Scrubbing the floor with a toothbrush

Friday, April 19, 2013
I have been on the go for the last two weeks doing Mom things and before that I was sick with the flu so I haven't had much time to do anything for myself. Today I have the house to myself for the first time in 3 weeks.  I was determined to write.  I came home from the school run, made myself a latte, turned off the TV and sat down at my laptop when the hammering coming from next door started.  A few minutes later, my cat started stalking me.  I have two cats, but one is a lot more trouble than the other.  Alfie is loud and constantly looking for attention.  People don't believe me about how loud the cat is until they get me on the phone and hear the constant meowing in the background.  He is seriously annoying, but I love him and try not to get too aggravated with him.  I used to worry my son's first words would be 'Alfie, Shut up!'  Anyway, he finally gave up and left after about a half hour when I threatened to throw him out the window (yes, he understands every word I say).  So much for a quiet morning.
I put my phone on silent, put my tablet out of reach and closed the browser to the internet (still trying to not get too annoyed about the constant hammering and by then trying to ignore a killer head ache).  I opened the story I'm currently working on and then the phone rang.  Apparently there was breaking news on the Boston Bombings.  I turned on the TV and went to find something to take for my head ache.
While I was getting a drink for my headache tablets, I decided to cook some soup I haven't had time to make (before the vegetables went bad) .  The soup is cooking, the news is on and I am blogging instead of writing my story.  They say that writers will often avoid writing at all costs, finding all sorts of things to distract them from the task at hand.  My teacher says some will scrub the floor with a toothbrush to avoid the unwritten word.  I may not be scrubbing the floor with a toothbrush, but I might as well be.
I guess once my soup is ready, I've had my lunch and my headache goes away, I'll try again (that's exactly when Alfie will be back to hound me)...

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New Recipes to Come...

Monday, April 8, 2013
I've had a couple of emails (as long as one request from a friend) asking for me to post some more recipes.  I just thought I'd let you know that as soon as I'm over the flu, I plan to go back to posting recipes again. I've  been submitting them to magazines lately as well and so far I've sold two recipes.  I'll be paid when they are published and will be making £50 for recipes I already had posted here.  All I had to do was copy, paste and attach my photo.  Not bad at all.  I'm pretty pleased with myself :-)

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Placebo Effect?

I've had the flu since Easter so my big 30 Day Shred is on hold until I'm fully recovered...
Last week I was up coughing pretty much all night for four straight nights.  I tried cold and flu medicine and all sorts of cough medicines, but nothing was helping.  By day five I was feeling pretty awful and sleep deprived when I saw a post on Facebook saying that if you put Vicks Vaporub on your feet, it will cure night time coughing.  I was pretty skeptical and felt really stupid for even considering anything I saw on Facebook, but I was desperate. I asked my husband to stop for some on his way home so I could try it.
That night, I put the Vaporub on the bottom of my feet and covered them with socks at 10:00.  I went to bed at 11:00 and slept through cough free until 5:00 the next morning (when I woke up coughing). I reapplied and went back to sleep until 8:00.  No kidding,  I couldn't believe it worked.
My husband thought it sounded pretty unlikely.  He said maybe I was getting better and I should try sleeping without it the following night.  Others said it had to be the placebo effect and others told me they had done it for years and it worked every time.  So the next night I tried no Vaporub. I took my cough medicine and went to bed.  Within a few hours, I was up coughing again.  I tried putting the Vaporub on my chest.  It worked for about a half an hour before I was coughing again.  I put the Vaporub on my feet again and slept through the rest of the night cough free.
The last couple of nights I haven't needed it.  I wake up coughing from time to time, but go back to sleep without trouble.  Does the Vaporub on the bottom of your feet really work?  Is it the placebo effect?  I don't know nor do I care.  It may have been all in my head, but I slept and that was good enough for me.  The only way to know for sure is to try it on my son next time he has a bad cough (without telling him what it's for).
I just thought I'd post this so that the next time you are up coughing and desperate for sleep, you can try it too.  If you do, please share the results.  It would be interesting to see what others say.

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