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  • hope you feel better! And I hope the email I just sent (during my existential crisis) doesn’t shake you up…

  • My mother used to say that, too. (In fact, she said that recently when I had pneumonia!) 🙂
    I hope you are feeling better soon.

  • My country Missouri granny used to say “epizootics” too…I always thought it was something she made up (she was always making up funny words)

  • I completely commiserate. I had my own epi-whatevers last week. I was like a tapped freaking keg. Feel better.

  • Hope you feel better soon. The stockinette is some consolation, though.
    On a stranger note, I keep thinking that the side bar snippet says “Defacalon”, which would have nothing to do with caffeine, but indeed be a grueling event as well! Sorry, I know that’s gross, but I call ’em like I see ’em…

  • Curious. I never heard that growing up in South Carolina. Technically, an epizootic is the widespread occurrence of a disease in a non-human animal population – an epidemic in other critters.

  • Poor Ann! Rest up and feel better — perhaps the children could be persuaded to wait upon you until you’re back on your feet?

  • So sad to hear you are “epizooing” – it’s everywhere – but I did enter the contest you mentioned…I’m going for that oven mitt big time!

  • Very fun link ANn. I posted my brush with celebrity and entered the oven mitt contest!
    Feel better. Nap often.

  • Hope you’re feeling less urpy, Ann. Love the new vocab. Hoping I won’t have to use it too soon, though.

  • I love the internet. You can find almost anything on it. Although, my Iowa in-laws were less than pleased to see that I could find no reference anywhere to “squinnies”. Finally, my FIL caught a “squinny”. Then I realized it was a chipmunk.

  • Didn’t The Epizootics used open for REM?
    Try a little “canarino” (yes, canary in Italian)–a few parings of lemon zest and a teaspoon of sugar in water that’s between warm and scalding. It does the trick every time. Feel better, soon, c.

  • My Pennsylvania born father always said we had the epizootic – note the singular. Of course sometimes we came down with the creeping crud too.

  • Feel better Ann! Hey Kim, I’m from MO and my Dad said creeping crud too! I thought he made it up!

  • I grew up in (and still live in) SC, and I’ve never heard epizootics. However, I used to work at the hospital and we had an episodic clinic. I think it was a clinic for people who had mild illnesses–life flu, colds, etc.

  • My boyfriend, who grew up in L.A. (Lower ‘Bama, y’all) and North Florida was talking about the epizootics over the weekend. Now I read this post….small world. Also, good to know he wasn’t just making up the word to mess with me like he’s been known to do. Feel better soon!

  • “Epizootics” sounds like the “fits” one has over realizing you dropped yer stiches several rows down!! 😛
    Hope you feel better soon 🙂

  • i must say, i am from gardendale, alabama – just a smidge up from Birmimgham. We refered to our infectious spells as epizooties. Very interesting the way things vary from region to region. We also had ganoopies. I just had to share ;o)

  • I got a huge grin out of this posting (sorry for your suffering, though). When I was growing up in Mississippi, my stepfather always used to describe digestive disturbances as a problem with the “epizootius.” This term worked for either a queasy stomach or, er, the kind of running-to-the-bathroom problems that are best treated with Imodium. Hope your epizootics are well past now!

  • Whenever I was sick as a kid my great grandmother, Mama Mac, would call me “puney”. The word just doesn’t carry the same in written text as it does with a Texan drawl.
    Sorry you’ve been feeling puney with those epizootics! Feel better soon!

  • I’m a fellow Nashvillian and looking forward to the book signing at AHY. I plan to go if i’m able. It’s my favorite shop, well okay they tie for my loyalty with Threaded Bliss. They’re both great! Your blog is one of my daily reads.

  • my best friend’s father described most any illness as epizoodus of the pip. I’m not sure just where that expression hales from.