The Dreaded Summer Cold–I Ain’t Feelin’ So Hot!

I know. I know.  On this Monday, I really AM a hot mess!

I have the dreaded “Summer Cold”! A fever came to visit as well.



Doctor Bonaparte woke me up with Tylenol this morning. He said I was burning up–and not in the GOOD way!



To tell you the truth, I’m not even thirsty enough to drink a lot of this. Thank goodness I have the smaller bottles!

Fluffy pillows. A comfortable bed.

fluffy pillows. my hair needs the satin

Yes. Fluffy pillows are a must. But THE most important pillow is the one covered with satin! The hair still needs to look good! The satin pillow keeps my do looking good!

The remote control to the TV are my much-needed supplies today.


The remote is essential–even though I’ll probably hit the wrong buttons and starting cursing at the TV.  Even through a miserable cold, I can still curse with the best of ’em!

Actually. My eyes are so watery and closed so tightly that I don’t think I’ll be using the remote. I think after I write this, I’ll be entering into an on-again, off-again daytime slumber.

i can barely open my eyes

I cannot even THINK of putting even the most minimal of eye makeup on today!

One side of my nose feels as though I have a bag of cotton stuffed to high into my nostril that I can feel it in my brain. The other side of my nose is running like a tap.

my nose

Ugh. Don’t you HATE having that half-stuffed, half-runny nose? It’s so annoying!!!!

The tissue supply is going quickly.

One of the many tissues Bonaparte will find strewn about the bed

Don’t be disgusted. This is just a clean tissue all crumbled up.  Poor Bonaparte will be picking up my trail of used tissues the rest of the day–and he will be saying words in French that I will not understand. I know they will not be words of love!

It sucks because the Summer cold is just so much worse than the Winter Cold.

The Winter Cold seems to welcome the many comfy blankets and soft-as-a-cloud comforter. You know that no matter how low the outside temperature drops you will still be snuggled and toasty in your womb of a bed.

The Summer Cold knows no comfort. You are warm. The outside temperature is warmer.

You fight the blankets and sheets because your body is indecisive in the quest for a comfortable body temperature.

There is no biting cold to slaughter those germs. Um. Yes. I am one of those people who grew up with her mother saying that the cold kills any germs. To this day I believe that.

cold weather kills germs

I am a firm believer that the cold kills germs!!!

The heat just festers those little germs and gives them nowhere to go. Those little pesky germies are in a stage of suspended animation.

It pisses me off, too, because I had a long posting going on in my head.

Unfortunately (or—actually maybe fortunately because nobody will have to deal with my ramblings), today, I’ll be condensing my weekend report!

Friday  I was feeling great! So much of the meal for Saturday evening had been prepared so I started the day off with coffee and a movie.

I watched “Marriage Italian Style”—the early 1960’s film starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Subtitles don’t bother me so this Italian language comedy by Carlo Ponti was fun to watch. It was hard to get past Loren’s beautiful eye makeup. OMG—she’s so pretty AND Mastroianni is just so handsome.


Look at her makeup!  It’s sooooo perfect and timeless!


….and that Marcello. Catherine Deneuve was one lucky woman. She had him OFF set!

Loren plays a young prostitute who becomes the mistress of the wealthy bakery owner Mastroianni. He turns her legit by having her work for him.

Yes. Hes a mommas boy

Mastroianni, ever the momma’s boy, brings Loren home–under false “employment” pretenses. Sort of!

She “tricks” him into marriage. I won’t give anything else away because I do NOT believe in spoilers. But the movie is incredibly funny and kept up well over the ages.

Last rites or matrominy.

Last Rites–or Matrimony?  SOME may argue they are one and the same!

Dominico soriano

It isn’t an Italian film without a priest!!

thats all your getting!

That’s all you’re getting out of me. No spoilers. But–this is one funny and touching film! If you get the chance–give it a look-see!

Roman arrived Friday afternoon and it was great to have him over. The kids like spending suburban weekends with us because it really is their chance to just relax and get away from the hyperactivity of the City.

Saturday was when I started to feel a bit—well, “funny”. We were at the pool and my throat started to feel “scratchy”.

You know that feeling, back where your nasal passages meet your throat and it feels a bit like you swallowed sandpaper? Then you get this funny taste in the back of your mouth?

Then right under your lower lip, it feels sweaty?

sandpaper and sweaty lower lip

I always know I’m about to come down “with something” when I start to feel like this!

Yeah. I felt like that.

Still, dinner was fun and went off with no glitches. Bonaparte’s daughter and her family enjoyed the evening. I had a blast with Bonaparte’s granddaughter and after everyone left, Roman and I started a binge of the Netflix show “Wet Hot American Summer”.   The binge ended as I started to fall asleep.

Kale salad

Peanut dressing

The kale salad with the peanut dressing was a tremendous success for a summer evening!

Sunday arrived and I felt like garbage. But luckily Roman came here to relax. We continued our binge.

Wet Hot American Summer

Does anyone look familiar to you?  If you have Netflix–this show, based on the movie will have you in stitches. Better empty your bladder before viewing!

Bonaparte, Roman and I enjoyed a lovely dinner at a local restaurant before dropping him off at the train station for his return back to New York.


We started off with a beautiful Charcuterie platter–in all honesty, I could barely taste this!

Bonaparte had strong suspicions that I wasn’t feeling well when he suggested a nightcap and I refused. Ten minutes later I was sound asleep clutching a supply of tissues for my running nose and didn’t wake up till earlier this morning.

I’m going back to bed now. I feel like hell.

Enjoy the Monday! I’m sooooo sorry that I’m not myself—but it’s that “Blah”. “Meh”. “Ugh” feeling of the dreaded Summer Cold!

XOXOXOXOXOXO–with tissues!

Enjoy today’s song. “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner. I DO have a fever of ..”a hundred and three”!!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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18 Responses to The Dreaded Summer Cold–I Ain’t Feelin’ So Hot!

  1. izabolinha says:

    best description of a cold I have ever seen. Well you are already doing everything right : rest , sleep (sleep helps a lot, if you can doze off with clogged nose and all), loads of water. As it is summer maybe taking a few lukewarm showers (if you have the energy) might make you feel better. And there is always chicken soup, with lots of onions in it.
    Wishing you a quick recover

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks! Oh I would LOVE so much to have some chicken soup right now–but I just don’t have the energy to make some and don’t have the appetite. Hmmmm. perhaps this evening I will feel up to it! XOXOXOXO!!! Thanks for the lukewarm shower suggestion! I hadn’t even thought of walking my filthy body into the shower! LOL!!

  2. Jean says:

    Ahhhh. Sympathy for you.

  3. Leslie Preston says:

    That moment when you acknowledge your scratchy-throat and then check the calendar to see what you’re going to miss or suffer through…. Get well soon!!!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Leslie! Thanks for the get well wishes. I can’t speak at all. Bonaparte had a huge smile on his face as he left the house earlier! When I get my voice back, I’m going to speak non-stop! XOXOO!!

  4. sue says:

    I know exactly how you feel, I too am laying in bed with a bad cold that started with a sore throat. I have never had a cold in the summer and here in Arizona, with over 100 degrees, it truly sucks! Hoping it doesn’t last long. I hope you are feeling better soon!

  5. Margaret says:

    Oh I feel your pain, I had the summer cold last month also with the “half & half” nostrils. I took 1,000 mg/day of Vitamin C for a few days, plus tea with lemon & cognac and felt much better (IMO a little bit of alcohol will kill the germs, lol). Your dinner looks gorgeous, well done! Hope you get plenty of rest and get well soon!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Margaret! Those half & half nostrils are so annoying. Oh. Wow! I’m always a huge fan of the tea with lemon but whiskey during the winter–I never even thought of the alchohol fr a summer cold. Thank you for that suggestion! XOXOXOXO!!!

  6. Haylee says:

    Poor you! Hope you’re feeling better soon, colds in any season suck big time 🙁

    We’ve just states watching ‘Wet, hot American summer’ … It hilarious, I love it! I’ve never seen the film but my other half has and persuaded me to watch it. Although anything with Amy Poehler (if that’s the right spelling) is amazing. Loved her in Parks and Rec 🙂

  7. Charles says:

    Omg, I hope you feel better soon! Btw, what do you think of the new Wet Hot American Summer? I loved it!

    • Catherine says:

      Charles! The TV shoe is even funnier than the movie. Paul Rudd is greatness! Actually the entire cast is greatness. I laughed so hard it hurt!!!! XOXOXOXO!

  8. Catherine says:

    Haylee. OMG. The movie IS hilarious. What is even funnier to me is that the cast of counselors were in their late twenties to early thirties playing 16 year olds. Wait till you see the TV show!!! Paul Rudd is greatness!

  9. Lynnette says:

    Take care Catherine ……xx

  10. BunKaryudo says:

    Sorry to hear about your summer cold. By the way, that is a big remote control. How on earth can you remember what buttons to push? Does the remote come with some kind of comprehensive guide, or possibly a short training course?

  11. Catherine says:

    Hi Bun, Ugh. Don’t even get me started with the remote! Half the time I hit the wrong button and then the TV goes into weird mode and I have to get Bonaparte to fix it and…..the scene turns into chaos! I miss the days of getting up from the sofa or chair to change the channel!! XOXOXOXO!

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