Wednesday, June 30, 2010

busy times

This last week has been BUSY! I've started back at the gym, swimming laps now, instead of that awful sweaty cardio that I plugged along at for months. So far since Monday, I have swum 2100 yards. I can feel it in all my muscles.

I've also finished a really cool new project for the shop:


the inside, lined in fabric

All 4 pullets are laying now, and I'm really having to hustle eggs. But that's good, that's why we wanted to get more hens. The garden is doing ok. I saw some baby cantaloupes this evening, and lots of peppers and cherry tomatoes.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Adjustment Period

It's taking a while to get used to having daddy back home with us. Especially integrating him back into our nighttime routine. R. doesn't want to give up his half of the bed, but he doesn't want to sleep in his own bed either. So we've had some very rough nights. I've been starting him out in his own bed, then bringing him to ours when he wakes. But then he's not wanting to settle back down, because he's dissatisfied with the amount of sleeping space he has now. So the last couple nights he's ended up going down and sleeping at the foot of the bed between us. I worry about him falling off the bed down there though. The first 24 hours or so that he was home, R. freaked out whenever daddy left his sight. But he seems to have settled down, and realized we're getting back to the normal day to day routine we had before daddy left. Now if only he would sleep at night...

I'm having to adjust to having another adult in the house too. One that leaves doors open, fans off, scissors laying where toddlers can reach them. One that hides my dish soap by leaving it outside, tracks mud through the house, and wants to stay up half the night having sex. He has been very sweet and very helpful and loving since he got home though, for all his mess making. And it's great to have another adult to talk to again. It's really good to have my best friend back at my side.

Today R.'s had the stomach flu again. I think he picked it up from one of the other kids at LLL yesterday morning. It's been rough, he's blowing out all his diapers, and he puked all over the place this afternoon. Luckily he went down for a nice long nap, and that gave me a break and a chance to wash diapers.

3 of the 4 pullets are laying now, and the garden is doing moderately well. Squash Vine Borers got all our squash and zucchini after just a few weeks of fruit bearing, and the volunteer pumpkin. Peppers are doing well, as are the beans, and the tomatoes, okra, and the cantaloupe plants are very healthy looking, they are also starting to flower. The broccoli never produced, it was too hot too early here for it. The pullets ate every last blackberry before they ripened, and the blueberries too. We ate the last of the potatoes, which were very good, and we're thinking about doing more in the fall.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

On His Way Home

Our 6 weeks are almost up, and daddy is on his way home. We expect him in Sunday night or Monday morning. Since the wasp incident our week has been uneventful. I baked lots of cookies on Wednesday, for a bake sale. I used the batter from the zucchini cookie recipe, and added in other yummy things. Thursday and Friday we relaxed a bit and I got started cleaning up the house a bit. Today I had to install locks on all the closet doors and the door to the spare bedroom because R has mastered the door knobs and there's no keeping him out. He wants to ransack everything, then pitches a tantrum when he's thwarted. He's pretty much rolled from one upset to another today. It's barely past noon, and I'm already worn out by it. Counting the hours until daddy is home...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

wonder what will happen next?

While I was mowing the backyard this morning R. got stung by a wasp, right on the palm of his left hand. Poor baby boy can't get a break lately. Luckily he doesn't seem to be highly allergic to wasps. I was able to pack it in baking soda paste and kill the pain pretty quickly, then we went to the closest pharmacy and bought some Benadryl and hydrocortizone cream. He napped for two hours and now he seems fine. I'm left wondering what other accidents will befall us before daddy comes home. At least I was able to finish the back yard while he napped before it got too hot.

The heat index has been over 100 here for days now. I have to water the garden ever evening, it still looks sad and hot though. Well, the squash does anyway. We have no AC in our car, and it's miserable to go anywhere after about 10 in the morning until late in the evening. I missed my chance to go to the store this morning, so now we'll have to go this evening, or first thing in the morning tomorrow.

Monday, June 14, 2010

mini rant

I feel really plagued by idiots today. It's making me feel like my head will explode. WHY are people so stupid? And so freaking argumentative? What makes people have to argue with EVERYTHING anyone says? OMG it's hella annoying!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Verdict Is...

FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!!!!


I followed the recipe exactly, plus threw in some chopped pecans. Barbara Kingsolver, you are a cooking baking genius ! The whole wheat flour makes them hold together really well, and the honey flavor is subtle and not too sweet they way white sugar can be. It also keeps the cookies from becoming so crunchy and brittle. You can see the zucchini, but you can't really taste it. Hidden vegetables, I love it! And so will my picky toddler :) I will admit, I was a little leery while I was making them. But YUM! This is soooooo a keeper!

A recipe I want to try

ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
(Makes about two dozen)
1 egg, beaten
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Combine in large bowl.

1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
Combine in a separate, small bowl and blend into liquid mixture

1 cup finely shredded zucchini
12 oz chocolate chips
Stir these into other ingredients, mix well. Drop by spoonful onto greased baking sheet, and flatten with the back of a spoon. Bake at 350°, 10 to 15 minutes.

This recipe comes from Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and I think it sounds really good. I've been wanting to try it out, I just keep putting if off because it's so hot in the house already, without the oven on. I've got zucchini here to use today though, and I may break down and make them before the day is over.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

well yuck

Yesterday was another really rough day to be a solo mama. Robbie had his first stomach virus. Diarrhea, vomiting, fever, the works :( Initially I thought he was having an allergic reaction to something he ate yesterday, but when the vomiting and fever started, that got ruled out. He slept a good deal of the afternoon, and yesterday evening I got him to eat a popsicle and drink some water. He kept that down, and I let him nurse as much as he wanted after that (earlier he had been throwing the breast milk back up). We had a decent night's sleep, and he seems to be feeling some better this morning, even though he got up insanely early. He ate part of a popsicle and has been eating on a cracker and drinking some water successfully. I'm praying that I don't get it today. Counting down the days until daddy is home, hopefully no more sickness or injury.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I finished another project this week. A silver evening bag lined with blue/purple/cream fabric:






I need to start a new project, I just haven't decided for sure what to work on next. probably another cotton tam for the shop.

We had another fun trip to the beach yesterday. We went with a friend of mine and her 2 kidos. There was much splashing and digging of sand. R. really loves being in the water. He was letting himself float a little bit yesterday. He would hold on to me and let his legs float up behind him, keeping his face out of the water and kick. Next year he can probably learn to swim. He wont relax to float on his back yet though. It scares him a bit.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

End of week 4

It's the end of week 4 and today was a busy day! I mowed the front AND back yards, plus ran the weedeater all through the garden. Go me! It looks so much better. The back had really grown up in the last week. I did it early this morning, and let R. play outside, then during his nap I finished the front. I also did several loads of laundry, plus dishes. The house still looks like a wreck, but tomorrow I can do inside work. Tuesday we have a playdate here, then Wednesday I think we are going back to the beach with a friend. Thursday another play date, then Friday Le Leche League. Then it will be the weekend again, and one week until daddy is home.

OH! One of my pullets is laying now! I am so proud! It's a tiny little half sized thing, so cute!

I've been eating more eggs lately. I'll make a one egg omelet for breakfast with some ham, and eat it on a roll. I think the protein keeps me going, and keeps me from being snack-ish throughout the day. The fresh eggs don't seem to upset my stomach the way store bought eggs do.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Is it really Thursday?

Tuesday we went back to the doctor, and it looks like R.'s hand is healing well. Today is the first day we are going to try going bandage free. He's been a champ about the whole thing. Only a couple of incidents with him pulling the bandage off.

Trying valiantly to finish the baby blanket by Saturday. I feel like I can get it done, if R. lets me work today and tomorrow. I'm having trouble focusing though, I feel really run down today. I'm back on my insomnia cycle right now, stress and anxiety triggered I think. I wake up having flashbacks and then can't get my mind to calm back down. I tried getting up last night, but R. wasn't resting well either. So I ended up staying in bed with him and eventually falling back asleep after a couple of hours, I lost track of the time. Lack of sleep makes me such an awful person after a couple of days. I'm mean to my husband on the phone, have NO patients at all with my child, no coping skills. I'm afraid to take anything because R. still sleeps with us, and wakes throughout the night. I don't feel safe taking a sleep aid. All that's to say, hopefully I'll get the blanket done. I'm at a point now that it's not as big as I would like, but it would be big enough if I didn't get much more done to it. Of course there is the finishing, but that won't be too, too much.

We've been getting a good amount of squash and zucchini from the garden the last week. So much I had to pitch a squash yesterday, and make some zucchini bread to use it up. I still have one zucchini left to use today or tomorrow. I have no idea what I'll fix for dinner tonight though. I've been having soup for lunch lately, and fish for dinner. I could kinda use a break from fish, but I don't know what else I might fix. Maybe spaghetti. I could use the zucchini in the sauce, and I have some lovely mushrooms. Plus R. will usually eat that. He hasn't been eating much the last few days.