Tuesday, February 01, 2011
One would think that being a farmer's wife in the winter, I would be able to see my honey more often than the summer. Alas, how untrue. Now is the time for feed carts to break down, machinery to be repaired and the silo to be chipped away at, for the contents are frozen to the walls.
So far this winter, my kiddos have been sick for 5 weeks straight. One has a tummy flu, the other a cough. Another has a viral infection and yet the last has a sore throat. It is quite ironic that these four children that refuse to share anything, yes anything! have learned how to share germs. I think I have stayed up for 2 weeks straight if you add all the nights together in the past month.
So, not only do I have a hubby that is out for the season, I have kids down with colds and flu. As for me? I finally caught a bit of everything the kids were passing around and was out for a week straight with a fever of 103 that I couldn't break. God's way of saying "Take a break, woman!" O.k, God...if you insist.
I finally had my hubby home today for a few hours. I was looking forward to a nice breakfast, a cup of coffee and a little time to play catch up using my vocal chords for something besides "clean up your mess" and "stop picking on your sister". How I looked forward to having a bit of peace with my husband, who is a grown up. Yes, I think I have forgotten how to speak "grown-upish". I know this for a fact, for last time I went out with my girlfriend, I said "I have to go potty." instead of "Excuse me, I need to use the restroom." To this, she politely replied (in a room full of people in a fancy resturant, "Make sure to wash your hands!"...thanks for the reminder)
So, today, I sit with my husband, with a smile on my face. Two hours for us to be together and just be grown-ups when he looks at me with his "come hither" look, leans forward and says, "I think I'm going to be sick." ...and proceeds to run to the bathroom.
Ahh, the life of a farmer's wife. Now I get to take care of my husband.
I am looking forward to spring. I may not see my hubby much, but I know we'll be over these darn illnesses the children finally learned how to share.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
The only time I have been on the computer has been to check my e-mails and return the necessary ones. I cannot believe how time has gotten away from me. So far, the past two months, I have been busy accomplishing the following:
The Youth Group has been highlighted in our local paper in the community and the Journal newspaper. The kids are doing so well! We decorated an "Enchanted Forest" for Christmas, with profits going towards our group, went caroling throughout the community (walking was terribly cold!) for homebound residents, put on a Children Youth Service at the local church featuring our talented young musicians and even performed all songs in sign language! (Then, we taught the congregation how to sign "Happy Birthday" to Jesus at the end)
We have done fund raisers for Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids in families in need throughout the area. My goodness! I even got a facebook page for the youth group and a website.
Now, we are collecting used books for shelters throughout the US and then, new books for babies and families in the local hospital. It has been a wonderous, hectic ride! Although, I am so glad the kids have been featured in the local papers for their good works! They are so proud!
I'll be having a sledding party for the kids next month for all their dedication, so they get some payback.
As for me, I recently have acquired hearing aids (yuck). My hubby and I could tell that my hearing was getting worse since two years ago when I had nerve problems in my neck and down my arm. Since then, my hearing went down hill. I went for testing and found out that my nerves are dying...most problematic in the ears. So? Not even 40 yeat and aids were needed. Bright side? When my 16 yr old daughter starts moping....I can turn them off. : )
I can tell I've gained over the holidays. I don't dare go on the scale, but I can feel it in the morning when I awake. Like an old lady getting out of bed. Achy. Although, I have got a treadmill from my mother-in-law who cannot use it anymore. Her heart is failing. I also ordered a Zumba dvd...which I love! Though, I look forward to the times when everyone is out of the house so I can beebop around the living room. I don't feel comfortable dancing with so much that bounces.
Another happening not dear to me, I found out my sister-in-law has liver cancer. She is 6 months younger than I am and has one child with her husband. We just found out and she is going for chemo already, so it must be quite advanced. She had back problems and kept going to a chiropractor. When it wasn't working, she went to a doctor and he sent her for blood tests fo realize cancer awaited her. Her daughter is only 8, and they have had a difficult time getting pregnant. She recently lost due to miscarriage 2 months ago, which I assume has to do with the cancer. Sadly, it may have been a blessing (if one could call it that...I had three miscarriages and they never felt like blessings) for if she was still pregnant and they found out she had cancer and needed chemo....what then? I had a girlfriend who went through that and unfortunately, she refused chemo to keep the baby...and passed away soon after.
Well, with all these happenings, I find myself a bit stressed, for even though I have managed more on my plate....the plate was full already with the four kids and such. So now? I have to juggle a little bit more. Although, now I have to lighten up my plate not figuratively....but honestly. Time to get on that treadmill, do the Zumba and stop with the snacks.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
It has been about a month since I was last on spark....I can see and feel the difference. I haven't been lazy, just have a lot on my plate! I recently took on the position of "youth ministry co-ordinator" in a local church. Building this from the ground up. There are over 30 kids in the church....only 2 or 3 come to Sunday School. So, I have revamped this whole idea of "school" into a community based youth group. Last week, about 20 kids came on Sunday. Already, I have a Christmas Caroling party coming up, a scene in our local Winter Wonderland to display, a Children's Christmas Program to rehearse and so much more. Dive head in....and it takes a lot of time. So, to all my Sparkie friends....I have NOT forgotten you!
Although, now that the majority of planning is finalized, I am planning on tuning into spark more often. I am begining to feel flabby and do NOT want to step on the scale. It is ironic. The busier we are....theh bigger we get. I'm not eating differently, but I am not excercizing regularly. Even though I don't ever sit down! If all the running around was worth it's weight in excercize, I'd be a size 2.
And now....the dreaded Christmas Cookies are coming soon. Argh
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Well, two more days until my annual "Girl's Weekend Out!" Yup, you read that right. I'm getting out of town! Can you see me dancing here at my computer?
Every year, my best friend and I rent either a bed and breakfast, hotel or this year a cabin on a lake. We bring wine, I cook one night and she buys the next. We play games (Scattagories when one has been drinking is hysterical!) , drink wine, and b.s. until sun rise. No children to wake us in the morning....but being a farmer's wife, I find myself still up at 5!!!!
This year, we are bringing an old friend of ours. We three haven't been out together for more than ten years. How fun this will be! Fishing, talking, wine, talking, crying, giggling like school girls...talking.
When I am done with the weekend, I always come back feeling refreshed. Once a year never seems like enough, but I suppose it is the reason we talk so much: to catch up! My best friend and I see eachother maybe twice a year. Call once a month or tow, but that's about it. How we stay such good friends is beyond me. Being a stay at home is a difficult way to keep friendships....but they are treasured.
Cabin: $95, Wine: $20 a bottle, Fishing bait: $3, waking up in the morning with a wine headache and no children screaming "Mommmmm!" in your ear? Preiceless!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
So, my old scale was sitting next to my bed and I thought "I should get myself a digital read out scale" just to make sure I am accurate. I go to Target and get myself one of those new fangled cool digital scales. Come home, hop on it a bam! I am ten pounds more than the other one says. What the heck is THIS about? So, being the optomistic, silly being I am, I put it on a different floor....7 pound difference. Let's have some fun! I set the scale on the carpet. I am now 150 lbs., people! Needless to say, I realize that one is not accurate.
Well, I have come to the conclusion that my old scale may have been wrong. Although, I would like to believe that the modern technology is incorrect. Either way, I have lost 3 pant sizes (I also bought a couple jeans, for my old ones from last year were hanging on me. I have lost inches, don't know how much weight.....for my old scale is a liar. In this case, I like liars.
As for the new scale? Maybe I'll just keep it on the carpet and keep reading the 150 lb weight just to make myself look good.
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