Maybe you’ve been wondering – again – where I’ve been?  Well, I had two fairly major efforts underway here, which required a fair bit of research, coordination and activity to accomplish.  But now I’m done, and looking forward to a quieter season.  I’m now officially saying “no” to things that come up, regardless of how enticing or intriguing they appear, even while the girls are starting to say “yes”, because they no longer need me to drive them around.  All I have to do is stay awake long enough for them to return home, though, and listen to them tell me about their adventures, which works out just fine for me.

We successfully navigated our first Homemaker’s Bazaar last weekend, garnering praise from the other clubs for our presentation, at least.  We went with baked goods at the end, because most of the women are not very crafty, but most of them can bake, at least a little.  We made a few mistakes, but we well exceeded our hoped-for financial target, and there was a lot of happy dancing when we counted up the till.  So, that’s all good.

My other project has been applying for the VA’s Caregiver Support Program.  That wanted lots of introspective review of how, exactly, our lives have changed, and what I do for Davey to smooth his way.  That was a sad project, and one that made me cry more than once for all we’ve lost, but I was well prepared for the interview and didn’t hold anything back, which upset Davey slightly, even though he knew what was coming.  It’s hard, I guess, to hear some things said out loud for strangers.  Anyway, I finished my training this week, and have nothing else to do for that until the nurse’s home visit next month.  Then we should be all approved and… supported.  🙂

Other than that, I’ve been working away at Christmas gifts and enjoying the process.  It’s kind of fun to make things, even though my making-things area is on a main thoroughfare and frequently becomes a dumping spot for random items that have no particular home.  It’s a hard-knock life.

It’s very cold here today, and no one particularly cares to go outside more often than necessary.  We even had a slight dusting of snow yesterday!  The little ones have come down every morning this week, asking about snowfall amounts, even though there is none in the forecast.  They are hoping desperately for enough accumulation to make things like snowballs and snow angels.

And we found a large black widow in our laundry pile yesterday!  We haven’t even been hanging them outside, so I don’t know where she came from.  Hopefully, she came in on a load of wood, because I’d hate to think we have a little black widow cottage somewhere in here.  I’ll try not to stress about it too much, though Delaney did say this morning, “Good thing she hadn’t crawled into a pant leg or something!”  Good thing, indeed.

So how have you been?  Lots of you have been quiet lately and I miss you.

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  1. Beckie R. says:

    Hi Jennie! Glad to hear you’re well and busy. We have been battling stomach viruses and fevers of unknown origin for 2 full weeks. Not fun. It takes up a lot of energy caring for sick children. And working. But now, we’re all better and looking forward to some fun.

    Love you lots!

    1. Yikes. Been there and done that, I’m afraid, and while Davey was deployed, too. I remember being SO STRESSED! Couldn’t go even to the grocery store, because at least one of the kids was vomiting for TWO WEEKS STRAIGHT! Good thing we had a stocked pantry. 🙂 So glad to hear that everyone is feeling better, Beckie. Lots of love!

    2. Christine says:

      I am busy trying to figure out why our hens quit laying eggs. I am always amazed at your ability to farm and figure it all out. Not much going on in my world. Waiting for deer hunting season to be done so I can get rid of the piles of deer hunting stuff laying around the home!

    3. How old are your hens, Christine? They lay through their first winter, but if it’s their second, they quit laying for the molt.

  2. It is so good to hear about your projects and adventures. I’m glad most of the stressful stuff is out of the way and you’re on to more pleasant homey things!

    As for that spider, all I have to say is “Eeek!” That is rather scary. We have a TON of spiders here all the time, but I have no idea what kind they are. I should probably look them up so we know what we’re dealing with. I see about 4 different types all the time with a few random others thrown in every now and then. A neighbor kiddo had my girls all worked up over a black widow she claimed to have trapped and made a pet of, but it turned out to be, well, not a black widow. lol We used to have brown recluse spiders all the time when we lived up on the lake in NY for a handful of months. They were scary and fascinating all at the same time. But we didn’t have kids to worry about then 🙂

    I love you! 🙂

    1. I’ve never seen a black widow indoors before, which is why I think she must have come in on the firewood. 🙁 You only have to worry about those two kinds of spiders, widows and recluses. And most people don’t suffer overmuch from a bite from either, but occasionally, the recluse bite festers and rots at the site, and the widow causes systemic, flu-like symptoms. The good news is that neither one of them is out to get you. You have to work pretty hard to get bitten by a spider.

      I just finished a little project for Tommy, and I tucked it in my Pinterest “Things I Actually Finished!” board. 🙂 I like the motivation of a Done pile.

  3. Black widow spiders aren’t something we see in MN. I suppose it’s the advantage of having winters that are so far below zero degrees.

    I’ve had a cough this month and this weekend the doctor told me I have pneumonia. That means I win an antibiotic and the right to ask for some help. I’m taking a week off and leaving my house for only those things which cannot be avoided, like Anna’s well-child dr visit tomorrow. Everything else is being canceled or farmed out to a helper.

    1. Oh, no. Hope the antibiotics do the trick and you’re up and around quickly. In the meantime, enjoy the rest. It sounds like you need it!

  4. I do hope the caregiver support is a tidy sum, and I am so glad you are eligible. I can’t even imagine how difficult that interview was, but I’m so glad you were brave in the right way and said what needed to be said…instead of being brave in that Army wife way which is to gloss over all the rough edges in order to protect the soldier-husband.

    1. I was a little worried for a few minutes about his reaction, but he had settled back down by the time we got to the waiting room. It’s hard to lay it all out like that – hard to say it, hard to hear it, harder still to know it’s all true. But I’d researched other wives experiences (thank you, blogging Army wives!) and we both knew what we were heading for.

      I think he’s going to qualify for the highest tier, but we won’t know till next month, after the nurse visit. I always knew taking care of him was a full time job. 🙂

  5. Glad you made it through the application process..thought about y’all this week

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