I am not sure how much sense this entry will make. I have a fever of 38.7, a headache, a racking dry cough and a very sore neck. I feel terrible.

When I got home from work yesterday I began to cough, then the symptoms became increasing uncomfortable, then painful. This particular bug moved in and took me over very quickly. I’ve no idea where I picked it up.

Yesterday I managed to bake my Christmas Cake, before the fever took hold. I love fruitcake and all the commercial brands are laced with preservatives. Nothing for it but to make my own. Attila brought home a bottle of dark rum this evening, which I used to baste the cake. It has been set aside until Christmas Day. The cake should be baked in August and soaked in rum for several months. Under the circumstances I am grateful to have managed to get it baked at this late date.

Had a wonderful weekend last at Terra and Lares new house, a huge Christmas feast. Luna and Janus and the Grandbabies were all there. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed playing with the kids. And of course we ate far too much, and enjoyed every single bite.

Worldly Distractions


1 °C
Condition: Cloudy
Pressure: 100.5 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: 0.9°C
Dewpoint: -0.1°C
Humidity: 93 %
Wind: NNW 17 km/h


“To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.”
Gustave Flaubert
1821 – 1880
[Is this true?]

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Hope you feel much better very soon. Best wishes for the holidays.


Wendy, wishing you all the best for this Holiday Season!