Sick, S.A.D. and Damp

The past week has not been a stellar one in our household.  Although hubby and I don't suffer clinically from S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder), it's really hard to get enthused about anything when it's always dark.  I go to work in the dark and I come home in the dark.  And it's dark at noon because we haven't seen more than a glimmer of the sun in weeks!  Even when it's not raining (and it's mostly been raining), there is constant cloud cover.  But am I complaining after those freakish snow storms in December?  You bet I am!  See how lethargic hubby and Maggie are:


You might have heard about the terrible flooding in Western Washington.  We don't usually have too much of a problem on the island since we have no rivers. But we have an awful lot of standing water.  This is the end of our driveway:


And there's a lake in our backyard!

Add to this the fact that I am sick.  I very rarely get sick and get a trifle cranky when I do.  There wasn't even any staying home and coddling myself.  We have one employee out for an indeterminate time and two more injured and on light duty.  As office manager the buck stops here, so I soldiered on.  The past two days were very difficult as I completely lost my voice!!  I couldn't answer phones or converse with parents.  There was a lot of note writing and pantomiming! 

However, my day was considerably brightened yesterday when I got a phone call.  When the receptionist told me I had a phone call, I told her she had to take a message and I'd write out my answer.  She insisted I take it:

"Nana, are you sick?  Do you need a hug?  I love you Nana!"  Ok, I feel a LOT better!!  I think she was especially sympathetic because both she, Ivy and her mommy have all been sick too.  Get better soon Izzy.

Fortunately I've had completely mindless knitting on the baby afghans to tide me over.  I don't think I could have focused on anything else:


I really like the colors on the variegated one.  They're soft but not too soft – very happy and cheerful.  One thing I have discovered, though, is that I am so much happier on needles no larger than size 7.  The blue afghan is done on size 7, the variegated one on size 8.  Just that one size difference makes a world of difference in how long my hands can hold out.

Tomorrow I'm going to rest and take it easy and rest my voice.  I want to be in fine fiddle for the Nancy Bush class this weekend.  Of course, you know I'd be there – even if the paramedics have to wheel me in on a stretcher!

11 thoughts on “Sick, S.A.D. and Damp

  1. What a great shot of Maggie and DH. The picture just says it all.

    Glad to know you’re not under water, but sorry you’re sick and not even able to baby yourself through it.

    I’m the same way with the larger needles but I’ve never been able to figure out a reason for it. Any theories?

  2. If you subbed my husband and Fiona, I have that same picture *lolol*

    I loathe being sick and I’m a very bad patient. Last time I had a bad illness, influenza the real thing, my care giver sedated me for three days!!!!! She knows me well.

    I hope you feel much better very soon. My recipe for throat issues is hot tea, honey and whiskey. It tastes good and makes all the other aches go away. Does nothing really for getting your voice back, but after a few of these, who cares!

  3. So sorry you are not feeling well. But, green with envy for the NB class. Hope you will blog about it. Cute picture with your two sweeties. Same situation here. Days too short and nights too long. No rain, but 900 small earthquakes under Yellowstone Lake since Christmas. Gulp!

  4. Hope you are on the mend. A class with Nancy Bush should go far in curing the blahs. I was lucky enough to attend a couple of classes she gave in Harrisville NH several years ago.

  5. Oh no, hope you didn’t catch it from reading my blog 😉 Feel better soon!

    I have a therapy light if you’d like to visit. I bought two for my office so employees can use them at work. They were a good deal at

    What is the blankie yarn?

  6. Oh…I do hope you start feeling better soon – and that your weather turns for the better too! Winters can indeed be lengthy – at least in the Midwest they can – and I am sure elsewhere it’s the same.

    Love the photo of Maggie and her dad! She’s a lap full!!!

  7. Even though I like cold weather better than warm, I get cranky after weeks of cold weather. We’ve had just enough snow and ice to disrupt my exercise schedule (I didn’t want to drive to the gym when the roads are icy), and my hands seem permanently chapped. I hate it when the wool catches on my fingers.

    I hope you’re on the mend. Just knowing you have a class with Nancy Bush is bound to make you feel better.

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