Yesterday, I woke up feeling ill, along with exhausted from another night of interrupted sleep due to a dog wanting to stay outside the last few remaining hours before sunrise. I coughed up some yellow phlegm from my lungs and worried about pneumonia, which I’ve had twice before. Thanksgiving dinner was still a go, however. Holidays don’t get canceled because Mom is sick.
I tried dozing in my recliner while waiting for timers to alert me for the next step in whatever was needing attention in the kitchen and I informed my husband that he was in charge of making the mashed potatoes.
When dinner was finished cooking, I told my husband to go ahead and eat, I would eat later, I was tired, felt sick and wanted to doze. I waited until he was finished eating then went to the kitchen to clean up the mess, find strategically-sized containers for storing the leftovers, unloading and re-loading the dishwasher, hand-washing the pots and pans, giving the dogs their insulin shots and food.
When the kitchen was cleaned and everyone else was cared for, I pulled out the ‘leftovers’ and made myself a plate. I ate, by myself, with the dogs stationed upon the floor hoping for any dropped parcel of food which might fall from my fork. I enjoyed my quiet meal, our dining room table is open to the kitchen and it was always unsettling for me to eat a big dinner while looking at the mess I had to clean up afterward. It was much more pleasant to eat with a view of an already cleaned and organized kitchen.
The food was excellent, I am a good cook, I just hate to cook for my husband because I don’t know how to cook “Southern” and have no intentions to learn at this point. I have learned how to cook pinto beans, country fried steak and something else, but, cooking for Thanksgiving is pretty much universal, I think. At least, he hasn’t complained in eighteen years.
Rinsing my plate and loading it into the dishwasher was the last chore of the day for me and I returned to my recliner where I had my water jug, tissues and vitamin C bottle.
Today was a day of trying to fight this ‘bug’ with home remedies and lots of rest. Be well my friends!