AND THE WINNER IS……………….
Before I start telling you about so many different things this week I first want to tell you who the “winners” of the contest are from last week. Drum Roll……. Cathy O’Brien from Canada and Steven Salvage from right here in Londonderry. How great is that! I’ve been waiting patiently for the bananas to ripen just to that perfect point. I’m hoping to bake and deliver, to Steven anyway, later today.
The right answer was that we were at ESPN in Bristol Connecticut. What a place, and what a great tour they took us on.
“Remedies” In and Around Londonderry
Last week we were all feeling so “Imprisoned” by the cold. This week for many of us if seems as though we caught a cold! You probably know the one, a horrible sore throat, a cough that wakes you up most of the night, and then of course there is the head ache.
By Tuesday night I was starting to feel a little better, not great, but every other Tuesday I get to play tennis with this very patient group of women. I wasn’t sure if I should go, but at this point I knew it couldn’t hurt. This excellent tennis player Carol, could tell by voice and occasional cough that I wasn’t a 100%. At a water break, Carol said to me, right out of the blue, “You need to rub Vicks Vapor Rub, on the bottom of your feet and then put on socks, before you go to bed tonight.” In my mind I went “Unh”. Carol insisted that if I did exactly that I would feel much better in the morning.
Well honestly I thought I’d give it a try, but then the night came and went and I “forgot”. Instead I spent another great night of coughing. Last night I thought what do I have to loose, John was away, and I’d give it a try. I grabbed the Vick’s, slobbered it on the bottoms of my feet, found some old socks to put on and got in bed. I didn’t feel anything really and it’s not like when you have it on your chest and you inhale it, nothing.
Well let me tell you, about 4 am I woke up sweating and uncomfortable I think because of the darn socks and heat coming from my feet. I started to take one sock off in the dark, you know that reaching down, trying to bend while the covers are on top of you. I finally found my foot and a sock and started to pull it off, but then decided I should stay the course. I turned a fan on to help with the heat I was feeling and fell back to sleep. You know me pretty well by now and I’m usually up way before the alarm goes off. Not this morning. I woke up to the alarm, and thank goodness I had set it.
No lie (not sure where that old expression just came from), immediately I noticed that my throat wasn’t sore anymore, and I didn’t remember coughing through the night either.
Now as my dad “George” would say “Now I’m telling You”, it worked! It did, too. I thought I had heard of just about every “Remedy” but I had never heard of this one.
Another “Remedy” came this week when I was the guest speaker at the Londonderry Rotary Club. Faye Sell of Martinelli Travel and I both had talking that we needed to do and both of us barely had a voice. It was really kind of funny. This was the first time I was ever considered a “Guest Speaker” and I wasn’t sure I would be able to “speak”. While a group of us were sitting around the table at the Coach Stop having breakfast, the conversation suddenly turned to the goodness of Honey. (A special thank you to Heidi at the Coach Stop, what a great job she did serving breakfast and taking care of everyone.)
Of course I knew honey is soothing for your throat and it’s better for us than sugar. What I didn’t know was the importance of having honey that was raised from bees within your own local area. All honey is good for us, but apparently local honey, a teaspoon a day can even help with allergies that are common to your area and other health problems.
Now my week gets stranger. All around “Remedies”. Here I have heard so much talk about honey, this week. At Tennis, at the Rotary, and then I headed over to the Coffee Factory in Derry to meet a friend for lunch and more unexpected Honey. Now you might think the Coffee Factory is an odd choice for lunch. Well look at this picture. The best Panini I have had in the longest time and homemade Pork Pie. Michelle and Charlene told us that the pies are made fresh twice a week. I never would have guessed or honestly never would have tried one, but listening to Charlene tell us about them, we couldn’t resist. When we were done, the pies were so delicious we each bought two more to bring home. We also tried the chicken one. Oh my! Honestly I’ve never had anything like it since I was a little girl.
Now the “serendipity” part of my “Visit” here was that as I was preparing my tea, I notice these precious little honey sticks, .30 cents each. I started thinking “soothing” again and bought one for my tea. You just nip the top off with your teeth, or at least that’s what I did. I could not get over the dark color or taste of this honey.
Now I couldn’t believe this, Michelle told me those honey sticks are made “locally” from bees that are raised right here in Derry, right up the street. Then they showed me this entire display of the larger honey bottles that you can buy! Maybe the title of my story should have been “Honey”. There was even a business card, it’s called D.J.’s Pure Natural Honey. You know I had to call them right there from the Coffee Factor to find out more.
This very nice man answered the phone and told me that he and his wife have been raising bees in Nashua, Derry and Manchester since 2001. You may have seen them at the Derry Farmers Market this summer. John credits his wife Dolores Blake with all of the goodness and comfort their honey brings to others. He didn’t even want me to mention his name; he wanted all the credit to go to her. That’s pretty romantic with Valentine’s Day coming up too.
One last “Remedy” around “Honey”. Hot Water, juice of one fresh lemon, and as much of that local honey as you like. This is one that Faye and I both enjoy. When I told Bart, he said it can’t hurt to add a little brandy too.
Two last things I have to share with you, the first is something I don’t want you to miss.
I’m hoping my road will lead me here next Wednesday night. A “free” introductory class being offered in Nashua by Allison Thompson. I love this concept, Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams. If you feel it’s the right fit for you at the first class then you can join the next three classes for a small (I think $60 for all 3 classes) fee. Instead of me missing the important points, I’m going to include the information from the flyer. Hope to See You There
Infinite Possibilities Program
Allison Thomas, 603-620-2005, thomas3nh(at)live.com
Introduction class: Feb 5th 6:30-7:30. The Holistic Self Care Center, Nashua
Class Schedule: Feb 19, Feb 26, March 5 6:30-8:30
Short Program Description
Based on the NY Times best seller, Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Living Your Dreams by Mike Dooley, this course is designed to change your life for the better. We were raised to believe that life is hard and achieving our dreams is even harder. I am here to tell you that I believe that everyone’s special, that every life is meaningful, and that we’re all here to learn that dreams really do come true. We also believe that “thoughts become things” and that imagination is the gift that can bring love, health, abundance, and happiness into our lives. This interactive program will get you on your feet! Through visualization, games and group discussion, we will get to know each other and discover just how powerful we are!
This might be a personal remedy that we all need.
The last thing I want to show you is a letter “I” received in the mail. It was personally addressed to “Me”. Notice the salutation says “Dear Dr.” and yes it was sent to me! Well this came from the Air Force health Professionals. First line says “We have immediate openings for highly qualified dentists in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps”. Well I never expected this in my mail. It goes on to tell me that they want me so badly that I will get a month paid vacation and a signing bonus too. Well, if On The Road With Sherry doesn’t post next Saturday you know where I’ll be.
With A Grateful Heart, Great Appreciation and Daily Prayers for all of the Men and Women in who serve in our Military.
The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60′s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.
Sherry is an account manager for the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center. You can follow her at Twitter.com/Sherry_CVC
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