What I’ve Been Doing While I Wasn’t Here…

Well, other than running a fever of about 103 degrees Fahrenheit for three days straight, feeling like someone was pulling every muscle in my body in a direction it was NOT meant to go, having a sledgehammer pound my head every time I opened my eyes, my vision less than perfect in my fever-induced haze, oh – and a sore throat that could have easily topped Bella’s new vampire thirst … other than that I’ve been just peachy-keen!

I am the first one to admit that I absolutely refuse to get the flu shot – because I’ve seen what it does to The Man Thing when HE gets a flu shot … but let me tell you this – if you have any sort of health condition – GET YOUR FLU SHOT NOW. This is not the sort of flu you want to mess around with. For some reason, this year’s flu virus just seems to be more resilient and harder hitting than years past. Wish I’d known then what I know now … I would have gotten my shot.

Today is the first day that I’ve been able to function for more than 30 minutes at a time without just falling out from sheer exhaustion and falling dead asleep. I have tried to not overdo things, but there were things that needed doing that (apparently) I was the only one capable of doing. So the kitchen was cleaned, the load of “I need this right now” laundry was done, the floors were swept … and that’s about it. Dinner was cooked by the blessed oven and the dishes were done by the dishwasher. All I had to do was serve and wipe down the counters.

I still have not gotten my Christmas cards sent out – and spent all my money today on getting the last few items I needed to make the Christmas gifts for the kids’ teachers. Normally I bake cookies for everyone, but have you seen the price of a bag of chocolate chips lately? Holy moly batman! With as many cookies as I would need to make, I’d have to take out a mortgage for the chips and the nuts!

So this year I’ve made everyone homemade room scents. Orange slices, whole cloves, a dash of nutmeg and sticks of cinnamon in a large mason jar wrapped with pretty, festive red and green tissue paper, tied with a bow at the top including the recipe card and directions, along with a Christmas card that includes some wonderful Christmas music. The jars are glass and reusable, and the simmering scents should last anywhere from 3 to 6 days, depending on how long they leave them on the stove to simmer during the day. I do so hope that they like them!

The eldest testosterone child has pushed major buttons today – in all departments – with everyone he has come in contact with. Let’s just say that I am NOT looking forward to Winter Break and having the two of them home, fighting, day in and day out. I might just run away and join the circus.

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