Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Cold......Coronavirus, Not Beer!!!!



Temperatures dropped, and that’s when I pulled out my double-insulated curtains, and wool blanket, to hang up on the inside of each exterior door.  I know this sounds strange, and we even have the proper insulation around each door, but this added process truly makes a difference on the temperature inside our rental home.  

Our son, Tank drives a 2004 GMC 3500 truck, and in the winter, when temperatures go below 20 degrees, he plugs his truck in to keep the engine block warm, so his truck starts up easily.  One problem we have; there are no electrical sockets outside on this rental home.  We have to pull the screen out of the kitchen window, raise both windows (double pane), and run a heavy duty, all-weather extension cord into the kitchen, in order to plug his truck in.  We have to make sure the window is blocked with wood, to secure the window, so no one can attempt entry.  Since the window is open about ½ inch, we stuff the opening of the window with heavy duty sponge, and place two sand-filled tube socks on the window sill, to prevent any cold breeze from coming in.  When the home you’re residing in is not yours, you have to make do with what you have, and this works for us.





For a week and a half, I’ve been fighting what I thought was a sinus infection.  I finally broke down and went to the doctor, and was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection (corona virus), after having a culture taken.  The doctor gave me cough syrup to help with my cough; I sounded like a barking seal, and stated the virus must run its course, there was nothing else she could do to help me.  I took it upon myself to use hot lemon water with Manuka Honey to help clear my throat and chest.  To ease the congestion I used 1/2 Guaifenesin every 6 hours (chest congestion relief). 


It’s always nice to have a stash of this in your medicine preps, it works great.  Tylenol for fever, and I made sure to flush  my sinuses, using the netipot, with distilled sea salt water. I’ve actually started to feel human again. :-)


Since feeling better, I have started back at trying to be productive.  My intent was to make apple butter and can it, putting it up for future use.  I got so far as to peel and chop the apples, place them in the crock pot with all the spices, turn it on to cook for 8 hours, and then all of a sudden biscuits were made and everyone was helping themselves to my apple butter when it was done.  I guess I’m going to have to make another batch, can it, and put it away before everyone comes home from work. 



In closing, I would like to say be careful, stay warm, and safe, and love those around you.  Make sure to change your batteries in your fire detectors, and unplug your Christmas Lights when leaving your house, or going to bed. 


16 comments:

  1. Get well quick, Christmas is almost here.
    It's hard to believe they can't cure any virus today.

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  2. Mike,

    I'm feeling better already dear friend.....I just still have the cough, and it sounds like a seal barking, lol....
    They would rather you let the virus run it's course and that's okay because I'm not in any pain.

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  3. I hope you are getting better. This cold weather isn't helping. I've never heard of that medicine you mentioned but I'm trying to make sure we add things we need to our preps, I'll have to look for that. Thanks! Get better and Merry Christmas (soon!)

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    1. 1st Man,

      I'm feeling better, just keep barking LOL!!!!
      The cold weather doesn't help, I have to wear plenty of layers. If you ever have congestion, this medicine is great. In fact, I only use 1/2 a pill so it doesn't dry me out too much.

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  4. Heck, I own my home (well, the bank does and lets me live in it) and I can't afford an electrician to install an outside electric source! I used to run Christmas lights on the outside of my front windows on a timer, so that I could find my way to the front door in winter - I did the same thing, but never even thought about using tube socks! Brilliant! Glad you're starting to feel better, dear Sandy. Keep warm and have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. Susan,

      I've found Christmas lights that work totally off of batteries and are set on a timer. We love them, and wouldn't of thought to use them if we had power outside the house. Living up where you're at you need lights with all the darkness and the snow!!!
      Yes, I'm feeling so much better.....still barking like a seal but don't have the cruddy feeling. You stay warm, and don't work too hard. Merry Christmas Dear Friend!!! Love my Acorns!!!

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  5. With the smell of warm spiced apples when you come in I'm not surprised they were enjoyed sooner rather than later.

    Hope you heal quickly.

    Merry Christmas.

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    1. Gail,

      Feeling so much better, thanks :-)

      Merry Christmas!

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  6. Glad you're on the mend. I have had some sinus/head thing going on about 10 days. I will need to use my neti pot and see if it will help.

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    1. Rose,

      Thank you, I'm feeling so much better. I hope the neti pot helps!

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  7. Yes, rental living has it's limitations. Glad to hear you're feeling better. It's a rotten time of year to be sick! Good reminder about medicine preparedness.

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    1. Leigh,

      You're so right!!! Thank you :-)
      Yes, one should always have all preps needed in medicine bag.

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  8. Sorry you aren't feeling well. Hope you get better soon.

    Like you, we hang heavy interior curtains across all the windows when winter comes. The extra layer helps keep the cold from getting in, double paned windows or no!

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    1. Harry,

      I'm feeling better thank you!

      Extra layer over windows and doors makes a world of difference with those cold drafts.

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  9. You're always so resourceful in doing what needs to be done to "make things better!" And it sounds as though you're even handling your yucky virus in the best way you can. We seem to have a lot of sick-i-ness up here in these parts, too. Papa Pea and I are fine but daughter is having her second (within a month) bout of strep throat.

    Take care, make more apple butter when you're up for it and have a lovely Christmas holiday!

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    1. Mama Pea,

      Thank you Sweet Friend!!! I always try to nip any virus or sickness right away. I can't stand being sick in any way. I hope your daughter is feeling better.

      I must make more apple butter!!! Merry Christmas~!

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