Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ceci n'est pas une chienne sur un divan


A cold is like a mosquito. It's not the worst thing in the world but it's an annoyance, and it usually comes along with a lot of other mosquitos to bite your friends and family. If a normal mosquito bites you it raises an itchy bump. If a bad mosquito gets you, you've got malaria.

This is a roundabout way of saying it could have been worse and I'm glad I got a flu shot this year.

All week I've been shuffling back and forth to the kitchen for more cups of tea between longeurs in the armchair doing crosswords. I don't have energy for much else.

I've postponed all my appointments, even those with loved ones. I kept one appointment with Wilma the other day, accompanying her on her morning neighborhood hunt, and was laid out for the rest of the day. This annoyed Wilma; she does not have a cold and would have appreciated more hunting or at least chasing and biting things in the back yard.

But as you see, we've worked out a deal. When she can't have violence, she can have doggie bliss.

"This way lies madness," you say. But Wilma's smart. I think we've got her trained to believe she's allowed to lie on the towel, not the couch. So when the towel is not available, neither is the furniture. I'll let you know how that works.

No toys on the towel, though. We have to draw the line somewhere.

28 comments:

Petrea Burchard said...

I posted at 6:36t pm. It's barely an hour later and Wilma has proven me wrong.

Virginia said...

Wilma knows.

Petrea Burchard said...

She does, Virginia. She knows if she had fingers we'd be tied around them. As it is, she has plenty of toes.

Bellis said...

What did she do? Lie not on the towel, or bring her toys up, or both? I gave up trying to enforce anything after I had children. They wore me down.

Maya said...

Charlie only gets on the couch when we put the blanket on it. He knows and has never broken this rule. Such a good dog!

Jean Spitzer said...

she looks like she belongs. I'm guessing the blanket just became a permanent fixture on the couch.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Hot lemon tea w/honey and a shot of bourbon should work... As far as Wilma and the couch, good luck w/that... it won't last, she will sneak her way off that towel... :-)
btw- haven't had a flu shot since 1990.. the 1990 shot did me in and I swore never to take another... so far... someone is looking out for me.

José Mendonça said...

Don't even mention it, Petrea. I lived in Africa for one and a half years and I got malaria there. It's really awful and you never know when symptoms will be back! I got rid of it long after I came back home.

Petrea Burchard said...

She got back on the couch when the towel wasn't there, Bellis. We had put pillows as barriers and she just sat between them.

Maya, Charlie's a good boy! We'll have to work on this with Wilma some more.

Jean, you guessed it.

KBF, I don't know what year it was that the shot did me in, but this time around I had pretty strong warnings from my doctor that I had better get it. I did, and it didn't make me sick. The opposite, I think.

José, that sounds awful. I shouldn't have joked about it!

BettyS said...

Sorry you've been ill. It's a drag for anyone, but particularly an active person like you. As for Wilma, well, eventually you can give in and get one of those doggie throws that covers the whole sofa. I gave up long ago. But I've always been weak where Ra and Winter are concerned.

Petrea Burchard said...

We may not even get the throw, BettyS. The sofa's not exactly an heirloom.

Shell Sherree said...

Heh! I'm not surprised at the outcome, Petrea. I only have to do something once that Ella likes, and it's set in stone in perpetuity. Say hello to the brown packaging box and mangey old piece of tulle on the floor in my front entry. I'm so sorry to hear the flu is malingering. Kalei's Best Friend's suggestion sounds worth a spin.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks. I'm much better today. John and I have what we call the "2001 rule," which refers to Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" when an astronaut is working on something mechanical on the ship's exterior. He's almost finished and he gets careless, breaking loose from the ship and quickly tumbling, lost in space. So when we're almost finished with something we invoke the "2001 rule," which means "don't get careless." Today I feel fine but I'll take it slowly just to be sure.

William Kendall said...

Drink tea!

She is such a cutie.

Petrea Burchard said...

Of course I agree!

Ann Erdman said...

When you're feeling up to taking her out for the hunt again regularly, she may relish the opportunity to shuck the queen bee status! Or not...

Petrea Burchard said...

I have my doubts, Ann. She's on the couch now, snuggled in her blankie and snoring away.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So sorry to hear that you've been unwell Petrea, the change of season flu is the worst! Have you tried a 'hot toddy' before bed. It's a tried and tested winner in my family.. hot water, squeeze of fresh lemon and a healthy dash of malt whisky.. Works a treat :) Feel better soon.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I'm willing to watch the movie just so I can invoke the 2001 rule. With all the Ramona drama I understand that concept to the core.

If your up to it, today is the last day to catch the light and space 'artist' show at Descanso Gardens.

Petrea Burchard said...

A hot toddy cures everything, Grace! I'm much better now, thank you.

"2001" was made in 1968, PA. When you see it you understand how much Kubrick influenced future filmmakers. It is a brilliant piece of work and I don't say that lightly.

llandudnopictures said...

Get well soon, although it looks like Wilma doesn't mind it when you're feeling under the weather !

Petrea Burchard said...

I like to think she was sympathizing, but I know her better.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I'll have to put on my thinking cap for that (if I can find it).

There are a few biggies that I've never seen. Casablanca being one of them.

Petrea Burchard said...

There are some great artworks that many people have seen, and you can't have that "first time" experience again. I was lucky to read "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the first time last year. I'd love to see "Casablanca" again for the first time.

Katie said...

I hope by now you've beaten that pesky cold. It sounds like it might take a little longer to convince Wilma to not sleep on the furniture (although that couch looks mighty comfy!).

Petrea Burchard said...

The cold has given in to me, and I've given in to Wilma.

José Mendonça said...

Please don't worry about your joke, Petrea! :-) Hope you're much better now.
Last winter Portugal had the worst flu epidemic I can remember. The problem was there has been a virus mutation so the vaccines didn't work... and it was chaos in every ER.

Petrea Burchard said...

We had some of that last year but I don't remember it being that bad. The vaccines didn't work, though, if I recall. This year it's better.