I still have a cold.

I think this must be the cold from hell, brought on by the unbelievably inconsistent weather here – unseasonably mild, then sub-zero wind chills, then up into the 30s, then down to the teens, then up to nearly 60 degrees, then a plummet to the 20s. No wonder my head is a mess.


I’ve done all the home remedies – sick tea, my new favorite sick soup. Nothing is working so far – unless it’s all keeping it from getting worse, which I suppose can be Thankful #1 this week. How’s that for a silver lining?

Spring can come any time.

In the meantime, I’m late to the thankful party this week (thank goodness it’s a full-weekend link-up). I’ve got a hot cup of the Hub’s coffee (in the Hub’s mug…shh…don’t tell him) and a big box of tissues at the ready. Let’s get started.

I’m thankful for my Uncle D. and Aunt D. this week. Uncle D. came over and gave our clothes dryer a little love and maintenance which kept us from needing to call a pricey repairman. Aunt D. made weighted lap pillows.for Zilla to use in school and at home. Using these seem to help Zilla maintain her focus and reduce fidgeting.

20160110_222211[1]By the end of the weekend, all of the Christmas decorations will be put away and stored for another year. I wanted this job done a week ago, but the dryer repair and nine other things kept that from happening. While it has made me a bit cranky to be behind, I decided to get over it and deal. See? Calm.

I am thankful for special moments like watching the sky for beautiful clouds and sunsets with the Hub and Zilla. And this week I got a cool moment of my own – I saw a falcon in flight, then land on a utility pole and hang out for a bit so I could watch him. Sadly, the photo I grabbed is no good. But the in-real experience was awesome. I don’t think I’ve seen a falcon that close before!

Writing. All the Writing. I’ve been doing more of it lately. Some has hit the blog, some is for other purposes or future posts. But the juices are flowing a bit again and that’s a very good thing.

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I pulled a very late night to finish a job last night (way too old for that) and I was very thankful that the Hub and Kidzilla got up this morning, took care of business, and let me sleep a bit. They had breakfast together and got to swim lessons on their own with no trouble. The Rottens helped by guarding me while I slept. All three of them.

I am thankful for Christina and Katie and Elena for helping me get more engaged and figure out the social media world which I hope will eventually help my blog. There are so many people I’m thankful for, really, that I know I’d miss someone. But these ladies have been of particular help to me this week.

I did some cleaning and cooking and figured out a pretty decent dinner considering that we are at Old Mother Hubbard stage in the kitchen. I’m always glad when I can make a decent meal from what appears to be nothing. And I’m definitely thankful for sobering realization that even our “nothing” in the kitchen is a lot more than some people have in theirs.

Three-day weekend so Zilla and the Hub are home on Monday. Yay. The three day weekends we have in January and February definitely help break up the winter monotony. Spring can’t be too far away.



Your turn: What are you thankful for this week? What’s your favorite home remedy?  Are you ready for spring or do you enjoy winter? 

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Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

16 thoughts on “TToT – The Never-Ending Cold

  1. Ten. BOOM! And busy, busy, busy with it! Well done you for keeping going in spite of your cold. I hate colds. I hate having to keep going. I know you’re still going to be SUPER busy this week but I wish for you to have at least a few solid sleeps which help you to recover and shake that cold.


    1. The worst part is that it’s not even a real cold. It’s like a half cold. Constant congestion but neither fully sick nor fully well. Mostly annoying.
      Why am I going to be super busy? OH NO – I just realized I COMPLETELY AM going to be busy. EEP! Kinda scared. Hold me.

  2. Sorry your cold seems to be hanging on, but yay for three-day weekends, help navigating the technology side of blogging, and for all the writing you’re doing again.
    I wish I were steadily improving on the tech part, for my blogging’s sake, but I am woefully slow on all that sort of stuff.
    Hope you start to feel less congested soon.

  3. Good for you to find the silver lining – happiness is a choice, and gratitude helps us choose it. I hope you feel better soon, and I’m glad you’ve been able to spend more time writing. I need to make it a priority, so thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I hate the cold with a passion. In fact – just between me and you – I’m one of those grumpy types who can’t even appreciate the aesthetic beauty of the snow covered outdoors from the comfort of my home. I look out at all that perfect celestial whiteness and growl. I see only coldness and dampness, taunting me.

    But anyway, I hope your cold passes. I find it so wearying to have a cold beyond a week. By day 8 I become very bad company indeed. I’ll be hoping the sunshine intervenes early in your part of the world and remains to offer you respite.

    1. I’m right with you on that, Micah – even the beauty of the snow-covered world doesn’t really do it for me. I try to, though. I really do.
      I’m sure the cold has to get better at some point – can’t hang on to this germ forever. Can I?
      Here’s to sunshine!
      And so good to see you here again, Micah!

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