Hey, hey APJ! How is everyone doing?
Let’s just get right to it and not beat around the bush here! I have no new perfume review, no old perfume review. As soon as it got colder, my lingering sinusitis (since July) exploded leaving me with no sense of smell and intense facial pain. I was first prescribed saline washes back in August. As that did not work, the doctor then prescribed cortisone. Only when I went back with excruciating facial pain did the doctor take a second look and finally prescribed a month of antibiotics and continued cortisone. Ugh…
What do you do when you can’t smell?
So, here I am today, writing this and not being able to smell properly – perfume, food, flowers. Smells are just beginning to come through faintly again. Gawd help me – I must be walking around with a large billowing cloud of perfume following me. I might have this slight tendency to overspray when I have difficulty smelling anything. Thankfully nobody has complained yet.
To make matters more challenging my knee got twisted when the basement flooded and I am having a difficult time with the healing process. My days involve a hefty amount of walking and lately I have been limping. The lovely prediction from the doctor is that it can take a couple of months to heal. The only therapy that is working for me is riding my stationary bike for 15 minutes and getting on my rower for 15 minutes every day – it truly helps to stretch and strengthen my knee.
The universe has a way of making me smile and laugh through all of this. Friends are sending me reassuring texts and notes. For some random reason, a friend sent me a stunning bouquet of flowers last week. On the same day I received a package from a dear reader in Norway with Julenisse cards for Christmas.
My neighbor taught me how to make steamed pears with cinnamon. There is no sugar in the recipe, just pears (hard, cooking pears), one or two cinnamon sticks and about a half cup of water. Steam this for about an hour and a half and you have the most delicious pears which have turned into a beautiful festive colour.
After teaching last week, I went downtown and bought myself the gorgeous red Chanel No. 5 EdP bottle. I just had to have this red bottle. It is the perfect shade of crimson and is a wonderful limited edition of the classic Chanel bottles. Do I need any more perfume? No! But I somehow justified that I needed the bottle. Silly huh?
Thank you for letting me gripe and for all of the good times here on APJ. I hope to be sniffing again in two weeks time. As a thank you to all of you, I would love to send a package to one lucky winner with 10 samples.
Please tell me what you do when you cannot smell anything. I am open to any suggestions that you may have.
Have a great week!