Sorry (not sorry) I haven’t blogged much after I said I’d try harder to blog. One week ago today was dh’s hernia surgery! It went well, but I’ve been shadowing him for a week now during recovery. First three days it was hard for him to even get up, let alone walk much. Finally Sunday he is able to get around a bit better, but no lifting or doing anything whatsoever for another three weeks. And there’s just so much he does around here from helping to get the groceries from the van to the house, and we have 2x4s and things so we can make another chicken coop and put up shelves in the house, to even last week with our big ol wind storm, and our dumpster blew over. Me and three of the kiddo’s got it up though.

Now he’s going back this week to have them look at his knee. Finally got the MRI on that, and the soft tissue is torn. Then next month he starts Physical Therapy for his hip! So when he’s doing that they’re going to have a surgeon look at both his hip and his knee, and possibly do the surgery on them both! Probably not the same day, but over the next few months it’s going to be surgery, heal, surgery, heal.  Luckily all of this is all on his right side! And he’s been in pain for years, dare I say a decade, so it’s not like all of these surgeries are going to make anything worse.

Add to all of that, Monday night we went to the store, and part way home he had to go to the bathroom, so we swing into a McD’s, and he goes in to use the bathroom and buy a Coke. Well, about five minutes after going in he texts me and says to come in and tell the management he’s locked in the rest room! I go in and they laugh at first, and tell me to go check on him, and yeppers, the stall is one of those twisty locks that looks like it has a key on the outside, and the thing is busted. I go tell the management again, and they send one of the burger flippers in with a screwdriver. He slides under the stall, they take the thing apart, and it’s not working. He goes to get more tools, and slid out and back on the disgusting bathroom floor three times!!! Couldn’t get the lock undone, and I’m telling dh, “you are Not sliding out of there you’ve just had surgery five days ago!”, and the guy is telling dh he doesn’t know what else to do, and if he doesn’t want to slide out it’s going to probably be a half hour or more wait. :-/ Dh slid out under the door… and of course pulled his lower back! Mega Pain all the way home!!! Me telling him he needs to call McD’s and have them file an accident report. But nope, he won’t do it. He says he chose to slide out because he was feeling claustrophobic, so it wasn’t their fault. Ummm hello, broken door = their fault. But whatever he has pain meds for both his hernia and his knee pain, so he says it’ll be ok. Went to the primary care dr today, and she says it’s a pulled muscle, so I guess he’s gonna be ok.

On the up side of things, I got boodles and boodles of paperwork filled out for all of the kiddo’s to go to new dr’s, and a new dentist too! I counted. One hundred and three pages for five of us. And as much as I hate the insurance system, it is pretty cool being able to have healthcare again! And they zip you in sooooo much quicker than if you’re paying out of pocket. Referrals out the wahzoooo also!  I cannot believe the level of care they give here over the crap crap crap care we had in FL!  Now I just have to convince Cassie things are going to be ok. She’s a bit nervous. Oh, and we’re getting family counseling included also. Our health advocate says she thinks we have all been a bit shell shocked and traumatized from what we’ve gone through the past five years. Gee ya think. lol So even more help!!! Thank the good Lord!

So that’s about it for health stuff. I get to go to the dr’s too, but I’m as healthy as a horse. There was one place on the paperwork that asked about bone sprains or breaks, so I put down that two years ago I think I might have fractured my leg/ankle, but we didn’t have money to go to the dr or er, so I just did what I did til it stopped hurting. Took about three weeks til I could walk on it again. They maybe might xray that, but they aren’t re-breakin nothin. It works. It doesn’t hurt. But it would be nice to know if I broke or fractured it. Just for fun.



I swear, going to dr visits and hospital stuff just about every day for the past two weeks, is just as tiring as a full time job!  We have been doing pretty good keeping things straight though. There’s the regular dr, and then the orthopedic dr, and a surgeon, and three other dr’s to keep straight. And then there’s going to  be counseling to set up on top of that, and then the whole family of six of us to switch over to another dentist too! Consults and appointments out the ying-yang!!!

Yesterday when we did our shopping they had potato and onion starts in Wally World, so we got a good smackrel of them to start out with! Like four or five baggies of each! I planted around 60 onion starts last year, and they only lasted til the middle of January. So this year I am going to go Large, and we’re going to start off with these 80+ that we have, and I’m going to try and do around 80 more in a couple of months. We need enough for just regular onions for cooking, and then some for meals in a jar, and spaghetti sauces. I still have around five quarts of tomato sauce from our Roma tomatoes last year, so it looks like we’ll only have to double our tomato planting to get from one planting season to the next. A little more if we want stuff to stock our shelves longer than that.

Potatoes??? Yeah, we have some seed potatoes saved from last years crop, and then bought four more bags of them also. Dh is going to try cutting and curing the ones we just bought, and I’m just tossing the ones we saved directly into the ground the way they are. We’ll see what we get!

And for the Big news… since none of our incubator chicks hatched out, we got nine more chicks from the tractor store! White Leghorns this time! I am hoping and praying we have no illnesses in this batch (last year, one of the chicks got rye neck and we tried all the online suggestions, and finally ended up putting her down) and no more roosters!!! We have pullets, but there’s no guarantee that you won’t end up with a rooster!  We have Number 9 with our original flock, and that’s about all the surprises I want. LOL So we put all of these wee baby chicks in their new home, and they all ate a little, and then flopped over to sleep! Too cute!


In knitting news… I have finally gotten around to packaging up a lot of items here and will be mailing them out tomorrow!!! Five packages. Three hospitals, one domestic violence shelter, and one group that gives bereavement items to parents of still-borns.

Here is the latest shawl on the needles. Sweet Rolls color Frosty Swirls. Cassie is already eyeballing it. Nothing ever stays around my desk for long once it’s off the needles.


Part of my dr office knitting has been prayer cloths. I’ve been making these kind with the little puff stitch cross on it, and then plain knit ones that the group Bridget’s Cradles likes. So easy to transport these in a zip lock bag, with small needles and when they call your name for your appointment, zoop stuff it away in my purse, and we’re off and running! Takes my mind off of my troubles, and keeps my hands busy!

In other Big news… we might be going back to church!!!  Dh grew up Catholic and we needed some direction recently, and he thought the church would help. And talking to the priest did help him a bit, and for that I am thankful. But man oh man, the symbology, and people stuck in their rituals! Ey-yi-yi!!!! But maybe rituals is what dh needs right now, so I’m just rolling with it, and will keep my thoughts to myself! The priest we met with has my sick sense of humor at least. So that’s something, right? lol He reminds me of Gru from the Minions movie too, so that’s kinda fun!


And there you have it. The week has just begun, and that’s what’s happening! Now, I am off to be inspired by other peoples knitting and crocheting, and maybe I can get back into the swing of things over the next month or so!


Health and hatching’s

I guess I need to blog a little more. I didn’t think it had been since the day before Valentines since I had blogged! But since then we have gotten an incubator and have tried hatching our own chickens eggs. We have a rooster and he gets busy a lot while we’re out there feeding and watering them, so we figured we had fertile eggs! Well, hatch day was Monday of this week, and we’ve gotten Nothing. Not even one little peep! Blah. So I let an extra two days go by, just to be sure, and still nothing. We cracked six of the twenty-one eggs and absolutely no chick progress in any of them. So yesterday we started again. Seven eggs fresh from the chicken coop, and no freeze the night before, so I marked them all and popped them right in the incubator. Officially today is day one, since yesterday was just a half a day. So the 26th of this month is day 18, and then three days of lock down til day 21 puts our hatch day on the 29th of this month. *fingers crossed*

Other than that it’s been chaos here. Dh is having more and more health problems, and we finally got him to the hospital, and he now has a healthcare advocate that is working her butt off for our whole family! ❤ All the kiddo’s are now covered under CO healthcare. Dh is covered too, and we have like ten dr visits over the next couple of weeks and even a surgery coming up! He had to fight with his bosses to get cut back to part time, and with that came a horrible big pay cut, so kick a guy while he’s down. No raise, not even cost of living increase for the past 20 years. So much bull crap coming out of their mouths how they can’t afford this, or that, or anything. Telling us we chose to live like we do, while the main boss rides around in rented limos and crap, to impress customers. Karma’s such a -itch though. I have to believe one day what goes around comes around. It’s all that gets me though.

So yeah, everyone is covered except for me. I don’t care. I don’t get sick much, and when I do, I muddle through. Hell, I’ve even had fractured ankles and crap that I just patched it up and walked on it as best I could, just because there was nothing we could do. If I ever get as sick as dh though, I guess I’ll get a healthcare advocate of my own. Who knows.

I guess that’s about all I have time to write today. Always so much paperwork, and phone answering, and appointment setting to do lately. I’m knitting a wee little bit, but not as much as I’d like to. I even shut the Etsy store down for a few weeks, because I couldn’t keep up with checking it. But now we need the money, so it’s open again fwiw. Sooo freakin tired though. But no rest for the weary in this mess, so I just keep going as best I can. We’ll see how things go over the next couple of months. I found out if I want to drive an hour and a half round trip ever day I can qualify for job training and placement… but then who would be here to pop dh’s knee and hip back in place if they go out. I guess he could wait a half hour for an ambulance to arrive if I were at work. Life just got hard I guess. Trying to keep my chin up.



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