Chatter and Chitter Heritage

Living In A Separate Place

a seperate plain

I feel as though I’ve been living on another plane of life. A separate place where you exist and simultaneously you don’t.

A neighborly place where you sit back and view your world go on without your input.

the deer hunter cleans

I’ve watched The Deer Hunter wash clothes, clean, cook, take care of the girls-all the things I usually do. I see he does them better than I do and I wonder if it’s because he’s doing the chores with a greater purpose in mind-he’s doing them for me.

From my separate place I hear the girls-chatting, fussing, laughing-their only interruption being to run and check on me.

As I lie wondering if I’ll ever recover from this flotsam of flu-I long to return to my plane of life. I long to return to my chores. I think I’ll do them with more purpose-I think if I could just feel well I’ll do them forever.

The first time I was well enough to shower, I forced myself to check on my seedlings before I took to my sick bed again. I was rewarded with tiny plants-most still encrusted with their tiny little seed caps-reaching for the sky. Spindly, pale, weak-yet reaching for something higher. As I stumbled back to bed I couldn’t help but wonder-my first shower-is this my first step on my journey back to my life? Is it my first step at reaching for something higher?


p.s. Thank you all for: your well wishes, your thoughts, your prayers, your cards-they all made me feel special and loved-and that’s always a good thing!

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    The Tile Lady-Marie
    March 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    This is a very late comment–I know you are well again by now and am glad….I see lots of posts I need to check out that were done since this one! Haven’t been on your blog for a while, and I have missed you!

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    fishing guy
    March 2, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Tipper: I do hope this flu is past and you are well. I know how things can get you down. Thankfully you had help to get through this. I’ve missed visiting and it is still limited but wanted to see how you were doing.

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    Helen G.
    March 1, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Welcome back. The earth is bringing you back to life… checking on your seedlings after your shower shows what’s calling you. Don’t try to come back too soon, we don’t want you to relapse. The Deer Hunter did good for you while you were down. How wonderful is that?
    I missed you and glad to see you back.

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    March 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Tipper, I’m so glad you’re on the road to recovery! It’s so good to have you back among the living. Take care and don’t try to do too much too soon. ((hugs))

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    March 1, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Tipper, I am so glad you are mending. Take Care

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    petra michelle
    March 1, 2009 at 9:11 am

    It’s great to see you back, Tipper, and am so happy you’re feeling better! With Deer Hunter taking loving care of you and things, sounds like you’ll be 100% soon. But try not to overdo it. Take good care, Tipper! :))

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    March 1, 2009 at 8:51 am

    I’ve been missing you around these parts. Glad to hear you are on the mend!

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    March 1, 2009 at 5:54 am

    welcome back~but dont do too much all at once~take good care

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    Granny Sue
    February 28, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Goodness we’ve been worried about you. I am so glad you were able to post a little bit. We can wait til you’re well. Take your time.

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    February 28, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Keep resting! Hang in there. We care and will be here.

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    February 28, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, if on a little. When I get the real,REAL flu, it’s usually a month. Your photos and descriptions remind me of the chapter “Fever ‘n’ Augue” from Little House on the Prairie.

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    February 28, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    So glad to hear you are up and feeling better. Been thinking about you!

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    February 28, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Glad to hear you are seeing a glimmer of your old self.
    Drink lots of liquids! And enjoy being waited on. 😉

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    February 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Welcome back, Tipper!!!
    You were definitely missed by us all.
    And thanks to The Deer Hunter, the only thing you have to catch up on is here.
    Isn’t it nice to feel loved?!

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    February 28, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Tipper, I missed you. Glad you are feeling a little better. Reminds me of when I had the intestinal flu about a month ago that lasted for days and days. You sure are blessed to have a sweet husband to do all those chores for you. When you’re well enough give him a big kiss and thank you. (But, I’m sure you have already did that)

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    February 28, 2009 at 3:12 am

    I’m glad that you are feeling better enough to shower, check your seedlings and post here. You are in my prayers, dear friend. I hope you’re fit as a fiddle in no time.

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    February 28, 2009 at 1:58 am

    You described that phase of the flu quite well. I recall feeling exactly that way the last time I was sick. There’s that glorious, GLORIOUS moment when you realize you have just moved an inch toward recovering-still miserable, but knowing you’re FINALLY heading in the right direction.
    Welcome back to the land of the living, Tipper; it’s great to have you back! 🙂

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    February 28, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Sounds like a long nasty bought of the flu. Sorry it took you down so hard and hoping your well on your way to mending!

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    February 28, 2009 at 12:25 am

    We sure missed you, Tipper! It’s good to hear your voice again!

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    February 27, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Tipper, there is nothing more draining than that old nasty flu. I hope you will soon get your energy back. Glad to see you posting again! Have a restful weekend, blessings,Kathleen

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    Amy @ parkcitygirl
    February 27, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I hope that you continue to feel better and come out of this horrible sickness. Hugs & Prayers

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    trisha too
    February 27, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Tipper! Follow my voice! Come back to us!
    i’m glad to hear you’re feeling a little better. ugh, girl, you had it BAD!

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    Carolyn A.
    February 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Good to know you’re back among us. I was so worried about you, my sweet friend. Hope you feel better every day. I’ve been praying and lighting candles for you. Big Hugs! xxoo

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    Just Jackie
    February 27, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I’m so glad you are back. I missed you so much. Don’t over do it, baby steps, Please.

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    The Texican
    February 27, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    When you get the flu, you really get it don’t you? Glad you are on the mend. Just don’t jump back in too fast. Crawl back in. Hope you continue to make good progress. Pappy

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    February 27, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Tipper, it is so, so good to have you feeling better and back on your blog. What a great husband you have, to do all the chores so willingly. The flu is a bad illness and I hope you recover quickly. We missed you!

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    Patty Hall
    February 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Tipper!! So good to have you back! I’m sorry you were so sick. The flu bug has been here as well, my son has been sick most of the week. I’m praying the rest of us don’t getit. take care of yourself and don’t do too much too soon. It takes alot out of ya.
    Patty H.

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    February 27, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    sorry to hear this Tipper, and hope you’re feeling better soon

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    February 27, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    She’s alive!!!!!Great to see you are working your way back to this world!

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    Julie at Elisharose
    February 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I’m glad you are back. I’m very impressed that your man took up the slack. That is awesome. Don’t overdo though. We don’t want a relapse. Really.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 27, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    You’re back!!! God, we’ve missed you!!
    Thanks to the Deer Hunter for taking such good care of you.
    I think you’re right—the flu does put you into another dimension.
    Welcome back to Kansas.

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