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January 3rd, 2010

“Words are the soul’s ambassadors, who go / Abroad upon her errands to and fro.” — James Howell, writer (c. 1594-1666)

still not feeling well. i would say “not 100 percent,” but i’m really feeling more like… 30 percent. Forty-five percent if it’s one of those fake-outs where I start thinking, Oh I’m getting better see? See????

Now on third round of antibiotics for kidney infection and other ailments. (Fourth round if you count what they added to the IV in the hospital.) Getting concerned now (as I always do with bronchitis and bronchial pneumonia, too), what if this time they don’t work?

They will work. Faith, prayers, candles, love and this hot cup of chamomile tea that my husband just brought me. The kids and Steve are packing — we’ve been sorting and planning for the move. Hoping to get the house on the market mid-February. It’s a lovely house, I know that another family, solo dweller or couple will be happy here. It will be nice to have a little more space. I’m going to go read for awhile now — still loving Julia Child’s memoir, “My Life in France.” Such a delight, that book.

Here are a few books (kids’ stuff) that I enjoyed as well, but won’t have a chance to review. (The dog books are about Thoreau, just illustrated versions of his stories. Really clever.) Bon appetit!

— wm

Reading this week:


  1. The Other Laura says

    Oh Nancy. I’m thinking about you, lighting a candle and sending the best healing vibes I can gather. Rest, stay well hydrated. (I’m one of those nutty people who thinks drinking more water will cure almost anything!)

    Is there anything I can do (she asks all the way from Texas)?

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  2. WackyMummy says

    I’m also sending you all sorts of healing vibes and positive thoughts and best wishes. I hope you get better soon!

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  3. Wacky Mommy says

    thanks, you guys. i mean it.

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  4. Nan says

    Not the kidneys! Eeek. Poor you. Plenty of fluids, etc. And chicken soup, just in case. Get well soon! I like the look of those books!

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  5. edj says

    Rest lots! Get well soon! And you’re right–your home is lovely, and you’ve been happy there, and it will be great spot for someone else now. Can’t wait to see the new place!

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  6. Neisha says

    Nancy, I’ve completely lost track of you guys with all the holidays/January craziness. I can’t wait to see you in a couple weeks. Hope you feel better soon. Please fill me in on the move when you get a chance.


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