1. Weather induced power and internet outages, illness and life in general have gotten in the way lately. I've been Horrible with a capital "H" about responding to the comments left on the blog. I apologize profusely. I have read and appreciate them all, I just haven't always been able to respond. I will try to be better about it going forward however.
2. Regarding last week's favorite trees list... Many of you responded that dogwoods were on your top three list. I love dogwoods too. In fact, they'd probably be my #1 favorite except.... The dogwood is Virginia's State Flower and as a child my parents had me convinced that if I even touched one, I'd go to jail. I remember our neighbors had one in their front yard and it was a thing of beauty! The gorgeous blossoms, the shiny, red berries, the pretty bark and low hung branches just begging to be climbed.... My parents preached that picking the blossoms (or leaves, twigs or berries) was illegal. Harming the tree in anyway, specially the harm that might be caused by climbing it, was illegal. I'm sure my parents instilled that fear of the dogwood just to keep me off the neighbor's property but.... A tiny bit of that fear lives on.
3. The weird, random facts you learn from blogging is amazing. My last post mentioned that my nose was so stopped up, I couldn't smell the Vicks VaporRub. (I'm feeling much better now by the way.) In the process of Googling whether it was Vicks "Vapor Rub" or "VaporRub," I stumbled across an article saying that to quell a nigh time cough, slather Vicks on your feet, put on a pair of socks and go to bed.
There's no way smearing Vicks on my feet could have anything to do with helping me not choke to death on gobs of post nasal drip all night long. There was just no way! But what did I have to loose? I tried it.
And you know what? I slept like a baby! I went to bed with Vicks smeared feet and a nose still so stopped up that I couldn't smell the Vicks. And I woke up feeling about 1,000% better. Now, I didn't wake up 100% "well" but I could breathe through my nose and as far as I'm aware, I did not wake up coughing and gagging a single time throughout the night. Did smearing Vicks on my feet really do that??
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