It’s the end of October, and what that means to me

Burning leaves, Halloween, hot apple cider

Forget your pumpkin spice lattes. In fact, forget everything pumpkin spice. I know I fit the stereotype of pumpkin spice latte drinkers — I’m a white female — but I can’t stand the stuff. Heck, I don’t even like pumpkin pie!

Call me un-American, but that’s just how I roll.

No, give me a nice steaming mug of apple cider — with mulling spices is even better — a decent book, and I’m the proverbial Happy Camper.

Besides, along with Tylenol, an antihistamine, and lots of TLC, that’s what I need today to see me through mystery annual autumn plague, aka The First Cold of the Season.

So far, it’s only a headcold. Butter if I’m not careful, it could easily move down into my chest. It’s done that before, and subsequently developed into bronchitis.

I had both my flu shot and pneumonia shot a couple of weeks ago, so I’m sure it’s not a reaction to either one of them.

Besides, you can’t get the flu from a flu shot: it’s not a live virus and so it can’t. What you might be feeling is you’re body’s natural reaction as it starts to develop the antibodies that will help you fight the flu.

And that process can indeed make you feel sick as a dog, but it ain’t the flu.

And trust me: a nice steaming mug of mulled apple cider is just what the doctor ordered. The steam can help to open your sinuses, and the added boost of Vitamin C doesn’t hurt, either.