For those who are feeling under the weather …

I’m slowly struggling my way back to healthiness this week after being struck down with some mystery illness (I specialise in those). I figure there may be some other poor souls who have also been waging war against similarly unhealthy and unwelcome visitors, and would therefore be in need of some cheer.

‘Under the weather’ is a pretty weird expression isn’t it? In doing some digging about where it came from, I found reference to a nautical origin – but found two different explanations. The first is that ‘when a sailor became ill he was confined below deck out of the weather, so it was said he was under the weather’. The second explanation is ‘if a crewman is standing watch on the weather side of the bow, he will be subject to the constant beating of the sea and the ocean spray. He will therefore be under the weather’. So which is it I wonder? I kind of like both explanations … How about you? Maybe you actually know the origin of ‘under the weather’? (If so, please share)

Anyway, with a little help from these madeit friends, you’ll be out from ‘under the weather’ and ready to get ‘three sheets to the wind’ before you know it!

Top Row (left to right):

  1. Get Well Soon Bandaid Card, $4.50 by Cathquilts (because it’s always nice to receive some healthy wishes).
  2. Mushroom Field Sleep Eye Mask,Β $10 by odds n blobs (to block out the light during those all important day-time naps).
  3. Melways Soap – Lemon Myrtle, $6 by loopi for you (refresh the skin and the mind with lovely citrus).

Bottom Row (left to right):

  1. Designer Cushion, $30 by ascoozamii (a bright and comfy place to lay your head while watching midday movies).
  2. Immune Boost Tea, $13 by Natural Tease (give your immunity all the help it can get, and tea fixes everything after all).
  3. Oscar Wilde Porcelain Tea Cup and Saucer, $14 by Zinnia Pea (some words from a master to sweeten your brew).

Onwards towards good health once more, my friends!


  1. Gabrielle Bryden

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. I’m suffering hay fever the last few weeks, so my head feels like it belongs to someone else. I like the idea of ‘under the weather’ meaning they go below the decks – I’ve never thought about it before. But if you know the meaning of ‘too late she cried, as she waved her wooden leg’ that would be helpful – one of my Mum’s expressions that always cracked me up – I googled it with little luck – haha.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Thanks for your get well wishes … I’m feeling much, much better this week … but I certainly don’t remember being as sick as I was last week ever before (hope it doesn’t happen again any time soon). Poor you suffering from hay fever (I only get that very occasionally, but I know how debilitating it can be) – I hope the worst of it is behind you now?

      Until digging around the internet for this post, I’d never really thought about what ‘under the weather’ meant either … I love poking around in any kind of origin story, especially if an expression came from a really strange place … Speaking of strange expressions, I absolutely love that ‘too late she cried, as she waved her wooden leg’ expression you mentioned. I’ve never encountered that one before – but would love to know where it came from and what it means. Hilarious! πŸ˜€

      1. Gabrielle Bryden

        I’m glad people like the wooden leg expression – you can use it whenever something is too late, eg., if you have missed the train – ‘Oh, too late she cried, as she waved her wooden leg’. It always cracks me up when my Mum says it – sort of out of left field, makes you stop and think – a bit of a pirate expression it feels like to me. It may have originated in some musical in the 1800’s (that’s what one website said!).

        1. tracey (Post author)

          Hi Gabrielle – Excellent! Thanks for explaining the ‘wooden leg’ expression … I’m definitely going to bring it into use in my world. I think it’s wonderful – and what a lovely association to have with your mum. πŸ™‚

  2. Caz

    ‘Too late she cried as she waved her wooden leg’ is big in our family too! Not sure of the derivation however. Hope you’re feeling better soon Tracey. I’m sure I’d feel better (if only psychologically) with some Immune Boost tea from that lovely Oscar Wilde tea-cup.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – Oh really? You use ‘too late she cried as she waved her wooden leg’ in your family?? I have to admit that before Gabrielle mentioned it, I’d never before encountered the expression. In what context is it used?? I soooo want to adopt it for an appropriate occasion too!! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your get well wishes – I’m feeling much, much better this week (though it’s taken me ages to get better). I’m a big believer in the extraordinary healing power of a lovely brew of tea … and I agree that surely an Oscar Wilde teacup would add an extra magical ingredient! πŸ˜‰

  3. Piper (DailyDivaDish)

    LOL! β€˜Three sheets to the wind’ definitely sounds more fun. Hope you get to feeling better very soon. And thanks for sharing the explanations for that phrase. Until this time I had no idea where it originated. Have a beautiful weekend!
    XO Piper

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Piper – Oh yes, I definitely think ‘three sheets to the wind’ sounds a whole lot more fun than being ‘under the weather’. I’m feeling much better now – though of course being sick for a week has thrown the rest of my life into a bit of chaos (now I’m playing catch-up!).

      I hope your week is travelling wonderfully well my dear! πŸ™‚

  4. Fourth Daughter

    How interesting, I’ve never thought about it but I love thinking about where expressions like that come from… and I can’t wait to use the ‘wooden leg’ expression…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fourth Daughter – I love thinking about the origins of expressions too … it’s amazing how so many of those common expressions we use every day have come to be. I love, love, love the ‘wooden leg’ expression too … it’s hilarious!! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting … I’ll be dropping by your blog soon!! πŸ™‚

  5. Rellacafa

    Interesting! I love finding out the origins of sayings that we use all the time, had never thought about this one before. I’m leaning towards the second one, this bug/flu thing has just hit me and I certainly feel like I am being battered about by the wind and rain! I am so glad to hear that you are feeling better ;D

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caf – I agree! Finding out about where sayings come from and how they came to be used in everyday language is really interesting … I love doing that sort of research!! I’d never thought about ‘under the weather’ until last week either … now I kind of want to start digging around in other common sayings and find out what they’re all about too!!

      I really hope you’re feeling better tonight – it sounded like you had a pretty rough time of it with your bug today. ‘BE GONE BUG and leave Caf in peace!!!!’ *I hope that worked* πŸ˜€

  6. Nico

    I prefer the first explanation, only because I like the idea, when ill, of needing some extra protection and care.
    Glad you’re feeling better.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Nico – Now that you say it, I think I’m edging towards preferring the first explanation too. I definitely agree that when we are feeling ‘under the weather’ we want to be somewhere safe, warm and protected from the elements … that’s just lovely!

      Thanks (as always) for stopping by – I’m really glad I’m feeling better too … it took me AGES to feel half human again (and not having an appetite was THE WORST!). All good now though – I’m back to my usual irritable and cranky self at work! πŸ˜‰

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