Covid - I guess we thought ourselves very blessed not to have succumbed to it over the past two and half years, but last week it took hold in our family, just as it has in millions of other families across the globe at one time or another.
Ross and the three children tested positive first, and that same day Blossom and I tested negative. The next day, however, we both tested positive. Hubby still tests negative and is not sick at all, praise God.
Ross, Blossom and I were hit hard, and I have to admit that the pain which courses through the whole body is indescribable, something we were not prepared for. But the hardest thing was hearing of our two youngest grandchildren, Rafaella (4) and Charlie (1) who were very ill indeed for many days, and it got scary, but they are definitely on the mend now. Cully May had good days and bad days, but overall she was the least affected.
Ross is almost recovered but with lingering pain still a bother, whilst Blossom and I are still struggling with muscle and joint pain, fatigue, sore throats, loss of appetite, and a diminished sense of smell...but I think we've peaked and are now on the road to recovery.
This is why I haven't blogged. The effort to do anything was minimal, and even now, as I attempt to do basic things like bake pumpkin to make a healing soup, or even make the bed, fatigue hits and I need to sit for ages and rest.
I know that many of you have suffered far more than us with Covid, some of you losing loved ones. My heart goes out to you. Having now experienced this nasty virus myself, more than ever I hope to never think lightly of it, or imagine it's not a horrid thing to be infected with...for it IS horrid, it IS nasty, and it CAN make people of any age very sick.
If you have any symptoms at all, isolate, get tested (more than once if the first test is negative), and don't risk other people's lives by going out and about when you know you're coming down with something.
It's almost a week late, but I'm sure you'll forgive me...the July "Books & Roses" bookmark is ready for you. I made this a few weeks ago, but hadn't taken the photos until this morning.
I love the message, don't you? How often have you needed to close the cover on your book, but your mind is wishing "just one more chapter please?". As a child this was a common response when Nana called me to the dinner table, and Blossom was the same.
Across the top I did a tiny row of crochet using DMC Perle 12 thread.