The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

The last few weeks have just “flu” by, har, har

I’ve been meaning to post for ages. Honestly, I’ve got this 2017 retrospective in my drafts folder, and I am planning on posting about my new desk set-up (once I get my chair full assembled, I’ll finally have an actual workspace again), and blah, blah, blah. But as life would have it, I’ve been sick. I got sick the other weekend with what was either a super-short-lived-but-violent case of food poisoning or a super-short-lived-but-violent case of the stomach flu. Literally, within 24 hours I was weak, but up and somewhat mobile.

Then yesterday I woke up feeling fairly OK but within an hour or two I had a fever and a massive headache and joint aches. I took some NyQuil* last night and while I am not 100% today, I’m much better. But still, it’s such a pain because I’ve planned these bigger house projects on the weekend and when you’re pretty much down for the count, you have to catch up during the week and honestly, do you really want to do all this work after working 8 hours? Not me.

Still, I wanted to get a post in. I did have an awkward photo showing Grizzy, Sophie, and Sammi (puppy) on the bed with me! Despite the fact that I was pinned down on three sides, it was very sweet. 🙂 However, it looked like a war zone due to a ton of blankets being on the bed (Sammi had an accident on our comforter, so that was thrown over the closet door. Taking that to the cleaners.) So here are a few separate pictures of my furry nurses:

Sammi puppy bundled up under the comforter

Sammi is unimpressed.

Sophie and G, soaking up sunbeams on the chair in the living room

Sophie and G, soaking up sunbeams.

Thermometer showing my temperature of 100.8

Finally going down a bit.

In Summary:
The bad news? I have been getting sick. Not a huge suprise, given a lot of bugs are going around.

The good news? It appears I’m not getting *as* sick. I’m going to tentatively chalk this up to taking vitamins (fish oil, vitamins d and c) regularly. I’ve also been eating fewer inflammatory foods and more whole foods, and consciously doing more relaxing things (walking, reading, knitting), which helps keep the stress down. I’m also pumped because I just brewed a fresh batch of kombucha! My last scoby got moldy, so I held off brewing for a while. Then my lovely boyfriend bought me a kombucha heater so I decided it was time to start brewing again.

I really believe these small, all-over-the-map changes are making a difference. I want 2018 to be the year I don’t get knocked down completely by every virus that goes around.

I hope you are staying healthy, and that your 2018 is off to a good start. 🙂

Do you have any tips on staying healthy? I’m all ears.

*OMG NyQuil. I was scared to take it, but it was all we had in the house, so I went for it. The last couple times I’ve taken NyQuil I’ve had such horrible nightmares I swore it off. Last night I had some mildly unsettling dreams, which is better than the alternative, but right now I don’t think I’ll need it tonight and I am so glad!


Thankful Thursday

I’m thankful for so much, but I’m especially thankful for moments like this:

Sammipup, Sophie, Grizzykitty

I had been sitting with these three prior to taking the picture.

It was such a sweet moment. 🙂

In more thankful moments, I’m so happy I did a phone dump onto my computer last night! I’m now in the process – and not just thinking of it, haha – of sorting through images and then uploading them to Dropbox or the like. I hope to stay more organized going forward, deleting and/or transferring images weekly or month. It just helps me function better.

May you have a lovely Thursday!

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Word-full Wednesday

I renewed the TRB domain so I may be moving things over there. I’m not sure if I should transfer everything over there (I’ve tried, never quite got the hang of it, and then let things sit). I could also start fresh over there; that would give me an opportunity to write more about other things: thrifting, crafts, and Sammi, as well as devoting plenty of posts to Grizzy and Sophie, of course. 🙂

I’m thinking about it…

But to change things up a little bit right now, a picture of Sammi that always makes me chuckle.

Sammi puppy hiding behind the toilet

Safe behind the toilet.

Whenever it thunders, or people light fireworks (like when this picture was taken), or a car backfires, Sammi runs for the smallest space she can find to hide. One of her favorites is behind the toilet. Poor girl.

Last year I got her a fleece jacket to wear during colder weather. Funny enough, her poppa got the idea to put it on her during a storm earlier this spring. In his words, “She stopped shaking and went to her bed and fell asleep.” Since then I wouldn’t say it’s calmed her 100% every time, but it has calmed her down significantly during storms. Sadly, we didn’t have it with us when we were camping, but luckily the toilet was there to provide comfort. 🙂

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August mind-dump

Well here we are, another month has gone by and I haven’t really blogged. Lately I’ve felt more and more antsy, like, “Whoa, time is going by too quickly” combined with “Whoa, I am too busy!” And it’s not like I’m doing really exciting stuff, it’s just random things.

What have I been doing?

  • Well, I moved for one. I need to blog about that in more depth. People nicely warned me that it could take a while to get settled and I shouldn’t beat myself up if I wasn’t able to get everything sorted and organized in a month or two. I brushed off their words. Hahaha. I’m entering month four and I am still finding stuff to sort. Mind you, a lot has been done but there’s still a ways to go.
  • I bought a car! I REALLY researched this, asked people’s opinions, researched some more, and then took the plunge. It’s not fun going from having zero car payment to having a car payment, but it was time. My car was 16 years old so with any luck this will last just as long. Thankfully I got a very fair deal, and while I had to adjust the budget a bit (which I had been planning for), it’s a comfortable adjustment. More than anything else, I feel safe in my car and that’s definitely worth it.
  • I’ve been working a lot, doing some freelance. (See “car payment,” above, haha.)
  • I’ve been training for a half marathon. I’m definitely in the “one and done” category. I like running, but I think after this I’ll stick to 5 and 10Ks.It’s been a little hard to get going a lot of days because I feel kind of tired and sluggish. Not depressed, not sad, just sluggish and foggy. I wonder if my thyroid is off, or if it’s just that I’ve had a lot of big things going on. I love where I live now, but the other day I missed my apartment for a minute. It was smaller, I had a lot of stores in walking distance (great for errands!), etc. Maybe I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed about stuff.

    On a happy note, I decided to treat myself to a knitting pattern and some yarn I’ve admired for *at least* a year, probably two. I can’t wait to start it! Knitting helps me focus, chill out, and sit still.

    Another happy thing? The other night I had the house to myself so I cleaned up a bit, did some laundry, organized some stuff, watched my beloved QVC (window shopping is fun!), and while on the couch Miss Sophie jumped up near my head. 🙂

    Sophiekitty by my head on the couch

    Sophie the Stealthy.

    Then Sammi, our puppy, started barking that she wanted to get up.

    Sammi puppy on the couch with Sophie kitty

    They are quite the pair.

    I really need to blog about them. They are getting along great. I was so worried about that when I moved in. It’s working out really well, though. Grizzy and Sophie still romp around and hang with each other, but Sophie seems to find some comfort with Sammi, too. That is, G can be very much the rowdy mancat, so it seems like when Sophie wants to have some quiet time, she hangs out with Sammi. They are the ones who let me know when it’s bedtime and they both sleep on the bed. G seems to enjoy his solitude in the basement (in the “man cave,” of all places) or on his living room chair where he can look out the window.

    Whew, if you made it all the way through that, congrats and thank you. Also, Do you have any tips for organizing your time or getting more organized overall? My issue is feeling overwhelmed and scattered. I’m doing small things, like cutting out caffeine, waking up 10 minutes ealier each week so I have more time, etc., but this is something that always seems to be my Achilles’ heel and I’d like to change it once and for all. Thank you!

    Have a lovely week!