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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Facts and Frustrations

Here is my once-monthly blog entry. Really, I DO mean to blog more often, but somehow it just gets pushed to the wayside. I really need to update the photo too. Well, that will have to wait as well.

Above please see Ellen and her newest buddy; the only other little girl in the pre-school VBS class.

Fact: In 2 days we, Ellen and I, are flying out of MO and back to CA for a 2 week visit.

Fact: Last week was Vacation Bible School at church. I am still frazzled from that.

Fact: In the 2 weeks before and the week of VBS I get nothing done but the very basics.

Fact: Now I needs must do cleaning, cook lots of food to sustain my husband in the 18 days I am gone, because he won't go shopping or do any major food prep by himself, and try and prep my garden for my absence as well.

Fact: The weeds are taking over my garden.

Fact: I will not be here when the peas need harvesting.

Fact: I need to tie up my tomatoes.

Fact: Oh, yes. I have to pack for both Ellen and myself.

Any more facts and I really will get stressed.

Like: Fact; the flight from SGF goes through Chicago. I have never been to Chicago. I will probably get lost and miss the connection. Let us pray that doesn't happen.

Frustration: Why oh WHY do parents see fit to send their snot-nosed kids (or maybe the parents themselves) to VBS? Now Ellen is sneezing and her nose is running, 3 days before we leave.

Frustration: My family on the west coast only gets to see Ellen 2 weeks once a year. Last year and this year she will have been sick. They never get to see her when she is well and not cranky.

Frustration: Why am I wasting time on here when I ought to be doing all the myriad things I need to be doing to get ready to go? I dunno. Maybe a break is a good thing. :)

I still have tater salad to make, chicken to fry, a chocolate oatmeal cake to bake, eggs to double (devil, to someone who may not know Ellen-speak.), clothes to fold, luggage to find, clothes to sort....the list never ends.

It's all good. I can do this.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Yep, it was a memorable Memorial Day.

I was prepping for our annual barbecue and was back in the laundy room. Ellen was playing in the front room.

I heard a thump.

Then I heard a squall and; "Ow, ow ow ow. Mommy, mommy, mommy!" infinitum.

At a doc appointment on Tuesday they couldn't really tell too well from the X-rays, but they think it's a hairline fracture on her right shin, just an inch or two under the knee. That's where she points to when asked where it hurts. She won't put any weight on it at all; even with this walking brace/boot, whatever it's called, on. Because she wouldn't put any weight on it, they are assuming it's a fracture.

They are going to refer us to an orthopedic doc and we shall see what will happen from there.

She is not really happy about the boot; wants it off, as any sensible person would. I feel so badly for her. Poor little pumpkin. And she has a busy month ahead of her, too. VBS is next week, and she's going to this Noah's Ark exhibit down in Branson with her grandma and aunt this Saturday. She's been looking forward to that for a long time. Then on the 17th we are heading to CA to visit my mom out there.



In other news.

We have a new/old grain bin that hubby is fixing up to put in Long Lane for the critters out there.

One of our heifers has a leg out of joint (we think); the bull was a little too enthusiastic with his amorous attentions. Argh!

We had a nice barbecue, in spite of bone fractures, on Memorial Day.

Ummm... I have to quit for now. Have a happy June!