After a fairly 'normal' weekend, we did go out on Monday night to a church fund-raising event. It was a silent movie night, and we watched films from the 60's, 70's and 80's, which revived a lot of memories and had everyone chuckling.
But the next day I felt a bit off-colour so cried off from my usual home group in the morning, and by the evening I knew I was hit by a very rapidly developing throat and ear virus. I have never had such a painful throat, or ear, and by night time I couldn't even swallow water. On Wednesday I went to the doctor in the village who confirmed it was a virus which would be with me for 6-15 days, with or without treatment! She did give me some antihistamine tablets which were very tiny and I managed to swallow one at bedtime and one in the morning. I think they helped as I was feeling very clogged up in my throat, though my nose was clear. She also gave me soluble paracetamol which was a kind thought but I couldn't swallow them. In the end I resorted to my tramadol that I keep in for when my arthritis is really bad. I don't like taking them, but they are good to have for emergencies. I took one when I went to bed and was at least able to sleep all night, but they take ages to wear off with me, so I was dozy all the next day too.
I used them again when I went to bed, with the result that I have spent a large part of this week sleeping in a chair, and feeling very 'spaced out'. I shall have one more tonight and then hopefully I can use something less fierce.
Although I have again slept most of today, I do feel just a little bit better, and am actually going to try a cup of tea after this. Oh how I miss my tea, but anything with milk in has come straight back up so far.
So enough of my woes. Let's look for something positive in it all : Well between sleeps I have managed to crochet quite a few of the squares to go around my blanket. They are easy to do one round at a time and then rest, and pick it up again when I feel the urge to do so. I have also almost finished my son's wedding invitations. I had hoped to have them done by the end of January but they took a little longer than I expected. But they are almost done now.
When I was shopping at Lidl's last week I spotted these little darlings. I have often bemoaned the fact that daffodils and narcisi don't grow out here, so when I saw these I had to just buy one to see how it got on. I left it on the front porch, intending to plant it into a bigger pot, but of course that didn't happen. But today Chris called me out to look at it, and there it was with it's little yellow flowers shining out on out dark tiles. So that is my smile for this week. I think there are several more buds so I am looking forward to more flowers soon.
At the same time I also bought this hyacinth, another flower that doesn't grow naturally out here. They had been given a good start indoors so I thought I could put it out, again in a bigger pot, and be sure of a flower. Needless to say that never got any further than the kitchen table, but I may still pot it on next week if I am feeling a bit better by then. The pink pot denotes a pink flower, and it is just starting to show some colour.
So, as I loaded up those two photos tonight I also found one of a sunset that I must have taken last weekend. So I will finish with that and then link up to Annie's Friday Smiles and Rocking your World, and hopefully I will have more to share next week.