Happy Family Friday, everyone. It has been a good week, with a good deal of Family time.
Of course it wasn’t all fun and games. Poor Ellie was sick over night, throwing up all her supper and then waking up to throw up twice in the night.
But she was better enough by Friday night to hang out with Evie in their “special secret spot!”
And “Horse around” upstairs. We were thinking of doing a caption contest for this picture, but honestly, no one will ever make up a caption better than the real one, so we’ll just tell you what was being said:
Evie: “No, Ellie! You can’t come with me! You don’t speak Danish!”
Ellie (Indignantly!): “Come too! Speak Danish!”
We got the time on Saturday for some wonderful time outdoors working on our yard. We bought a whole bunch of flower bulbs and planted them so that our yard will have many beautiful colors next spring and summer.
Of course the nasty chestnut is in full swing, so there were many “pokies” to pick up all over the yard. We filled half the blue bin with them, and they aren’t even half way done.
Evie and Daddy ran a few weeks’ worth of paper recycling and junk mail through the shredder. That gray bin Evie is draggin in the picture above is the paper shreds to “feed to the worms” a.k.a. put in the composter.
We also noticed that our smaller apple tree has been leaning a bit to the left under the weight of its apples. A quick test confirmed that its roots have become quite loose with the recent rainfall.
This became a job for Daddy and the girls. They helped dig a post hole with the straight bar, and then, armed with only his trusty k-bar…
Daddy made a stake, and managed to plant it a few feet into the clay and rocky fill beneath the apple tree’s roots. Voila!
The tree looks much straighter now. We might experiment with spike irrigation next summer to encourage the trees to shoot deeper roots, because eventually that stake will rot out. But for now, it works.
While we were up there we also removed the last of the old glass from the hot box (the main pane broke in a wind storm a few months back). The odd thing is the peppers are finally starting to do really well. Hopefully the black plastic lining is enough to keep the frost damage off them until Ryan can get some clear plastic over the top.
Unfortunately, Mommy started feeling yucky Saturday night, and by Sunday morning had a fever of 102, even with ibuprofen. Of course, being a pair of medical folks, we tend to be pretty conservative about our visits to the doctor, so she stayed home Sunday morning and slept while Daddy took the girls to Mass.
The girls rushed in to help Mommy feel better as soon as we got back…
But she still slept most of the day Sunday, and spent the awake parts wrapped up on the couch, drinking tea and watching the girls color.
She had to call in sick on Monday and go to Urgent Care. Turns out she had strep throat, and so did one of her co-workers. So some antibiotics and some motrin/tylenol, and she was back on the mend, and (so far) no one else has gotten it in the house.
Unfortunately that meant that we had to cancel our dinner plans to have Adam and Co over on Sunday. The problem was we had already planned a menu for braised pork roast out of the Vatican Cookbook, and purchased the ingredients (or harvested them, in the case of the carrots) and thawed two pork loins. No one felt like eating them on Sunday so they stayed in the fridge, but by Monday it was imperative we get things cooking so as not to waste the meat.
All in all, it was a tasty dish, but we will do it better next time. We will not cook it as long, and we will start the tomatoes in the pan a little earlier, and also probably saute the veggies a little less. I must say, though, the red wine and Madeira vegetable sauce was hearty and heartwarming.
Let’s see, what else…
Wednesday was a Daddy and Ellie day, and we did not manage to accomplish much, except for enjoying some silliness:
And some time outdoors.
On Wednesday night we joined some friends of ours on Facebook live to say the Glorious mysteries of the Rosary in honor of October (which, as you should know, is dedicated to Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary.) Of course, it is hard to get two little girls to sit quietly for the whole Rosary, but thank God (literally) for the Rosary coloring books we found. The art isn’t the greatest, but they are still fantastic for the girls every night when we say our family decade, and even for a whole five-decades they kept them engaged and involved at an age appropriate level.
There need to be more great Catholic resources like that. Maybe we will make some if we ever find the time.
And that’s all for this week, folks.
Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to say your Rosary, or learn how if you don’t know how.