Change . . .


In theory I like change. But, when I think about it, I really only like change I can control (seems to be a recurring theme here lately). I love painting walls crazy new colors or ripping out a wall when possible. I love homeschooling because if something is truly not working, I can change it. I’m growing to love gardening for the same reason. Actually, most things I love, I love because I can control change. (I’m not including people in that ‘things I love category’ because that gets creepy.)

However, I have issues with change I cannot control. Here, today, those things would be the weather (why the hell is it STILL cold in Florida on March 1?) and the fact that Tim is sick. Not just under the weather, Tim is sick, sick, sick with a high fever (though he has only ever had high fevers – no moderation in the child’s body – it’s 103+ or nothing, baby), cough, sore throat, chills and those horrible bloodshot eyes.

I blame the uncharacteristic cold weather! We rarely get sick here and I think, in large part, it’s due to the fact that we’re not shut in anywhere for any long stretch of time. But the past two months have changed all that. Heck, we might as well be in North Carolina or somewhere equally bitter. (I joke – I meant to say Dallas.) I usually enjoy a good cold snap – a week or two, anyway. But, I’m all done. Whoever is in charge of this (or if you know who is in charge, call them) needs to make a phone call and end it.

But, now, as I type while spraying my screen with Lysol – so as not to infect you all – I’m wondering who is going down next? How long will this last? To be perfectly stupid about it, we do not have the time to be sick. I’ve been pushing the OJ and added a ton of garlic to tonight’s dinner. I have plans to make (and feed copious quantities of it to everyone in the house) this recipe from another mom – she swears by the whole head of garlic, so I’m going to give it a shot – at the very least, the boys will not be meeting a lot of new friends over the next couple days!

Garlic Chicken Soup (Remedy for Cold and Flu Season)
makes 4 1-cup servings

4 cups chicken stock (or add 1 packet gelatin to 4 cups broth)
1 head of Garlic (about 15 cloves, CRUSHED and peeled)
1 medium Red Onion, quartered
1/2 to 1 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 1/2 tsp. minced parsley and cilantro
1 tsp. minced basil and mint leaves
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Salt to taste

Allow garlic to sit about 15 minutes after crushing before beginning cooking. Saute garlic in a bit of olive oil until nicely softened and caramelized. Add all other ingredients except lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Add lemon juice and salt to taste. You may inhale the therapeutic fumes. Take 1 to 2 cupfuls everyday until you are well.

Note: all of the herbs are medicinal, not just the garlic.

As I type, I’m watching the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics – well done, Canada! As a country, you’re way funnier than I ever gave you credit for! I’m thinking I would kill for one of those hideous down mini-skirts the Olympic minions are wearing. Flattering? No. But I’m sure it’s warmer than my clothes. When did I become such a wimp?

Off to make soup and contemplate my weaknesses. Hope everyone reading is healthy and warm.

3 thoughts on “Change . . .

  1. With a high fever, it can help to give them calcium lactate. The fever…eats the calcium in the bones or something? melts the lactic acid? hell if I know. All I know is, it was recommended to me by some witch doctor or other and it has seemed to help others I know. Hope he's over it soon, that sounds miserable. Luckily our house is so drafty, it's like we get outside all year!

  2. Yes, Ian will eat this.

    Thanks for the tip, Deana. I'll have Danny pick some calcium lactate this afternoon.

    Looks like Andy is getting ready to crash now.

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