Thursday, December 22, 2011


Nasty colds are common levelers. They don't care how rich or righteous you are. If they gets a toe hold on your body, you are toast.


You learn to absolutely appreciate even mediocre health.

Exercise doesn't have to be put on the back burner. Just holding up that 40 pound head is great for the neck muscles and racking coughs are as effective a massive number of sit ups for the stomach muscles. I think I have developed an ab. Would that be a one pack?

Loss of appetite makes weight loss a snap. Most of us can use that. I dropped 4 pounds. Yipee. 

You can feel sorry for yourself with no guilt.  

If you have obligations you wish to duck, hey, it's the perfect excuse. I got to put off my dentist appointment.

You no longer feel any obligation to be sweet or likable. Snarling is accepted and feels pretty darn good.

House cleaning can wait till when ever. You are excused.

You can actually smell the milk is sour before tasting it. 

People recognize your voice on the phone.

Your cough begins to sound fake.

You start accepting invitations.

A sudden urge to clean house hits.
So I am all better and ready for the holidays. I hope you too are ready for a healthy,  safe, carefree, entertaining, fulfilling, stress-free, warm and loving time. Enjoy the many hugs and if some of the huggees are far away, send yours to them electronically. Those are almost as enjoyable and carry no germs.


 Below is for all dog owners who have been there--- compliments of Google images.


  1. So glad to read you are well', my dear...This is such a funny postr---Your descriptiom of everything made me laugh...!
    Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas, my dear...! Have a Joyous time!

  2. Ha ha, well I'm glad you can smell the sour milk now!

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too, full of love and laughter and not too many fake coughs!

  3. Glad you're feeling better.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas..

  4. We must have been snarly together and never knew it! That virus must be the same one up here in Ohio, got the best of me all last week! Like you the now fake sounding cough gave my abs a real workout!

    Happy Holidays to you too, Patti!

  5. Feeling better...what a great gift is that.
    Merry Christmas and all the best of the holday season.

  6. I'm glad you like my sheep photo, I was delighted to get a close up photo but didn't realise he was smiling at me!

    You are welcome to use the photo wherever you like!

  7. Sounds miserable. Too bad it's so true. Brings back some all too familiar memories. I'm hoping to escape them this season. Nice that you are able to have a sense of humor about it now.

  8. So glad you will not be miserable for the holiday.

    Ditto that on anything. I use a lot of those with my heart condition which tires me easily. Laundry is now split over two days-one weekly hamper for two people-YUP! Canned soup every meal. HA HA

    With asthma, COPD/chronic bronchitis, I bark all the time. Just another Christmas carol.

    Our Christmas seemingly has proceded as planned. All is left is a service Christmas AM and warming up one of Harp"s precooked dinner to share with others. Serves 8-12-far more than we need.

    Merry Christmas to you and all your 4-legged friends from us and Luckie who is getting toy and a box of treats. I know which she will like the best, grub hound that she is!

  9. Glad you are better! It's pretty miserable having a cold, and you described it well. And I also love that cartoon! :-)

  10. Popping over here to wish you and your loyal readers a fantastic Holiday week.May you days be filled with laughter, lively music of the season, and cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  11. A one pack--you always make me laugh. Glad you're feeling better in time for the holidays. Sometimes we just need the downtime and the chance to baby ourselves.

    Merry Christmas!

  12. Glad you are feeling better now! Last night I thought I was coming down with a cold and nearly freaked. Kids start coming tomorrow.

    Stay well and Merry Christmas! and if I don't get back, Happy New Year1

  13. Yeah, your feeling better!
    Heavy frost this morning, no snow* in the forcast*** sigh...
    Gus & I are Wishing you have a Christmas filled with Wonder.

  14. Your line about a fake cough made me laugh out loud. Thank you for that! A very Merry Christmas to you, Patti.

  15. So true! Amazing how not feeling bad feels so good.

    Merry Christmas!

  16. So glad you're feeling better, Patti, and are ready to enjoy the holidays! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  17. As ever a fantastic post ...made me grin as I read it....loved your list of how you know you are getting better ...I can tick a couple now.
    Balance is almost back to normal ...chest still rough ...I do have a an anomoly with my heart beat pattern but they assure me there is nothing to worry about but I may hear from a consultant!!! and to cheer me up,just before Xmas with a house groaning with goodies ...I am DIABETIC. They think I may have been for a while as i missed a couple of checkups ...and I was roundly told off I may on the whole ignore it until after Xmas ...after all what another couple of days. Have a wonderful Christmas ...Loads of love xx

  18. So pleased that you have managed to get well in time for Christmas. Wishing you and the Mighty One a very Happy Christmas and New Year. I had a good laugh (still chuckling) at the cartoon! P L NS & G xx

  19. How am I supposed to know when I'm recovering? I have NEVER had a sudden urge to clean the house!

  20. Just in time for a good laugh when I can actually laugh without coughing. The "whatever the heck this thing is" is also in Arizona. Even all this sunshine doesn't keep these nasty germs at bay.Thanks for the chuckles and the positive reinforcement.
    Merry Christmas!

  21. Developin' an ab huh??? Girl ya are just to funny!!!

    I'm so glad your feelin' better ya almost make havin' a cold sound fun....but I'll pass anyway.

    God bless and have yourself a very beautiful Christmas surrounded by those you hold near and dear! :o)


  22. OOLOH
    Thanks Naomi, glad you got a chuckle. Wishing you only the best this wonderful season.

    LLCool Joe,
    That milk thing was a real and unfun experience.
    Thanks for letting me use that adorable picture. I will only use it for my own entertainment.

    Thank you and right back at ya.

    Oh, I am so sorry you entertained the same nasty stuff. We could have snarled at each other had we known. Hope that fake cough is gone soon.

    It really feels great and I wish you and yours the same.

    Keep dodging that bullet, it smarts.

    Hope you are breathing easier, I know that "bark." Hope you, hubby and Luckie have a wonderful holiday.

    Thanks and glad you liked it. It tickled me as I have to keep the toilet lid down to deter my cat.

    Linda Crim,
    Thank you so much and am wishing the very same for you and yours.

    RV Vagabonds,
    Thanks so much. I guess a one pack is better than a no pack.

    Amber Star,
    Oh boy, I hope you dodged the bullet. No time for that when you have family coming.

    Thanks, Mighty sends greetings to Gus. Sorry about no snow. We are iffy here also.

    It does sound fake when it gets dry doesn't it?
    Wishing you and Roger only the best this Christmas and coming year.

    Couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks.

    Dr. Kathy McCoy,
    Thanks so much and hoping the same for you and yours.

    Goodness child, you have been saddled with a heavy load. Guess it is good you found out about Diabetes, know about the heart and hopefully, you can put that nasty cold behind you. Still it seems like a poopy time of year for all of this. May 2012 be a piece of cake, sugar free that is.

    Thanks. Glad you liked it, it sure tickled me. Merry Christmas to the whole Gregory clan.

    Now that is really funny and an excellent point. I have kind of lost my zeal--it is only temporary.

    Calamity Janet
    Oh dear, I know where you are coming from . Laughing or even a deep breath can trigger the racking. Sorry to hear Arizona is not immune.

    Can't interest you huh?? Oh well. This is my first ab so I am a little excited.
    Thank you and wishing all yours the very same.

  23. Glad you are finally feeling like yourself. After my surgery, my one wish was that one day I would wake up in the morning and feel GOOD.... I finally got to that ---and that was the best feeling in the entire world....

    Merry Christmas.

  24. Oh my gosh, it certainly is a great equalizer AND reminds a person we aren't in control at all...UGH! I do hope you get better and stay better; may that be the last cold you get this winter!

  25. I'm glad to know that you are better, Patti and I hope you stay that way for quite a while!! Merry Christmas!

  26. Cold s are nasty and they come at bad times. Hope you are okay. Lately you seem to be having some rough spots.
    Many thanks for coming by my post and showing your care. Hubby's on the mend.
    May you have a nice holiday.

  27. Ha! Great cartoon. Glad you are feeling better and hope you stay well for a long time to come. I have not *knocks desk top* had a cold in years. Being male increases the misery 10 fold, so I avoid getting sick as much as I can.

  28. Wonderful post. I liked it very much specially the cartoon.
    Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.
    You are welcome at my new posts-

  29. Oh my Patti for a minute there I thought OH NO she is sick again.
    Thank goodness your well and can smell the sour milk again. hahaha
    Just had to come by and wish you a very Merry Christmas.
    Love ya

  30. Betsy,
    So glad you have made it to "good". Sometimes it seems like forever to get there. What a nice Christmas present for you.
    Merry Christmas to you and George.

    Thank you and so nice to hear from your. I guess you have been busy with the book tour. Hope you get home for the holidays. Merry Christmas.

    Thanks, I think that is a plan.
    Merry Christmas to you, Mr. K. and family

    Thank you and I certainly hope it is all over.
    Merry Christmas.

    Thanks, thought you would appreciate it.
    Stay clear of sick people and stay healthy.
    Merry Christmas.

    Thank you. Good to see you are posting again. I'll check it out.

    Grandma Yellow Hair,
    Thank you Maggie and lordy I sure hope it is all over. Stay well and have a wonderful Christmas. You have it coming.

  31. Glad you are feeling better. It's always good when you can spot the drinking dangers before its too late...sour milk and tell tale signs like crumb "floaters" in your ice tea when visiting the grand kids!

  32. Happy to hear you ar on the mend, and I look forward to many more tales from your side of the world. Have a good holiday however you celebrate it. Dianne

  33. Colds can be nasty at this time of year...glad yours is gone.
    Enjoy the Holidays.

  34. Smelling sour miik gave me a chuckle...what a bonus to getting well.
    I think another sign of getting well is your great sense of humor is back...or atleast able to be shared again.
    Merry Christmas

  35. ewww... being able to smell the sour milk before tasting it! I'm glad you're feeling better. Have a wonderful Christmas my dear friend!

  36. Only you sweet Patti could make having a cold seem like a good thing. You are just so funny and I so look forward to your posts. Happy, happy that you are well. Enjoy the holidays! Have a very Merry, Happy and Blessed Christmas. Big hugs for you and nose kisses for Mighty from Chancy and me

  37. So glad you are feeling well enough to smell the milk.....errrr.....roses!

    The cartoon is ALL TOO TRUE

    The merriest of days to you!

  38. So clever and gave me quite a chuckle. Happy to know you are up and at it again.

    We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and may 2012 be filled with many blessings.

  39. Deb,
    Crumb floaters?? That does not sound appetizing.
    Wishing you a happy Holiday free of Crumb floaters.

    Thanks lady and wishing you and yours a wonderful Holidays.

    Thank you and me too.
    Happy Holidays.

    Thanks GQ. A unimpaired sniffer is valuable. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Yes, ewww is so right. Thank you and back at ya.

    Thank you and Mighty sends Chancy his very best for a fun Christmas.

    Glad you could recognize the truth. They aren't very discriminating are they?
    Have a wonderful season.

    Thank you so much. Wishing you and yours the very same.

  40. I'm glad you are feeling better. I guess there are a few advantages of having a nasty cold, but I'd just as soon not find out about them.

    I want you to know that my hubby and I went and got our shingles shot two days ago. I just couldn't let it rest until we got it done after you got so sick. Thanks for reminding us to protect ourselves.

    Merry Christmas, Patti.

  41. You are such a hoot, have a relaxing holiday, so glad you are well now.

  42. I'm glad you are feeling better, Patti. A really nasty cold is nothing to sneeze at (pardon the pun.)

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  43. Glad you are all better! Sounds like you really know how to fool yourself into thinking bein' sick ain't so bad. Hey---that's a real talent!

    God bless you and have the best Christmas ever!

  44. Very glad you're getting well!

    Merry Christmas!

  45. Hey honey How are you feeling now.
    Just wanted to come by before I fall a sleep and wish you a very Merry Christmas.
    Wish you were here to spend it with us
    Stay well and take care. I am off to bed. haha

  46. Hi Patti!

    So happy that you are feeling better just in time for Christmas.

    I stopped by to visit you yesterday, but right then Cary came home and we loaded the car and drove the 2 hours to Christmas Celebration #1, so I wasn't able to finish reading your delightful post and leave a comment.

    Thank you so much for your visits, and I hope that you are having a wonderful Christmas weekend.

    God bless,

    Kathy M.

  47. Oh, my friend Barb K. sent me this in an email, and I thought that you would enjoy it:

    Walkin' in a Doggie Wonderland

    Dog tags ring, are you listenin'?
    In the lane, snow is glistenin'.
    It's yellow, NOT white, I've been there tonight,
    Marking up my winter wonderland.

    Smell that tree? That's my fragrance.
    It's a sign for wandering vagrants;
    "Avoid where I pee, it's MY pro-per-ty!
    Marked up as my winter wonderland."

    In the meadow dad will build a snowman,
    Following the classical design.
    Then I'll lift my leg and let it go, man,
    So all the world will know that it's

    Straight from me to the fence post,
    Flows my natural incense boast;
    "Stay off my turf, this small piece of earth,
    I marked it as my winter wonderland."

    Merry Christmas!

  48. This was delightful! As the house-cleaning urge never hit, I may be in for a relapse. Then again, I never HAD it. I'm an environmentalist and it's so handy to be able to leave notes in tabletop dusts without having to use any paper.

    You're a treasure, Patti. Glad you're better. Carry on!

    Merry Christmas!

  49. Retired English Teacher,
    Thank you so much.
    You don't know how happy it makes me that you two got the shot. It makes what I went through not quite so bad. You have saved yourselves a ton of grief.

    Linda Starr,
    Glad you enjoyed. I sure did and hope you did also.

    Pun appreciated. Thank you. I hope you get back to posting. I have missed you.

    Thanks. We do what we can to fool ourselves. Fortunately, I am pretty gullible.

    Linda Myers,
    Thanks Linda and back at ya.

    Grandma Yellow Hair,
    Thanks for the thoughts and yes, I am so much better. Hope you slept well and had a wonderful holidays.

    Oregon Gifts,
    Hope you and Gary had a wonderful holidays.
    I loved that poem and have copied it. Thanks.

    Thank you.
    Trust me, that urge is fleeting. What a wonderful use for dust. Brilliant. I love anything eco friendly.

  50. I'm so glad you recuperated, Patti. I take it you now have a very clean house. :-)