It's been a week far too busy to sit and blog nightly.
The most personally significant event this week happens to involve ME and a CARWASH. Many of you know I trend to claustrophobia. I have made the last year - what I thought was my 58th year - a year of conquering fears. I got my ears pierced. I spoke at several retreats. I bought a monthly pass at the carwash and have been going in alone and together a LOT. There was a time in the beginning when I told Stacia, "I'm going to roll down the window." All in all, I've improved. The weather was warm, and the car was filthy with all the muddy splashing water. I dropped into the car wash. I lined up on the tracks and didn't panic. Score. I got about 1/2 way into the car wash and the CAR STOPPED MOVING! WHUT? Nothing. We just stopped. I sat there trying to figure out if I should open the door and get out or put the car in gear...and then a LOUD, obnoxious alarm went off. I figured it would be safest to stay right where I was, and someone would fix the situation. They did. I haven't gone back again. I should.
The week began with Stacia and Allie babysitting - (Monday the 17th). Unfortunately, the children turned out to have colds. The girls came home and immediately changed clothes, took showers, gargled with sanitizer...but alas, Stacia woke up with the start of a nasty cold on Tuesday. By Thursday Allie was feeling ill too. They are both well on the way to normal now (Monday - the 24th). I am seriously thinking a health questionnaire for families they are going to sit for may be in order. Maybe take our own thermometer and scan heads when entering. ::snort::
Dad saw the eye doctor this week. Everything looks good, though I need to track down his OR optometrist for records.
In a show of the VA's vast efficiency, they've approved Michael for 12 more visits to the chiropractor/massage. Seriously - we are all trying to avoid back surgery. His doc told him to do this weekly and put off surgery as long as he can. They approve 1 - 3 months at a time...Meanwhile, Michal waits in pain for approval for another 12 visits. They are down to a 2 week wait, that is MUCH better. We are thankful this is staving off back surgery.
The girls and I had Bible study. I had a haircut. Nolan put in significant time towards his current college semester. Alex studied for an employment test.
Michael and I rescheduled our planned for Hawaii trip. We are thinking next January, or February will fit our dynamic schedule better.
Bre and babies have covid. We hadn't seen them the week prior to them testing positive.
All the older Gherkins stayed away this weekend. This is good as Stacia sounded nasty. Our church cancelled the weekend service as several families had tested positive. This all added up to a very relaxed weekend. It turned into a few days of refreshment and renewal. I made a few trips delivering groceries and at home covid tests.
The weather has been WARM all week.... in the mid - high 40's. There has been talk of an early breakup, Michael is consistently warning us the weather will get cold again. Meanwhile, snow is melting, berms are shrinking...it's been raining, temps are well below freezing at night, so driveways and parking lots look like ice rinks...
Here are a few glimpses into the week. Nolan works a LOT of hours, significantly more than 40 hours a week on a typical basis. He is also taking 21 credits this semester. He got firm about having his days off. We love knowing he will be home Monday and Tuesday...we don't see him until dinner - but it's nice. Here he fell asleep with Millie while waiting for dinner.
|Enjoying the warmth|
|The chickens enjoy the warmth too! |
|Doesn't EVERYONE blow dry chickens? |
In the KITCHEN?