SICKNESS

There I sat staring out the window at the deceptively warm looking sunshine outside. We (Ella and I) were counting down the minutes until our doctor’s appointment. Cedar Fever (huge amounts of cedar/jumper pollen in the air) has nearly everyone in the area sneezing, coughing, sniffing, and rubbing itching eyes. I can’t say that I’m enjoying it very much.

We got in to see the new doctor (or physician assistant) and got checked out. Prescriptions were ordered to combat the symptoms. We are on antibiotics, steroids, and codeine cough syrup.

I’m not a real fan of medications. But I don’t care for feeling miserable either. I took a pill and went to bed. I slept the rest of the day away and woke around seven in the morning and took more pills. Then I burrowed back into bed. I lay there until nine when I got up and cooked some oatmeal.

I turned the TV on while eating breakfast. Did you know Regis and Kathie Lee Gifford aren’t on anymore? Yeah it’s been a long time since I watched morning television. I was surprised how loud it is, way too much exuberance. I gave up and went back to bed.

Around eleven I once more overcame the gravitational forces of the bed in order to start a meal in the Instapot. Here in Texas there is a New year’s tradition of having Hoppin John* for dinner. I have a slightly different tradition that has the same spirit behind it. Hoppin John it’s made using Black eye peas which was primarily cattle feed. In other words, it’s a poor person’s meal. The idea is to start the new year eating this so that every meal after it will be better. I’ve always done the same thing but used lentils and kielbasa. The lentils, because of their shape, represent coins … the wealth that will come later in the year. Coincidentally, it is great sick day food.

I got the food going in the Instapot and returned to bed once again. Are you noticing a trend here?

Around twelve thirty I once more became bipedal and lumbered to the kitchen. I served up the stew and remembered that I had intended to make cornbread to go with it. Oh well, there’s next New Year. I ate and was back in bed by one thirty. I see no end in sight.

*This Southern staple serves up a generous helping of comfort and tradition. Traditionally, Hoppin’ John is a one-pot recipe of black-eyed peas with aromatics, hammock and broth and served with rice.

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