Buckets and Bleach

“Sorrow happens, hardship happens, the hell with it, who never knew the price of happiness, will not be happy”. – Yevgeny Yevtushenko 


This has been one not so great week.

Starting with last Friday when I heard the devastating news that numbed the world and froze my heart, sickness entered our house.

It obviously is nothing, nothing, in comparison to what happened one week ago today in a sleepy close-knit Connecticut town.

But it has been enough to make the week very very long.

“I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while”.  –George Bernard Shaw 

This is how my stomach has felt….





I can’t tell which way is up or down.


No matter. I hardly feel like moving anyway.

We are on day seven of buckets and bleach at our house, thanks to a stubborn inconsistent stomach bug. It started last Friday with my son at the wee hours of the morning. On and off, good and bad, ups and downs….the week went.

Just when we thought we were in the clear and my raw, dry hands could take a break from scrubbing the house spotless, I caught the pesky bug followed by my daughter Sophia. Last night was rough. I helped my poor little six-year-old by holding her hair back while she spilled out the remnants of her stomach every two to three hours. I realized how fragile she is. How small. How delicate and what a gift my children are. I would do anything for them, even give them my own life if I could.

During times like these when life gets tough, I remember that there is always a silver lining. Being sick and stuck in the house all week gave me time to reconnect with my children. Yes I am a stay-at-home mom but life is extremely busy and non-stop. Sometimes you need to take a step back and smell the roses. It was nice to just cuddle on the coach and hold my children’s hands. I feel so incredibly blessed to have them as last Friday when I saw how delicate and fragile life can be, I felt a tug at my heart and insides. I want to protect them with all my might.

Let’s just hope this illness buzzes away soon. Santa is making an early visit to our house tonight (I told my kids that I sent him a special request via email of course!) and we leave Sunday for Virginia for one week of seeing our families! We certainly don’t want to get all my nieces and nephews sick!

My posts will be sporadic over the next week (starting Sunday as I can’t miss out on the weekly photo challenge!). But in the meantime, wishing you all a very joyous and healthy Holiday Season!

Here are my buddies…Max (8) and Sophia (6)……


P.S. Thank you all who have recently nominated my blog for awards! I am extremely honored and grateful! I may not get around to fulfilling the award requirements but I just wanted to thank you all for your continual support and friendship! 🙂 Nicole


    • Thanks Angeline! Unfortunately my poor little Sophia got it two days ago and has been sick ever since. We have to board a plane to Virginia tomorrow morning and then drive four hours to my sisters house. At least we’ll be together with my family! Oh well. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and I hope you enjoy spending time with your family as well! 🙂

  1. The rotating stomach flu bug is no fun at any time, but particularly the holidays — wishing you and your family healthy and safe travels and a wonderful Christmas holiday! ~ Kat

    • Thanks Kat! It just won’t leave. Day 8 now and poor little Sophia is still so sick. Oh well. It seems to always happen around the holidays. Merry Christmas to you!!!! Hope your holiday is joyous, healthy and full of love! 🙂

    • Thanks Jo! It is really hard as we leave tomorrow morning to fly to Virginia to see my sister and my daughter Sophia has been non-stop throwing up for three days. We can’t change our flight and we also have a four hour car ride. Oh well. Thanks so much! I’m hoping she is better soon!!!!

  2. oh no! We have the same problem here! Not fun. 🙁 I hope you’re all recovered in time for Christmas – have a great time with your families, Happy Christmas

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