dear diary >> keeping warm

Not surprisingly, each day for a long while I have intended to write a blog post but somehow life just got in the way and now dear DH and I have been struck down by the virus after avoiding it like the plague for so long. The virus itself came after a visit to the hospital about my shoulder – co-incidence maybe… or maybe not.

The symptoms resembled a good dose of flu, with fever, aching and a lot of prostration and sleep. There was no cold, runny rose, sneezing or cough for me just a sore throat and I am left with a rather strange smell and taste that won’t leave me that I can only liken to castor oil, but hopefully in time it will go. As we go into week 2 of the virus the tiredness is the overiding factor now that is rather hard to shake off but we have nothing scheduled in the diary this week so I am just going to ease myself back into life again and collapse on the sofa when I need to. We are aiming today for a short walk mainly to see daylight which seems in short supply at the moment and to get some movement into our muscles. Like flu it has left us lethargic and weak and we are putting all our energies into keeping warm, eating as well as we can and reading my favourite books.

Before I succomed to the virus I had spent a great deal of time making new cards for birthdays and occasions out of old ones so I thought I would share them tomorrow for the monthly Scrap Happy challenge day. Even if you are not creative they are so easy to make and not only do they re-use some of those lovely cards we are given these days but in these hard financial times making your own saves money.

I hope everyone else out there is keeping well, I keep reading my favourite blogs as I find the energy and concentration but commenting will be sparse until I feel back to normal. Being ‘laid up’ does allow me a lot of thinking time and I have been making plans in my head for adjusting certain areas of my life I am not happy with, change is never easy is it as we often fall unintentionally into bad habits. More sleep and exercise will be at the top of my agenda.

With Christmas looming on the horizon and the fact I have now lost a bit of time I don’t want to feel rushed or panicked when I start to get back to normal as it takes all the enjoyment away. I noticed how busy the roads have become recently and just going to Sainsbury’s in town for our weekly shop has become a whole morning or afternoon task and we are having to find quieter non-direct routes to avoid the lengthy queues – it appears there is no longer a quiet time to go.

Luckily we had a pantry full of food before we fell ill and I did manage to make some fresh tomato and red pepper soup one morning though I had to do it in 3 stages with a sit down rest between. I am so thankful I don’t have children to look after and can just go at my own pace for a while until recovery is complete.

Thankfully, I cannot pass on my germs over the blog and you are spared from seeing me in my post covid state kitted out in an old snuggly jumper and looking like I have passed through a hedge backwards!

12 Replies to “dear diary >> keeping warm”

  1. It’s lovely to hear from you. I’m sorry you’ve finally been hit by the virus. Like you we had avoided it for two and a half years and were finally hit with it in October. It knocked us for six too and I know exactly what you mean about the lingering fatigue that is still with us now. We loved on porridge, Heinz tomato soup (which we never have) and crumpets. We are just starting to feel human again now. I hope you are getting back to full strength too 😀


  2. How annoying to avoid “it” for so long and then whooosh it arrives. I keep hearing about people where this has happened – and wonder when it will hit me!

    Look forward to seeing your cards.

    Keep on getting better


  3. So sorry to see you’ve been poorly, hope you’re on the mend now. My nanna was a very wealthy lady and yet she always used to say that “you’ve got nothing without your health”. Take care and get well soon. X


  4. dear sweet lady, please take care of yourself and husband. boy, if it isn’t one thing, it’s another, isn’t it? your attitude and approach sound positive, so please continue with that. i do wish you wellness and strength and good walks in the near future. (-:


  5. Sending all hugs and good vibes. It sounds like you have been through the ringer. I hope that you feel better soon, but I’m afraid that the best cure is likely to be time. It’s a great time to layer in blankets and catch up with reading.


  6. I hope you are starting to feel better and it won’t be too long before you are 100% yourself again. Making your own cards by recycling or designing your own is great fun and I still enjoy an afternoon of card crafting.


  7. Sorry to hear that you haven’t been well. I look forward to seeing the cards you made. They are always so beautiful.


  8. So sorry you finally caught Covid, I recognise all your symptoms, especially the fatigue. Please do take it easy and allow yourself plenty of time to recover – and think of that as a period of weeks, not days.

    Interesting you were infected at hospital: I’ve now had two bouts of Covid both of which came immediately after visiting a hospital and then our local surgery.


  9. I am so sorry to hear that you have come down with Covid having avoided it for so long. It is good to hear that you are resting, it is the best tonic when you are ill isn’t it. I do hope you continue to improve.


  10. I’m so sorry you’ve been taken ill with Covid. I hope you’re feeling much better now and that the awful taste will be gone very soon. Xx


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