it wasn't our fault...

How can beautiful, happy little piggies have anything to do with the atom bomb that has hit our household this week?

Our family has joined the thirty percent of Brits predicted to catch the dreaded swine flu... now that we have a baby in the house again it has brought it back to me how flu rips through a family like a tornado bringing maximum devastation... every room is full of half-empty glasses, blankets, tissues, discarded plates and cups, the curtains still drawn... the sound of coughing and sneezing everywhere... the boredom and backache of being in bed all day and all night... the abandoned piles of washing: the trip down to the cellar laundry room now too much for anyone to tackle... one snuffly little nose unable to sleep and wanting to play at 3.30am every night... tired mum and dad, grumpy grandparents... the triumph of managing a small task such as wiping the kitchen surfaces or stacking the dishwasher... lying awake at night worrying about more and more paperwork piling up (him)... a consignment of hearts and bags and decorations promised by the second week of November still unmade (me)... all my new threads still unwrapped and unused...

Slowly, slowly though, I think the tornado is losing its strength... hopefully it won't be long before we are back to good health again, meanwhile I am crocheting in bursts, reading loads (Monty Don, Crystal Renn, Roger Deakin, Rose Tremain), drinking lovely lemon-and-lime flavour This Water and watching the birds in the sunshine outside.

Hoping that you are still healthy and if not, 'solidarnosc'!

24 comments:

kate fern said...

Oh, I hope you're feeling better soon. I'd almost put up with being sick for the lying in bed reading!

little birds fly said...

feel better soon :( we went through the flu in the early summer so I can totally empathize...

Pomona said...

Hope you feel better very soon!

Pomona x

Cottage Garden said...

I hope you and your family get better very soon!

Jeanne x

blackbird said...

It's hard enough to be sick yourself but when it's the whole family- very, very hard.

Get well soon- all of you.

Gigibird said...

The House of Lurgy....the sight of those cottons is making me feel good.....shame it can't work on your brood!

Frances said...

Wow, Sue, sorry to hear you've got the house of flu!

If you are well enough to think about crocheting ... maybe you are on the mend, though. Hope so! xo

*Marie* said...

Ohhh Sue it´s a long time ago since I wrote and now this!!! I hope you and your family feel better very soon !!!! Is it the dangerous flu from the pigs? In Germany where my family lives, started the vaccination this monday. Everybody can get a imunisation from the doc. But here in DK where I live is nothing. Only older people and little ones got a shot. I wish you and your family all the best.....hugs *Marie*

Sue said...

Thank you everybody and Frances I think you are probably right... hopefully I'm on the mend now :-)

6p00e5504100028834 said...

hope you are all get well again really soon Sue... no fun at all.. the flu.. just rest up until you are completely better and enjoy your books
ginny x

elizabethm said...

OH you poor things! Hope you are on the mend. Love your choice of reading material, that must help.

silverpebble said...

Oh goodness, I really hope it clears up very soon. You must all feel miserable.

Claire said...

Sending best wishes and some sunny weather for a speedy recovery to you and the family from Downunder.
Hubby and son had flu shots over winter and they both ended up getting quite a dose of it!

Chrissie said...

hope you are all soon fit as fleas!

google_account said...

I've always been a fan of plus-size models! There's a great site with many images of Crystal and other plus-size models here:

http://www.judgmentofparis.com/

They're all gorgeous.

The site's forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.

Gilly said...

I'm sorry your Mum is not up to coming and helping out now. Wish I could, but.........

bad penny said...

poor you I hope you feel better soon

Jackie said...

Poor you.
Get well soon.
x

Sue said...

Thanks so much everyone for your good wishes. I thought I was getting better yesterday but feel grim again today... I'm off to light a fire and do some more crochet :-)

Lorenza said...

I join in sending you good wishes to get well soon :( how unlucky for the whole family to get it... but if you can see it in a positive light, you all got it over and done with and now can look forward to a winter flu free time... hugs! L x

Hens Teeth said...

Lordy Sue...how thoroughly miserable and worrying time for you all...I sincerely hope by now you are all feeling much better.

cocoa and blankets said...

Oh you poor poor things...I hope you are feeling better soon...there is nothing worse than been poorley when you are a mum..you have to keep going for the lot....love to you and yours and prayers for a speedy recovery....

Morna said...

Oh my! Those piggies are adorable, the sickness is deplorable ... feel better!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Feel better soon, poor you!

Sarah x