Friday, March 8, 2013

Running on Empty!

Life is one long process of getting tired.
                     Samuel Butler

It is twenty minutes to eight and I know Annie is probably standing there in the snow looking towards the house and drooling thinking of that nice warm bottle to be delivered by the cute little delivery girl. Yes that would be me, who else? I must say with those Pink Cadillac Boots, Styling Coveralls and Orange Toque I am a “looker” I do realize Annie only sees that bottle. A girl has to dream that she is noticed once in a while. As I was saying before I started focusing on my looks again, Annie is back there looking to the house anxious for me to come, I in turn am sitting at the table staring back to where she is standing among the cows and wishing I was back in bed. It seems my Mom was right all those years ago when she thought in the spring we all needed a little boost of “It’s good for you.”

I have been dragging myself along for the past couple of days, feeling like my tank was sputtering with those last precious drops of fuel hoping to make it to that energy source, hoping I would make it before being stranded on the side of that lonely back road in the bush. OK I like the thought of the bush part wrong scenario, stuck on the side of a busy highway in the Big City with millions of cars racing by without a sideways glance, that’s better. (sputter sputter………stop).


Yesterday I walked the bush again even though not really feeling like it but you know how it is with me by now, I wanted to see the Deer from the day before and had to check to see if I could surprise them again. To my delight they had been drinking by the stream but without the noisy Crow distraction they were already running, their tails high in the air. I just sat down on the snow near the stream and rested for a while. (sputter sputter) I then lay down on that snow and stretched out. (stop)

I lie there for what seemed like a long time listening to the deafening silence a welcome change from the day before. I could hear the stream babbling near me and that Chick a Dee familiar sound. I could have fell asleep back there had it not been for the fact my mind was racing with that a long list of things to accomplish, I pulled myself up and dragged myself slowly to the tractor. (sputter sputter).

My day was completely filled with visits and shopping and I was surprised that I had more fuel in the tank than I had thought, after finishing I headed back home and then (sputter sputter). I hauled those groceries into the house and put the needed to be refrigerated things away and then sat on the couch, I lay down on the couch (stop).

Back to this morning while thinking about Annie and starting my day again (sputter sputter) a memory I had forgotten pops into my head. Ten little kids lined up in a row dressed for school and waiting for their turn for our Mother to give us that “It’s good for you” tonic. Dreading my turn and knowing it was coming always had me wanting to skip out the backdoor and head to school, Mom held the spoon to my lips and I knew there was no way of getting out of this so I opened my mouth, I could taste the bitter sweet dark brown sticky lump in my mouth and then that familiar grit sticking to my teeth. No matter how hard I tried to swallow, it was stuck to my teeth I still shiver thinking of that. Pearly was next I think she liked it I remember her smiling. “It’s good for you” are the words that remain stuck in my head. I do remember running to school and trying to swish that grit out of my teeth at the water fountain. I wonder if Pearly had a secret, I will have to ask her.


I do remember we were rarely sick or tired when I was a kid; could it be that my Mom was right. She probably was; I look back out the window and think of Annie waiting I pull myself up and head downstairs all the time wondering if I can buy sulphur anywhere, I already have the sweet stick to your mouth Blackstrap Molasses. I do know I will be going to ask Mom today how she made that “It’s good for you” tonic. (sputter sputter).

Did your Mom make you eat this magic gritty tonic with the line “It’s good for you”?

Later

49 comments:

  1. No magic gritty 'It's good for you' tonics...instead my Granny had the dreaded mustard and onion plaster.

    When I get the winter blahs I generally head for a hot bath and crank up the radio. Pretending I'm somewhere warm gives me a much-needed boost.

    It's good for you. Really. And no grit!

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  2. We had to have that once or twice, but I think my mom tired of the effort she she had to put in to get us all to take it. Either that, or she felt sorry for us.

    Wonderful pics, as always!

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  3. Castor oil. Not every day -- but enough that I hated that stuff.

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  4. Oh dear. This brings back memories of the cod liver oil my dad made us take a spoonful in the mornings. YUCK!

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  5. Nope, no gritty tonic - or anything else that I can remember - maybe a daily vitamin. I'm feeling a little bit like running on empty these last few days. Right now I should be shoveling snow so I can get to work - but, well, I'm sitting on the couch just looking out the window...

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  6. Moms are always right. At least that is what I keep telling my daughter.

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  7. No, we never had that "it's good for you stuff"...but I'm sure your Mom was right! Moms are always right, right?! ;)

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  8. Miss B,

    I find a good hot shower can do more to refresh me than anything. If I really want to top things off I wash my hair or shave and put on new clean clothes.

    Remeber, we have to take care of ourselves or we can't do our best caring for those who depend on us.

    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

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  9. Our spring "tonic" was the first picking of wild greens for the year. They tasted good and cleaned you out. Mom always thought a good clean out gave every one a better chance for being healthy.

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  10. It was Cod Liver Oil at our house (shudder!) Oh how I hated it!
    Hope you feel better today! I thought of you when I was riding yesterday, I took a few photos of trees and brush, and now I'm heading back to my blog to post them for you.

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  11. I don't remember any tonics growing up. The one thing that does help me is sunshine :) I woke up to it streaming in my window this morning! :)

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  12. Cod liver oil and those god awful vitamins that you couldn't ever get rid of the taste.
    Why is it when spring is just around the corner, that we tend to slow down. I have a dentist appointment and then work and I am sitting here not wanting to do anything except curl up with the cat and watch the world go by.
    Have a good day my friend and yes it probably is good for you.

    Love You, BA

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  13. Ewww no- thank goodness! But I do remember a hot toddy type mixture for a bad cough I had once...it was just plain awful, but I think it stopped the cough pretty quick!

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  14. Well, I do know it's full of B-12 - one of the few nonanimal sources. So it really is good for you ;-)

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  15. No, but we did take a liquid vitamin that she bought at the Rexall Drug store that looked like motor oil in color and had an odd taste (the iron in it perhaps?)... love your snowy walks...

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  16. No spring tonics, but I do remember when I would get a cough, my mother made me take awful tasting liquid cough medicine. I remember her standing in front of me with the spoon, telling me to open my mouth and take it. Ewww! To this day, I have trouble taking liquid medication.

    Hope you feel better quickly! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  17. No way!

    For being out of gas, you sure managed to get a LOT accomplished.

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  18. In our house, it was halibut orange fish oil to keep one healthy, and mustard plasters when you were sick.

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  19. Nope, no "Mom" to say those words - or give a tonic - what's "Good For Me" is a visit to your blog.

    Thank you,
    -g-

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  20. No home remidies here...and I think I'm glad. Although, I do hope your Mom shares hers with you so it helps you feel better, my friend.

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  21. My mom couldn't even get me to drink milk, so thankfully I didn't have to drink any sort of tonic. I must admit to making a face while I was reading that part. Ha! Sounds like a good day even with the sputtering and stopping. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  22. OK, first, you were one of 10? Wow....

    My Mom made us eat porridge with milk in it every morning. "And you can't go to school until you eat it all."

    I was always late for school.

    It was only years later when we found out I was allergic to milk that I realized "it's not always good for you."

    Jen

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  23. I'm sorry but I can't really see how anybody could be that super tired with a pair of snazy boots on like that....:)

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  24. nope. no tonic in our house. :)

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  25. B, I'd be very curious to know what your Mom put in her tonic-my Mom made us drink spoonfuls of cod liver oil! YUCK!!

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  26. Our tonic was good home grown home made country farm foods every day as we lived off of our land all year long ! Lovely post and photos . I wish I had the energy I did when I was younger and none of the aches and pains I have now ! Have a good day !

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  27. I'm feeling the sputtering today myself, B. I think I need spring to arrive...and maybe some of your mom's "It's good for you" tonic.

    Let us know what the ingredients were. :)

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  28. My maternal grandmother used to feed us sulpher and molasses! It was gritty as all get out and bitter-sweet. Gram had Orkney Viking heritage and she was quite the gal for all these natural stuff that we now appreciate. I wish I'd paid attention to what she was picking.
    I am so with you on being dragged out. I have people coming to snow shoe for the weekend and the house was a PIT. I couldn't, just COULDN'T get out of bed until 11 AM and then it was giver' until I couldn't give no more. I've been plopped in this chair sipping tea with honey and reading the internet ever since. I hope they are really late....

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  29. Not one magic tonic in my house that I can remember! Next time you lay down in the snow, make a snow angel!! You will love the feeling you get when you look at it!

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  30. The 'It’s good for you' tonic sounds like it worked! Mom always knows best :) I used to have to take mineral oil sometimes when I was young and I hated it!

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  31. No, no tonics when I was little.
    Lisa is right, molasses would be good for you with the vitamins it has. You should listen to your mother!! ;)

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  32. i know the molasses on the sweet feed I gave to baby when he was a young weanling colt really helped him to grow good brains...

    hmmm...

    ;)

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  33. We didn't have anything like your it's-good-for-you tonic, but I kind of wish we had. I thought feeling lethargic was just normal! lol

    I love hearing about your day and musings :-)

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  34. I rarely had any experience on the tonics things.

    But you will be frightened away if I tell you the Chinese ways.

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  35. Hahahaha.... We didn't get the gritty stuff, but we did get castor oil or cod liver oil, depending on .... I don't know what it depended on but we got one of them at different times.

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  36. I think Samuel Butler was right... Life seems to be working its magic on me ~ I AM tired. There are so many little eyes watching me (i have a lot of critters, not extreme paranoia...) hopefully; needing a pat, scratch, kiss or kibble...
    sprawling out in woods on a pillow of snow for a nap sounds just delicious! :)))

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  37. My mother didn't.. But when ever I got sick my MIL would heat up Black Berry Brandy and tell me to sip it. It would knock out any cold I had. Actually all it did was knock me out.
    It kinda taste like nyquil.. Now I am wondering if that's what they use to make nyquil...

    Hugs~

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  38. We used to get cod liver oil as our "it's good for you" in the late winter months. I love the quote at the top.

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  39. Love those boots! Things like that have got to put some spring in your step even without the addition of sulphur and molasses. However, I'm a firm believer in adding a few vitamins to the diet sort of like the fertilizer we add to our gardens.

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  40. Ewww that sounds disgusting but it probably worked. I remember being given Paraffin oil. Sorry you are feeling lethargic, any wonder with all the chores you farmers have to do in a day. Hope you find a decent energy source soon.

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  41. Luckily I only heard moms stories about Sulfur and molasses, but I got instead cod liver oil, not the capsules because(I don't know) I choked that stuff down till one day I just could not, and sadly I "hurled" all over mom,never had to take it again :)

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  42. No, but I do remember way back then it was castor oil which mum used to mix with orange juice so for years I didn't really enjoy orange juice. I do know I was told "it's good for you" so hopefully it was.
    Hope you don't mind me popping in for a visit. Really enjoyed this post.
    Thank you.

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  43. Thankfully castor oil did not feature in my growing up years. You sure have a busy life and I think it is great that you have nature around you to lift your spirits!

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  44. Hi Buttons. Thanks for you nice comment, entering my giveaway, and for following. I will follow you back.
    I'm glad I never had to take that gritty, good for you tonic.
    I hope you are having a good Sunday.
    Barb

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  45. just the sound of it makes me cringe hehehehe

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  46. No my mum didnt. I have never had tonic of any kind in my house, but then that would be me :) lol

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  47. Nope, never had spring tonic. I wonder if it would help...
    Have you gotten the recipe from your mom yet?

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  48. the only thing i recall is great-grandma would rub a little whiskey on our tooth-aches.

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