It was a quiet Christmas. With the sound of the birds outside and the pupsters snoring as they slept. 

The drip-drip of the water in the sink to keep the pipes from freezing in this dismal cold weather. 

And of course the sound of me wheezing as I breathe through my mouth because I can’t breathe out of my nose. 

Lawsy, I’m tired of being sick. 

My daughter brought me my holiday meal. She’s sweet that way.

However I’m enjoying my house plants in this dreary cold weather. The sight of them always perks me up.

I want so much to get busy and do something. But my body is not complying. 

I’m tired, congested, my throat hurts, my head hurts, my chest hurts, and I sneeze a lot. My nose burns and my head feels like it’s been mummified.

This too shall pass, I keep telling myself. 

I’m reading this book right now.

It is the second book in a series. The first was Stillhouse Lake, which I read on my Kindle last summer. 

If you like fast-paced thrillers, you might want to check out these two books. 

I read Most Wanted in two days over the weekend. Lisa Scottoline rarely disappoints.

I keep thinking I’m going to get up off the couch and do a little something. 

But aside from keeping the dishes washed, getting in a shower a day, and taking care of Abi and Charlie, I just don’t have anything left over right now..

I sit and stare out the front window where sparrows fly in and out of the bushes. 

The water in their bird bath is frozen solid, but I don’t have the energy to go outside and tend to it.

A sweet reader was kind enough to send me a Christmas care package. 

Included was a book light, and she even included a package of batteries for it, which was very sweet of her to do. Three decorating magazines. A pretty notebook with birds on it. 

As well as candy canes. Which are nice for my sore throat. Thank you, Pam! Your kindness is much appreciated.

I drink a lot of water and apple juice to stay hydrated. 

I gaze out the patio door at the plants in hibernation. The wind is barely blowing, I know, as the tree branches are scarcely moving. 

That is a gift in itself. Don’t think I could take high wind on top of bitter cold right now. 

I hate feeling so dull-headed and stopped up and my chest is sure weary of the deep wracking cough. 

Think I’ll thumb through a garden catalog and dream of spring on the patio.

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  1. Oh Brenda, it's no fun being sick. And it seems to take much longer to get over this stuff that's going around. Rest, read, recover. Please don't feel guilty. Your body deserves the occasional break. (I had to laugh about Charley with the chew bone. My dogs give me cause to smile every day.)

  2. Hi Brenda! I haven't checked in with you in a while and wanted to wish you and the pupsters a Merry Christmas. I was sorry to hear you're not up to snuff and hope you feel better soon. Maybe your nasty weather is nature's way of asking you to rest and recuperate. Take care. Hugs, Pat

  3. I'm sorry that you aren't feeling well. My husband has started with the sniffles, and nasal congestion. I've become OCD with hand washing trying to avoid catching what he has, to the point where my hands are starting to get crispy. As I write this I am running the vaporizer. It really helps my sinuses and dry mouth and eyes that I get this time of year. I find that Vicks on my chest when I have a cold helps me. I always stock up on a couple of jars of it before winter hits. Once the flu is here, it seems to sell out.

    The high here today was twelve degrees, expected down to 4 degrees tonight. There were enough snow flurries today to leave surfaces that are too slick for me and my dorky knees to be able to safely walk on.

    Today I even had to keep the picture window curtains closed to keep some of the heat in. I'm starting to get cabin fever, and it's only been a couple of days of this weather. Here, near St Louis, the past couple of winters were real mild. It was great. Not this one though. We are off to a roaring start.

    I hope you will start feeling better soon. I always think of the saying, "This too shall pass", I then think, "but isn't there some way to just hurry things along already." Patience is often not one of my strong points.

    Take care.

  4. Oh Brenda, I am sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I hope it passes quickly and that sweet dreams of your summer garden warm you up!!

  5. I too am really tired today and have not gotten much of anything done, other than reading–and I don't have a cold/flu like it sounds as you do–so don't fret–you have company in the tireness dept. love all the plant photos–plants are always sootheing–
    enjoy the moments reading and lovin on the pupsters–di

  6. Yes my sister swears the alka Selzer helps her colds and stuffy nose.
    Talking about your bird bath water, I finally bought a heat element for my bird bath so they can have water, its been wonderful

    Hope you feel better soon, have you tried a hot tottie? hot tea, whiskey , teaspoon sugar lemon

    1. Yes, I swear by a hot tottie…..hubby and I went to package store and got those little bottles of whiskey with honey………we have the flu… head stuffiness but chest congestion. Even had flu shots….. It has helped but keeps us up at night. Have to take it earlier in the day……..cause rest helps us. Propped up anyway…….Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…gloria g. in Wellborn, FL

  7. I'm so sorry you are still sick Brenda. Didn't you say you have asthma? You have to be careful as that can get out of hand quickly. Do you have an inhaler or any medication for it?

    Enjoy Abi and Charlie and your great collection of books. I've enjoyed your reviews!

    Healing hugs!

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