It’s cold/flu season

And the husband has so generously shared his contagiousness with me! Thanks, hubby.

I’ve felt like the living dead this past week, though I perked up a bit yesterday when I woke up to see six or seven inches of snow had fallen during the night. It won’t stick (it’s getting warmer this week) but it’s the pretty kind of snow that coats everything like frosting.

In the meantime, I chug NyQuil and sleep.



17 thoughts on “It’s cold/flu season

    • Thanks! Finally feeling human again, yay!

      Snow’s all gone now. Hope we have some for the holidays; the lights on the houses and downtown are much prettier with snow.

        • Oh, yes! Individual homes, and communities and cities, can get very festive. I love Chicago’s Festival of Lights:

          Chicago Festival of Lights

          Individual homes can get really crazy too. We have a local place that has a mini Christmas fairground — Ferris Wheel, roller coaster, train and track and other stuff. We go visit and gawk every year. 😀

          We’re more modest. We just have lights hanging off the roof and wrapped around the porch columns. The husband used to have a little image projector that showed pictures on the garage door, but it died (I wasn’t too sad about that…)

          • Chicago’s also a city with winter-like winters, right?
            Is it difficult to hang lights off the roof so that they won’t spill into the rooms? Or good curtains make it irrelevant?

            • Yup! Chicago is located on the southern end of Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes, so they get that lake effect.

              Google “Chicago Blizzard 2011” — lots of people probably wished they would have stayed home that day…

              The husband uses hooks and ties on small nails to keep the lights in place. The front porch lights are the kind that are supposed dangle downward anyway, so it’s just a matter of keeping them in place when there are high winds or huge snowfalls resulting in roof drifts. Lights are only up for a little over a moth — Thanksgiving through New Years — which is usually before the true winter weather hits.

              • Googled; looks very much like Moscow, all those giant snow mounds and cars stuck on roads =D Every winter comes as a surprise for our town services.
                I see now, thanks for explaining; it must take a while to put those lights first in, and then back away, I guess.

    • I should feel sorry for car owners, but I don’t =D I care more for my shoes that the salt ruins… and for the dogs =( I don’t have a dog, but I know from others that to survive in Moscow in winter, poor critters either have to wear boots, or a lot of protective cream, or, well, have their paws washed every time they come back to the apartment.

      • I never thought about that re: dogs — we’re cat people and our furry children don’t go outside — but that would be hard on their little paws. Ouch.

        • And big paws, too =( Even though most Muscovites live in apartments which are rather small by the “Western” standards, big dogs are very popular. I am routinely barked at by Alsatians or Labradors that barely fit in the elevator cabin…

          • I was using “little” in the form of an affectionate diminutive, like a cute little girl or poor little doggie. 🙂 Your English is so good that I often forget it’s not your native language.

            I feel sorry for big dogs in little spaces, but if they get to run about outside on a regular basis I suppose it’s not too bad. I even feel a little guilty for having our cats inside all the time for their safety — and cats sleep something like 18 hours a day! (They are very indulged kitties, though.)

            • Thanks, and thanks for explaining =) In Russian, we use suffixes for that sort of expressing affection (or disapproval, or, well, a lot of other emotions).

              I was listening to some radio program about pets the other day, and they were talking about how there are different cat personalities, in some of which there is no drive to get out of the house/apartment, and in others there is a strong drive, something like instinct mixed with curiosity, so they would be using windows/balconies to go outside and hunt birds or something.

              • There probably are some cat breeds like that, but we’ve only ever had the feline equivalent of mutts. They sleep most of the day and run around at night. Even as old lady kitties, they still get into most of their trouble at night.

                It’s safer for them to stay indoors. It’s not only car traffic or large dogs that are dangerous; we live near a wildlife reserve and have fox and coyote in the area, as well as large birds of prey.

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