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Monday, March 12, 2012

When a Cold is a Period of Indulgence

I've been laid a bit low the past several days. Nothing like a good old-fashioned cold to take the joy out of Spring! The worst thing about it is that the older you get the more difficult it is to 'get on with it'! So I've learned to give in and just putter around being more or less useless. If I don't I end up with a chest infection and needing anti-biotics and then everything drags on and on and I become very disagreeable not to mention argumentative.

Garbo and Boyer in Conquest*
Spoiling yourself can be an art. I can be quite good at it. I have managed to keep up with all the blogs that I follow, for one thing. Since writing about my favourite movie scenes (here) I have acquired several Garbo films and on Saturday I watched 'Conquest' in which she stars with Charles Boyer. They were both wonderful -- Boyer, as Napoleon, being very much her equal on the screen. I have not seen this film for many years, but I have a very distinct memory of the end of the movie I had seen before and it is not at all the same as the end of the film I have acquired. Nor can I find anything on the Internet about the film having two different endings. This often happened with American versions of the film due to the kind of censorship that went on for so many years in the States. The film released in Europe is called Marie Walewska and in the end she and the son they have together see him to say goodbye just before he is sent of to St. Helena. In the film I saw in the States the end was very different. In it British authorities convince her to go to Napoleon in order to convince him to surrender and at the end see is seen  returning to the authorities with the sword of Napoleon therefore implying that he has officially surrendered to them. Some difference, I think!!

Yesterday I indulged myself further as I was not feeling improved at all -- in fact a bit worse. I slept past noon and then after a bacon sandwich on an English muffin, read the paper for several hours -- ah bliss the Sunday papers uninterupted -- until indulging further by watching an episode of Midsomer Murders that I had not seen before!

Today I am feeling much better. The threatened chest infection has subsided and the only symptom is feeling slightly fatigued. Perhaps I'll indulge in another episode of Midsomer Murders in ten minutes... (It's a feeling somewhat akin to a cat curling up in front of the fire ... That's me, a Kat for all Seasons!)

22 comments:

  1. Hello Katherine:
    Well, how intriguing about two endings to the same film......rather like a Midsomer Murder mystery all of its own. Perhaps John Nettles can puzzle it all out.

    We are sure that you are doing the right thing by simply giving in to your cold. Sometimes, the stiff upper lip approach is just impossible and your treatment sounds much more fun. How about tomorrow organising breakfast in bed, a pampering facial,manicure and pedicure,dinner at a favourite restaurant and a nightcap of hot chocolate and another Garbo film.....just to be sure that your recovery is going in the right direction!!!

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  2. Sometimes we just need to give in and recuperate slowly but fully. Get well soon...

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    1. I'm on my way at a leisurely pace...

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  3. Your 'medicine' for your chest cold sounds perfect to me. A couple of lazy days indulging yourself is absolutely the very best way to get over feeling blah...good for you! Smiles.

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  4. Sorry you've been ill, Broad, and glad things seem to be improving. One of the many good things about being retired is that we don't have to struggle on through illness but can look after ourselves properly. A long sleep followed by Midsomer Murders, or a favourite Garbo film (guess the ending!)sounds like excellent medicine to me. :-)

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    1. Oh, yes, it's working a malingering charm!

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  5. I absolutely agree, colds and other illnesses take a much greater toll as we age. But six beautiful words really jumped out at me: bacon sandwich on an English muffin. Never had one, but I can imagine it perfectly and now I want one. Note to self: buy bacon.

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    1. You will enjoy it! With a nice cup of tea ...

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  6. I think the best thing for a cold/flu is to take it easy and yes indulge. The colds this year seem to have gone on for ages so best to just take it quiet. Hope you soon get over it all. Diane

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    1. Each day shows improvement. Yesterday had lunch with a best girlfriend -- best medicine ever!!

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  7. I used to love being ill as a kid, I don't remember actually FEELING bad just had various symptoms sometimes which meant I could stay in bed all day and read without being pestered... great....

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    1. I remember doing that exactly! My favourite books were A Child's Geography of the World and A Child's History of the World -- along with Grimm's Fairy Tales ...

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  8. Dear Broad,
    So sorry to hear that you're under the weather. But glad to know that you are taking care of yourself.

    I got many, many episodes of Midsomer Mysteries and watched them last fall. I so enjoyed the whole series from beginning to end. Are they still being produced in England or did you see a rerun????

    Peace.

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    1. Midsomer Murders is still being shown in England but John Nettles, who played Tom Barnaby has been replaced by his 'cousin' John Barnaby, played by Neil Dudgeon. It's taking some getting used to and I think the jury is still out as to its future popularity. My husband doesn't like the new Barnaby because the actor playing the part played a 'nasty piece of work' in one of his favorite series years ago called 'Piece of Cake'!!!

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  9. Glad to hear you're feeling a bit better. I find that, when I have a cold, my appetite becomes ravenous. I eat a lot, anyway, but a cold makes me want non-stop oral satisfaction.

    That sounds wrong, but you know what I mean.

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    1. Yes, I understand!! The old saying 'Feed a cold, starve a fever' I find to be true. When I lose my appetite I consider the malady to be more serious.

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  10. Midsummer Murders is a real treat when you're feeling poorly! However, I have trouble getting used to the 'new' Tom Barneby. I'm not saying that the new actor is doing a bad job, but he just isn't John Nettles, is he?

    Take care! Hope you'll feel better soon and that you don't end up feeling like a 'Kat on a hot tin roof!' ;) Martine

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  11. Until the mention of Midsomer Murders I was cheering you on in your efforts to indulge yourself. A cold is a wonderful excuse, although the cold itself is a nuisance and I don't envy your suffering.

    But MM? Make it Morse at least, or Sherlock Holmes, all available on some repeat channel somewhere.

    Get well soon!

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    1. Now, Friko ... Actually, on Sunday afternoon there was no choice -- but while I adored Morse and very much like Jeremy Brent's Sherlock Holmes -- I relish the absurdity of Midsomer Murders as well as the challenge of finding new and imaginative methods of achieving the nefarious deed!

      Was happy to read that there will be a prequel series of Morse called Endeavour in the pipeline!

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  12. I've added your cure (on a post-it note) to my medicine cabinet. I going to check to see if we get Midsomer Murders. Hope you are "up to snuff" very soon.

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