Thursday, March 7, 2013

'Tis Snow Ironic


The snow is melting. Ever so slowly. It is supposed to be in the 60's this weekend. We still have mounds of dirty parking lot snow that will take more than one day to dissolve and all around the building snow is piled high where it came down from the steel roof. Looks like we have a moat.

But, sixty degrees sounds heavenly. I could play outside! I could start prepping the garden beds. My hands itch to be in the dirt, digging. I was looking forward to this weekend.

I was feeling a tad crappy yesterday. Sneezed a few times and had a tickle in the back of my throat. Finished a rag rug. I told myself it was the "fiber dust". I took a piece of burlap and made my own rug canvas. I bound the edges and then pulled two threads every six threads both vertically and horizontally, creating a grid of holes. Five towels cut into 6" X 1" strips and I have an extremely cushy bath rug. The towels were well worn. The ones you keep and use, but would not put out if you were having company. I wasn't sure the burlap would provide enough body for backing, so it was one of my experiments and it worked great. I am still working on the denim rug and the going is slow, since the grid is much smaller and the finished rug will be much bigger.

The towel rug was quick, but the burlap creates lots of lint in the air. That is why I paid no attention to my dry cough. My cough is no longer dry. My throat hurts so bad. Feels like my tonsils are trying to exit through my ears. I am cold, then hot, dizzy, eyes tearing and nose dripping. I gave up on tissues and went to my rag bag and procurred a make-do hankie. I refuse to look in a mirror.

To add insult to injury, Oscar, the cantakerous doxie, awoke with a sore leg. He is limping and cries when I try to touch the leg to check for an injury. He was fine when we went to bed and actually slept all night. I am hoping he just slept in an awkward position and it will loosen up as the day progresses. I speak from experience with my own limbs!

I just find it ironic that I was not sick all winter and now, as the temperature rises ....... so does mine!

7 comments:

Joanne Noragon said...

Don't give up; it may still be the burlap. Those fibers are like little knives, and should be approached with a face mask. In any case, get well. Dogs to take care of, you know.

Linda O'Connell said...

It could very well be the burlap that started the irritation. Now dash for some salt water, chicken soup, and try to rest.

Brian Miller said...

oh my...you all are hurting a bit...just got over a nasty bout of flu....was not fun...out snow melted today...60 by the weekend here too...hope you are well enough to enjoy it...

Kathy G said...

One year I was a scarecrow for Halloween. Instead of going to the trouble of getting hay I used brown burlap to fashion a choker "necklace" which stuck up through my flannel shirt. Halfway through the night I found myself weezing...it got worse and worse until I took the burlap off!

BTW-are you putting any kind of non-skid surface on that towel rug?

Val said...

Hope it's the burlap. I'm in the middle of a non-burlap, sore-throat-starting illness. Poor Oscar. Our beagle hobbled around on three legs for several months. No whimpering, though. Now he's as good as new. Maybe Oscar has a pinched nerve.

dkzody said...

Hope you can feel better by the weekend and do your digging in the dirt. But, if you are like me, you may dig up spores out there that will also cause coughing and wheezing. Some of us have very cantankerous systems.

ellen abbott said...

I hope it's the burlap too. so, how did you attach? thread? the towel strips for the burlap/towel rug?