Too Many Don’t End This Way

person-taking-pill-3873187
Photo by Polina Tankilevitch from Pexels

She was sick.  She had let her guard down and just ran into the store for a gallon of milk.  And now she was one of the statistics on the news every night. An infected person with Covid19.  She wanted to hit herself for the stupidity of going without a mask that one day for 10 minutes.  But now she sat and shivered with fever and drew short shallow breaths.

She however was not giving up or giving in.  She had followed all of the CDC guidelines and was still cleaning the house as best she could, being short of breath (and the chemical smell from the cleaners was not helping either).  She had not gone to the doctor but called the covid hotline and was a presumptive case.  She was drinking lots of fluids and trying to rest.  She faced this with all the fortitude she had left.

Three weeks later she was finally taken off the ventilator and it looked like she would be able to return home some day soon.

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – fortitude

Happy and Grateful – Day 334

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

Another month is ending… where did the time go?  I know the last few days are all a blur due to this cold/flu.  I think the fever is officially gone (and let’s hope it stays that way) now and I feel a little more clear minded.  I am still running behind in my posts… hope you all will forgive me.  Once again I will hope to post again tonight to catch up.  And I am reading your posts as fast as I can.

We are here for happiness and gratitude though.  And there has not been much going on in my life during this cold, but I did take a little time when I was awake to do something I remember as a kid.  Whenever we were sick we would read comics and play games if we were up to it.  So I did a few games of spider solitaire yesterday and that made me happy.  Nothing much special, but when you are sick sometimes the little things make a difference.

My gratitude has to go to my boyfriend during all this cold.  He is still getting over his with his cough hanging on and has had to put up with me being out of it.  One of these days we will be closer to healthy again.

Ok… back to reading posts for me or I may just take a nap.  In the meantime, remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude every day.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 331 and 332

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

I think I am back to the land of the living… been sick the last couple of days and sleeping a lot.  Let’s see if I can catch up a little more today.  At least with writing posts… I am getting there on reading.

Day 331

This was our late Thanksgiving.  I could feel the cold coming on but you know the show must go on.  It was a memorable day, one unlike any other I have been a part of.  Got up and put the turkey in the oven and slowly gathered together all the trimmings to be cooked as well – mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, green been casserole, corn, rolls, stuffing and cranberry salad.  Enough food for an army.

After all hustle and timing was executed to get things done at the same time… I put the yams in the oven with the marshmallows on top to brown and waited.  …and waited.   … and waited.  Finally I thought they were almost ready and my boyfriend went to carve the turkey… it was not fully cooked.  We then discovered the oven was not heating up fully.  So we microwaved the turkey to finish cooking what we were going to eat and put the bird back in the oven.

All in all the turkey probably took twice as long to fully cook. By the time it was done I was coughing and starting to feel feverish.  So after my daughter went home I took some medicine and sat down finally.  Since then all I have done is cough and sleep.  We did have the maintenance crew look at the oven.  The element was broken and it took maybe 5 minutes to fix.  Not that we will need the oven anytime soon with all the leftovers we have now.  But we were together, could laugh about the troubles of the day and had a delicious meal still.

So to get where I need to go with this, instead of just babbling about the day…. my happy moment was being together with family.  I was grateful to have a back-up to finish cooking the turkey in the microwave.  Can’t imagine what we would have done without that.

Day 332

I slept.  I slept a lot.  And I was very grateful to be able to sleep most of the day away.  I did stay awake long enough to watch a movie with my boyfriend… we watched the suspense drama Split with James McAvoy.  It was really very good I thought and I was happy to stay awake long enough to watch it.

I can finally say I am actually hungry again… yesterday all I ate was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  So I am going to go take a stab at some leftovers for lunch.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 330

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day

I have a lot to write and I hope I can get through it all before I fall asleep.  First of all bear with me… I am starting to get my boyfriends cold/flu and may not get to reading all your posts right away.  I am already behind by more than a day and am not sure when I will catch up now.  BUT I do promise to read everything!

Tomorrow is going to be our late Thanksgiving (we are all at varying stages of sick too LOL) so I don’t know that I will have time or energy to get my Monochrome Monday post done.  So it may be two weeks in a row I don’t have one.  I am sure though next Monday I should be back on track.

Ok, my gratitude for the day is for all of YOU!  I just discovered that I am now at over 15,000 views for my blog… this little old thing I sit down to each day and let my babbling fingertips take over.  I am amazed that for some reason or another that many people would stop to look.  I appreciate each and every one of those views, whether they are liked or not.  It really does matter to me, so THANK YOU!

Now my happiness, let’s see.  I am sick, my boyfriend is sick, my daughter is sick, I have to cook a big meal tomorrow, money is super tight and Christmas is less than a month away now… and I am supposed to find the happy under all of that?  (sorry, but I get a little snippy when I am sick) Well, how about the fact that we know who we are buying Christmas gifts for now.  In both my family and my boyfriends we drew names to find out who we buy for.  And aside from one person, all the others are pretty easy to shop for.  But my sister’s boyfriend never gives any hint about what he wants ever and is one who will just go out and get something if he wants it… not leaving much for gift giving ideas.

Ok I have babbled on long enough.  I think I got done all I set out to do with this blog tonight.  Time to use my inhaler and try to breathe a little easier so I can sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 117

We have reached the month of April and I am still on course to post daily with my happiness and gratitude I have found.  Please join in if you feel like doing this too by sharing in the comments or on your own blog.  There is so much to be happy and grateful for.

Well the forecast for today kind of fell apart… well it was too little sun, too late.  When I was out and hoping to hit the park it was still grey and gloomy and barely 40°F.  So I didn’t get my trip to the park but by about 5 pm the sun started to shine and it did warm up a little bit, but not much.

My sinuses were a little more bothersome today, but with allergy season upon us I fight that right along with the cold.  I heard back from one of my friends I emailed and got a short text from a friend.  Sometimes it is just nice to know there are others out there that might be thinking of you… or maybe that is just me.

So today was another pretty calm day.  I did however fix a problem on my Dad’s computer so that is taken care of.  I am happy I got that done.  I am grateful for the friends who “talked” to me today in text and email.  Helps to not feel quite so alone during the day.  Now it is time for a glass of orange juice and some sleep.  Good night all!

Happy and Grateful – Day 116

We have reached the month of April and I am still on course to post daily with my happiness and gratitude I have found.  Please join in if you feel like doing this too by sharing in the comments or on your own blog.  There is so much to be happy and grateful for.

Good news it that I am getting better… bad news is I am losing my voice now.  It is a pretty common occurrence for me when I have a cold for the cold to leave and try to take my voice with it.  My daughter constantly makes fun of me for it.  With any luck I will only be squeaky for a couple of days.

It was another day of recovery.  I did a little light cleaning in the kitchen and that was it for the day.  I did run over to my Dad’s to get him dinner and had a nice time visiting with him.  We shared some Turtle pie for dessert – yummy!  And I guess I did some more cleaning out of my inbox.  Most of it was sale ads I don’t have the money for.  I am still hoping to hear back from a couple of friends I emailed, but nothing so far.

Well to get to the point of my babbling fingertips tonight… I am happy I was able to be a little more productive today.  I am grateful for the pretty descent day out (temps are going to fall tonight into the 30’s) so I was able to still have the windows open for a while today and hear the birds sing.  Tomorrow might require a sweatshirt, but I HOPE to carve out a small chunk of the day to head to the park.

My medicine and numerous typos (I hope I caught them all) are telling me it is time for sleep.  I hope you all felt happy and grateful for something today!

Happy and Grateful – Day 115

We have reached the month of April and I am still on course to post daily with my happiness and gratitude I have found.  Please join in if you feel like doing this too by sharing in the comments or on your own blog.  There is so much to be happy and grateful for.

Well it was a little better today, not as many sneezes but the cough is getting deeper.  I slept really pretty well last night for a change and I know that is bound to help.  I hate being sick!

Aside from being sick… I did have to take my Dad to the clinic for a blood draw.  He was feeling a bit under the weather too still.  So we were quite the pair today.  Luckily it was just the blood work and then I picked up some prescriptions and went home.

I did take a little time to look through a touch of my mounting email I have neglected while I’ve been sick, so I did accomplish something today.  I am happy I can breathe a little easier today.  I am grateful I got a little bit done to match my energy level.  Now if I can get more good sleep tonight maybe I can have an even better day tomorrow.

*And a quick note… as I have been sick (and I just plain forgot yesterday) I will be skipping my Monochrome Monday post this week.  Sorry!

Day 25 – 100 Days of Happiness

A fourth of the way through this challenge I got to put on my Mom hat.  It is a hat I dearly love to wear.  And since my daughter is on her own it is rare that I get to wear the hat like I used to.  But today my daughter asked me to.

My daughter is sick.  Nothing major just the common cold, but it is one of the few times she wants her mom still.  She called asking if we had any chicken noodle soup in our pantry that I could bring to her.  A well prepared mom I jumped into action and pulled two cans from the shelves and set off to make a delivery.

She is actually on the tail end of the cold.  Her fever seems to have broken and she and I found a couple of things to laugh about as we sipped some tea and waited for the soup to warm.  I certainly don’t want my daughter to be sick, but am glad to still be needed at times.

Time to restock the pantry to be ready the next time… it is almost a perfect record of her getting sick every year around Christmas time since she was little so there will be more need I am sure.  I will set my hat back on the shelf for now and embrace the feeling of love and being needed while it is still fresh.  I love being a mom.