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C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Under the Weather

 What is the origin of this phrase "under the weather"?
I always thought it meant slightly ill, or feeling as though one was coming down with a cold or flu.  I assumed it alluded to feeling physically unwell and emotionally unwell too, knowing there was more sickness to come!
Of course I've had to look it up on the internet and I found something interesting: that the source of the phrase came from British sailing ships, when a sailor was sick he was meant to stay below decks "under the weather", perhaps in part to prevent the spread of illness.
Whatever the source of this phrase, it certainly applied to Lil Rascal yesterday afternoon, who came home early from school feeling quite unwell.
It's par for the course to feel unwell at this time of year, and I try to make sure I have noodle soups ready for anything that might ail a Rascal.
 These ramen-type noodles are very popular with teenagers but often they are filled with junky ingredients, I found this one at the health food store with organic noodles and no msg.

For dinner it was more comfort food, a rice based dish with meatballs for Lil Rascal and a creamy sauce.  I threw together some lentil "meatballs" for us but they were rather a slapdash-cooking failure.
Hopefully Lil Rascal will be over whatever was ailing her but if not I'm planning a cozy day at home anyway.  I have to organize my accounts and my daytimer for the year (I still use a paper planner with Filofax inserts).
Hope your Tuesday goes well and that you're not "under the weather".


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Jen, she was fine, although still struggling with a headache, but she does suffer those fairly often, sadly. But she made it to school yesterday so that was good. xx

  2. thanks for looking up "under the weather" for us!
    I hope your girl is feeling better. I was ill over Christmas and my husband was ill over New Year's, luckily neither one of the boys got sick!
    Happy Tuesday :)

    1. Alicia it sounds like you're both better now so that's good!
      Fortunate your boys didn't get sick, we haven't had any flu bugs in the house, knock on wood! xx

  3. Hope she is feeling better - there are terrible flu viruses around, I hope she didn't catch one! Now to find those organic ramen noodles - what a wonderful idea! Anna26x

    1. Anna she's better, one of her headaches unfortunately, which she still had yesterday but she made it to school. Those organic ramen are a great thing to have in the pantry, I bought them at the stone store, need to go source more today! xx

  4. Dani Hope your little Rascal is better soon. So many people sick here with the flu. I have been trying to cook nightly with a lot of vegetables and onions roasted. I'm trying to get as much healthy stuff in everyone. You inspire me with all your good cooking! I love the organic ramen noodles. I have to look for those. My college kid loves that stuff. Hugs, Kim

    1. Kim, roasted vegetables are my favourite! So good. Your college kid could probably do with a supply of those ramen for quick snacks. Hope he's doing well. Stay away from the flu! Thanks Kim xx