For the past couple of days, I've been down for the count with a bad case of stomach flu. I haven't had the flu for a very long time, decades. I've had my fair share of run-ins with food poisoning in that time and have, on more than one occasion been tempted to invite the grim reaper in to bring about a quick end to my suffering. Nevertheless, I'm inclined to say that the flu is worse. With food poisoning, though it may take some time and be violent and dramatic, the pain and misery is over once your body, fragile thing that it is, has rid itself of the offending substance. Not so with the flu. Day three today and I'm still dragging my butt from one room to another, barely able to do more than drink water and yearn for the comfort of my bed. My cat is in heaven, having me to lounge beside and provide some company for her daylight naps. Willow, my dog, has been a saint. Naturally high energy with an insatiable appetite for play, she's been impersonating a cat herself and curling up next to us, for hours at a time. When she's reached the limits of her patience, I've taken her outside and thrown her ball around for her until she leaves it in the snowbank and trots back to me with her tongue lolling, panting for breath. The dog equivalent of crying "uncle". The cold, fresh country air feels good on my lungs and momentarily clears my head, but my cat beckons back inside.
"Say Yes. Be generous. Love more. Trust yourself. Speak up. Slow down." Patti Digh Author
"We're all downstream." David Suzuki, Environmentalist
"It's impossible, that's sure. So let's start working." Philippe Petit, Wirewalker
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I'm a Superficial Dabbler - I know a little bit about a lot of things and I'm an expert at none of them. I’m a city girl with a country soul, a curious nature, and a very short attention span. I believe that animals are angels wrapped in fur, come down from heaven to model unconditional love. I'm also profoundly blessed to be married to the man I prayed for and God provided.
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