...and here we are. A new year, all wrapped up in crazy, and it's only the 4th day. Tonight or tomorrow night is the Wolf Moon, January is the month of the Full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the Old Moon.
The weather has been erratic. 2 days ago it was 40. Today it snowed and was cold as all get out with crazy winds. Right now it's 15 and feels like 0. Wednesday the high will be 7. The low will be an actual 0. The furnace is running a lot, even with the thermostat set at 67. I am chilly, even with sweaters on and blankets. All the critters are staying in and barely going out...just to do their business, then right back in again. As a result of that, they are all sluggish and snappy.
I haven't been out at all today, though yesterday I did walk down to the mailbox. (Or was that Friday?) lol I have been hit with the stomach bug going around...feeling bad since early on New Year's Eve. No symptoms except serious stomach cramps and pain. And exhaustion. Spent most of Wednesday and Thursday in and out of bed. Had to cancel a couple of appointments. Felt a little better Friday and much better Saturday. So, naturally, I did too much and today have been back at a borderline place again. Stayed out of bed except for nighttime the past 3 days though. Stomach just icky all day, and now and then some stomach cramps. But otherwise, okay ? Everybody and their brother is sick around here. And all around the country as well.
The truck was supposed to be repaired on Friday. 5 PM came and no word from the mechanic. We called and there was no answer, so we left a message. Saturday morning we called again, and again it went to voice mail and we left a message. Have not heard a word. My theory is that A) He was kidnapped by gypsies OR B) He has been struck down by the dreaded flu too. My son went into town and said the garage was closed and all locked up, and he could see the truck sitting in the center bay. No idea what is going on. Then on our way south on Saturday morning, the check engine light came on in my Honda. SERIOUSLY ?!?!?!?!
Went by the auto parts place and they did the free diagnostic on it and said it was the catalytic converter. It's either clogged or is starting to go bad. The car seems to drive and run alright, so we bought a bottle of CC cleaner and poured it in. It has to run so he has something to drive to work. Please God. I have nowhere to go, so we can make do with the one vehicle.
I live in a small rural area, snuggled between a small town and a village. Thursday night a 30 year old man not far from us was murdered in his home. The police caught the guy, apparently it was some sort of revenge thing. But believe me, we were all quaking in our boots for a little while there. Just a little too close to home. ..
I made a lovely lentil soup for lunch today. A new recipe that has coconut milk and Indian spices in it, and it was wonderful. Neither of us were very hungry come suppertime, so I made us each a bowl of miso soup, with scallions, chickweed and seaweed in it. It was remarkably good, and my stomach seems to have stopped cramping. Hmmm...the fermented miso, perhaps ? Ah...the mystery.
Well, it's late and I'm tired. Got my Mother Earth News blog finished and submitted (late). Got my kitchen cleaned up. Think I'm ready for some shut eye.