Since I stopped walking, and before embarking on the bike-riding regimen, I’ve treated myself to sleeping in later than usual, and it’s a real treat when I don’t set the alarm, like last night. It felt good to know I had nowhere I had to be and could log in some extra hours of snoozing while the rain pitter-pattered outside and the snow quickly melted into rivulets and headed down into the sewer. The wacky weather this past week has been great fodder for blog posts and the number one topic for national and local news alike. When I awoke this morning, after just curling up contentedly a few minutes, I put my radio headphones on so I could snuggle down under the covers and still catch up on the news and the weather report. How many times this week have we heard the sentence “if you don’t have to go out, just stay inside” … well, this morning’s weather menu was windy, foggy, rainy and black ice; and, oh yes – steer clear of potholes.
I was thinking about the TV commercial about the man going out in the horrible weather and the cold preparation that was being touted which made the rounds several years ago. I looked it up on YouTube. I couldn’t find the actual commercial, but here was the song used in that ad. You might remember the phrase to “button up your overcoat ….” You’ll get a chuckle and this song will be in your ear for a long time afterward http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UliCMEdTFE
Now, the newscasters can go back to focusing on the flu and how widespread it is. Every time I switch the news on, it seems more people have died or are on life-support with the flu. Well, that’s kind of scary, especially if you didn’t get a flu shot, but some people swear they’ve never received the flu shot, yet never got the flu either. Well, as a former Girl Scout, I am always prepared. I got the flu shot, eat alot of oranges and apples and am getting more rest these days so I hope to stay healthy. When I was a kid, I loved going to school and hated to miss it for anything. My mom used to order two gallon-sized bottles of cod liver oil malt from Eaton’s catalog every Fall and every morning my father and I would line up at the kitchen sink to get our daily dose. Although she wouldn’t touch the stuff, Mom would dip down with her teaspoon into the huge amber bottle of horribly fishy-smelling (and fishy-tasting) substance, and bring that spoon out, dripping with all its brown “goodness”. She’d twirl the gooey cod liver oil malt around the spoon, as if she were dipping molasses or honey, then she’d say “here” aiming it for our respective mouths. Yuck! A big glass of water for each of us was sitting on the counter nearby, ready to chase down that awful taste. But it warded off cold and flu germs for the most part, though, unfortunately, it didn’t stop me from getting both the measles and chicken pox in the same year, on my mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day, respectively. Nice kid I was! Take good care of yourself, get lots of rest and push away those sweets in favor of fresh fruits and veggies so the flu doesn’t slam you.