Now you see me, tomorrow you won't
By Judy Evans
March 8, 2018 4:44pm CST
Although we’re retired our lives seem to be get busier instead of quieter. In a few hours we’ll be heading off with a carful of items to participate in a combined garage sale with my sister. I really hope we sell some of our ‘pre-loved’ bits and bobs. I’m a bit worried that we’ll have to bring much of it home again. Once we get home, we’ll be busy organising ourselves for our last outdoor summer concert which takes place on Saturday week. It will be held on St Patrick’s Day and by chance we have an Irish-born singer performing for us. One extra chore before the concert will be to do some repair work on an underground pipe which is situated smack bang where everyone will need to drive to get to the parking area. One piece of good news is that two old friends will be able to attend this concert. However the wife has what is officially known as ‘cold urticaria’. She is allergic to the cold and can go into anaphaletic shock if she gets too cold. Our evenings can get very chilly outside but I’m sure they’re used to coping with her allergy now. Just the same, I’ll have a big doona nearby just in case. Have you ever known anyone allergic to cold? I nearly forgot: I won’t be here much today and probably not at all tomorrow so be sure to behave yourselves.
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• Bunbury, Australia
I nearly fell over when she told me. I thought it weird too. It is quite serious as she goes into anaphylactic shock if she gets too cold. I'll have a big rug down at the Shack just in case. Mostly Australia is warm enough for her but she needs to be careful in the evenings.
• Bunbury, Australia
I didn't know doona was slang. I suppose 'eiderdown, quilt, coverlet'. Here's a better description from Macmillan Dictionary: a large cloth bag filled with feathers or artificial fibres, used on top of a bed for keeping you warm. The British word is duvet.
@JudyEv Thank you. I know the terms 'duvet, eiderdown, quilt and coverlet'. I think that's enough and I don't have to add 'doona'. :-) I've found the term on the net after some searching. "doona Doona is Australian slang for quilt or blanket. Example: It was 7º so he decided to walk around the house wrapped in a doona rather than put clothes on."
Wish you best of luck for that Garage sale dear friend @Jud yEv! Hope you will get good amount and will end up finishing all your things there only...so don't worry about carrying them back! Regarding the Cold Urticaria I have not seen any case in human beings but in horses they have urticaria but I am not sure if they are because of Cold. We attribute the cause to some weeds. Have a wonderful time and post some pictures about the event ...till that time we assure you take care of this site in your absence! Thanks!
Yes, your life seems to be quite eventful but joyful too. I have not heard anyone who is allergic to cold, this is the first time I heard about it. Hope your friend will be fine while attending the concert. Enjoy yourself! I'll be busy decluttering and cleaning my home, as usual.
• Toronto, Ontario
You are getting busy and its just what you need to have a friend with such an odd ailment- Well your summers have probably made her feel a lot more comfortable--lol! Be sure to have some stodge on hand- it will go a long way to making her feel warm and stable---ha!
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
I hope you're able to sell your bits and bobs instead of bringing them back home. I've not heard of anyone allergic to cold before. I'm glad you're prepared. The concert sounds like it's going to be a fun one.