{a few choice words for a new direction}

Our favorite six-year old brought a stomach virus home from school and within a couple of days each of us, Papa, Nan, mommy, daddy and sister–the whole team, dropped like we’d each been poisoned.

That was last week! We’re moving on!

I’m singing a welcome to the new week and a new month.


To rebalance and replenish, I’m on a strict “no toxicity” diet.


Fatigue can take a toll!


If absolutely necessary…


It’s always 5:00 PM somewhere!


Β Oh NO! Not for me! Not after this last week!


MUCH better!

Cheers to a healthy and refreshing week!


44 thoughts on “{a few choice words for a new direction}

    1. I do feel a TON better this week, Nancy! Thank you. We have those signs in our backyard, where we spend a lot of our time, and the Jill Bolte Taylor quote is one of my favorites. I always think it’s a friendly reminder to others but in reality, I often need the reminder myself. πŸ™‚ I’m committed to a “no toxicity” week, though. I hope I don’t lose the resolve by midweek. LOL!

      1. I’m reading “Loving What Is” by Byron Katie (2002) ~> about letting go of toxic thoughts that cause unnecessary suffering by becoming aware of our “inner spin doctor” who creates inner turmoil with stories based on lies and half truths. When we let go of the spin, we begin to accept the “what is” as it is . . . and with it Joy and Peace.

    1. Thank you, Andrew. The little ones got over it a lot faster than the adults! I was very glad for that, actually. And I’ve been reminded, once again, that I really should say a big “thank you” every day for good overall health. I can sure complain when I don’t feel well. LOL!

  1. Oh, dear – so sorry to hear you all came down with this bug. No fun. No fun at all. I hope you weekend was quiet and restful and full of all these good fluids. This little ones have a way of giving us maladies, don’t they, Debra? I was down for the count late last week and the weekend, too. The darling were generous in spreading their colds – only I lost my voice (though I noticed Tom didn’t complain). HA! Sleep well and here’s to a good week ahead.

    1. We dropped like flies, Penny! Anyone can introduce a flu-bug into a family, but we had a few chuckles (after the fact) about the youngest one in the group doing so much damage! I hope you’re feeling better, too, my friend. We don’t exactly isolate when the little ones get sick do we! If a coworker sneezes I run for the Purell…and if the the girls are sick, I still give them hugs and kisses for comfort. I guess I found out I’m not invulnerable. πŸ™‚ And all is well again. I hope you, too, have a peaceful and healthy week!

  2. There’s something to be said for seldom being around the littles — not a lot, but something. On the other hand, I’d take the opportunity if it presented itself. Glad to hear you weathered the storm and are on the mend. (You too, Penny.)

    1. I remember when I first started teaching I was sick all the time! I’ve been exposed to so much through the years it always surprises me when a “simple” stomach virus completely devastates. I had a couple of days to reflect on how thankful I am (or should be!) that I feel good almost all of the time. I’m feeling a lot better this week, Karen! Thank you. ox

  3. I’d say, Ginger soother does sound good to drink with lemon and honey. I am glad you are all feeling much better. Take it easy and have a good relaxing week. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Uta. I’m feeling much better and planning to “pace myself” rather than jump back into too much activity. And the ginger drink was quite good on its own, but now that you mention lemon and honey, I think you’re onto something! πŸ™‚

    1. This was one of the fastest moving, hard-hitting stomach flus I’d had in years! And we each had our flu shots, Charlie, which normally work for me. I keep thinking about Karina’s first-grade class. Easily half the class, maybe more, had it. And if each one of those children also shared it at home…the math is staggering. Their own little hot zone! πŸ™‚ The ginger drink was a great find!

  4. I am currently suffering from carrying some kind of bug…. 😦 And yes it is stomach related. I hope no one gets it from me.

    But I saw your ginger there…..I think I need to go in that direction!

    1. Oh Colleen, I’m so sorry! It comes on so quickly, doesn’t it? And you are with little people in your life, too! My daughter refers to herself as a “cockroach,” because as a urgent care nurse she is exposed to everything, and almost never gets sick. She got this one, too! So it’s a doozy! I hope you get over it very quickly and that it doesn’t spread to your family and coworkers. The ginger elixir warms up nicely like cider and is very comforting. ox

      1. It did happen FAST. And so did some of those little ones in my life. Not sure where it originated. But I didn’t know I was sick, or getting sick until BAM it was 72 in the house and felt like I was in an ice bath.

        I had some ginger in the house. Thankfully! πŸ™‚

    1. I thought about a nice glass of wine over the weekend, Frank, and realized it didn’t sound good after all! That must tell you how “desperately ill” I was. LOL! And yes, thank you, much, much better now. πŸ™‚

    1. My thoughts exactly! I said to a friend that it didn’t seem fair. I wasn’t even well enough to read! By the time I felt better, it was back to work! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Barb! To make it more frustrating, we each had the flu shot weeks ago! πŸ™‚ Just one of those things. We still laugh, however, that one little girl “felled” the entire clan! Colds do drag on whereas the stomach flu is usually no more than 24 hours, so I hope you feel better soon, too, my friend. ox

  5. Catherine Wade

    So glad you managed to keep it contained to home. So far, no one in the office has fallen. Let’s hope it stays that way. πŸ™‚

  6. That is such a fun way to bring decor and humor into your yard! I love it! Hmm…maybe we’ll take to landscaping next! Haha…just kidding! Winter will be setting in soon so we’ll to hibernate on that idea for quite some time! Glad you’re feeling better and the whole family, too!

    1. You can always decorate your garden with “yard art,” Stacey! Many gardeners opt to keep the landscaping very simple but find little pieces of “whimsy” throughout just to add appeal. Don’t forget the option of feeding the birds in the winter. That could be a really fun little project for you. If you do that, be sure to share how that goes. I think that would be interesting.

          1. I completely understand–and identify, John. I am having so many problems with WP, and I know there are blogs I’ve somehow dropped. I think we all do the best we can. Blogging could be a full-time occupation. LOL! I’m so glad you’re back with us after almost a year! Happiest of Thanksgivings to you, too, John.

    1. You know…thank you for that comment, Cristine. I think that’s exactly right, in that I did slow down, big time, and I haven’t made much of an effort to do more than what’s required. I kept saying I was tired, and over the weekend I realized I wasn’t tired…I was relaxed. What a thought, huh? I hope you and your sweet family are well! And stay that way. πŸ™‚

    1. Now the virus is going around work. It’s a doozy! I guess the “good thing” is that I think I’m in better shape now and for the rest of the season…maybe this was “it” for a long time. πŸ™‚

  7. Dear Debra, you are so observant. I find myself walking and driving and seeing so little. Mostly I feel warmth or some other emotion, but so often I miss the obvious, like these wonderful signs you’ve posted for us.

    It’s good that you are feeling better. And by the way, as we talked yesterday about the memoir, I could see how observant you are. That’s a gift. Peace.

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