February’s Disappointing End

Welcome to Thursday and, for me, a bit of “return to normal” – whatever normal might be!  For the two or three who may have noticed, I was not able to respond to comments earlier in the week nor did I get a post out on Monday as I was “under the weather.”  (Pause for a rabbit trail…but have you wondered about the phrase “under the weather”?  I know what it means but how did it originate?  Well, I have your answer.  It is, apparently, a maritime reference. In older days, when a sailor was unwell, he was sent down below to help with his recovery.  Below as in under the deck and away from the weather.  Well, there you have it.  Learned something today?) 🙂

Thankfully, I am feeling much better.  I am thankful that my immune system and body, in general, is once again able to fight on my behalf.  I don’t often catch a virus but I am thankful that it only takes a couple of days to recover when I do.  I don’t often enjoy the rest that is required during those couple of days – and, admittedly, it is much easier to do in my current season of life –  but I’m learning to find the positives.  Over the past few evenings, I have been livestreaming a winter revival that was taking place at my friend’s church in North Carolina.  Each service has been so instructive as well as encouraging.  It has been a blessing to, truthfully, have “nothing else to do” and to be able to enjoy each session.  I can be critical of livestream.  (Let’s face it – I can just be critical.) But that technology has been a real blessing to me this week.

I was supposed to be leaving today for a long weekend visit to North Carolina.  For other reasons (not this silly virus), my plans got cancelled.  (Please tell me – is it one “l” or two?)  That was super disappointing.  As well, our second Family Fun night was cancelled.  And, that one, because I was sick.  Grrr.  Second month in and my great plans for a monthly fun get together have already gone sideways.  I had planned – as much as I pre-plan this blog! – to share a photo from that night and use it as my highlight for the month.  Well, rats.  Instead, I thought I would answer a few of these Hodgepodge questions.  This is a link-up and I see folks’ answers spradocially as I ramble down the blog reading trail and there are often several questions (and answers) that I find rather interesting.  I think there are typically five questions but I probably will not answer them all.  Just a couple for today…to make it worth your while for stopping by.  I’ll end here – before the questions.  As always, I appreciate your visiting the blog.  We have (just about!) made it through February.  Here’s to a wonderful month ahead!!

1. February is coming to a close. Give us a two-word phrase that tells us something about how yours went.  Challenging Flashback

2.  What’s something on your desk or a nearby wall that cheers you up when you see it or walk past?  I snapped this photo, just now, while typing at my desk.  On the corner sits a photo of our sweet pup, Bailey.  Hard to believe, 18 months gone and she still brings us such joy!!

3. Without telling us the category give us your top five ___________.  England, Ireland, Samao, Iceland and the Amalfi Coast

Thanks again.  PS – where would you like to go??

19 thoughts on “February’s Disappointing End

  1. I missed you on Monday and hoped that you weren´t under the weather. Sorry to hear that you were. And that your plans were derailed. I am glad that you are feeling better and can continue to rest and recover.

  2. Jennifer, it is SO good to see a post up from you today. What a blessing it must have been for you to realize that your immune system is once again fighting for you after your year last year. Rejoicing with you! I’m just sorry that you ended up with the virus. My husband and I both have been dealing with something too. We think we are all better and in a few days the nasty thing has returned.

    I’m sorry that your schedule has had to have changes that have caused you disappointment.

    #3 on your list ….places you have been or you want to go? I’ve already been to the place I wanted to go…Switzerland. But if someone made it possible for me to visit Scotland, I wouldn’t turn that down. 🙂

  3. These expressions have such interesting origins. Thanks for sharing this one. I have used it many times but never thought as to where it came from. Fascinating! I’m glad you are feeling better now. Sorry things were cancelled. Best laid plans of mice and men and all that (I should find the origin of that expression too ) Thanks for sharing your Hodge-Podge answers – thoroughly enjoyed. Wishing you a very happy and healthy March.

  4. I’m glad you’re feeling better. It’s no fun being sick. I used to work in an elementary cafeteria and the first year I was sick all the time but then after that my immune system seemed to be strong, I guess being around all those little germy kids helped. I hope your weekend is filled with joy and fun.

  5. Happy you are feeling better!!
    And I also am glad to see the end of February…just looking forward to a happy March!

  6. Hi Jennifer 🙂 I love that you gave us the origin of “under the weather”!! I never knew that! Well, I hope you have made a complete recovery. Sorry about all the plans that have been cancelled.

    1 – my February could be described as “crafty”. I did several crafts. I’m crafted out. 🙂
    2. Something around my desk….a wooden ornament my kids gave me for Christmas that says “Love you A Million Skies”. That’s what I used to say to my boys when they were growing up and I love that they remembered it enough to make me something with that saying.
    3. a cottage in an English village, a farmhouse on 5 acres, a craftsman style home on a tree lined street

    1. A cottage in an English village – yes please!! And what fun to have a craft February – helps make a blah month much more fun!

  7. oh i’m so sorry that you’re feeling punky, friend. sadly, i hear where you’re coming from. i’ve been hunkered down for almost 2 weeks with covid and listening to my body whisper, ‘rest, rest, rest.’

    all will be well. please know you’re not alone, girl.

  8. Hello! I am so glad you are on the mend, my friend. There is so much going around. I am happy your body is back able to do its job. I am also always happy to see a post from you. Have a cozy afternoon!

  9. Oh these horrible winter viruses – pleased you are feeling better and no longer ‘under the weather’!
    Would like to visit my penfriend of over 50 years at her home in Florida, Seville, Madrid, Porto and Amalfi coast.

    1. Thank you, Karen. I also hope you are feeling ok…and not in too much pain before you can see the doctor/surgeon!

  10. glad you are feeling better, we were ill with one thing and another in December and January. My February was when the improvements started!!

    1. Hooray for improvements….but waiting two months?! Oh my. So glad you stopped by the blog and commented, Karen!

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