Friday, November 02, 2012


If you get sick enough there is no wondering, like before--is this just a fibro flare...allergies?  All doubt is erased.
Monday's scratchy sore throat progressed to Tuesday's "hurts-to-swallow".  By Wednesday sleep has become a priceless treasure because the "dare you to lay down" barking cough and endless nose faucet joined the party.  Pills, liquids, drops and sprays can but briefly curtail the ferocity of these happily multiplying germs. 
Karma knows things are not right with her human vending machine, pooper scooper.  This time when I got out my camera while she was sun-dozing by her tipped toybox...   
 ...she pretended not to hear the camera winding to attention...
...but her ears gave her away.  She pawed...
...rolled her head... 
...and sniffed her assortment of toys and trash.  Yes.  Just like a toddler--the packaging, netting, paper, and rags are her favorite toys.
Karma felt sorry for me and decided to charm... 
...and pose... 
...and rub her head against said toys... 
...with her prayerful, squirrel feet. 
She checks to see if I am smiling. 
I was.
The only thing I got done all week was back on Monday while I still had just a scratchy throat.  The European tablets and paper is sized differently.  I needed some wider I cut and folded a few from some pretty 12 X 12 inch paper.  That was it for me...and will be for some time, I'm afraid.
Meanwhile...the mystery building progresses.  Well, I assume.  For all the vehicles, activity and hubbub over there I don't see much change to the naked, unschooled-to-construction eye. 
But I did notice they were laying a long yellow something or other over on my side of that road yesterday.  
Glad other people are still functional.  ;)
Today is the very first National Fountain Pen Day
It is also Dagan's 38th birthday.  
Happy birthday to my miracle boy!!
Words fail me.
As miserable as I am...missing my recliner right now so badly it made me cry because I am so tired and can't sleep lying down...I am thankful that I have electricity and am sick here within my own four walls.  Prayers to those on the east coast who are not so fortunate as I.
"I can choose to be grateful when I am criticized, even when my heart still responds in bitterness.  I can choose to speak about goodness and beauty, even when my inner eye still looks for someone to accuse or something to call ugly."
Henri Nouwen


  1. It's just awful to be sick, Rita. I am hoping you are on the back side of the illness and will be recovering soon. I love your Karma pictures. Oh, and the pictures of the house in the last post as well! :-)

  2. I'm thrilled I can once again leave comments on your blog. I hope you are feeling better. I know how miserable things are when you are sick. Your description of the process had me rolling, though. Your way with words always entertains me.

    I have struggled with my arthritis this week with the barometric pressure so low, but like you, I am safe in my home and a very WARM one (both inside and out) compared to yours.

    You asked how old Bleubeard is, and although it has taken me FOREVER to leave a reply, he was NINE on Oct. 28. I look forward to the BIG ONE-OH next year. Thanks for asking.

  3. Oh Rita - I hope you get better soon! That kind of can't lay down sick is awful because you get tired AND sick. And then sick and tired! Healthy wishes send your way.

    My area missed the worst of Sandy - we were braced. I took down yard art. And we were missed. Am very grateful!

    Love that Karma sequence and the running commentary - perfect!

    And your end quote? I'm saving it for me and sharing it on fb because it is awesome! Thank you!

  4. (gentle hugs) I dont know what to say as pretty much anything I do say really wont make you feel better but I am thinking of you! I do wish you to be well FAST and thankful that you have Karma to make you smile. You hang in there ya hear! OH and no clue what the yellow thingie is either.. wire tube puller thing maybe? *shrug* who knows.. wait! hmmm maybe we dont want to as could be some secret message passing thing for ... never mind lol just being a dork now lol. Hope you smile today a lot! (hugs) =0)

  5. i am sorry you're feeling so unwell! pet that sweet karma for me for helping entertain you. :)

  6. So sorry to hear you are ill. Karma looks like very good company. Feel better soon.


  7. FEEL BETTER SOON--I know how it is when you're sick of being sick! Loved the Karma photo series!!

  8. I hope you feel better soon! Karma is quite the charmer!

  9. Leave it to you to keep your sense of humor and excellent writing style when you describe illness. I hope you are much better soon. I wish I could take care of you and fix soup for you. Karma is quite the model.


  10. It's nice to hear that your grateful for what you do have, even though you are sick. Hope you feel better soon! Karma, looks very happy indeed! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  11. Happy birthday to Dagan! Wishing him a wonderful year ahead and a great day! So sorry Rita you got sick! It does sound like nasty bugs that invaded your body, but I do have to say Karma sure knew how to pose and put on a good show for you and the camera! Hope you feel better soon!


  12. (((Hugs))) I'm so sorry that you are so sick and not doing too well. I feel so bad for you. I do hope you manage to get some sleep and I pray you feel better very soon.

    Happy Birthday to Dagan!!! A miracle boy indeed. I hope he has a great day!

    Sending lots of healing vibes your way, dear friend. I'm glad you have Karma to keep you company and cheer you up.

    Love and hugs,
    Serena xo

  13. I sure hope you feel better soon. It's no fun being sick. It looks like Karma is trying to help keep you smiling, tho. (and taking pictures) :)

    Happy birthday to Dagan. I hope he enjoyed his special day. Kids grow up fast, don't they. My daughter will be 34 next month.

    We were bracing for Sandy but we were very fortunate here. We were without power for 14 hours, so we had some spoiled food in the refrigerator, but that was it. I see the images from areas to my east, and of places I have visited before, and it makes my heart cry. These people need a lot of help, but it's coming very slow for so many. Weather forecasters say we might have a Nor'easter heading our way...hitting us next Wednesday into Thursday with 6 to 12 inches of snow. I pray it doesn't materialize. I would hate to think what might happen to people along the coast if another storm would hit so soon.

    Have a good weekend and feel better soon.

  14. Dear Rita, you're miserable aren't you? I'm so sorry that you've been imprisoned by what sounds like a truly awful fall cold. The one thing I do know about you is that you have learned to listen to your body and to take care of yourself . . . and Karma.

    I can just see you smiling to yourself as you tell us that today is National Pen Day! You delight in that--"You Pen-ner You!" Peace.

  15. How are you now Ms Rita? I hope your throat is much better! Take care!

  16. I'm so sorry you have been so terribly sick. Animals always know when we are down for the count, don't they. Hopefully you are feeling a little better day by day now.

  17. sorry that you are not feeling well Rita. I hope you get better soon. I guess your quote expressed your attitude today? Well done, but not easy when one is unwell - Dave

  18. Wishing you a speedy recovery and how photogenic is that cat?
    Take care of yourself to get better soonest.

  19. Rita, take it easy! Get Karma to do the dishes and housework...
    That paper is just so pretty, and the house is steaming along!

  20. oh no...i missed this...i could've sworn i was here on the weekend, but i guess not! oh well, better late then never!

    LOVE your karma pic's!!
    happy Bday to Dagan!!
    so sorry you're not feeling well...that sucks. i'm sure everyone is giving you their i'll give u mine. ha. i always brew some (fresh) ginger tea...add some lemon & honey. works wonders!!

    OK, so missed National Fountain Pen day!! wow!! never heard of it!! every day could be national fountain pen day as far as i'm concerned! LOVE those pens!!

    feel better rita...take care of yourself...let karma wait on YOU for a change!! =)


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