The spirit is willingPosted: November 25, 2011
But the flesh? Not so much. It all started on Monday…
Monday afternoon, to be sort of precise. It began with a sore throat and a headache.
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.
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.
I went back into the woods and stared at the reflections in the creek.
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.
I sound old, don’t I? It’s the flu. It’s making me feel ancient.
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.
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.