The “C” Word or The Winter of Our Death

No, not that C word.* Not even Christmas. I am afraid I have the other C word – covid. I haven’t had a test to make sure, but from my symptoms it would appear I have omicron. I guess from now on I will have to post using a Ouija Board or spirit box. My biggest disappointment so far is that the Other Side looks much like where I came from. I was hoping for more clouds.

This is the first time I have been sick in a while. The last time was shortly after Geordie died. (Remember those Fever Dreams?) I don’t know if Toby were still grieving or if he were too young to process my being sick, but this puppy will NOT let me out of his sight now. He insists we play ball or share food or hang out together at all times. He is fascinated and amused as my voice comes and goes. He acts as he’s never seen anyone cough before. It is hilarious. Also, I can get nothing done with him glued to my side.

Hey Mom, can we do something? Can we play ball? Wanna share a snack? I would really like to go for a walk. What do you say?

I have been curious if psoriasis might behave any differently if I were sick. People with autoimmune disorders are thought to have very robust immune systems that just get turned around and attack the body instead of invaders. I have wondered if my immune system had something constructive to do if it might stop attacking me. So far that seems to be happening. I no longer look as much like a burn patient, and my joints only hurt about half as much. Hey, I’ll take it.

If anyone has sent us Christmas cards, unfortunately we won’t be able to pick them up until after Christmas ’cause we’re not allowed out in public. We will still appreciate them, though!

Christmas card torn up by a naughty Cairn terrier puppy.

I like eatin’ ’em! – Toby


It may be too late to shop for Christmas (and I can’t go to the PO to ship anyway. See above), but this would be a great way to spend that holiday loot that you know you’re going to get!

Cover of the book Dream Our World

Dream Our World follows Bitey and Toby as they visit the museum of their dreams. If you haven’t read it yet, it is fun for all ages. (And Toby says it tastes delicious as well. I don’t know; I’ll just have to take his word for it.)


*I do have a cousin who started chemo on Friday. If you have any room in your prayers for him, they would be much appreciated.


  1. Have you tested? There’s also flu going around and other viruses so maybe not Covid. Especially since the Omicron variant often presents much milder than good ole Delta et al. Interesting conjectures about the possible interplay between Covid and psoriasis. Anyway if your psoriasis symptoms are mitigated by whatever’s bugging you that’s a silver lining. If you get queasy go barf in Toby’s cage and yell “Karma!!!” at the top of your voice.

  2. I’m sorry you’re sick, please keep us posted as to your progress. Omicron is supposed to be not much worse than a cold – whoever said that has never seen how miserable I am with a cold – so hopefully you’ll be back in top form in a day or so! Also, go antibodies!

  3. I stopped by to check in on you and Toby.
    How are you doing?
    We continue to think of you and pray for you.
    We will pray for your cousin, too.
    PS…Thank you to you and Toby so much for all the joy you brought us in 2021! ❤ We appreciate you both! ❤ We wish you a happy 2022 with much love, laughter, peace, joy, good health, and good memories made!

    • Aw, thank you for the prayers for my cousin. If only he knew how many folks are looking out for him!

      Toby is great…enjoying all the rain. Unusually I had some work come in at the end of the year and haven’t been able to post on his behalf.

      Hope you and yours are already enjoying a stellar start to the new year! 🥂🍾

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