Omicron and first snow of 2022

I’m getting too old for this. 

At 68, when I consider all the possible outcomes and variants of this C19 virus, I’m glad it got to us after the cooled down version emerged.  It is, as claimed “like the flu”.  I’ve had some deadly flu in my life with temps of up to 104 that left me unable to even get up.   This virus with low grade fevers nonetheless leaves you listless and feeling weak.

Bob came down with it on Thursday and I came down with it the very next day, which was New Years eve.  We stayed in, laid low, kept bundled, took eight hour arthritis strength acetaminophen (for fever, aches and pains), drank a lot of water and sipped on homemade chicken soup.  To keep our lungs clear we used an inhaler and took Guaifenesin (expectorant).  Both of us battled waves of low grade fever and chills, and spent a couple of nights sleeping sitting up on the recliner.

It is a trickster!  Bob was feeling like he was on the downside of the beast, and then suddenly he got another low-grade fever and chills.

We would like to have been tested, but due to the holiday weekend, and the mass of sick people, well, you simply can’t get in for DAYS.  NOTE:  I was finally able to get in on January 5th and found that I did indeed have the C19 beast.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and good health in 2022


Mother Nature sent us snow for the New Year, and it was beautiful!  However, it was the wettest snow I have ever experienced.  It filled the fences, stacked up 8 inches high, and ripped the limbs off of my Dogwoods and the giant Holly trees here! (Trees were felled everywhere in our area.) I will share the photos and also say that I was glad this all happened in the night.  It was sad to see the carnage next morning, but it showed us a very dangerous flaw in the giant holly tree!!!  The largest branches and the crotch of the tree are ROTTING inside.  The lovely old lady will have to come down and we will be looking for another small shade tree  to replace it. Pictures are clickable, but I am having a bit of trouble with the editor again today.  sigh….


But dangerous!

31 thoughts on “Omicron and first snow of 2022

    • Lynda says:

      Kate, I’ve been sicker, but this, like I said, makes you very tired. And it is the tired bit that hangs on. We are doing much better now. 🙂 On the weather front we are just now getting a second dose of that very wet snow! Not so good. 😛

  1. Littlesundog says:

    I’m glad you two are feeling better. I can’t imagine how you managed all of the critter chores you have! Bless you!! We’ve managed to avoid any sickness the last two years – really we haven’t been sick in a couple of decades. I’m getting ready to head to Nebraska solo, to help my siblings with my mom, who is now on hospice. It’s not a good time to be traveling with all of the illness out there, but I must go. Maybe I can email you later… it will be good therapy for me while I’m up there. ❤

    • Lynda says:

      Lori, we got them done, but did the minimal. Morning: Let them out, feed them, run back inside and get warm. Evening: Put them to bed, then run back inside to get warm.
      I’m so sorry to hear that your mother is in hospice care. Driving anywhere at the moment is going to be tough, but I imagine you have more skill with snow driving than I do. Be safe, and I look forward to your emails! ❤

  2. shoreacres says:

    It’s been years since I’ve had a ‘good’ case of the flu, but I remember it very well. I think it must have been twenty years ago, because I was living on the other side of our lake. I’m glad that you and Bob didn’t have to suffer that insult again. As so many people have said, even those other flus could make you feel like death might be preferable.

    That’s a gorgeous snow, despite the damage it brought. I noticed some reports of snow from northeast Texas this morning — probably (perhaps?) associated with the same system that brought yours. We had two days of 40-50 mph winds, but this morning all is calm — except for the squirrels, who are acting like they’re in overdrive. I don’t know if our cold weather makes them frisky, or if they’re running around to stay warm.

    • Lynda says:

      Linda, the fevers are the worst thing about flu. I always get my flu shot each year and I seem to be able to avoid that beast. At our age the flu could kill us, and thankfully the C19 lite did not!

      As for snow, we usually get it about once in winter, and generally it’s a dusting. I like the quiet after a snow it really muffles the sound. I think you are correct about the same system bringing all the snow from there to here. You have me laughing at your squirrels, the same is true for Walker! He runs around skidding to a stop with his nose down in it, then jumps up and does it again and again. You’d imagine he’d get frostbite on his nose, but he does it anyway.

      Stay well! ❤

  3. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says:

    To be sick at the same time – well, misery loves company – but — but if both are feeling unwell, who makes the chicken soup (I probably already know that answer!) and who feeds the birds and animals…

    Lots and lots and lots and lots of people are now sick with it here; I stopped going to the museum mid week last week when it was basically empty – void of staff. Just guards and the maintenance people, who would shrug – not sure who was sick and who was just working remotely. I’m busy doing some bird scouting in new areas – solita, and eating bananas and mixed nuts instead of stopping at a restaurant.

    So sorry that the Trojan Horse Virus found its way into your home, but so glad you’re well enough for sending a smoke signal – and that you’re on your way back to feeling well again.

    • Lynda says:

      Lisa, To answer your questions, I made the soup; it’s easy. We both took care of the birds and animals, but the effort was minimal.

      AM: Let them out, crack ice, give them feed. Repeat ice cracking if needed through the day.
      PM: Fill water troughs with clean water, put them to bed.

      Bob braved the drugstore drive thru to get meds to help us along. They have a whole protocol set up. You call ahead, and when you arrive you let them know to take Covid measures. They put on the gloves, package your over the counter meds, you pay, and then if they won’t go through the tube they meet you out by your car and pass them to you. That was a life saver!

      We only ever ate at a restaurant for special occasions; B-day and Anniversary. Now, no way! I don’t know if I will ever feel safe to eat out again. Bananas and mixed nuts are wonderful and quite portable! (They are a favorite topper on my cereal in the morning.)

    • Lynda says:

      “It just knocks the stuffing out of you.”
      Yes, that is exactly how it feels.

      Nanacathy, I’m sorry to hear that you were sick too, and very glad that you are on the mend. ❤

  4. Deb says:

    Glad to hear your on the mend! Those photos are pretty , but nature can be hard on evergreens when the snow is heavy . I never enjoyed hearing the trees pop then the crash.

    • Lynda says:

      Deb, thank you, we are! I never heard the limb come down, and I was initially delighted with the snow. It really was pretty. And again, I have to be grateful that the heavy snow clued us in on just how damaged that old holly tree really is inside! It scares me to think that eventually the whole trunk could split right down the middle.

    • Lynda says:

      Tom, we are well on the way to fully recovered. As for the snow it is entirely gone now. However, the very cold weather has us filling basins every night (frozen hoses in the am) and cracking ice on top in the morning!

  5. Pam Nunn says:

    Oh no! I hope you and Bob are recovered by now! Even though omicron is more virulent, it thankfully seems to be milder. Hope you guys are vaccinated! Take care of each other!

    PS: I’m responding in email cuz I’m on my phone, can’t log in to comment (can’t remember password) and too lazy to get on the computer!

    Miss you guys!


    On Sat, Jan 15, 2022 at 5:51 PM Life on the Farmlet wrote:

    > Lynda posted: “I’m getting too old for this. At 68, when I consider all > the possible outcomes and variants of this C19 virus, I’m glad it got to us > after the cooled down version emerged. It is, as claimed “like the flu”. > I’ve had some deadly flu in my life with temps” >

    • Lynda says:

      Pam, we are still tired, but over the worst of it. Bob, got it from his coworker who has been vaxed and boosted. The coworker was MIA on Monday, Bob was sick by Thursday, and me the following day. Happy new year, eh? But, now we have antibodies and should be able to fend off the beast. I can’t help feeling this is very Biblical… and just the beginning. Pray without ceasing.

      We miss you both too!

    • Lynda says:

      Julie, scary, but good progress! I have been following what has gone on there on Sky News Australia. Yup, scary.

      We are OK, and grateful. We feel less and less tired each day. Ha, I would guess that having an appetite and finally eating better would have something to do with that. 😉

  6. Steve Schwartzman says:

    Happy recovery to you both. Just yesterday I heard someone who’d recently gotten Covid-19 say that when he first came down with it he thought it would be a chance to take it easy and catch up on some reading, but he ended up having no energy to do even something as non-energy-demanding as that.

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Steve.

      Nope, no reading. No sleeping laying down, only the bare minimum, like letting the animals out, feeding them, and putting them back to bed. Making the chicken soup was easy, but we really didn’t have much of an appetite. This variant seems to pick your weakest link and pretty much beat the cr@p out of it, but I appreciated the low grade fever vs. the 104 with flu. We are feeling stronger every day.

  7. Kathleen Clark says:

    I am in a nursing home and have a very bad case of covid. It has not t been easy. John still negative. Pray please.

    • Lynda says:

      Hi Kathee, I was hoping you’d be home by now. And, no, it is not easy. We managed to avoid the worst strains, and honestly were relieved to have gotten this lighter version. In the end, I think everyone will get it and at least we will have the antibodies to protect us. I don’t think we would have survived the first two, or being hospitalized and put on a ventilator! Please know we are praying for you both. We love you! ❤

  8. Kathleen Clark says:

    We feel everybody is going to get this thing AND there will be some mutation of it out there for the rest of our lives. Just too many unmasked and unvaccinated people roaming around.

    I’m nowhere near going home. Long story. May be another two to three months yet. Problem with PT supplies and coverage. We finally have all the equipment. Waiting for me to test negativee again so we can get started.

    • Lynda says:

      “We feel everybody is going to get this thing AND there will be some mutation of it out there for the rest of our lives.”

      No doubt about that. This is what comes of making a virus that can cross over from animal to human in the lab: Gain of function. There was never any point to it but to make us all very ill. The only justice in this stupid action is that the ones who made it have suffered just as much as those they’ve infected.

      You should test negative fairly soon and you will now have antibodies that will help you. Glad the equipment is in place and look forward to hearing you are home again soon!

  9. chatou11 says:

    Hi LYnda, sorry you had both the Covid and I understand It let you tired.
    I had it in January 2020 with high fever and I was unable to get out of my bed.
    8 very bad days caughing like mad and feeling very tired for three months.
    I will have my booster in March.
    Nice pictures but you will have to plant another tree.
    Take great care.
    friendly yours

    • Lynda says:

      Chatou, I’m sorry you had the early Covid it really was a BEAST. Did you have someone to help you during that time? I hope!

      Oh yes, I am planning to replace it the tree. It will be very bare looking for some time, but it must be replaced! And someday, when we are gone, I imagine a young family who will appreciate that we replaced it. That makes me smile.

    • Lynda says:

      LOL! It’s OK. I do it all the time and it’s always the same mistake: “Lydna”. 😉
      So far as I know I have always caught it before it went out…

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