Thursday, February 18, 2010

Here I am

It's been way too long since I've posted an update. I missed both Random Tuesday and Wardrobe Wednesday this week. *gasp* So here's what's been going on...

Last week Mae came down with strep throat and a double ear infection (sweet!) and the day after that I decided to go to the doc for another antibiotic after the sinus infection I was treated for a few weeks ago came back with a vengeance and slid right down into my left lung. At first I thought it would just go away on it's own, after all I have been taking vitamins and garlic to boost my immune system but by the time I drug my wheezing ass to the clinic, I had pneumonia. All weekend my lungs crackled and I coughed up green stuff and still today after 8 days of antibiotic (that also has a fun side effect of a terribly bitter taste in my mouth) I went back to the doc to have my meds extended into next week to be sure that I kick this bug once and for all. I am feeling better and I'm not coughing up stuff anymore but I'm still coughing and wheezing a little, especially last night after 3 hours of running around at the farm.

Speaking of the farm... My boss had a cow butchered last week and delivered a quarter of it to me today. I asked for mostly ground hamburger and a few steaks and that's exactly what I got. My freezer is once again full of local meat and I love it. Tonight the girls and I decided to try out the new batch which came just days after we finished our last batch of happy cow and almost all of the happy hog we bought last fall. I made tacos for Binny and I and Mae insisted on trying one of the tenderloin steaks. Actually we all took a bite of the steak just to see if this year's cow was as good as the last. It was one of the most tender and flavorful steaks I have ever tasted. I even tossed a piece to Oliver as he stood with his nose up in the air catching a whiff of the beefy goodness.

I gave Binny a haircut! For the last 3 years, I have been the only one to receive a haircut by an actual hair professional. The Gardener and the girls are forced to endure my choppy yet free haircuts done right in my kitchen with an old tablecloth clothes-pinned around them in place of a cape. So far they haven't complained too much, but I'm sure the girls will start to beg me take take them somewhere when they get older and all of their friends are going to salons, but for now free works for us.

The Gardener hasn't been around much lately. He's still on second shift but even when he's home, he hasn't really been home. But fear not, he hasn't left me for another woman...
he's been out in the shed cleaning and painting his tractor.That's a whole lotta green!

I talked with my grandparents the other night. Grandpa's hanging in there and still taking a crazy amount of medication but it seems to be keeping him out of the hospital which is definitely a good thing. My Grandma was thrilled to tell me all about her big Bingo win the other night. She won 50 bucks! Woohoo, Grandma Dee!

The Olympics have also kept me me away from blogging. I love both the Summer and Winter Olympics but especially the winter Olympics. Partly, I'm sure because of my North Dakota childhood which included both hockey and figure skating. I played hockey only a few years early on then switched to figure skating for the next 5 or so years. I was never really that great at either but it was fun and really what else is a kid to do in the middle of winter living in one of the coldest places in the US? I'll tell ya. Not much! So yeah, I like the figure skating and speed skating (short track especially, with it's roller derby like qualities) but my favorite is (believe it or not) curling. It totally sucks though that we don't have cable because curling is one of the events that is only shown on cable and cannot be pulled in by our rooftop antenna. I thought I would be able to catch it online but it turns out the curling video is a premium feature only available to paying cable customers and no pay per view option. Big bummer. Oh well, I'm getting my fill of skiing, snowboarding and skating so I can't complain too much. Maybe my sweet husband will take me out this weekend to a place that is showing curling on TV... Did you catch that Honey?

Last weekend I went out with a girlfriend that I haven't seen in a very long time. We drank beer and laughed until the wee hours of the next morning. It was so much fun and long overdue for the two of us to have a girls night out.

That's about it and now if you'll excuse me, I have have some men's figure skating to watch. I hope the costumes are as flashy as the music I can hear in the background!

13 comments:

Bonnie Domrois said...

Just finished watching Men's skating. Tears welling in my eyes to hear the national anthem.

Oh, have you ever used a Neti pot? It's great for cleaning out your sinuses. I've used it to get rid of 2 sinus infections and I use it to help with allergies too. And it's nice because you can keep it on hand.

Hope everyone feels better soon!

Riot Kitty said...

Hope you all feel better!

sheila said...

Hope you are well soon! All of you's! We're watching the Olympics too. Mostly into snowboarding this year, and speed skating. Which to me is a bit like watching bowling.

That is one green tractor! But it'll look so new when it's all together! NICE!

Whooo hooo Gram on the winnings!

Debbie said...

I cut everyone else's hair in my family too! Even my college kids. I keep thinking they will want to go to a real person but they love the convenience. And after 15 years of doing this, maybe I'm not so bad after all!

Kelly said...

Time stands still for the Olympics in this house as well.

I hope you feel better soon.

This winter is out to kill us all.

Wild Child said...

Hey, yeah, I've been missing you. The ice fishing was entertaining and all, but what am I to do in cold wintery evenings without some catch up? Oh maybe FB and editing my book. NOT Olympics. I am one of those people who is not turned on by all the non-stop coverage. Though, I did record curling for my kids. My son's teacher just told us she did curling, so I'm going to make him watch. LOL here maybe you can catch some footage here: curling.

Wild Child said...

Hey, yeah, I've been missing you. The ice fishing was entertaining and all, but what am I to do in cold wintery evenings without some catch up? Oh maybe FB and editing my book. NOT Olympics. I am one of those people who is not turned on by all the non-stop coverage. Though, I did record curling for my kids. My son's teacher just told us she did curling, so I'm going to make him watch. LOL here maybe you can catch some footage here: curling.

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Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Hope you feel better soon. Love the green on the tractor.

Wild Child said...

Oh, by the way, I thought the tractor painting was actually some kind of abstract art mobile, until I realized it was parts drying.

Chris said...

Wow, I hope you're all feeling better soon!

I cut my sons hair that same exact way! With the towel around the neck and everything.

Such Lovely Freckles said...

Well, glad to see the update. :) Sorry you were so sick. That sucks!

I love Olympics too.

And my daughter won't let me cut her hair anymore. She goes to a salon. *sigh*

Jenni said...

Pneumonia, what?! Crazy woman. You all get well now. NOW.

Love that John Deere green.