Kirsten and Mrs. Larson were taking down all of the Larson's
Christmas decorations. They packed them all carefully, wrapping each one up in tissue paper.
"Here are two more," Mrs. Larson said as she handed Kirsten
two stars made out of straw.
"Staw!" Said Peder.
Anna was sitting comfortably in the rocking chair by the
fire and reading her favorite book.
"Uh oh Nafy," she said to her kitten. "The fire is going
to go out!"
Frowning, she noticed there were only a few logs left in
the firewood pile.
"Oh phooie. I guess I will have to go and collect more firewood
today." She said resignedly.
She picked up what was left of the pile and tossed it into
Then she put on her warmest wool sweater and hat.
"It is very cold outside today," she told Nafy.
Anna skipped around outside in the snow for a while, picking
up logs of wood here and there and adding them to the pile in her arms until she could not carry any more.
By that time she had wandered quite far from the house,
and she did not know exactly which way to go to return home. Turning around, she spotted her own footprints and decided
to use them as a guide.
However, that was when it started to snow.
The snowflakes were so thick and swirling that soon she could not make
out her footprints!
In a blizzard like this Anna new she would not be able to
find her way home. She found a place to wait between two trees, and resolved to wait through the storm.
"Brrrrr..." She shivered as her teeth started to chatter.
Just as she was beginning to lose hope that she would ever
get home, she heard a familiar voice.
"Eeesh, what a storm this is!" Came Kaya's voice from
a few feet away. "I wonder if Speaking Rain is doing ok all by herself out there somewhere far away... maybe I
should have let her borrow my wolf-skin hat. I am a horrible sister, why didn't I let her borrow my wolf-skin hat, Steps-high?"
She grumbled to her horse.
She had almost passed by when Anna finally found her voice. "Kaya!!
Help!" She said as she tried to dig herself out from under the trees.
Kaya spotted her right away and dismounted Steps-high. "Anna!
What are you doing out here in the cold, eh? You could get all frozen out here and that would be no good!"
"I know," Anna replied, "I d-didn't get lost on p-p-purpose you know,
I was collecting f-f-firewood!" She shivered.
Kaya helped Anna on to Steps-high, and they took off, following
Kaya's natural sense of direction.
"You know Anna, I bet your mommy is going to be really worried
about you." Kaya said conversationally as they galloped along a mountain path.
Sure enough, when they got closer to the cabin
they could hear Mrs. Larson's voice shouting.
"Annaaaa! Where are you? ANNA!"
Mrs. Larson swept Anna up in a big hug when they got back.
"Thank you so much for bringing her back, Kaya! I
was so worried! Why didn't you tell me you were going out Anna? I had heard of a blizzard starting today and I would have
kept you inside!" She scolded.
"I'm s-s-sorry mommy." She shivered.
Kaya handed Mrs. Larson the bundle of firewood and hopped
back on to Steps-high.
"I'll be around the forest if you need me again!"
Kaya said as she and Steps-high flew off into the woods.
When they were inside, Anna went straight over to the crackling
fire and sat down, trying to warm up.
Mrs. Larson looked at her worriedly. "Are you doing
alright Anna? Can I get you anything?"
By now Anna could not stop shivering. "I'm so c-c-c-c-old!"
She managed to say between shivers.
"I know what I'll do." Mrs. Larson said as she picked
up the phone. "I'll see if Josefina can come over and take a look at you."
Josefina picked up the phone right away.
"Hola, this is Josefina speaking. How may I help you?"
"Hello Josefina! Just the person I wanted to talk
to. I think Anna has gotten a bad case of the shivers. Is there any way you can help?" Mrs. Larson asked.
"Of course, Mrs. Larson. I will be down as soon as
Josefina got out her remedy book and looked for the directions
on how to cure Shivers.
Then she went to her store room to gather the necessary
"I need mugwort.... and chamomile." She said as she put
the plants in her remedy bag.
Since the remedy called for a bath, Josefina had to find
a way to transport her big blue tub all the way to the Larson's house. It was not very easy!
"Pimientos!" She said to her horse as she tried to tie him
up to a little cart. "Escuche mi voz, aguanta quieto! Stay still! Dios mio."
It took a long time for her to reach the Larson's house.
"Poor Anna!" She said as she knocked on the cabin door.
Anna was sitting on her bed, wrapped up in a big fuzzy blanket
but still shivering.
"Hola Annacita! Don't worry, I will warm you up in no time."
First Josefina felt Anna's forehead to make sure she was
not getting a fever.
"Does your stomach feel queasy?" She asked.
"N-n-n-o.." Anna stuttered. "I'm just c-c-c-cold!"
Josefina set about preparing the remedy.
"Mrs. Larson? Could you help me bring my bathtub to the
outside fire? I need to get the water heated up."
Mrs. Larson agreed, and the two of them hauled the heavy
tub out to where Mr. Larson was enjoying a smoke on his pipe by the fire.
While the water was heating up, Josefina explained to Mr.
Larson what was going on.
"I'm glad you're here to help, Josefina!" He said
after she had finished.
"Gracias, Mr. Larson. I am only sorry I couldn't have
made it here sooner. This tub is so heavy! Pimientos could hardly pull it."
"This tub is mighty heavy," Mr. Larson
said as he and Josefina lugged it back into the house. "I don't blame Pimientos a bit!"
After pouring some healing bath salts into the hot
water, Josefina dropped in a few bundles of mugwort leaves. Plop, plop, plop.
"Oh, this f-f-feels wonderful!" Anna said once she
had made it into the bath tub.
Josefina could see the color coming back into Anna's cheeks.
"Bueno!" She answered. "Here, I will read you a book while you relax in there."
Soon it was time for Anna to get out of the bath.
"Here are all the clothes you need to put on," Josefina
said. "Some socks, stockings, pants, a skirt, shirt, poncho, and rebozo!"
Once Anna was all bundled up, Josefina moved on to the next
step. "Now I'm going to wrap you up in these warm blankets, alright?"
"Ok," Anna agreed.
Josefina carefully tucked all five of the fuzzy knitted
blankets around Anna.
"There now, you can just relax." Josefina said soothingly.
Josefina then hung the kettle on the fireplace and went
to retrieve the chamomile from her remedy bag.
She dropped the chamomile into the boiling water, and put
the lid on the teapot.
When it was ready, she carefully poured it into a tea cup
and let it steep.
She propped Anna's head up with a few pillows and helped
her sip the warm chamomile tea.
"Ah, that stuff is yummy!" Anna said between sips.
Now she wasn't stuttering anymore. "Si!" Josefina
replied, "I'm glad you like it. Chamomile is one of my very favorites."
After a few minutes Anna started sweating like crazy.
"Ugh, I'm so hot now!" She said, trying to pull off
Josefina laughed. "No, you are just back to normal
now! Here, let me help you take off some of those blankets. Oh, and one more thing. Don't go wandering off
into any more blizzards!"