Poetry is good for what ails you…so I’ve written some

The “awake b/c the kids have fevers” poem 

by Donna “Mama” Earnhardt

The kids all feel rotteninfluenza_germ

they cough and ACHOO!

Their legs feel like jelly


     “This medicine’s nasty!” they say with a shiver.

       Their eyes fill with tears and their bottom lips quiver.

Their weak eyes are droopy,

Their mucus is thick.

Their heads hurt. Their backs ache.

     “We hate being sick!”

I give them some motrin

They crawl into bed

I tuck them in tightly

And kiss their warm heads

     “Goodnight, my sweet babies.”

I turn out the light.

I head to my bed,

a warm, welcome sight.

I snuggle my husband,

but just for a bit.

He shivers and coughs

                       and says weakly,

                                               “I’m hit.”

Writing conference and the flu

The conference and the flu have absolutely NOTHING to do with one another. One thing at a time…

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I have the blessing of being on the Write2Ignite conference team this year. I’m the website/blog admin and it has been a fun experience for me as well as a learning one! If you are interested in attending our conference in February, please check out our website Write2Ignite and our blog Fire It Up!

On our website you’ll find registration, scholarship and conference presenter information (and much more!).  I hope you’ll check out our site and leave us a note on the blog (Fire It Up).


AND now for the FLU portion:


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appropriate expression for how they feel right now!

I mentioned yesterday that my two of my kiddos have both had fevers for the last few days. They’ve also had sore throats, congestion, fatigue and are feeling rotten.

The Nurse Practicioner checked the younger for strep and noted that the middle one has a sinus infection, but did NOT check either for the flu even though they had flu-like symptoms (especially the younger). I appreciated her reasoning. She said if it IS the flu, there is nothing to do but wait it out and treat the symptoms, keeping them comfortable.

As of right now, my youngest is snuggled up in bed watching cartoons and the oldest is working on her schoolwork (we homeschool) while coughing and developing a sore throat. The middle one is still coughing, stuffy and sickly — but no fever as of this moment.

Can I just say, that as much as I love Autumn and Winter, I despise the sickness that sometimes accompanies it?

*sigh* And now I must go to the store for more Motrin. I actually ran out.

A few things…

  1. It’s cold and raining here. I love it.
  2. Getting a good night’s sleep when two of your kids have fevers and your husband is in pain from an emergency root canal is next to impossible.
  3. Livermush and grits are NOT good re-warmed. Blech!
  4. If you get a chance, check out my guest post on the Fire It Up blog. The conference team members and conference presenters take turns posting on a weekly basis. This week I blogged about “Melting the Frozen Places” and the hard place I went through a few years ago that seemed to bring my creative gifts to a grinding halt.
  5. Brownies are good for what ails you.

And thus ends my Tuesday list!