This week has been great. We’re back into our spring/summer groove full swing – the kids are outside 4-6 hours a day, the windows are all open and the screen door is getting used again. I’m actually thinking about when I’m going to squeeze in some mowing time (which reminds me, I need to fill the gas can). I’m so excited to be minimizing my indoor time and enjoying the big outdoors.
We made a trip to the laundromat earlier than usual this week due to impending rain, hoping to actually dry the clothes on the line instead of hang them up and watch them get rinsed again… and again. So I’m standing out there, going back forth between the bag of wet laundry in the back of the durango and the clothes line, and I suddenly realize how beautiful this afternoon is. It’s a perfect 70 degrees, just a slight breeze, some sun with occasional clouds to give me some shade, and the birds were singing away. If I could spend my summer in that moment I would be very happy.
The chicks got a taste of freedom for a few days before I shut them all in the run for a while. We’ve been busy planting this week (peas in one box, onions and radishes in another, and the tomato and bell pepper starters in a third, with the last two boxes covered with row cover cloth) and the hens are known for digging giant holes in my garden – not very nice for little seedlings. So with some supervision we let them all out and the chicks behaved themselves, sticking fairly close to the coop.
Unfortunately, this means no more cuddling with the chickens until we have larger plants, but I guess the kids and the chickens will survive without each other.
See all the tiny tadpoles here? We actually have bigger ones living in the well now, but they are camera shy and dive deep anytime someone comes near. The kids have been having fun watching them grow since they were little eggs. By the way, we’re not using the water from the well now, not since it stopped getting refreshed with water from the early spring melt. We’re using up stored water, and making plans to set up our rain water collection system for the summer again.
The kids and I will have left the house, er, camper, every day this week except one. This is highly abnormal for us, as we usually make two trips a week into a neighbor town and that’s it. This week we’ve had a family dinner, the laundromat, a private school so Buddy could take a grade placement test, a friend’s house, tomorrow we have a funeral (for my great aunt who died over the holidays), and Saturday is RAD Kids.
Thankfully, most of our traveling is not long distance, so we still have plenty of time at home to finish up school, do some yard work, and of course rest and play.
Somewhere in there, Papa has been sewing more bags for Bags On Sticks, I crocheted another tank top for my niece, plus a bunch of other stuff.
(blossoms on our cherry tree!)
I haven’t spoken much about my experiment healing my two cavities, but I have some good news to report! I have been taking cod liver oil capsules every day, drinking raw milk almost every day, and swishing coconut oil every day. This week I added OnGuard, a doTerra essential oil blend also known to heal cavities, brushing it right onto my cavities with my toothbrush.
While I can still see a small dark spot on the worse of the two cavities, the sensitivity is decreased so that I can comfortably eat on that side, which I had begun to avoid doing. I’m taking this as a sign that my body is healing! I won’t know for sure how effective these remedies are until my next dental cleaning in November, but I’ll keep using my home treatments until then and let you know what the results are when they’re in.
The trash bin doesn’t look any different this week so I haven’t included any pictures, but I did cut out the pine for the cover. After Papa picks up some hinges I’ll be able to attach the cover to the bin and share with you the nearly-finished product!
Some of my perennials are doing really well. You can see the comfrey, chives, and rhubarb growing well in the photo below. The blueberry bushes are loaded with buds. I can see some of my medicinal herbs sprouting up in the garden behind the chicken run, but I’m going to wait a little longer to start messing with the beds so I don’t kill any of the fragile perennials, or any that have strayed from their designated spots.
My shining moment this week came when I unearthed the spot behind the shed that had been buried by junk. You can see in the photo below what it looked like last October, pretty much unchanged up until this week.
There were piles of scrap plywood, insulation, chicken wire, plastic buckets, crates of old oil, and miscellaneous other “what do I do with that” stuff. I didn’t know if I could find a place for everything, or if I would be able to correctly identify actual junk from potentially useful junk without Papa’s resourceful eyes. But I did it.
In said spot you can now see very few things stored – a couple of windows, a table, and a roll of fencing leaning against the shed, along with the lawn mower and a wagon. Hallelujah! But don’t ask me what I did with all of it or it’ll spoil my secret.
Just kidding. Some of it will be going to the dump this Saturday. Some of it, like sheets of useable insulation, were slid under the shed, plywood into the other plywood pile we had going. A lot of it was simply a matter of sorting things back into their proper places. I’m very pleased.
Well that about wraps it up, folks! I’ll just finish up with a few more fun pics of the kids, and an actual picture of myself – without a child in my arms, imagine that! Haha.
Have a great weekend everyone!