Summer Cold

The only outing I had last week was to have a mammogram at the hospital. Two days later, a sudden onset of cold symptoms began, that was Sunday afternoon. All week the cough, sore throat, headache, and more recently a runny nose as well, have been annoying. During the night last night, annoying became painful. Swallowing was downright painful, painful enough to awaken me. I sucked on lozenges for a long time, and finally fell asleep again. This morning the throat is less painful, but the voice is almost gone, only a rasping gasping simile of words emerge. And it hurts, to talk, to cough. Still, no fever.

I had a few plans for today, but instead I’ll be sitting in my favourite chair, or out on the porch, wrapped warmly, sipping lemon and honey.

The heat wave is over, it is 16C this morning. The garden has perked right up, due to yesterday’s heavy rain.

The tomatoes, peppers, squash, onions, oregano, rhubarb, borage, onions and garlic are all doing well after the big refresh yesterday.

The Scarlet Runner Beans, Climbing Snap Peas, and Climbing Pod Peas are all doing well, beginning to grope their way towards the fence. The rabbits haven’t been able to get into the fenced in area of the yard to decimate them. Something did eat the emergent leaves from three of the Scarlet Runner Beans, leaving just stumps of stems behind. My guess is squirrels! I think they should make mesh plant cages, about a foot high, completely enclosed with mesh, similar to the tomato cage idea, to keep the nibblers away from vulnerable new plants. I might devise something of my own at some point.

The blooms on the Crabapple Tree, and the Lungwort, are spent. They are now in full leaf. At the moment we have Columbine, two varieties of Wild Geranium, and Irises blooming. Soon the Yellow Day Lillies will bloom soon, not quite yet.

I would like to get a hanging plant to live just outside the kitchen window. Something that flowers all season. Remembering to water plants is one of my weaknesses, I have good intentions, the plants do not thrive on good intentions. Recently I found a package of two clay waterers, that allow that attachment of a plastic coke bottle full of water to trickle slowly into the soil. I tried this with the Chrysanthemum purchased last winter, and it is thriving! When I went back to the dollar store to look for more, they were sold out. Luckily, Attila found a package of them, that had been removed from the shelf and placed in a cart with a cardboard box over it. He grabbed it, and now there are three of these unused handy little devices, and one of them is slated for a hanging basket outside the kitchen window.

Sometimes I wander aimlessly around the internet, looking at a wide variety of things that I find of passing interest. I watched a video about a fellow who was renting a condo in downtown Vancouver for $3500 a month, emphasizing how cheaply he was living. I doubt that half of the population of Canada could afford that kind of cheap lifestyle.

To affirm that I was looking at a situation that does not represent the majority of Canadians, I looked for some statistics. Then I checked out the median income for Canadians, closest I found was 2015, $80,940 annual family income, before taxes and deductions.. I find the median income more interesting than the average, because it less skewed by the very rich, and the very poor. My personal poverty is much less significant using the median income figures.

Half of the 2015 population had a family income below $80,940. My income falls at the very bottom of the bottom half… Attila’s income is much higher than mine at the moment, so although we have not managed to escape the 25th percentile, it means that living together I fare much better than I would on my own, and so does Attila for a variety of reasons. If we are living together when Attila retires, we will sink close to the bottom of the scale. We know this.

I always find it ironic when younger people target “boomers” as having it all, when that is only true for a certain percentage of the boomers. That would be another statistic to look up, but not today. I ignore the young who think that because I am old my tiny pension makes me wealthy, by definition. I also ignore the judgemental, often condescending, types, of any age, who feel I just didn’t work hard enough… go back to your ignorance-is-bliss bubbles. These are all people I do not want to spend time with. If fate brings them outside their bubbles, I don’t want to be around to hear them whining. No one knows what the future holds.

I found the video of the Millennial guy paying $3500 a month rent interesting, and actually watched it right through to the end. He takes his source of high income for granted, feels it is “normal”, feeling his parent’s generation had it better than he does. Just one affluent family’s experience, valid as an experience, not representative of the population though. Sometimes I wonder if that is how the majority of the population of the rest of the world sees us, as the society of affluence and ease seen in the images portraying the higher income people in the country. Possibly.

I could not afford a parking space, let alone a dwelling of any kind, in Vancouver, or Toronto, or any of the larger cities in Canada; no matter how much I might want to live there, it isn’t in the cards.

So back to bouncing around looking at videos about the different ways people live in Canada. Variety is the spice of life, and that we have in Canada.

I am feeling like crap today! I’ve been lucky that I do not experience this degree of illness very often. I’m drinking lots of fluids, and taking it easy today, postponing any of the projects I was thinking about. Not a hardship, I love sitting on the back porch with a cup of tea, my book, my computer, with my feet up, watching the robins watching me. I feel very lucky today, recuperating in a place I love.

Hawkweed June 2018 DSCF2157 Hawkweed in the back yard. Attila mowed the lawn a few days ago, but at my request he left two round sections long, where the Hawkweed grows. The Hawkweed is blooming!! After it goes to seed, then those patches can be mowed. The Hawkweed blooms are not big or showy, I love their long stems, and enjoy the delicate yellow flowers dotting the yard!

Wild geranium dolumbine june 2018 Here are the oh so subtle Wild Geraniums. Small and delicate and very beautiful, they grow close to where I sit on the back porch. There are two varieties, the tall with darker coloured blooms, and leaves that are purple in the centre and green at the edges. The shorter variety has larger blooms, does not grow as tall as the other, and have leaves that are a solid green colour. To the left of the wild geranium is a purple Columbine. Attila transplanted it here this spring, it was growing in the footpath by the back porch, having invited itself there.

Clay plant waterer mum DSCF2147 The Chrysanthemum from early spring, an indoor plant, and the clay watering device that keeps it watered while it sits in the heat on the back porch. The devices I have are cheaper than these ones at Amazon, but they work well.

DSCF2150 It is just me and my companions, the Robins, staring into the distance, enjoying the day.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

16°C
Date: 5:00 AM EDT Friday 1 June 2018
Condition: Not observed
Pressure: 100.7 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 16.2°C
Dew point: 15.6°C
Humidity: 96%
Wind: SSW 8 km/h

Quote

“Always be a little kinder than necessary.”
James M. Barrie
1860 – 1937

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16 Responses to Summer Cold

  1. Get well soon! – Kate

  2. Teri says:

    Oh, ugh! Sorry you’re not feeling well. I’d suggest it might be strep but your symptoms are a little off, with no fever and having some cold symptoms. Hope you’re feeling better real soon!

    I know what you mean about these millenials thinking the boomers are so well off. We’re going thru this with DH’s son, right now. They moved into a tiny house last year. It was bought by a friend to help them when they had to move. They promised to fix the place up and purchase it as rent to own, they’ve done neither. Well, now the friend is selling the place and son is hinting around, wanting money as a down payment to buy a house. Like we have money for that!

    We’re at a point where we’ve almost paid off every bit of our debt, except for the mortgage and line of creditbtied to it but we’re still paying child support for DH’s non-bio daugher, almost 18. She didn’t want to go to school her first years in high school and her mom wouldn’t push her, so now she’ll be graduating a year behind. That’s another $12,000 through next year.

    I was real miffed when the son started sniffing around for money. He and his wife both work and he just told DH the other week that they have $1,000 – $2,000 extra per paycheck, but they don’t know where it goes. We should be so lucky! They need to find out where it goes and start saving!

    Now they’re angry at us because we “won’t” lend them money. Honestly, even if we had the money I know we couldn’t trust them to pay it back as they make no effort to control their buying or expenses.

  3. Eileen Barton says:

    Hope you feel better soon, Maggie. Loved seeing bits and pieces of your gardens.

  4. Bex Crowell says:

    These days a person goes into a medical facility at their risk. Germs galore. I wonder if you picked up strep throat? I used to get that a lot when I worked at Salem Hospital. It just seemed to spread around. They say whenever you need to go to a doctor or medical facility of any kind, you should bring a supply of Halls lozenges to sick on the whole time and those will keep the germs down for you.

  5. Thanks Kate! Much to my surprise my symptoms have worsened, and I slept all afternoon. Still not feeling any better, now I have a fever too, but not a high one. I looked up the symptoms at webmd symptoms.webmd.com/ and at the top of the list are common cold and flu. So that is where I am starting. Attila is being very nurturing, making me a hot lemon/honey drink, and finding an aspirin for me. I’m not feeling better yet, fingers crossed!

  6. Thanks Teri! A fever developed after I posted this entry. Webmd lists cold and flu first, so treating symptoms for those conditions first, will see how it goes.

    Wow, that is very optimistic of DHs son, and not in the least realistic. I read somewhere that most seniors who are bogged in debt went into it to “help” their kids. Now that the going has gotten tough for these seniors, their kids are nowhere to be seen. Self preservation has to come first. It would be a shame to subsidize an unrealistic lifestyle while impoverishing yourself. As long as young people think it is their “right” to spend money for Timmies, eating out, toys, alcohol, parties, events… all of these things are great, if you can afford them. Our former neighbours, who lost their house by not making mortgage payments, came home with Timmies in their hands almost every day. That was their priority, those are their consequences.

  7. Thanks Eileen! I get so much pleasure from this little patch of earth! I am glad Attila is still here, and that he loves to garden, works for me.

  8. Bex, it could be strep throat, but more likely it is a bad cold or the flu. I was so careful too, when I went for the mammogram. Using the disinfectant hand stations on going in and coming out. Must have been airborne! I am reticent to go for medical advice on my symptoms, unless they keep getting worse, because in this relatively weakened state I might pick up something else! I’ve pretty much ruled out Lyme Disease, Hanta Virus, and West Nile Virus. I checked their symptom lists carefully because I spend time in the bush where there are ticks, and mosquitoes. And I was cleaning the mouse dirt out of Grace, and had to dispose of a dead mouse. I will still be keeping an eye on myself, but hopefully I will start to feel better soon!

  9. Rest well and get well soon! Keep us posted!

  10. Thanks Joan! I am surprised at how tired I am with this ailment, luckily I can rest as much as I like, so I am resting a lot!

  11. TopsyTurvy (Teri) says:

    Maggie, look in the mirror at the back of your throat. If you see white bumps, either individually or in stripes you should be checked for strep.

    I will say, though, I had that really bad H1 flu some years ago when it was out and I had a terribly sore throat. That one you can get scabs all the way down your throat and even into your lungs.

    See the doc or emerg if you start feeling any worse. Take care!

  12. WendyNC says:

    Maggie, so sorry to read that you are ailing and hope you’re on the uptick soon.

  13. Teri, thanks for the tips, checked my throat, just pink as far as the eye can see, phew. Slightly better today, the fever was not brought down by aspirin yesterday, but today aspirin is bringing it down. The headache is now intermittent. This is a miserable one!

    Yesterday I was watching my progress carefully, and if I hadn’t improved by this morning, which I have a bit, I would have gone to the hospital Emergency Department.

  14. Thanks Wendy, a bit better today. I wouldn’t wish this bug on anyone, it is miserable. I think yesterday was my worst day, beginning to mend now.

  15. I’m glad you’re on the mend, Maggie! May the trend continue, and rapidly!