The news of this week has been sick, sick, sick. Robb spent Thursday to Tuesday in Indianapolis, and when I picked him up from the airport on Tuesday night, he was in bad shape. He started getting sick Sunday night, and as I am writing this, it has been a solid week of him laying in bed, with fevers and packed sinuses. He was supposed to turn around and go on another trip on Thursday, but he talked someone else into doing the trip for him, which was good, because he would have been useless. I’ve been spending my time trying not to contract what he has, and bringing him eggs on toast and ice water.
Ryan was sick too this week. He started feeling sick Monday afternoon. He came home from work, went right to bed, and slept straight through to the next morning. He missed two days of work, and is still not 100%. On the bright side, I don’t think his strain is the same as Robb’s, and he’s in better shape than Robb.
The hens are in full egg-laying mode these days. We are collecting about 5-6 eggs every evening, and our fridge is getting very full. If you’re ever in the area, PLEASE feel free to drop by with an empty egg carton and we will fill you up! They’re pretty happy little creatures, although when it is time to lay, they make A LOT of noise. It’s a bit embarrassing, actually. Our compost floor system in the coop is working amazingly well. If it starts to smell bad or get moist, we just put down a fresh layer of carbon, usually dry leaves, but sometimes wood shavings, straw, or even paper from our shredder. The smell disappears and the hens have a fresh, sanitary environment again.
Our niece, Keilee, opened her mission call today. She’s been preparing for this for a long time. She has had some medical problems, so it took quite a few doctor appointments to get the paperwork completed. But the happy day finally came, and in another 6 weeks, she will belong to the people of the Washington Vancouver mission. We are thrilled for her, and pretty relieved that she will be not too far from home! Watching her hit this milestone makes me so nostalgic about the year she and Ryan were born.
We struggled with last week’s photography assignment, but this week we will be getting rid of background noise in our pictures and in our lives. Focusing on the goal and clearing out distractions is a skill that requires patience and attention.
Documentary of the week: The Parking Lot Movie is an indie film from SXSW. I won’t say it was the most entertaining thing I’ve ever watched, but the themes of class envy and how we treat people and what we are (or are not) entitled to are worth some thought.
Meal of the week: I tried a new recipe for homemade alfredo sauce and it lived up to the hype. I think this will be my standby from now on.
Song of the week: Don’t watch this unless you want to feel like killing yourself. And don’t say I didn’t warn you. This perfectly describes life with Brooklyn. She thinks the strangest things are hysterical, and will not stop singing this song until it is firmly stuck in my head. It reminds me of my mom’s story about vacuuming while singing “The Polka Dot Door” when Andy and I were little.
Love you all!
Until next time,