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Hot Soup

Today was a hot day, hot enough that I worried about Hazel burning her feet in the street. (She has figured out that the white paint areas are cooler. she sticks to them.

But this afternoon I made a huge pot of chicken soup. (With rice, 'stirring once, stirring twice')

I did this because I have the worst cold in the whole hemisphere. I am so stuffed up. I feel like my face is full of cement. I may have to sleep standing up like a cow.  So soup. I threw  in carrots and rice and onions and   it helped a little.

Hazel did something really smart yesterday. She has a habit of licking her feet. Vet says it is just a nervous habit, like nail biting. But when we see her doing it we say 'Hazel stop licking your feet," and she stops until we are not looking. Yesterday Mike caught her at it, and said it. She put both her snout and feet under a blanket, and kept on. Clever girl.

Only one Spanish sentence of note today.

'She took out her knife."

Now, i ask you, when will I need to say that. (I am hoping never!)

No writing today. Maybe tomorrow.


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Jul. 7th, 2013 08:01 am (UTC)
Is Hazel a kitty? I have a sister with five cats, and one is named Hazel. I hope you feel better soon!
Jul. 7th, 2013 09:08 am (UTC)
Hazel is my dog. She is a mastiff hound mix, and a very mellow girl. I just thought it was so smart hiding her foot under the blanket, and then putting her nose under there, and thinking nobody would see!

I hope this cold ends soon too. Having a cold in the summer time always feels ridiculous.

But as dense as the population is here, and everyone on the subway, it is inevitable that I will meet a new virus now and then. I try to remember to always wash my hands when I come in from outside. But sometimes I forget...
Jul. 7th, 2013 02:02 pm (UTC)
Well of course she took out her knife!!She needed to cut up the carrots and onions for the soup!!I theorize that besides giving nourishment and being easy to digest (freeing energy to cold-fighting instead of digestion), the making of soup puts moisture into the air, ALWAYS a good thing when breathing is impaired.

My old-fashioned doctor used to recommend holding a cup/bowl of hot water/tea/coffee and throwing a dish towel over your head, effectively making a little 'steam tent'. It WORKS!! Loosens everything so you can cough it up easily and opens and relaxes all the little airways.

For sleep, try propping up your head and chest with extra pillows, or a folded blanket under the top end of the mattress. We used to use the second method when I worked in the 'baby room' of a child care place. It used to help a lot when some of our 'asthmatic' babies were having trouble sleeping. We had one little girl whose breathing could be heard across the room!! Of course, her (x2x3x4x5) parents assured us it was 'just a cold'!

I hope you feel better quickly!!
Jul. 7th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
As a toddler, our daughter had a run in with asthma. We finally let her stay up and fall asleep sitting. Then she didn't cough as much and could sleep.
Jul. 8th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
Asthma scares me. Son has it mildly, but he had croup a lot when he was small, and the sound of that bark in the night, (like a seal,) I will never forget.
Jul. 8th, 2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
Daughter hasn't been bothered with it for years, at least not to the point she was then.
Jul. 8th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yes-- good when they outgrow it.
Jul. 8th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
Better today. The soup helped. Sometimes to unclog I shut myself in the bathroom and run the shower until the room is all steamed up. I can bring a book in there, and just let the steam do the work. (This procedure worked better before I needed reading glasses! Now I am stopping constantly to wipe the steam off of my glasses.

My son had croup when little-- I used to do the shower trick, and read to him. Switching back and forth between night air, cool and damp, and shower room hot and damp, seemed to ease croup in those long ago nights.
Jul. 7th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
Summer colds are the worst. Hope you feel better soon.
Jul. 8th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
Better today. The thing about being sick in the summer is you feel so outraged and betrayed!
Jul. 7th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
It's July, but I think the August verse is appropriate right now:

In August it will be so hot
I will become a cooking pot
Cooking soup, of course -- why not?
Cooking once, cooking twice
Cooking chicken soup with rice.

Also, you need to know the knife sentence because he had it comin'.

"He ran into my knife. He ran into my knife ten times." (Pop. Squish. Six. Uh-uh. Cicero. Lipschitz.)

Summer colds are the pits. I hope you feel better soon.
Jul. 8th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
This morning son (Who is 22) walked by Yodel and said 'Yodel, if you would only say you care we'd let you fold the folding chair.' Cat did not reply.
Jul. 8th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
So his parents left him there...

In high school I was part of a children's troupe that included puppets (but didn't use them exclusively) and that was one of the pieces we presented. I played the mother. The lion was a full body puppet.

I also have "Where The Wild Things Are" completely memorized because I was a narrator and one of the people operating the Forest/Ocean/Monster backdrop. First we crouched, then when the forest "grew and grew" we slowly stood up until there was a dark sheet with a pattern of vines as Max's backdrop, then stagehands flipped that layer to show a painted ocean, then they flipped that to show the Monsters, who had places so we could stick our hands through for Terrible Claws. For the Wild Rumpus we all sang "Wild Thing", which was silly, but for six-year-olds, it worked.

So it's in permanent memory, and being able to recite it has allowed me to make small children be quiet when they're stuck in lines at the supermarket or the bank.
Jul. 8th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
I love Sendak. I know the 'Wild Things' by heart too, just from reading it to sleepy kids for years. I also bought the 'Night Kitchen' because the art makes me happy.

Sendak lived here in Brooklyn you know.
Jul. 8th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, I do.

...you know, I think he and Harry might have been contemporaries, growing up.
Jul. 9th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
What a great idea. And I am so glad that Harry and Andrew are speaking to you, and asking for more of their story to be told. Such a lot of material to work with.
Jul. 9th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
And it means I've sidled into a genre that I actually READ, and where I can point to plenty of authors whose work I enjoy, instead of going "well, I never really read romance before I started writing it, except for Georgette Heyer and fanfic, but here I am writing it anyway."

Now I just have to 1) read a lot more of the time period's history, especially the bad stuff, and 2) learn how to plot a mystery.
Jul. 8th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Hazel is one brilliant critter!
Jul. 8th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
She is smart. I would say she is about like an age 3 human person.
Oct. 4th, 2016 02:22 pm (UTC)
My age three human person has been going to the office with Baba. The office people offer him candy. Baba and I do not think three-year-old human people should have so much candy. So when it is offered, he looks around carefully. If Baba is watching, he does not accept the candy. If he doesn't see Baba, he takes the candy and eats it happily. Hazel would understand perfectly.

I feel a little sad reading your Hazel stories, because I read to the end once already.
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