It doesn't take much for me to get pretty excited sometimes. From things that I'm sure no other sane person would get excited about.
Like when I'm making the bed and get the throw pillows just right on that first toss, or the container I've chosen to pack the leftovers in is exactly the right size to hold everything, yet not too big to take up extra fridge space.
Or like when you wake up to a dry bed, despite the fact that you'd first greeted the day at 2:30 a.m. with a swollen throat that takes all the effort in the world to swallow, because its opening is now roughly the diameter of a drinking straw meant for a flea, and your sweet husband, when he awakens at his normal crazy hour of 3 a.m., asks if you're okay, and you can barely croak out your "no," so he fills and refills glass after glass of the homemade elderberry tea you'd brewed the night before when you'd suddenly felt a slight tickle in your throat, whereupon after draining the approximately 2.5 liters of liquid, you fall into a deep sleep, only to have one of those dreams where your bladder is going to burst, but you finally find relief and empty out gallons of liquid in a very Austin-Powers-gets-thawed moment, after which you continue to have similar, fever-induced dreams before waking again at a more reasonable hour to - thank goodness - aforementioned dry bed.
I'm sure you can all relate, right?
So after waking the other morning to discover that I luckily did not have to do an extra load of laundry just because I'd vividly dreamed of a trip to the toilet, I set about throwing myself full-bore into my time-tested (& after a decade teaching 6-to-8-year-olds in public school, Trust Me, it's tested) "I'm not in the mood to get sick right now, so let's just nip it, nip it in the bud" routine. (That phrase always worked out well for Barney, right?)
Not only do these methods of mine usually work immediately, they're natural and have the added bonus of keeping all people, sick or otherwise, far away from your general proximity for days (you'll see why in a minute).
Besides keeping your loved ones a safe distance away from any crabby, I'm-sick-so-do-it-yourself remarks, it will also create a buffer to ensure everyone else is safe from all those nasty germs you're so kindly entertaining in your own personal Disneyland.
Nip It In The Bud Tip #1
If you like your tea sweet, you can add in a squirt of honey, but I tend to just keep mine plain so I don't give all those nasty germs any more sugar fuel than the cookies I undoubtedly had for dinner the previous night.
Give this tea to everyone else in your house (it's even safe for infants, as long as you don't add honey) to make sure no one else develops the crud that you're trying to exterminate.
Nip It In The Bud Tip #2
Cooked garlic can be helpful as well, but you really need to force down the raw stuff to make this bug-destroying plan work.
The bonus of this item is that all vampires will avoid you like the sun, which is always a good thing, unless you happen to be pining after one of the Cullens.
Nip It In The Bud Tip #3
Nip It In The Bud Tip #4
I could list a few other tools that I resort to using whenever these tips haven't done the trick and exterminated the bugs, but I honestly can't remember the last time I've had to do that, since these four pretty much always take care of things immediately.
So man your own Checkpoint Chickie and keep nasty cold germs away from your home by implementing these Nip It In the Bud Tips - and then you can get all excited about more important things, like whipping up a batch of famous pickles...
Do you have any other secret weapons to use against nasty cold germs? I bet you do, and I'd love to hear all about them! Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.
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