Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Under the weather

Sorry for the lack of posting, but I've been a been experiencing a rare (for me) bout of illness. Most cold and flu seasons pass uneventfully for me; I can run the gauntlet of phlegm-producing family members and co-workers without developing so much as a sniffle. But every few years or some rogue germ manages to lodge itself in my throat and within days I end up with the Trifecta of Misery: hacking cough, stuffy head and worst of all - godawful fever blister.

This one is a bute. And no, I won't post pictures. Suffice it to say it's worse that spiders, rat entrails or other bloody fare you've come to expect in this space. In fact, it's so horrible I've refused to venture out into public until it's gone, lest the other villagers - seeing my deformity as a curse - stone me in the square.

That's not to say I'm not going outdoors. It's been the unfortunate irony that my illness has coincided with the first real cold snap of the winter season. So despite my feverish, weakened state I'm out every morning at 7 a.m., hauling buckets of boiling water to the pony trough to melt the previous night's accumulation of ice. And yes, I know I could ask Larry to do it, but they're my ponies and he's got enough to do.

Then there's hay and feed to deliver and chickens and geese to feed and children to tend. It's time like these that I'm so proud to have resilient self-sufficient children. Alex has taken over fixing lunch for herself and her little brother so I won't give them "germs." As for writing, I'm pretty much putting that off as long as I can. It hurts to think up stuff to write. Even porn, which should tell you how bad I feel.

So bear with me and rest assured I'll be better soon. My lip is slightly less puffy and deformed today and at 1 p.m. I've not felt the need to nap under the electric blanket. I have news from my recent SCA meeting and other stuff to blog about shortly. But first things first. The echinacia and herbal tea beckons. Wish me well.


Erik said...

WOW! if you cannot come up with pr0n then you must be really really sick! I feel for ya!

thimscool said...

Sorry to hear you're ill, Morg.

Nicole, Atticus and I went through a horrible week of flu earlier this month. Brutality when the whole house is sick.

Take it easy, and you'll be back in action in no time. Rest is best.

Anonymous said...

Oh my. It's certainly that time of year. Thimscool is right. Get as much rest as possible. That and drink lots of fluids.
God Bless You,

Morgan said...

Thanks, guys!
I'm significantly better today and am feeling (and looking)a bit more like myself.
I'm still trying not to overdo it, though.
(To Erik, that means easing my way back into writing porn. No sex scenes; I'll just write about heavy petting.) ;-)

Erik said...


Once you get up to the sex scenes, maybe you will be well enough to let me know where to send these pictures?

sammyray said...

Love you Morg ... hope you're better soon :)

Morgan said...

Erik, I'll email you shortly with details and to get info on how much to send you. Thanks! Right now I'm playing nurse to Alex, who came down with the bug this morning. As Thimscool can attest after seeing poor little Atticus suffer, the only thing worse than being sick is having a sick kid.
Sammyray, you are the best. :-) I needed that, and I love you, too.

Suspect said...

but first the herbal tea, yes

Jana said...

Hoping you're lots better already. See? Go to SCA, get a fever blister. Glad you're up to boiling the pony water and feeding the fowl. Be weller, drink more water!!
I have a water book - first line in is that the water taken with the pills does more good than the pills being taken.

Morgan said...

You know I actually thought about you yesterday when I was forcing myself to drink yet another glass of water. I have yet to read the You're-Not-Sick-You're-Thirsty book. There's probably a lot of wisdom to it. I notice that the more water I drink during a cold the better I feel, probably because it flushes toxins out of my body.
And I promise my fever blister had nothing to do with those knights at the SCA. They are all attractive men but, alas, spoken for as am I.
I'm pretty sure I got the cold during our trip to the model train expo. There were tons of kids there, the dirty little vectors. My oldest daughter is doing her student teaching now and she's picking up every bug in the book. I'll tell her to drink lots of water. :-)

Suspect, I'm still hitting the herbal tea. But even when I'm better there will be dirty stories for you, my precocious little pup, until you come of age.

Lord Omar said...

Hello Morgan,

it's February 8th and I am optimistically hoping (and assuming) you are feeling better.

thimscool said...

Quite right. I've been missing you.

thimscool said...

Hey Morg? You ok? I'm starting to get worried, so I called the police and filed a missing person report.

If you don't respond soon, I may be forced to take drastic measures.

Morgan said...

Hi all!
Yes, I'm fine. I've just been busy adapting to my change in circumstance. My erstwhile editing gig seems to have dried up, at least for the forseeable future, so I've been hustling to find and fulfill some freelance work. Also, my dial-up has been frustratingly slow but (YAY!) we're getting high speed tomorrow that will also come with a router so we can also work wirelessly on our laptops from home.
I took some great photos today of an ancient dairy barn and as soon as I get my Internet switched over tomorrow I'll post. I get so frustrated trying to post photos with this dial-up, so I thought I'd wait.
On a more personal note, it feels good to be missed. I've missed you guys, too. More tomorrow.

thimscool said...

You'll land on your feet. Congrats on the broadband. You are about to enter the mode of "how did I live without this?"

It's like asthma medication.

Erik said...

Hey Morgan

I have an idea for you for some income, working from home. No long term commitment and you schedule yourself whenever you feel like. (it is what I am doing now) Email me

Glad you are feeling better. I, like the others, was beginning to wonder. If you hadn't posted I was gonna tell you to go to the Dr!

Andrea said...

Hey Morgan, tomorrow is your blog's anniversary:) I just went back and read your first post, which I loved, by the way.

So, you gonna celebrate? :D

Shrubbery said...

Freakin' slacker! Sack up you big weinie!