Falling behind a bit again, but things are really really busy. Just take yesterday and today for instance. Two days, four appointments, then stopping at a total of six different stores, and the eye drs on top of that. Along with all of that running, there is still regular work to do for four hours a day in the afternoon, both Troy and me, and then gardening and animal chores after we’re done with that.

In good news… the gardening is recovering and looking a lot better!  We had to replant a bit, so some of it is behind by a month or two, but coming back strong! I was so worried we had lost the potatoes and most of the onions, but we only lost about half of the onions, and we didn’t lose any potatoes, so yayy!

In other good news… Troy had his knee surgery last Tuesday, and the first few days home were painful, but now he’s going to physical therapy two and three times a week, so things are getting better slowly. But better just the same.

Even more good news…. I got my new glasses finally!!!! It kinda sucks because we finally have the insurance to do all these things like eye exams, and dentists, and surgeries, but since we had to go to Troy working part time so he could get the surgeries and other things taken care of, we don’t have the money for things like the actual glasses, or the crutches, or temporary dentures. So three months later we saved the $200 to get the glasses. The ER gave us the crutches, but they’ll be billing us. The actual dentures are covered, I just have to go three months without the temporary ones. So life is horribly tough right now, but things are getting taken care of.  I never actually thought a family of 6 could live on $1600 a month, but we’re making it work! It helps that we set ourselves up so good over the past 20 years making sure our home was paid off, and our van is still doing ok. But it just sucks that things we used to take for granted and just dropped a few hundred dollars on (like glasses), is just not possible any more. You get the eye exam and then there’s nothing for months, because you have to set a little aside here and there.

So anyway, my glasses are bifocals and I am LOVING them!!! I can see my knitting and what I’m reading when I look down, and then I can see everything else when I look up. I get a little woozy and unsteady on the stairs at first, but I am taking my time and blinking a lot more to get used to them. I tried bifocals once before when I was in my 20s, but I couldn’t stand them! I guess it took getting older, and my eyesight being so bad that I needed to do the shuffle and take my glasses off to read, and put them back on to see, and then get handed something else and ~have~ to take them off again! Doing that a whooooole lot makes you appreciate the dual lenses! 😀

And then the most wonderful news of all!!!! So we went to the local hospital here, and then our whole family ended up at the big dr group in the building right behind the hospital. Well, the whole hospital and that dr’s group works with the Catholic ministries, and they have what they call a “food prescription plan” that runs from June 17th thru Oct 19th. It’s a whole study thing, where you show up every Saturday at the produce stand, and they give you 21 meals (3 meals a day, 7 days a week) for each member of your family that goes to that dr group. We all qualified for the study! So, you go in and they take your weight, and blood pressure, and heart rate, and any testing you would need, like diabetics get their sugar tested, and people with digestion problems, like Cassie, can get other testing done, and every month they take blood panels to see how you’re doing there. Supposedly this is the third year they’re doing it, and they’re teaching it at other hospitals across the nation.

The food is all farmers market stuff from local farmers in a tri state area. Some of it is donated, and some of it is bought through a fund set up by the Sisters of Mercy(?) through the Catholic Diocese.  So not only did we jump back into trusting dr’s again, we’re part of a research study too! Yeah, it makes me queezy too! But to find dr’s that will tell you to your face to eat fruits and vegis, and stop drinking soda, and believe it so fully that they set up a way for you to do just that so they can study the effects!!!! Ok ok, I don’t believe it either, but I am trusting that these are those kind of dr’s!!!!  Did I ever mention how much I love CO???? It’s full of all the weirdest and bestest people. LOL

Ok, I have more things to share, but I gotta run for now, because there’s chicken chores and housework to do.  We had a grizzly chicken death last week also. 😥 I’m not too upset to kill them for meat anymore I guess, so there’s that. Damn vicious birds. 😦 Anyway…




It’s been a wild week so far! Tuesday the skies opened up, and we could hear it on the vent pipe that goes out the roof. Hail!  Two inches worth by the time it was all over. Here’s some of the pictures I posted on FB…







Everything took a hit! So we’ve been busting our butts out there clipping away at the damage, and seeing what’s saveable, and where we have to plunk in more seeds. I lost about a dozen onions out of over a hundred. I waited til today to trim them back and see what was what. Most started sending out new shoots, so I’m doing better than I though I would be doing at first.

Broccoli is shredded. Cabbage is done for, except maybe three of them Might make it. Kale is shredded, but about half of them are trying to send out new growth. Beans took a hit, but they are putting on flowers, and some are sprouting new leaf buds. Not sure how it’s going to grow a bean when they barely have any leaves. But they’re trying, so we’re going to leave them and probably make new beds to do more, just in case these start heading south.

Potato plants are shredded too, but dh says the crickets ate them up worse last year, and he thinks they’ll rebound.

We lost every apple on every tree. 😥 And all of the tomatoes that had already set were knocked off. Same with the pepper plants. We hadn’t even gotten to see that they had set yet, but there were two wee little peppers on the ground. Those plants might be ok, because they’re still only around knee high.

Pumpkin starts we just got in the ground from peat pots the day before. Each of them had the two start leaves on them, and one had the second set coming on… out of all eight of them there was only One leaf left.

So yeah, big lesson in you can’t count your chicks before they hatch. And speaking of chickens…. at least we still have eggs coming in. *knocks on every wood surface near and far* I don’t think this would be half as devastating if we weren’t counting on this food for when dh is going to be out of work this fall for surgery. I just gotta keep telling myself, we’re going to be ok. We’re going to be ok. We’re going to be ok.

On a brighter note, we went metal detecting last Saturday. Just around the yard, and driveway.  Here’s what we ended up with. Classic. lol The kiddo’s found the fork in the ground pretty funny. Not sure what to do with it all, but it’s fun to keep a photo journal of the stuff at least.


Now everyone tell me something happy that happened this week! I need happy thoughts!


New Adventures!

Two years ago for Christmas we got a metal detector! Today we put the thing together and got batteries for it! Are you ready for all of the pictures of the stuff we’ll find around the yard, and around town, and we’ve even checked into metal detecting at the parks! Gotta replace your divots! 🙂

And today dh (and I, in a way) started some therapy/counseling. I like the counselor a Lot! That’s about all I can say though. I am very happy it is happening, because he needs to talk to someone.  I’m mainly support, and story line filler inner.

Besides that I finished knitting on a Boom Shawl!  I came across a blog where the lady did it in Cake style yarn, and when the color changed she did a row of yarn overs. You can find it on Ravelry in the 407 projects, link to the pattern is here.  And besides that I am working on a crap ton of knitted dishcloths for the shop, and some for charity, and then I started knitting on some children’s hats. We are going to be getting help from different churches, and I want to be able to give back, so I am making hats, and mittens, and scarves, and dishcloths, and stuffed animals. No one at church will be cold this winter!!!! And I greatly appreciate their help while Troy is going to be laid up from his hip replacement!

And that’s about all from here!  We’ve gotten a great bunch of yard work done yesterday! Troys knee surgery is in the next two weeks, so we’re getting as much done as quickly as we can! The mower started up again for the 8th year in a row on the second pull!!! Woo hooo! I love that mower!

Hope everyone is doing well.  What are some of the projects everyone is working on??? Inspire me!


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