I've been sick as a pig the last few days. I called ma's husband, Sonny, yesterday to see how he was holding up, which put me into a coughing fit that left me feeling like a lunger that had been shot through the chest and lived.
I spent much of the afternoon slumped on the sofa, listening to the wind and watching the weak winter sunlight play out against the fireplace tiles in strange, shifting patterns. Once it became apparent that evening was near at hand and the temps began to plummet I found enough energy to put a fire on the hearth, which proved to be a great relief.
After a bit, Mrs TWC brought me a big bowl of chicken soup. Not that Warholian canned stuff from Campbell's, but authentic chicken soup prepared with actual chicken, carrots, celery, and seasonings. It was outstanding and I was famished. Feed a cold? Starve a fever? Something like that. Except I feed anything. I swear, I'd be the guy getting a dose of chemo while wondering what was for lunch.
Lisa had brought me home several bottles of Tikal Patriota, which is yet another Catena Family wine from the Mendoza region of Argentina. It is a unique blend of Malbec and Bonarda grapes, which add a bit of a peppery note on the finish. The wine is full-bodied and rich with dark fruit. I like it. So did Robert Parker and Wine Spectator. From Wine Spectator.....
A rich red, packed with concentrated flavors of blackberry, dark plum and mocha, featuring plenty of dark chocolate notes. Offers a ripe texture, with creamy accents and hints of savory herb on the long finish. Drink now through 2020.
Tikal Patriota is widely available in the $15.00-$20.00 price range.
Once the soup was snaffled and the first glass of Tikal was a memory, Lisa brought me a spoonful of the exotic elixir of Broncolin, which is made from Propolis honey, menthol, eucalyptus oil, and other herbs and plant extracts. I'm gonna tell you what(!)...., which is a complete sentence in most Southern states. That stuff got with the program. It's tasty, too.
Chicken soup. A bottle of wine. A few doses of Broncolin. I didn't cough the rest of the night and I slept like a brick. It was like magic.
How does that work, anyway? Well, we all know alcohol is a cough suppressant, so there's that. And chicken soup has mild antibiotic properties. Propolis is an antioxidant containing flavinoids and has anti-bacterial properties. Great stuff unless you are allergic to bee stings or honey. Eucalyptus oil is one of the four ingredients in Vick's. In the days of my vagrant yoot we had a steam room at the gym. Guys would lace the steam outlets with eucalyptus oil. I swear to you, a man could kill a cold right quick with eucalyptus infused hot steam. Throw in a good night's sleep and, voila!
Now, I'm not saying I'm cured, but 24 hours ago the House Blond told me I sounded like I'd been smoking for forty years. Two packs a day. This morning? I'm not up for running the plow in the lower forty, but I'm motivating around the house without coughing up a lung.