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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Grizzly Sloth is a Mess.

Battling stomach virus, high fevers, Troll's birthday in which my dinner and butterchess pie came out AWFUL (I am NOT a good cook...), chasing puking kids around with pots and tissue and Tylenol, changing beds and pushing fluids - it's starting to look brighter for the little ones. Unfortunately Grizzly Mama (and now Grizzly Papa) are feeling NASTY. Joints sore, fever, yucky cough. Neither the Tylenol nor the Advil seems to be helping.

Do you know how many years poor Troll has had to put up with terrible meals on his birthday - all with the best of intentions on my part? Many, many, MANY. Sorry Troll.

I am preparing to do an another entry on Cubed's excellent series on education. I read some last night - Oh! It's good. By the time I was done the symptoms hit.

I am going to bed. It may be a couple of days.

Anybody have a good recipe for butterchess pie?! I've been searching and trying different recipes for years - none of them are what I remember eating at ALL. They've all been terrible. Although not a good cook I am usually a very good baker.


Blogger Mike's America said...

Sending you get well SOON wishes and psychic chicken noodle soup!

My favorite remedy is green tea with echinaecea (The Sleepy Time brand with zinc is a good one) and always drink it with a fresh squeezed lemon wedge.

You'll be right as rain in no time.

10 March, 2006 23:45  
Blogger Chas said...

Sorry you're all feeling bad. Kinda same with me here. Wife's sick in bed, work's killing me, and taking care of my 6 y/o nephew tomorrow. Who has time to blog!!!
Take care. Chas

10 March, 2006 23:48  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Feel better soon, Monica R!

11 March, 2006 14:08  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks everyone. I love herbal teas Mike I'm sure I must have something decent in the cupboard. The only thing the older girl has been able to drink with her illness is lemon tea with lemon and honey.

I hope that this doesn't hit you or your nephew CH.

Thanks AOW. This is a nasty one.

11 March, 2006 14:28  
Blogger Cubed © said...

Eeeuuuu. Monica, thank you, and my sincere sympathies!

OK, it's Grandma time: Rest, and drink lots of that hot tea!

I think it's something like 6 oz of black tea (it's the one time when black may trump green) will stimulate your immune system to produce HUGE amounts of gamma-interferon, a potent anti-viral substance (I can't remember whether it's 4, 40, or 400 times the normal amount, but it's a lot!).

Make sure it's freshly brewed in hot water, though; recent studies have shown that the most beneficial components of tea (both green and black, mostly the catechins) are extracted only in hot-water, and will not be present in tea allowed to brew at cooler (anything significantly below nearly boiling) temperatures. They also degrade quickly, so in tea brewed in hot water but left overnight will also not be particularly useful, health-wise.

Milk and sugar do not interfere with the benefits.

So for all good Southerners who regularly drink Sweet Tea, hoist a cup of fresh hot tea regularly, too!

My apologies for going on like this, but so many people are drinking tea these days for health purposes, it's important to know this stuff; pass it along!


11 March, 2006 15:57  
Blogger MamaGeph said...

Oh, you poor thing! The only thing worse than being sick, is being sick while you care for sick kids. Blech!

Get better soon!

(Have you checked epicurious.com or the Cooks Illustrated site for the recipe? That may be just the thing.)

11 March, 2006 17:54  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Monica hope you and the family get well soon, feed a cold starve a fever so the saying goes. Can’t go wrong with plenty of hot drinks and rest with some small doses of Paracetamol. Can’t take antibiotics for virus though have to just see it out with home made remedies!

Try some hot milk with a touch of whisky/scotch, or honey tea. Don’t forget to rub a vapo rub decongestant for colds on your chest and back, sound like touch of flue, we have all just got over it here!

11 March, 2006 18:19  
Blogger Alison said...

Get well soon Monica! Sparkys cure works well to get you off to sleep and get some much needed sleep..and i tried Mikes tea idea when i was sick recently - its very good!

11 March, 2006 18:36  
Blogger MonicaR said...

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11 March, 2006 23:07  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks MamaGeph - you know how it is. Bleh is right. I'll try those websites when I feel better.

Sparky - all I have in the house is Vodka. I haven't had a drink in ages. We're slathered with Vapo-Rub though - and dosed with Tylenol and Tussin.

We have black tea Cubed - so tomorrow we will be drinking that. I'm afraid to drink the caffeine this late at night.

Thanks Ali - I'm drinking some sleepytime tea right now with honey and lemon.

I had an inspiration this evening and dug out my old herbal and homeopathic stuff. For years (before I had kids) I went homeopathic and hadn't taken antibiotics in forever. Tonight I made chamomile inhalations, with a drop of eucalyptus oil, for the girls and myself. (Troll declined the treatment!) Then we dosed up with some homeopathic meds after consulting the book. I need to get back into that. My stores of herbs are OLD and low! After having the babies I just didn't have time to deal with it. Then when they got sick I took them fast as can be to get antibiotics poured down their throats. It's terrible to see the babies sick.

11 March, 2006 23:16  
Blogger D.C. said...

Poor Dear Amazing Mamma!

If you lived closer to me, I'd tell you to drop your adorable little trolls over here, to jump in a hot bath and then, in bed for a few hours!

I gave up on pies! But if you want, I have a few amazing recipees for cakes.

Take good care!

12 March, 2006 12:15  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thank you DC - I would take you up on it if I could!

I love cake. It's one of my favoritest things in the whole wide world!

12 March, 2006 12:22  
Blogger Cubed © said...

Griz, I hope you're feeling a LOT better by now.

If you are, maybe this will have some appeal. Try this site (my lesser two-thirds is Alabama born, and regularly goes to it. Even I, as a truly limited cook, love to look at it!):


They have all KINDS of chess pies, and lots of other things too.

Get well! Gotta go eat. . .

12 March, 2006 14:05  
Blogger DV said...

Hope u all are feeling better. Green tea is one of my favourites

12 March, 2006 18:35  
Blogger Alan_McDonald said...


Hope you get well soon. In the meantime, you might enjoy All right, I insulted Americans – but they are not planning to behead me. Also, I have more to add to our discussion over on Jeremiah's, but it has turned into an essay. I'll post it soon, somewhere, and give you a link.

Take care.

12 March, 2006 19:01  
Blogger Kate said...

ahhhhhhh man, moncia i am feeling for you all. sick kids and now sick mama - that really sucks. i am wishing you a speedy recovery. how about some hot cocoa? if i lived near ya i'd bring ya some right now (with lots of marshmallows on top). oh gosh i hope this talk of food isn't making you feel worse. get well soon. :) we need to hear some roooaaaring!

13 March, 2006 17:37  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks y'all. I give in - we're going to the doctor tomorrow. It's not getting any better.

13 March, 2006 22:17  
Blogger dcat said...

Can we not talk about food please! Urp... My symptoms started last night! I’m going to bed too! After my hot tea, lemon wedge and old Mr. Boston’s Rock & Rye with a little, honey.

14 March, 2006 00:04  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Hope you're feeling better soon dcat.

14 March, 2006 01:36  
Blogger CA said...

Move over! I hope there's room for one more in your sick bed! I just got it day before yesterday. I'm praying Donna doesn't catch my cold. That's what mine is, just a bad cold.

I awoke from my nightly adventure at 0320 and coughed and almost screamed with the burning pain in my throat. I warmed a half cup of milk; that didn't help much so I took a swig of Robitussin and sucked on a cough drop (Lemon) and that helped a little.
What helped me most was a cup of cofftee. A tea bag in a cup of water, two minutes in the microwave; stir in a half tsp of instant Folgers then sweetener and creamer to taste. That helped the most. I don't know if the tea, the coffee or just a warm drink with caffiene in it did it but my throat feels much better now.

I hope you all are better soon.

14 March, 2006 10:13  
Blogger tshsmom said...

LOL, Troll sounds like my hubby. He doesn't trust my cures either.
Z's anxiety is showing improvement with homeopathy though.
Hope you're all up and around soon! ;)

14 March, 2006 15:55  
Blogger MonicaR said...

CA - yeah...the livingroom is just a big flop room now - we're all flopped everywhere dozing off when we need a nappy. We have all found that a nice warm tea with honey/lemon is very soothing. I hope that you are feeling better soon!

Tshsmom - I'm glad that homeopathy is helping. I have to get back into it. I found that it takes a bit more time and patience when compared to popping some pill that clears everything up almost instantly.

The girls are sick - the older has pneumonia and is on antibiotics. (I almost had a heart attack when the pediatrician said that...) The little one's lungs are clear but I will need to keep an eagle-eye on her to make sure it doesn't progress to pneumonia. I have bronchitis - yuck. Troll refuses to see a doctor. *sigh*

14 March, 2006 23:33  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Four days and you're still sick as a Democrat?

Up the dosage on the tea!

I hate to tell you how spring-like it is down here. The Redbuds, magnolias, lemons and oranges are blooming!

Hurry up and get well. I need help fending off the moonbats.

14 March, 2006 23:58  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I'm just getting into homeopathy. You're right, it takes longer to balance the whole body system. In our case it's keeping Z off anti-anxiety drugs and all the side effects.
You guys definitely need the antibiotics. I had both pneumonia and bronchitis last summer/fall.

15 March, 2006 17:08  
Blogger Kate said...

Mike's America comment just cracked me up ("...still sick as a democrat?")

Please tell me you are feeling a little bit better? I sure hope so.

16 March, 2006 11:23  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Still sick as democrats! LOL! We are - really - but slowly getting better. What day is it??

16 March, 2006 23:42  

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