Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Last week both of the Grands got very sick with the Flu.  Fever, coughs, runny noses.  Sara and Blake had taken off many days already this year so last week they needed help.  Grandma to the rescue.  I washed my hands, got lots of sleep and took all my vitamins.  BUT...I still got the flu! UGH!
I'd love to say I looked this cute in bed, but I do not!  The fever is gone but now I've again lost my voice.  It is my progression to healing.

Also as I lay in bed yesterday I cried a few times while thinking about my Charlie.  It was one year ago that he crossed the bridge.  I miss him so much!
So enough of the Worst of Times

I thought I would update my goals for 2017 since we are in February

~I got lots of things out of the house to the thrift shop.  More boxed for a friend and lots for the church rummage sale.

~Started organizing the craft supplies.  Much more still to do on that but I have a box full of things for a young friend who loves to craft and scrapbook

~Taking better care of myself has moved up the list.  I've got to get well and get my immune system back up.  So far my Mom hasn't gotten sick and I'm so thankful for that. I started probiotics and hoping that will help.  The flu has run through the school system here twice so I'm on track with that, but I don't want to be!!

~I finally took some time to work on lesson one of my watercolor class.
It's not much but learning how much water to mix to get different color values and how your brushes work is fun.  I'll do this exercise at least one more time before moving on to the next lesson.

~I'm a little behind in the book reading.  The fever made me so woozy I slept a lot and then just binge watched some TV shows.   I did read a book I highly recommend
It is about this lovely family that has five boys, only the last boy is transgender.
The way the family deals with this is so true to life.  I cried, I got angry and I rejoiced. The author has a transgender child and states clearly that it is not her child's story, but it has certainly given her much insight into how hard it is to navigate this path.  She is living it and so am I. Many of you know this and those that don't well it's scary to put things out there like this for the haters to attack.  I didn't plan on writing all this but it just poured out of me.  I emailed the author and told her how much this book meant to me and she emailed me back.  We are a special group of parents who have a transgender child.

~Still not blogging as often as I hoped.  I've been thinking I want to change back to my old D10 camera and see if that helps me enjoy taking photographs more.  I'll let you know how that goes.

I hope you are feeling good and I'll see you soon.

Wishing you JOY,



~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I hate to hear you got sick with that bad old flu! You're doing the best you can, taking good care of yourself. It just takes time to get your strength back...oh and your voice! Sending you lots of sweet hugs Sis, Diane

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Linda, hope that your voice returns soon and that you do NOT get a re-run of the flu. Bet the kids felt pretty bad too. Lots of tough stuff in life and some tears help. Its been one of those weeks where tears helped me relieve the stress a bit too. Hugs.

Susan said...

It's good to hear your "voice" again. I've been worried about you. I hope you continue to improve and everyone in the family as well. You know my heart is with you over the loss of Charlie, but I know Annie fills your heart too. Love you, XOXO

Deb said...

I'm sorry to hear you've been sick, Linda. It's a tough time of year to avoid these cold and flu bugs that are everywhere. Has it really been a year since Charlie passed. Hard to believe but time does fly by. I understand fully how you miss that sweet soul. Each cat is so different and unique and Charlie was such a friend to you. When you've lived with a cat that long,through so many of the ups and downs of life, the loss is tremendous. Hopefully little Annie will help to heal your heart. Get better soon. Spring is not far off.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I'm sorry to hear that the flu hit your family...and you had just got over that bad cold.
I'm glad you are resting and taking care of yourself, Linda!
Hope you are feeling better soon! xoxo

Cheapchick said...

I hope you feel better, I am sure your family appreciates the help. You could have caught the crud just as easy at the grocery store so it might as well have been hanging with your favorite people

CarolJoy said...

The haters can only be people who can't put a face to transgender children. In my career as a teacher I had two transgender children. Everyone has a burden but that has to have been one of the hardest things I ever saw a child have to bear. Things are better now, more understanding, but we sure need a lot more compassion! Hating a transgender person makes no more sense than hating blue eyes or blonde hair. There are many of us who aren't worried about what bathroom they go to either!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Life is full of good and bad and down right terrible days, the flu sucks for those who have it and sometimes for those who take care of the sick ones, we take life one day at a time and hope for more good days then not so good days

Melanie said...

I am so sorry to hear that both you and the grandkids have the flu. My cousin just got over it and now one of my aunts has it. Neither one are around little kids, so guess they picked it up in public. I am so paranoid about thoroughly washing my hands when I get home from running errands or being anywhere else out in public. Though I know that's not a guarantee. The probiotics will help your gut health. I take them pretty regularly, not just when I'm sick. Be sure you're up on your vitamin D, too.

Can't believe Charlie's been gone a year already. He was such a beautiful fur baby.

I hope you don't get any "haters" on your blog or any nasty comments about having a transgender child. I have a relative that's transgender. She (in the process of becoming a he) lives in CA so I don't see her often, but we do talk regularly. I don't claim to understand it, but it doesn't change how I feel about her. Blessings and hugs to you.


You are a great Grandma to take care of your sick grands and then to get sick...I do hope you are feeling 100%. Hoping that you all will stay healthy the rest of this season.
Take care!

Cheri said...

I am glad that you were able to sneak in a post about what you are doing, sounds like you have a plan and I hope that you will leave some room in there for us to get together for lunch.

Diann said...

This year has been such a tough one with this bug that just keeps coming around and around. You are in such a difficult situation because of the Grands. I'm thrilled to hear your mom hasn't gotten it! The bug has lingered with me too. Lots of gunk in the chest, I started taking probiotics as well. Good thing/bad thing! LOL Feel better my friend!!

Donna Wilkes said...

Glad you ar3e better. The high fever was scary. I broke down and bought a new camera but cannot figure out how to transfer to photos to the computer. I need two hours at least to read the 111 pages of manual. Maybe you have gotten all the bad over with for the rest of the year.

Chatty Crone said...

I hate that you are sick again - have you seen a doctor? You need to get that immunity up - it is hard when you have two kids in two different schools and two parents working in schools - you probably have thousands of places you could get it from.

I am sorry about Charlie - you had him a long time.

And you know what - you are a loving and brave mother!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, sandie

Lady Linda said...

I am so sorry you and your family have been so sick...it's not fun. I think it's hard to put our health and taking care of ourselves on top of that list! I have always wanted to take a watercolor class. How fun. Get well soon.

Jeanie said...

A little good, a little sad. I'm so sorry you battled the flu, especially after doing a good deed in the caring department. That just wipes a person out. And then the anniversary... oh, I still remember Gypsy's (five years this spring) HARD and Stimpy a little less so but still... oh, we love them so much.

But your watercolors made me smile. I'm so bad at color mixing and when I see your charts I am impressed with your discipline. It reminds me I should do that more. I just found a great new site that focuses a lot on mixing -- Tonya's Scratchmade Journal? Maybe. Here: scratchmadejournal.com. That an Vivian Swift. She's been doing a tutorial the past three weeks. All inspire me.

Keep at it -- and keep feeling better!

Junkchiccottage said...

So sorry to hear you are not feeling well Linda. Sending healing hugs. Hope you feel better soon. You have some wonderful plans for the new year. Have a good week.

Mereknits said...

So sorry you got sick Linda. I was sick last week and the illness just seemed to hang on. I was still working so I was SO EXHAUSTED! That book looks fantastic. How wonderful that the author wrote you back, that is fantastic. Rest my friend.

Art and Sand said...

I am so sorry that the flu took you down, but I know you'll soon be up and looking like the pic I love of you. I'm referring to the one of you popping out of the doughnut at Google.

Stephanie said...

My dear Linda, I am so sorry to hear you have been so sick...no fun at all! I truy hope you are feeling back to normal soon. Praying for you, sweet friend.

Hugs to you!

Veronica said...

So sorry to hear that you have been sick. I love your blog, but this is my first time posting a comment. Just want to encourage you to hang in there and keep enjoying life. Your blog brightens my day and I am sure it also is a joy to many others. Take care of yourself and keep writing. I was in the Thrift store a few days ago and saw some dessert plates with the Eiffel Tower on them, I thought of you, should have bought them and sent to you, but I know that you are downsizing your "Stuff", which is what I should be doing! :-) Have a blessed day!

Shelia said...

Oh, Linda, you poor thing! I'm so sorry you've been so sick with this flu! It has gone through the school where my little grands go and of course both of them came down with it too and Carter's developed into a bad ear infection. We try to stay away, as hard as it is, when the kids are sick. Like you, my immune system isn't very strong and I have to be careful! You keep on getting better and you'll be in my prayers to get back to feeling normal again. I'm excited for you taking the art class.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Get well Linda!!
I know AND feel what you are saying abut Charlie!!
We still haven't taken down Augie's crate. Every once in awhile, I think I hear Augie coming down the hall and I'll look up. Just the house creeking, I guess!!
How exciting that you're taking up painting!! Look forward to your art work!!!
Get well - Do stay well!!
Hugs!! Suzan

Jann Olson said...

Linda, so sorry that you have been sick! It's been going around here like crazy. Luckily, I haven't had it, but hubby has had a bad cold. My hair dresser has had it come back on her twice as well. I can't imagine how hard it would be to be a parent of a transgender child. But dear, no one knows until they walk in your shoes. It would hurt, but I could never stop loving them!! Kuddos to you girl!!

Shelia said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Linda, and I certainly hope you're feeling better! Please take care of yourself.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

I hope you are feeling better by now, sweet friend. This has been a bad year for illness. After tomorrow it is going to be in the sixties and seventies here for awhile so I plan to get out in the warm sun and see if I can burn off the illness I have had for almost seven weeks. Thank you for sharing the story of your child with us. Both of you are brave. It is a difficult journey to make, but not one that should have to be hidden. Sending you my love, Laura