slowing down

Posted on January 11th, 2014 by mountain girl  |  9 Comments »

Since coming home from our trip, we’ve been down with the flu.  When I get sick, I try anything to get better, and no remedy is too unpalatable for me.  I’ve been downing echinacea, vitamin C, oregano oil, turkey bone broth, coconut oil, garlic, ginger, probiotics, apple cider vinegar with honey and cayenne, a couple of herbal tinctures, and Oscillococcinum.  Along with swishing oil every morning and eating mostly raw and fermented foods.

Probably because of that smorgasbord of tinctures and remedies, I’ve had a lot of energy even throughout the flu’s awfulness, and I’m almost over it.  I guess it pays to have taste buds of steel.  The other unfortunate family members have mostly been immobilized, poor things–although David dragged himself out to pick up some groceries today.

I have to admit, though, aside from taste buds, I’ve become a little bit of a softie since being spoiled for a week in San Diego.  I’ve slacked off hanging the laundry to dry, and have used the dryer for almost every load.  We’ve turned up the thermostat in addition to the usual wood stove fire, and are basking in the radiant floors (frozen pipes taught us a lesson in supposed frugality, lol).  We’ve even pulled our king size mattress out of the bedroom into the loft, where it is really warm and cozy (above pic).

Most shameful of all, Cash has worn disposable diapers every single day since we left for California (gasp).  I bought a box of them at Costco for the trip, and I am going to use every last one.  Each time I make a slam dunk basket with a dirty diaper in the trash, I snicker gleefully, thinking of my old and more virtuous self swishing cloth diapers in the toilet.

And I don’t feel the least bit guilty over any of it.  I’m all for seasons of rest, of slowing down, of changing things up–especially when you’re just plain sick and tired, and the old routine needs a little spark of refreshment.  (Like Zia watching movies all day long today.)  I don’t (completely) intend to continue on in my softie ways, but if I do, I’ll be sure to let you know.  With glee.

With all my tincture-induced energy, I’ve been cleaning and organizing rooms, closets, drawers, and toys.  It’s amazing how much can be accomplished when everyone else is in bed.  Once we got running water back on Thursday, the suitcases were finally emptied and clothes washed, kids bathed, and bathed again, and again.  And dishes washed, sans the garden hose and stovetop. Hot water is such a beautiful thing.

The place mats above are from our trip.  We laminated the site maps from the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and Sea World.  They are double sided, with interesting facts and info about each place on the backs. We think they are pretty cool.

They are also really easy to clean–just wipe down and air dry.  No laundering and hanging out to dry, like the handmade cloth ones from my past life.  Which is so important for a newfound softie like me. 🙂

9 Responses to “slowing down”

  1. Hannah says on :

    We had the flu right around Christmas, but those of us downing all the various remedies (mostly the same as you) had it much much milder! Hope your family is on the road to healing, soon!

  2. Chrisy@GoodNorthCoastLife says on :

    I really enjoyed this post.
    I’m right there with you, you can’t be superwoman everyday. And sometimes we need to relax and take advantage of modern conveniences, no matter how naughty they are 😉
    Hope your family is on the mend soon.xx

  3. Lyssa says on :

    Good for you for not feeling guilty about slowing down, taking a break, and changing the routine! I hope you and your family heal quickly. The flu is no good. Be well!

  4. Jennifer |The Deliberate Mom says on :

    Yes, we need to nurture ourselves. Good for you for recognizing that this is a season to be gentle with yourself!

    Wishing everyone a speedy recovery.

  5. Appleshoe says on :

    Poor bubs. I hope you are all feeling better soon. Be well.

  6. Colleen says on :

    You know what I thought of when reading this…. you are blessed that you didn’t get sick ON your trip!!! Thank God you had your warm home to stay in and get better!!! Hopefully everyone is feeling better today!!

    I LOVE the placemats!! That is such a great idea!

  7. mountain girl says on :

    Yes, you are definitely right. We are thankful we had such a great trip–and such a cozy home to curl up and get better in. We’re feeling better every day!

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