I picked up the Monday Madness questions for this week...

..and couldn't find an easy way to answer any of them. Here is the MM challenge this week:
Monday Madness: OttO says....
This week's questions come from our good friend, and faithful participant, gabrielle. Thanks so much for your questions, Gabrielle!! And everyone, thank you for playing and have a wonderful week! (I may be taking Christmas Day off, which is in 2 weeks, so if you don't see questions posted that day, don't panic. I will certainly be back the following week.) =)

1. What song gives you the most holiday cheer?

2. Who is the hardest person to shop for on your holiday list?

3. When do you start your holiday shopping?

4. What food or drink do you love when it's cold out? (Recipes and recommendations, please!)

5. What do you do to get rid of a cold or flu?

Do not bother reading any further if you only want to see MM answers. You will not find answers to these questions here on my site today. So maybe I'll lose friends - well maybe not real friends and maybe I'll turn some folks off because I'm just an ol' bah-humbug granni - well not really - I've always LOVED Christmas and the whole season. Anyway, this blog is sort of based on the above questions...
I'm just getting over a cold or flu-thing. I've had it for more than a week now. I first noticed it the day I returned home from San Diego... it was a Friday I think, postponed to that from Thursday because I had fallen and my San Diego family didn't want me to leave until they knew I was okay... which I wasn't but it's not their fault. Well, I was okay as far as the fall was concerned...
so in answer to question 5 - I've been taking care of myself as though I was taking care of anybody I love - staying home, keeping warm, drinking lots of liquids, especially warm ones - green tea and hot chocolate (with Splenda), and a whole package of Thera-Flu (3 cups a day spread over a two-day period - Thank you Natalie!!!). Didn't feel like eating much - so when I felt like eating I ate whatever was in my house that sounded good... I have a small chest freezer, a big freezer on my fridge and a big pantry. When Frank was alive we kept them full and I've been trying to empty them for more than a year now. Can you believe I've actually lost 10 pounds eating stuff like fish sandwich in pita bread with cheese.... and ice cream sundaes made by heating homemade applesauce from my neighbor and putting it over a nice big helping of Butter Pecan ice cream!!!! Maybe I just don't want to be well... I LIKE losing weight.
...and for the rest of the questions - Close your eyes and imagine:

Okay! You are me. Now I challenge YOU to answer the first 4 questions!

Hi Sherle.

I'm sorry to hear that you're still a bit under the weather. Hope all traces of the flu will go away soon.

I've read your entry and I felt lonely reading it. I can't imagine how hard it is to live without the love of your life. I hope all your good memories together will make you smile this Christmas season. Wonderful memories are like treasures of the heart.

God bless.

Mom, I hope this comes out right, but you know me so I think you'll get it. You sound very healthy amid all that surrounds you. Keep on dealing the way you do, because it is honest and good. You never have to pretend that you don't miss Dad or that you're not somewhat sad. It makes me feel good about you when I read your honest pouring of emotions. I love you!
Hi - this is my first time visiting your site, and your post really made me think. Good luck with all you're dealing with. I'm 57, and I'm tired of "stuff" too. I'm glad you're feeling better.
I think I can understand the mix of emotions, especially this time of year... I think about you WAY more than I call you, and WAY WAY more than I visit. I'm sorry. In all honesty, we're as busy as we CHOOSE to be. I am including myself in that statement too. Even when I'm at home, I choose to be busy doing things around the house. Our house does NOT need cleaning as much as I clean it, but I feel better when I'm being "productive." Crazy, I know.

I'm sorry for the way you feel, but like Jan, am glad you can be honest about your feelings. I just wish there was something I could do. (Maybe there is...)

I love you, Mom.
Dear Sherle, WOW...you clearly expressed well some of my feelings about the lose of one's love and partner.
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