I had really good intentions. I was going to spend Sunday’s rainy afternoon answering the 164 emails in my inbox, and then if there was any time left, I was going to work on this blog post.
But you know that cold, I mentioned in our Weekend Talk? Well…by Saturday night I had a fever of 102 degrees, was shivering all over, and I knew it wasn’t just a cold.
I huddled under the covers and ran a fever all day Sunday while the rain fell and the winds blew outside. My mother says she never remembers running fever. She is lucky. When I run a fever I hover somewhere between awake and asleep, never a sound sleep, and my thoughts get all muddled….like I can be thinking about chocolate pie, Christmas trees, and tacos all at the same time. Yes, I was craving tacos at 4:00 a.m. this morning.
I will normally drive myself to the doctor when I am sick, but not today. I was waaay too weak, so my sweet husband took off work to take me. When I got back to the examining room, the first thing the doctor asked me was, Kelly, have you had your flu shot yet? And I politely told him, No. Be quiet. It doesn’t matter that I work with 5 zillion elementary students who have all shared their flu and other sicknesses with me. This is not the flu. I don’t have any achy joints. He said, Okay…then let’s listen to your lungs.
And after doing so and shaking his head he said, No it isn’t the flu. (Ah ha! I was right. ) It’s pneumonia. Not good. He gave me some meds, and told me to come back in 48 hours to listen again. If it has not improved, he wants to discuss the h word….hospital. Boo hiss. I, like everyone else at this time of year, have too much to do to think about taking time off to be sick.
You would know this would be the week I have off. It would never happen at a time when I could miss work.
Enough of the pity party. I am really not telling you all of this for pity. I am telling you this because I am trying to write this in bed with an electric blanket on and my laptop is balanced in my lap. (Probably not a good thing for the laptop.) Anyway, if the photos are too dark or too light or if I have repeated any of them, please forgive me. I can’t figure out how to tilt the screen to edit the lightness (and my fever is 100.8 right now.)
So let’s talk about decorating before I get to the end of the photos. I had planned to do the porch in brown and red for Thanksgiving like the rest of the house. But I had that pumpkin pillow that is on the sofa in one of the photos near the top of the post, and I had all those pumpkins leftover from October’s decorations, so I just had to go with orange and red out there. It made perfect sense to me.
So I piled some pine branches, pinecones, and the pumpkins in a dough bowl (from a super kind reader from a whole different continent!) and ended up with a simple but workable holiday centerpiece.
I mixed more leftover pumpkins, pinecones, and pine branches on the buffet and in other spots around the porch.
And there was a little more November decorating that didn’t make its way into a post, so I am including the photos here. My friend Eddie made this beautiful cotton wreath that is hanging in our hallway. If you are in the middle Georgia area, she has these 17 inch ones for $45 at Vintage Junktion in Warner Robins.
And I had these leaves in an arrangment in the bedroom for another touch of fall. (But I took them out this weekend when I got sick.)
As Thanksgiving draws close, I am most thankful for my sweetheart of a husband who is the world’s best nurse…sorry Paula (my sister who happens to be a real nurse.) He has fetched meds and McDonald’s french fries when I have wanted them, made mashed potatoes for dinner, and gone out to get tacos for lunch for me. I am also thankful that our sons are not coming to visit from Seattle this holiday. I don’t think I would be very good company for them.
And I am thankful for your friendship. This online world allows for some amazing and crazy connections doesn’t it? Here’s hoping your Thanksgiving is full of good times with family and friends. I am going to be a good patient now and rest…and hopefully I will be back with a post for you on Friday (assuming these medicines kick in.)