Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello There!



Here's what the lemon tree looks like when it's cold. The Christmas lights come on and keep it toasty warm. I snapped this from the dining room window (bit of blind in the corner) on a frosty morning this past week.

Next to the lemon tree is an apricot tree which also needs 100% rain protection in our climate. In front, raspberry canes. I like our moderately productive little yard.


Those lemons have come in very handy while I've been battling influenza. Lemon tea with raw honey from the Hutterite colony in Alberta is my go-to drink.

Yesterday I returned to work. Bad idea. Teaching means talking and talking is very hard on a throat. After a couple of really ugly coughing fits at school, I booked off the rest of the week. That gives me four more days to recover. It's coming, albeit slowly. 
 

The person who thought up combining Aloe and tissue should be awarded a medal. The difference to a sore nose is such relief. And isn't that a pretty colored box? It looks like spring and coordinates so well with the UK Country Living March edition. 

This morning I visited my doctor and have had energy to throw in a couple of loads of laundry. I have a few old magazines I'm going through and tore these pages from one, then put them on my fridge door - an idea gleaned from Mary.

Now it's time to put the clean sheets on the bed and clean a bathroom or two. It's good to be feeling better, but as one of my friends said on Facebook, "We just aren't the same Shell (name of town in Ecuador) gals we used to be. We're grammas now!" I guess that means it takes a little longer to recover. Sigh. I won't over do the house cleaning! I'll save some energy for visiting and commenting on blogs.
 

32 comments:

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Glad you're finally starting to feel better Lorrie, you've been ill for a while. Lemon tea with unpasteurized honey is my special go-to as well when I have a cold or sore throat.
I've slowed down some myself too, can't clean the whole house in one day any more etc. It could just be that us grannies are supposed to take life easier and spread our housework over a couple of days now. :-)
Keep drinking your tea!

Leslie's Garden said...

It took me forever to get over the little sickness I had a few months ago! I hope you feel better quicker! Still can't b elieve those lemons!

Happy@Home said...

Glad to hear you're moving in the right direction. I'm sure it must be getting very old for you by now.
Very interesting to see the entire set up for your fruit trees. The lemon tea and honey sounds like a good combination for battling those nasty flu germs.
Very pretty gallery you have created on your fridge door.
Take care and take it easy on the bathroom cleaning.

Connie said...

Hi Lorrie, I'm happy to hear that you are feeling better. We do the same thing; as soon as I have the first sign of feeling better after an illness . . . I want to wash the sheets. Get all those old gems washed away and get a good nights sleep on clean fresh sheets:)
Sweet Dreams,
Connie :)

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Sure glad you're feeling better. And how nice that you still have a few days to convalesces and read magazines and slowly get back to comforting routines.

Sending warmest thoughts,
Brenda
xox

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I'm glad you are feeling better. The lemons look so bright on a winter's day. Take care and don't overdo.

materfamilias said...

Sorry to hear you had a bit of a setback trying to return to teaching, but glad that you're wise enough to listen to those clear messages and take more time off. A relapse so often ends up being worse than the original illness -- do take care. Time to pamper yourself, for a change!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I have heard this cold can drag on so do take care....sipping tea and reading Country Living UK is a great prescription for wellness!

Cheryl said...

On these gray days of winter and illness, you have managed to surround yourself with color! The lovely blue and white mug and the bright lemons, the green tissue box and the colorful magazine. So pretty.

I am glad that you are giving yourself a few more days for rest and restoration and a slow return to normal.

Jill said...

I'm sorry you are sick!! My girls and husband all have congested noses but it doesn't seem to be getting them down too much. I'm so very grateful! Get well soon!

ellen b. said...

Yes...don't overdue it. Glad you have those nice tissues to get you through. You really know how to trick that lemon tree and apricot tree to produce in our climate up here. Well done!

aimee said...

Sorry recovery is going so slowly. I know how frustrating that can be. I continue to be so amazed by your lemon tree! I would love to grow an apricot one too...
Blessings, Aimee

Sara D.B. said...

Hello Lorrie, I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better!
Fresh lemons and raw honey sounds like a wonderful remedy.
Your photos are beautiful and interesting, as always.
Take care & Have a nice weekend!

Elizabethd said...

It certainly does take longer to recover these days. So glad you are feeling a little more human, but don't rush things. Give yourself time.

newenglandgardenandthread said...

Glad you are feeling better, and I think it is a fact that as we age it gets harder to recover. And, we won't even discuss the issue of working around children who are like petri dishes. :-) I love the lemon tree cover, and you have your own fruit garden which is a really good thing.

Mrs.Rabe said...

I'm glad you are getting a few more days of rest. I love your photo of the lemon tree. It reminds me of what we do with our chickens when it is so cold.

I love all the pretty colors in this post. It is a breath of spring!

Deanna

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I hope you get some extra rest this weekend and feel much better. I'm still sick. This sure gets old, doesn't it? I have a post ready for Sunday and I'll mention you. I made a rice bag and oh what a difference it makes when I go to bed at night, snuggled up to it. Thanks for being such a sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

podso said...

I'm glad you are coming along but it is a rough one to fully get over from my experience. Good thing to take a few more days and be a bit lazy.

Jen Vandervoort said...

I'm glad that you are taking some time off, that sounds like a real whopper.

Poor little lemon tree, but how astounding that you can grow them there, I remember hearing that the gulf islands could do it...but had no idea anywhere else could also.

Get well, take good care of yourself.

Jen

Pearl said...

a tad milder there! viruses end eventually. doozy this year. I coughed 6 weeks.

Vee said...

So glad that you are on the mend and how wonderful for you to have the fresh citrus. The urge to catch up is probably strong, though I hope that you were more inclined to read your Country Living. (Gosh those things are getting thin.)

GretchenJoanna said...

I took comfort this week from some honey lemonade, trying to ease my laryngitis. It doesn't seem I've been as sick as you, but it's been two weeks and I'm still not through with it. Come, Spring! Come Sun! Warm us up and dry us out!

Pamela Gordon said...

I'm sorry you've still got that terrible cough that's going around as I hear it lasts for weeks in some cases. I hope it will be gone soon so you can get back to the class room. I do like the Kleenex box and the magazine looks like a good read. I may have to pick one up. Take care and have a good weekend.

Anneliese said...

Your post is entertaining even if you are not feeling good. Glad you are saving some energy for blogging. I did not know they make tissue with aloe in it. Hope you feel all back to yourself soon.

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Hope you are feeling better!
Hugs,
Lin

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

You have really been through it with this nasty cold. Rest up as much as you can . I remember putting vaseline under my nose when it was really bad /haven't had that kind for a good while.

Maggie said...

Sit back, take a sip of your warming honey and lemon drink and revel in the latest edition of CL, it's a great read this month.
BTW I'm gathering even more lovely reading material to send your way very soon.

Barbara Lilian said...

Take care and get well soon. My motto is don't look at the dust when you are not feeling well It will only come back the next day so a little more won't make any difference. Curl up on the settee with a cozy blanket & a nice cup of your honey & lemon tea & enjoy your 'Country Living ' magazine. I used to have a yearly subscription to that magazine to have it sent to me in France. But now I stand at a 'Kiosque a journaux' & flick through the pages, if I like what I see I buy it, although it's always a lot more expensive than the UK price. or I buy a French Country magazine. Hope your weather improves soon.Thanks for all your lovely comments on my posts.

Amy at love made my home said...

I hope that you are even better by now. The lemon tree looks amazing! xx

Donna said...

I certainly hope that you are now on the road to recovery! I think the winter weather makes it even more difficult to bounce back after an illness!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh it just make me happy the lemon trees have their own Christmas lights ;-) Clarice

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Lorrie,
I so enjoyed this post on how you take care of your Lemon Tree! What a fortunate Lemon tree it is to be nurtured by you. As I have aged I have become quite obsessed with lemons, they seem to make everything taste better and of course all of the extraordinary desserts to be created with them...
Continue to take care of yourself!
Jemma