was Bean's last day before her break.  I used hairspray!  And, it worked

I'm still in love with my little Jesse Tree ornaments I made last year. :o)

Yesterday was the Angel Gabriel. 

Dessert is always so much fun this time of year.  :o)

There's something so enjoyable about opening each tin to discover what is inside. 

Bean watched the video Santa sent for her.  It was personalized and everything (you too can do this right here). 

A cardinal and a woodpecker were visiting the feeder today.  I love my birdies!

I love my Bean and her fashion sense.  I've informed her sandals are for spring and summer only.  :oS

Holly wedged her way in next to B as he did his homework. 

His masters work is going well, I'm just so ready for him to be done.  He's working on his research proposal this course, and so far he's knocking it out of the park, which is a relief. 

Little Finn-dog.  I wonder what he saw...probably a squirrel.  Look at those ears. :oP

Robin sent me this for my birthday.  If you're familiar with the Price's Fork area of Virginia, you'll recognize this building.  :o)  It made me a bit verklempt. 

And, finally, more lovely holiday decorations from CW. 

*****ELF WATCH 2014*****

Those rascally elves!  One night they're so helpful, retrieving ornaments, and the next night...

Getting into packages full of pressies I've not yet put under the tree.  Seriously, Fisbee??

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sparklies From the Week Past

Boy howdy are the days busy right now.  I know y'all have no clue what I'm talking about. :oP

Because I missed posting a couple of days last week, here's a photographic romp through what we did.

First up, I finally got a Christmas wreath made for the front door. :o)

Wednesday I was classroom helper at Co-op.

They decorated "gingerbread men".  I think they look like Homer Simpson cookies, quite frankly.  :oP

The sunset was stunning that night. :o)

We have the Jesse tree up and at work and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  I'm still beyond chuffed with the ornaments.

 I began wrapping gifts and Georgie helped.  My boys don't play in paper bags, but they sure do love a good box. :o)

Thursday, Bean and I took a trip to Michael's in search of birthday and Christmas presents for Bitty from her.  We came home and she sat and worked puzzles for over an hour.

I also picked up a new ornament for Hannah's tree at Michael's. 

Friday, the third graders at Lil's school went to see "The Nutcracker" and Lil got all dolled up.

And after Jori commented upon how big my boys are, I had to snap another photo of my big boys.  They're HUGE.

While Bean was at school, four of us got together at church to work on plating up goodies for our food pantry recipients. 

It was decided we would have a special "Christmas Market" for our recipients and C lobbied for them to include baked goods, because, what says "love" at Christmas more than homemade goodies?  They were afraid they wouldn't get enough donations but C persisted and I know I contributed seven dozen cookies alone.  We were overwhelmed with donations, and the four of us set about plating up a dozen nummies on each plate, bagging them, and making them festive.  I believe we had 95 plates...?  However many it was, the love was evident in the number of donations we received. :o)

Yesterday Dani arrived and we made two rolls of fondant, a batch of mounds candy and trash.  We also dipped all candies that needed it.

And, Beanie helped.


So did Georgie.  He's been a busy boy lately.  ;o)
Jori made this for me and I've been wearing it nonstop.  Isn't it fun?

And, I'll end with CW holiday photos.

I would like to finish making cards and get them in the mail, and I need to starch and block snowflakes to give as gifts.  We're going to try to go to Lewis Ginter tonight and There are a few chores I need to get done.  I'm thoroughly enjoying the season, but wouldn't mind a nap...

*****ELF WATCH 2014*****
Racing on the slot cars.

Trying to repair a broken wing.

Pulverizing some m&ms.  Before I even had a chance to use the mortar and pestle.  Hmpf.

For you, Sarah!

By request, here's the Java Shortbread recipe, courtesy Southern Living:

1 cup butter, softened
2 t instant coffee
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 cups flour

Beat butter and coffee grounds at medium speed until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Stir in flour.

Shape dough into 3" logs, place on ungreased beaking sheet.

Bake at 350 for 8 minutes or until lightly browned.  Transfer to wire racks to cool.

**Rachael's notes

1.  I don't stir in the flour, I just let the Kitchen Aid do all the work, mixing until it forms a ball of dough.
2.  I don't form "logs".  Instead, I press it to about 1/2" thick and cut it.  I've made rectangles and cut using cookie cutters--whatever floats your boat.
3.  It takes about 12 minutes in my oven.  So, if it takes MUCH longer than the recommended 8 minutes, all's well. 
4.  This is SUCH a quick, easy, and tasty recipe.  :o) 

That's it! Enjoy! :o)