I'm certain the crazy Midwestern weather is behind my inability to shake this "nose, throat, and ear" infection... or whatever. At least I could sip a cup of hot coffee this morning without as much pain. Hubby was running errands this morning before the "ice-turning-into-rain" hits (just imagine how slushy all that snow will become).
He stopped on the way home to purchase a couple lemons for me so I can brew some tea and add a lemon-local honey mixture. Mom used to give me Kentucky whiskey mixed with honey. As with most in that generation, she always kept whiskey and brandy for medicinal purposes... I don't. Tea will have to do. Speaking of Mom, Sunday would have been her birthday. Yes, December 7th... a day that did go down in infamy.
Anyway, this "stuff" in my had has me a bit woosey. I received Mrs. Whaley's Charleston Kitchen in the mail on Saturday. It was the other item (besides the Lang Calendar) I ordered with my Amazon credit... another of those wonderful opportunities to order from a used book seller where the postage was twice as much as the cost of the book! It arrived in "brand new" condition. Just the perfect book to read when one is rather woosey and one feels like a "bear of little brain"... although that title now officially goes to Jewels, at her request.
I have been able to keep up with blogging but not e-mailing or letter writing or cooking or even doing dishes (hubby did them for me yesterday). I felt a tad better this morning so I fixed a big breakfast for Christopher as he sometimes forgets to eat lunch on Mondays when he has school, then work, then school again, then to the University libraries for more studying.
As I was rinsing breakfast dishes this morning, getting them ready for a hot and sudsey bath later, I saw little flashes of red on the white snow. Christopher had noticed them first and as I saw them this morning, great joy filled my heart. For within the large bushes at the wooden fence, exactly in a straight view from my kitchen window, is a family of cardinals.
Is there anything more beautiful than a cardinal in the snow in a world gone all grey? I have enjoyed their beauty as I did dishes each winter we've lived here.
If I am at all tempted to get down from the many limitations around me... limited health and a very limited cash flow, I can look around at God's unlimited creation. How like Him to bring a family of cardinals to nest directly in our view. How wonderful to once again see the sunset in the evening through the um... naked... trees. For all I dislike driving on snow and ice, I adore the sight of snow in the forest. Soft beauty all around.
Sigh, I need that tea with lemon and honey now. Hopefully it will help. Jean says it will and she is usually right. I will do a little reading, perhaps watch a DVD, rest up and get over this malady. I'll even take the vitamin C horse pills hubby keeps giving me (for he is correct, diabetes and infections do not mix so vitamin C is a must). Cough...
In the meantime, I must send you over to one of my favorite blogs, Warm Pie, Happy Home. One of those places that makes me want to hug the inventors of the Internet. :)
Picture: The Sledding Party by Robert Duncan, allposters.com