I came home tonight and suddenly realized my Christmas wreath is still on the door. It’s not the one pictured above but one made of pinecones. I somehow missed that window from seasonally perfect to outdated eyesore.
A few weeks ago a gust of wind on one of those 3 degree mornings kissed my face. That’s how I remember it anyway. My face burned and then a few days later the headache began.
My grandmother was born in 1896 high up in the Swiss Alps. She said, “Ja, Ja” a lot as English was not her first language. She had a home remedy for just about everything. When I was young fevers would run through our house knocking everyone down with illness. When it was really bad, she’d show up with potions and remedies. Our heads would be put under a towel hovering over bowls of herbs steeped in steaming water. Soups and special teas were conjured up in the kitchen. I wish I could remember more of what she did for us.
I knew I had a sinus headache and tried the “old ways” for a bit even muttering, “Ja, Ja” to try and conjure the spirit of my grandmother. I can now attest to the fact that singing “Ja, Ja” does nothing. My head pounded and I seemed to function in a fog behind the pressure that was building. I held my head over a steaming bowls of herbs with a towel tent overhead. It felt good and comforting but it wasn’t a cure.
I even made chicken soup from bones in my freezer from roast chickens past. They make the best soup base and in the past three weeks I used up my stash which I had been collecting since August. I was down to my last handful of bones and not feeling any better when I decided it was time for drugs, real drugs. I think there is a country song in this somewhere.
The walk-in clinic agreed I had a major sinus headache. Drugs were prescribed and the fog has been lifting. That’s probably the reason I finally noticed the wreath on my door. My biggest fear now is what else I will suddenly notice in the next few days.
Tomorrow we’re expecting a snowstorm and now that I’m feeling better, I’m hoping to take the skies out for a bit of cross-country. I will be covering my face tightly to keep any wind kisses at bay.