Sneezing My Way to Friday

It’s Friday and this week has been one “Mell of a Hess” as my mom used to say.  It started out when I woke up with a sore throat on Monday.  Now this was after a weekend when my stomach just hadn’t felt quite “right.”  “Oh, man….what now?” I wondered.    I didn’t have to wait long to find out.  The nasal floodgates soon opened and, as Capt. Ahab would say, “Thar she blows!”

Since it is Friday and time for the Fave Five, I thought I’d list five things I learned as I researched ways to shorten colds.

1.  Chicken soup, also known as “Jewish Penicillin” actually contains ingredients which can shorten your cold. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the ingredients on hand to make any chicken soup so I improvised.  I made some spicy lentil soup and threw in some turkey kielbasa for good measure.  I told my sister-in-law that, in the spirit of diversity, I was promoting a Moroccan/Polish healing collaboration.  I don’t know that it worked, but the heat did make my throat feel better.

2.  An early doctor in the 1920’s promoted the theory that most cold and flu viruses enter our body through our ears. Certain natural healing sites today promote putting hydrogen peroxide drops in your ears to kill the cold viruses.  I decided not to try this.  I just couldn’t get past the part in the instructions where it says “wait until the bubbling and stinging has subsided…..”

3.  Feed a fever, starve a cold. I didn’t try this either.  Frankly, there wasn’t much food that sounded all that great to me this past week anyway.  So I decided that I needed some comfort food.  I happened to have a brownie mix handy and I do remember reading somewhere that dark chocolate is now considered to be a health food so I figured that I’d make up a batch of “healthy eating” for myself.  I’m still enjoying the fruits of my labor.

4.  Put yourself into a calm state and visualize an army of dust-busting maids swabbing down your insides with disinfectant. OK, I tried to visualize this but somehow, the thought of a green team of energetic dustbusters tickling my insides with feather dusters did nothing but make me sneeze.  And speaking of sneezes, did you know that…..

5.  The reason we say “God Bless You” or “Gesundheit”or just “Bless You” when folks sneeze dates way back to the Dark Ages when a sneeze could indicate that you might be coming down with the Plague? If you really want to make yourself paranoid, visit this site to find out what hearing sneezes different times of the day can mean according to superstitions in Thailand.     Did you know that if you sneeze at a meal, it means you are going to meet a new friend?  Let’s hope so, because I can almost guarantee you that you will be cleaning food particles off of that “new friend.”  And it is believed that a fool can’t sneeze.  Well, hallelujah!  I must be a genius.

I hope your week has been healthier than mine.  To read about what others are posting for their Friday’s Fave Five, visit Susanne’s site at Living to Tell the Story.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go wash my hands and open another box of tissues.


  • Your last sentence had me LOL – “Well, hallelujah! I must be a genius.” Hope you feel better soon!

  • “Morroccan/Polish healing collaboration”. You my friend are quite funny when you are not feeling well. LOL. Hope you feel better soon.

  • I never thought of making brownies when I am sick, another good excuse to eat chocolate! 😉

    Cute little facts about colds. . .

  • You must not have heard the one about putting a sliced onion by your bed. It absorbs the bacteria / viruses in the air. lol

    Have a great weekend.

    p.s. check out the giveaway on my blog

  • Oh, I DO hope you’re feeling better. My dear hubby has been struggling with this all week, but so far I’ve dodged it.

    Personally, I like the “feed a fever OR cold” axiom — especially when brownies are involved!

    Get well and have a happy weekend.

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