It is so important to take advantage of every day to do something you enjoy, something that's important for the future, something productive. Thank goodness I got the garden plot tilled up, for example, before I was sidelined by this malady that has had a grip on me for a week now.
I have plenty of indoor activities — cooking, which I'm still doing even though I'm not taking many or any photos most days, and blogging and reading. Watching movies. Doing laundry. Editing photos on the computer. I have continued to go out on walks with Callie the collie, though they are slightly abbreviated and certainly less strenuous walks than normal. The good thing is that I'm not coughing or sneezing. I just have a really bad sore throat. For whatever reasons — allergies or a virus? I can't tell.
At least I'm not sitting here thinking about the big job that needs to be done before we can get the garden put in next month. I'm just waiting this out. I actually feel a lot better this morning than I have in days, and I got a much better night's sleep. Maybe, just maybe, I've turned a corner. Things are looking up.
Today we're going over to Saint-Georges-sur-Cher, 10 or 12 miles west of Saint-Aignan, to have a look around in a store that sells wood-burning stoves. Our plan for a while now has been to replace the stove we had put in back in 2006 with a larger stove in which we can burn larger, longer logs. We are looking at Invicta stoves, and it just so happens that Invicta has a dealership with a showroom in Saint-Georges. Wish us luck.
The wood-burning season is pretty much over, by the way. We haven't had to have a fire in a couple of weeks, and we haven't been using the oil-fired central heat either. Weather reports now are saying, however, that we might need a little blast of heat over the coming weekend. Often there is a chilly spell in this part of France in late April and early May. That's why we don't plant the vegetable garden until mid-May.