Enduring Winter’s Blahs

dsc01298Bit by bit we’re emerging. Snow is receding and the grass is becoming visible. At the same time, I’m emerging from my germ-infested fog. I’ve had this winter’s common complaint — a cold/flu/whatever-it-is bug that has kept me inactive since before New Year’s.

I’m tired of it — the bug and the snow — but it’s hanging on, so I apologize in advance if I sound cranky. Our balmy west coast usually has a week of cold weather and perhaps once in a decade or so will get a prolonged spell of it. Back in 2008 and 2009 we didn’t see green grass here for three solid months, but that’s most unusual.

It’s equally unusual for me to get sick — at least nothing beyond the occasional mild cold. I’ve dutifully gone for my flu shots every fall for many years, and I’m sure that helped me avoid the annual misery. However, I had my flu shot this year, too, only to hear recently that it might not be as effective as it was in previous years, depending on the strain(s) of flu virus prevalent in this area. ::sigh:: Apparently I was doomed to get this.

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I know I just have to wait it out. There’s no other way to get past this winter’s “blahs”. An active not passive kind of waiting is probably the most beneficial. I’m trying to engage in activities that don’t require too much energy but that actually accomplish something worthwhile. Writing annual reports, history scrapbooking, reading my way through the TBR pile of books stacked on shelves in my office.

Often as not though, I just end up dozing off to sleep again. I’ve managed to pass at least the cold part of this bug to my hubby, so we’re a less-than-energetic twosome these days. At this rate it’s going to be a while before we’ll be ready to tackle clearing downed trees and tying up damaged shrubs and broken branches (of which there are several). It doesn’t sound like we’ll get to it before next weekend’s predicted snow flurries. Drat!

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6 thoughts on “Enduring Winter’s Blahs

  1. pastordt says:

    So sorry you’ve been sick, Carol! Not fun AT ALL! Praying for a full recovery – and a bit of winter sunshine.

  2. Jenn Hubbard says:

    Feel better soon!

  3. I’ve heard that if you get the shot then the flu, the flu is worse than normal. No idea if that’s true. Sorry you’re not well, Carol. Sending healing prayers in hopes that you feel better quickly. Poor Bob.

    • Carol says:

      I really don’t think a flu shot can make it worse. I’m pretty sure what I have hasn’t anything to do with my shot (have been getting one every year for the past decade with no problems), but it’s more likely this is the RSV cold virus which the flu shot wouldn’t have prevented anyway. Fortunately it seems Bob’s isn’t going to be more than a head cold, and I have no doubt I’ll survive. I AM improving; I’m just impatient. 🙂

  4. Laura Best says:

    I hope you’re soon feeling better, Carol. Hopefully, things will improve this month. I’m glad to see an end to January.

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