"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Monday, January 21, 2013

walking carefully










I carefully ordered my steps, choosing to walk the long way around the car and up the driveway toward the trailer.  The ice was smooth, reflecting the light from the overhead streetlamp.. definitely slick. My husband called up from behind me, "be careful."  I was.  I found the dry pavement without incident.  Then I sneezed.  A lot of illness going around right now.  A LOT.

I got to thinking and concluded , "it doesn't matter how careful we are we can't control everything."  Granted, we need to make good decisions and make every effort to take care of ourselves but.. there are things we cannot control.  So, what do I do with this piece of insight?  I dunno.  First, I'll take my vitamin C, some Echinacea and put the teapot on.  I'll do a lot of hand washing to try to curtail a germ-fest.  I'll try to remember to do these things again in the morning because I have a tendency to forget that fast.  Of course if this goes all-out, full-blown in the night I'll be much more diligent when I wake.  So I guess I'll treat it like I did the ice.  I'll take the steps necessary to be safe but .. some things are beyond our control.  E-gads.  I really don't want to get sick.

Blessings, Debbie    

19 comments:

  1. This a conclusion I, too, have come to recently. My job is to take reasonable care of me, my life, my circle and trust God with the rest....right?
    I hope you don't get a serious sick either.....I skirted around the edges of a full blown head cold, but am quickly mending now.
    Hope you will show us the completed painting. I love watercolors.
    Take good care! d.

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  2. Pamper yourself with rest, fluids and chicken soup...

    The echinacea and vitamin c will work too!

    Love
    Deanna

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  3. You're doing all the right things. I hope that you will soon be on the mend.
    Speedy recovery from the cold. This too shall pass.
    JB

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  4. Oh no, I hope you are feeling better very soon! Sounds like you are doing all the right things :)

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your comment was such a delight to read!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  5. Take care and if you do get sick, thank God we have tools to help us mend faster. The art is beautiful.

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  6. take care!! I hate being sick or under the weather. I get really cranky and I'm not fun to be with.. I wish I was more cautious of slippery walks then I wouldn't have twisted my ankle :/

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  7. Up the anty on Vita - C and Garlic capsules...

    I'm serious.

    Another awesome "help" is to REALLY grease up your feet with Vicks (put on socks) when you go to bed, at night. I mean really grease em up around your toes and down around the front of your feet.

    You'll be amazed how much this old remedy truly works...

    Wishing you all the best. And leave to God, the rest.

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  8. When I am feeling "sickness coming on" I always cut a garlic clove into small bits and take it in the morning after breakfast . Swallow them like pills and chase with water. Keeps me healthy and I don't seem to get the full-blown crud like my family does.

    Rest, rest, rest.

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  9. Wonderful words to ponder... and hope the sickness stays away from your home.
    My entire family had something the week between Christmas and New Years... hope its all behind us for good!! :)

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  10. Bleh, our household just got over a doozy of a flu/cold (and we still have the sniffles and coughs). I hope you don't get it! Lots of rest, lots of good stuff! You are right though, sometimes no matter what we do or how careful we are, we still have to go through things. *hugs*

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  11. Lots of flu going around in our neck of the woods, hope it stays away from you. I have come to realize....I am a slow learner...we have a certain responsibility to do what we can to take care of ourselves but in the end we really have no control...much as we would like to think we do

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  12. Lovely image of Fantine - haven't seen the film yet, either version.

    When I think of how many times per day I sneeze! But you know yourself; I hope you'll be fine! :)

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  13. This stuff going around is nasty. So far I've kept it at arms length although it visited my home twice. I hope it's not visiting you.

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  14. A lot of illness is going around! Hope you all stay well at your house. I love all of your photo's from this post.

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  15. ""it doesn't matter how careful we are we can't control everything."" We've been discussing that same fact around here - frequently. What overwhelms me is how good life is even when things go bad - we are so incredibly blessed by our loving God and Savior.

    Love the photos.

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  16. I agree! I used to berate myself for missing something even after I thought I had tried to cover all the bases in preventative measures. Now I just do my best and let it be as it will be. Peaceful that way.
    My husband just went through a very heavy case of the flu and our grandson was over with a heavy cold. I thought I was a sitting duck...bound to be a bull's eye for all those germs. I lucked out and didn't get sick!
    The one "trick" that I used along with airborne: a teaspoon of honey every hour or so. Seems to work! I had read that if one has a hay fever like reaction in a new location ( such as during an out of town visit) one may wish to buy locally harvested honey and begin small tastes of the honey. The honey concentrated the local allergens and somehow changes them so that the honey becomes like an area specific vaccine.

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  17. I agree! I used to berate myself for missing something even after I thought I had tried to cover all the bases in preventative measures. Now I just do my best and let it be as it will be. Peaceful that way.
    My husband just went through a very heavy case of the flu and our grandson was over with a heavy cold. I thought I was a sitting duck...bound to be a bull's eye for all those germs. I lucked out and didn't get sick!
    The one "trick" that I used along with airborne: a teaspoon of honey every hour or so. Seems to work! I had read that if one has a hay fever like reaction in a new location ( such as during an out of town visit) one may wish to buy locally harvested honey and begin small tastes of the honey. The honey concentrated the local allergens and somehow changes them so that the honey becomes like an area specific vaccine.

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  18. I'm right with you! I'm a horrible patient when I'm sick. My kids have been taking turns being sick this winter and I.Don't.Want.It. I've been taking Echinacea like it's in short supply. I hope you did lots of handwashing today :o).

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  19. I totally agree with you! I hate being sick, especially if I have taken measures to not be sick.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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