Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Feed a Cold?



By Kath Rutledge of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries by MollyMacRae

Yes, we do have snow in Tennessee!
I’m going to make this short. It’s cold. I’m cold. And I have a cold. Phooey. I’ve been dosing myself with hot tea with honey and lemon and following the “new school rule” of coughing and sneezing into my elbow, but I still feel crummy. Or, as Cole Dunbar so elegantly put it when he saw my red eyes and nose, “you look like you’ve been whopped upside the head with a walleye.” Clod.

Everyone else has been kind and offered advice. My favorite suggestion came from Ernestine. Ernestine is old, round, nearsighted as a mole, and often surprising. “Add a drop or two of flavor to your tea,” she said. When I asked her what flavor she recommended she said she was partial to Johnnie Walker Black Label.

Mel brought me bean soup with enough garlic in it to stop an army of vampires at the Canadian border seven hundred miles north of here. Ardis recommended plenty of rest and staying away from the shop until I’m no longer contagious. The cat recommended lots of lap time with purrs.
 
Thea, our town librarian, came up with this concoction: Combine ½ cup lemon juice, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 clove garlic (crushed), 1 teaspoon grated ginger, and a dash of cayenne. Mix thoroughly and drink. I think I’m afraid of it.

What do you do for a rotten cold?


Kath Rutledge most recently appeared in LAST WOOL AND TESTAMENT, the first book in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, named as one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Books of 2012 and available in mass market, e-book, and audio book. Kath will return in DYEING WISHES in July 2013 (now available for pre-order.)

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10 comments:

  1. Well, there is not much to do unfortunately, but to sick it out. Buy plenty of balmy handkerchiefs, to take care of your nose a little, take aspirin, and just be home sick and read a bit. Tea with honey is always good though. So is cough syrup for your throath, and it helps making you sleep.

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  2. Balmy handkerchiefs - I like the sound of that. Yes, the nose needs tender loving care. Thanks, Aurian!

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  3. Chicken soup (homemade of course) is always good. My granny used to give us a teaspoon of honey for the sore throat. Lots of hot tea, sleep and a good book. I use the puffs with vapor rub on them to keep my nose unstopped. Of course the ones with lotion are good to, just don't clean your eye glasses with them. ;)

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    1. Chicken soup sounds better than thick bean soup - even if the bean soup is loaded with garlic. Thanks, Sue! When will you be over?

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  4. I recommend drinking plenty of hot liquids. And if you add a bit of Ernestine's "flavor" to them, you may not remember what was making you miserable in the first place... Definitely stay home, and read and sleep.

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  5. I think the librarian's concoction could use a dash (or splash!) of "flavor" as well. Reading a good book always helps! (And reading a bad book helps you go to sleep.)

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    1. A splash of "flavor" could only improve Thea's recipe. And a good book improves anything. Thanks, Dorothy! (You are so right about a bad book, too.)

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  6. I tend to drown any cold I have in alcohol. Having said that, one small glass of wine before bed & I sleep the night through. Sometimes a good night's sleep is the best cure.

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    1. Mary, have you met my new friend Dorothy Parker? I think you, she, and Ernestine are on the same page when it comes to remedies - a page I shall bookmark and return to as needed. Thank you!

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