Hang in there!

So….I haven’t been feeling too well this last week or so.  Came down with this nasty cold that kind of just makes you feel like…well…….a smashed potato!

You know, the cold with the sore throat, snotty nose, and aching body.  I could have been the perfect specimen for the nighttime NyQuil commercial!

And through it all, my husband has been AMAZING!

So, this is a huge SHOUT-OUT to him for being so awesome and taking good care of me, and giving me all the things I need to make me feel like a “real” person again!

He’s put up with my heavy breathing…OK, he’s put up with my snoring! He’s cleaned the house, including vacuuming the floors! He’s cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for me too!

And…he has made me endless cups of tea (with lemon and honey added too!)

He hasn’t complained a single bit! Has offered words of encouragement at every turn.

Even when selecting the mug he used to put my tea in, he made sure it would brighten my day!

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He is one awesome guy, and I am so thankful that he is in my life!

I know he is going to read this, so I just want to tell him……..(the rest of you don’t have to read the last line if you don’t want too!) 🙂

There just aren’t enough words to really express how I feel, but I LOVE YOU OH SO VERY MUCH! Thank you for taking such good care of me!  You’re the best!

A cure for the annoying cough?

My husband still has this annoying cough.  The one that’s been hanging around for a few months now.  (I know, I think he needs to go to the Doctor too, but…)

It’s a frustrating situation actually.  You don’t feel sick, and most of the time its unnoticeable, but every once in a while, it comes back with a vengeance, just to remind you, it’s not gone yet!

But I think I found something!  I found it on Pinterest!  I was cruising around, looking at recipes, and I came across a home remedy for the “hacking cough”!

It has 4 ingredients. Simple enough.  I have all of the ingredients. Why not give it a try!

Apple Cider Vinegar – Honey – Ginger  Cayenne…and some water


  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey

Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water.  Add honey and shake (stir) well.  Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough.

A few nights ago, as he was experiencing a non-stop coughing episode, I mentioned my new find, and asked him if he was interested.

At that point, he was willing to give just about anything a try.

I mixed up a batch, gave it to him, and it actually helped!  It calmed down the cough, and cut through all the yucky stuff lingering in his throat.

It’s safe, (although not for children 1 and under) it’s effective, and it doesn’t taste as bad as the nasty over the counter cough syrup that usually doesn’t work anyway!

He calls it “liquid fire“.  I call it relief.  And quite possibly a cure for this annoying cough!

P.S.:  You can find this “recipe” and others by going to: nancyvienneau.com

Finally….the annoying cough is gone!

At least I think it is anyway.

Three boxes of Mucinex later. Eating cough drops like they actually taste good, and drinking endless amounts of hot tea.  I think I may have finally reached the end of this cough!

It still likes to make its annoying presence known every now and then, but it’s nothing like it was a few weeks a go!  I can actually go to sleep at night without having a 10 minute coughing spree first!

Who would have ever thought that the lady at the drugstore would be right?!

When we bought our first box of Mucinex, she told us, (more like “warned us”)… that this “thing” would stick around for a long time.

And boy, did it!  It’s been 2 full months. If  I remember right, she said it would last for 8 weeks or so.

I guess Drugstore lady really knows her stuff!  And…I guess I should be grateful for her warning.

Thankfully, the cough drops and Mucinex have been removed from my daily diet, however, I still enjoy a good cup of hot tea occasionally!

Can’t. Stop. Coughing.

Oh boy, this cough is wearing me out! And I’ve only had it for a few weeks!  My husband has had it for almost 4 weeks now!

We went to the store and got some medicine for it.  The gal at the counter told us she’s been living on the stuff.

And then she offered this little bit of encouragement.  The cough can last up to 8 weeks!

Well, that made my day!

It’s very strange really.  It’s not like I’m sick, no fever, or achy bones. Just an annoying cough, that likes to be even more annoying just about the time I want to go to sleep.

Strange, the way our body works!

Time for another cup of hot tea with honey!  That seems to calm the coughing for a bit.

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And that, my friends is what I’m striving for!

Quiet and calm.  The tea is good for both! (and the medicine helps too)

It’s a good thing it works too, because it looks like I’m going to be in this mode for a little bit longer.

But hey! I’m half-way through this now.  Brighter days ahead!

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The pesky cough

It’s a beautiful day, and I have the energy level of mashed potatoes. This pesky little cough that has made it’s way into just about everyone’s life, has seemed to have taken over mine today.

I’m tired of the coughing, and I’m just plain tired.

I don’t really feel bad, just tired. But not the sleepy kind of tired. The kind of tired that feels like I have just ran a marathon, when all I’ve done is brush my teeth!

My garden is calling me. But the best I can do today is just observe.

I know it could be worse. I’m thankful it’s not.
I have a warm house, warm clothes, and a nice hot cup of tea.

And I know that this won’t last forever.