Wednesday December 31, 2008
I had a narrow squeak there, escaping an enforced visit to the doctor by the skin of the skin of my teeth. I really didn’t want to go there. I don’t suppose it’s true but there are stories of people who’ve been there, coughing away in corners, since before Christmas, waiting for attention. Certainly, if you go there without ‘flu, you’re very liable to come away with the beginnings of a good dose.
I didn’t do anything special or clever to see it off. I took a max-strength paracetamol/lemon/honey hot drink to bed with me, put on three layers of night clothes and an extra duvet, and snuggled down. Woke twice during a highly fevered night to come down for more paracetamol, and to drink a half-litre of hot water. Slept through until nine-thirty this morning–thirteen hours!–and woke feel fit and well once more, bright as a heavily tarnished button. A couple of big mugs of coffee and a good, scrubby shower and I was ready to face the world.
I shall need to take it easy over the New Year, and especially to keep warm, but I’m more hopeful than I have been since starting out on the ‘flu game on December 4.
So, now. What’s going on? First, the journal. I’ll write a paper on it sometime soon, exploring the benefits of WordPress along with the drawbacks. As we move into 2009 I’m finding the huge backlog of archive work to be burdensome and, by switching to ‘…and no cheese’, that far from easing the load, I’ve made it worse.
So, I’m switching back to ‘journal of a writing man’, starting a new volume for 2009 and planning to make further new volumes each year for so long as I continue. There’s a technical snag associated with making very large blogs under WordPress that stops me from simply dusting off the old files and continuing as if nothing had happened.
The archives will have to sit where they are for the time being. They are accessible, and linked together after a fashion, but some work is needed to lick the whole into a logical set. I’ll do it, but not yet.
Some time before writing and publishing tomorrow’s entry, I’ll slip in a big red ‘click here’ and please change your bookmarks/feed entries to:
journal of a writing man <http://writingman09.wordpress.com>
The notify will of course take you straight to the new volume and entry just as it’s always done.
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Which brings us all to the end of one year and the start of a new one. The USA will be ringing in a new president and us inhabitants of the little house in the valley will continue making our new home fit for inspection. God bless us all.
The only resolution I am making is to make more effort to take and post photographs of our new world. Should have done it before but, one way and another, I think it reasonable to claim that things have been working against me.
Graham and Dolly and I are doing well. Graham is over his ‘flu. Dolly seems to have gone through one of those magical feline fresh starts and is fighting fit. Me, I’m as well as can be expected.
Let’s hope we all of us do as well as can be expected in 2009. It’s time to band together against the forces of darkness if the experts and the politicians are to be believed. Mayhap. One thing I do know is that us old ‘uns seem to be better equipped to face it. Let’s do what we can to help the young ‘uns come to terms with it all, and get through it.
I shall do what I can to lighten the path.
Note: This is the last entry in this volume of my journal. Please change your bookmarks/rss details to:
journal of a writing man
where the story continues…