The spirit is willing

Locust tree against the sky

But the flesh?  Not so much.  It all started on Monday…

Smoke in the meadow

Monday afternoon, to be sort of precise.  It began with a sore throat and a headache.

Milkweed opening

By Tuesday things had progressed to a sore throat, headache, and congestion.  The cough moved in by Wednesday along with a slight fever and body aches.

I was miserable yesterday, but I managed to step outside a few times.  Sunshine and the resulting vitamin D are in short supply around here once winter arrives.  I didn’t want to completely miss the opportunity to bask in the warmth of the sun.

Someone painted clouds on the sky

I wasn’t feeling all that much better today.  No matter.  I wanted to go for a walk.  It is a glorious day in the Bogs.  Even with the wind it feels fairly warm.  I walked down the sledding hill to the rowboat sitting upside down near the pond, and had a seat.  I watched the kingfisher at the back of pond.  He chattered.  He swooped from one side of the pond to the other.  He took a few dives.  I don’t know if he caught anything.  I hope so.  Every body’s got to eat, and he seems to expend a lot of energy trying to catch his food.

I got up and took a very slow walk.  I visited the cattails at the back of the pond.  I was moving so slowly, trying to keep an eye on the kingfisher, that I got quite close to the ducks before any of us noticed.

Male mallard, slightly put out because I surprised him and his mate.

I went back into the woods and stared at the reflections in the creek.

November reflections

I wasn’t feeling much better physically, but I didn’t notice the illness or the weakness quite so much when I was focused on finding the beauty of this day.

Climbing back up the hill from the creek, I suddenly felt tired.  On the ground was a stick that was just the right size, shape, and heft for a walking stick.  I was grateful for it as I made my way through the boggy woods.

Barn stones on what is normally the shore of the creek.

I sound old, don’t I?  It’s the flu.  It’s making me feel ancient.

A leaf captures the sunlight

I’ll probably be back to my old self in a few days.  I need to rest some more.  I’ve been doing a lot of that.  Naps.  A long and deep sleep last night in spite of the congestion or because of the lack of a good night’s sleep the night before. I’m drinking plenty of fluids and eating good-for-me foods.

Today's view of the pond from the meadow.

As soon as I finish this post I’m going to get back into my penguin pajamas and warm, comfy, soft socks, put my feet up, sip on a hot cuppa tea (with lemon and local honey), and relax for a while.  Probably for the rest of the day.  The walk was good.  I’m glad I went out and had the opportunity to enjoy some of this lovely day.  But now it’s time to rest again.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me on a sick day.  I appreciate the company.   Feel free to head back out and explore the woods while I take a nap.  It’s really beautiful back there today. I think you’ll enjoy it.   There’s a red-tailed hawk hanging around in the woods by the creek.  Like the kingfisher, he didn’t want to pose for a photograph.  But I’m sure he’ll let you get a few glimpses of him before he heads skyward.

47 Comments on “The spirit is willing”

  1. cismonok says:

    hope you feel better soon… 🙂

  2. take care of you, we’ll go out and watch for hawk while you rest.

  3. milkayphoto says:

    Aw, Robin, so sorry you are sick! That sucks! I admire your tenacity to still get outside!

    My trick to staying healthy is Airborne…do you have that where you live? I plop a tab in water if I know I am going to be around new people (especially ones with kids) to boost my immunity and I also take them whenever I start feel a little ‘off’. Seems to do the trick.

    Get some rest. I think that illness, sometimes, is our body’s way of telling us we are stretched too thin. Heed the warnings. You don’t want the flu to turn into something more serious!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Tracy. 🙂

      We have Airborne, but I prefer Emergen-C. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel this one coming until it was too late. I may have jinxed things by recently remarking that I haven’t had a cold or the flu in over 2 years. 😉

      • milkayphoto says:

        Aw, I see now…you challenged the flu gods! Well, then, I guess you will simply have to serve the penance. 😉

        (I do find that Airborne works even after the fact to shorten the duration of a cold/flu…)

  4. bearyweather says:

    It has only been a few weeks and I am already missing the open water and ducks .. thanks for sharing yours with me.
    Hope you are feeling better soon.

  5. anhinga says:

    Beautiful shots all, but especially the locust tree.

  6. This is why I love photography – no matter how bad you feel, it somehow helps in the healing process! I’m glad you had enough energy to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, and I hope you start feeling better soon!

  7. eof737 says:

    Do feel better Robin. Are taking any herbal supplements like Yogi’s Throat Comfort or echinacea…? very helpful at this time of the year… Get well soon. 😦

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Elizabeth. I’ve been using all of my usual home remedies. Things are finally starting to kick in and I’m beginning to feel better. 🙂

  8. dragonfae says:

    So sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well Robin. 😦

    Have you considered Elder Berry? Hubby and I have avoided the flu two years running taking it November through April. 😉

    Zinc is really good too … it’ll also cut down the severity of congestion.

    Either way, feel better soon! *hugs*

  9. Beautiful shots.
    Take care of yourself, and don’t try to do too much at once.

  10. Hope you feel better Today. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  11. You sure did capture some beauty that day.
    I hope you’re starting to feel better.
    (Your pj’s are adorable, btw., and I love your socks)

  12. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. You photos and words are so vivid, I was feeling like I might catch the flu from you. I love the whispy clouds on the sky. Jane

  13. Karma says:

    Feel better soon! Even though you were sick, you completed more physical activity than me yesterday (now I really feel guilty, LOL). I just love the “painted sky” picture. I am drawn to shots like that.

  14. Hope you’re feeling better, Robin. Totally love that last photo! Take care, my friend.

  15. xandimusic says:

    really perfect moments! Love your photos, great!

  16. Ronja says:

    Oh… I hope you feel better soon! Take good care of yourself now.

  17. For not feeling well, you certainly take some nice photos. My remedy . . . and I swear by it. Liquid echinacea. Keep some on hand–it lessens the symptoms. Honest! Be well, Robin.

  18. David Hall says:

    Wonderful photos with wonderful lighting and colours….even the socks 🙂

  19. skip704 says:

    I enjoyed this walk. The images are beautiful. You will feel better soon.

  20. TBM says:

    You are a better trooper than me. Get lots of rest and feel better soon!

  21. CMSmith says:

    I can’t believe you are still traipsing about in the woods while you feel so bad. We’ll enjoy a few shots from inside. I’m sure you can think of something.

    Love your footwear.

  22. Epizeuxis says:

    The spirit is always willing…its the flesh that forms the obstacles.
    Take care btw.

  23. Hi Robin,
    The pictures are awesome, it reminds me that I need to invest in a “real” digital camera. The weather in Maryland has been really warm lately and I hope it stays this warm for at least a couple more weeks until Winter arrives.

    Take Care…

    • Robin says:

      Hi Justin. Thanks so much for your comment, and for visiting. 🙂

      They (whoever “they” are) say it’s not the camera, but the photographer that makes the photo. However, I know what you mean. I use a point and shoot, and look forward to the day when I can buy a “grown-up” camera.

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