Monday, February 4, 2013

down for the count ~ but a few cheery things, too

 I am so sick. Can't remember being this sick in a long time.
I'm congested, headachy, coughing, body aches, and temperature.
I've been sleeping on and off all day. Just heated up some veggie broth
and put Israeli couscous and baby spinach in it. Managed to eat a few bites of that.
I was out in public every single day last week, so I guess I picked up someone's nasty germs.

One thing I did last week was be a chili cook-off judge at Trader Joes!
That was a blast. I saw the flyers in the store and applied to be a judge.
They called me a few days later and said they picked me to be one of the judges.
 There were eight of us and we got to taste-test ten different chilis and rate them. They were all
 made by TJ employees. Not only did I meet a lot of nice people, but we got a big bag of groceries 
for our time.

While I was in Trader Joes, I bought myself a bouquet of cheery flowers.
Can you believe they're only $3.99?
And how do you like the red and white coffee pot turned pitcher?
I found that beauty at Goodwill last week. It didn't have the lid, so I knew I'd use it as a vase.
  It's hard for me to resist pretty things in red and white or blue and white.

I'm a big fan of Lisa Leonard jewelry. She is now making gold pieces and was running a
special for Valentine's Day. When I saw this winged heart, I had to order it. It reminds me
of my beloved son, Phil who passed away a little over three years ago.

Back to bed for me. I hope the rest of you are staying well and healthy!


  1. Melanie, I came across your beautiful blog while visiting "Always Nesting" and I have signed up to follow you. So sorry you are ill and I hope you will feel better very soon. The flowers are so pretty. The name of my blog is Mimi Mine and the web address is, if you can drop by to visit, I would love to hear from you.

    1. Thank you for your get well wishes and for becoming a follower. I did indeed visit you at your blog!

  2. Melanie, I am very sorry that you are ill. I hope it isn't the dreaded flu. So you rest, eat when you can and know we are sending good will wishes your way! P.S. Love the flowers and I noticed the bead board too-big fan of bead board!!

    1. Thanks, Jemma. The bottom half of my kitchen walls are all beadboard/wainscoting.

  3. I hope you feel better soon. I haven't been sick like this in a long time...with a fever and body aches like you have. How miserable. Sounds like you are taking good care of yourself. The chili thing sounds like it was so much fun and a bag of groceries to boot?!! Love the flowers and the coffee pot is darling and perfect as a vase. And I love your necklace, I know you will wear it close to your heart.

    Feel better soon, sweetie. We have a lunch date coming up! ;-D


    1. Thank you, Jane...we haven't set a date yet though! We need to do that!

  4. Sounds like the dreaded flu. Feel better soon. Love the flowers and the coffee pot. Glad you have the beautiful necklace to remind you of your son. I am so sorry that you lost your son. That has to be so hard. Rest and feel better.

    1. Yes, I believe it's the dreaded flu Debby, as I'm still running a low-grade fever. Though feeling a wee bit better today! Thank you for your compliments and your condolences regarding the loss of my son.

  5. Goodness-feel better soon.
    Love your improvised vase =)


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