Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Well then.

Everything was falling apart leading up to Christmas. Dave was travelling a lot, there was so much to do, I had a BIG injury to my leg that was now three months and my ability to walk was getting very limited and then wham!

 Grant fell on the playground at school. I had laid down to take a nap after doing a load of laundry (which is how I didn't hear the first call - the washer), then I ignored the second call because the pest control guy was coming. I slept for about an hour and when I woke up all the phones, texts, messages etc had completely blown up (my cell had been in the car charging). 

He broke the head off his humerus and required emergency surgery. Three pins and one nerve untangling later we were back home, but with a kid in in intense pain and with a huge cast on his right arm leaving him completely unable to do even the smallest things (or bathe or wash his hands!). 

He is currently in cast number three, and working on some independence, but this is a very long road as we still have one more cast to come in another two weeks.

I have never been away from the blog this long, but I had a complete breakdown from the general state of life. I just could NOT push on any longer. I couldn't make any decisions (and there are a million that needed to be made every five minutes) and I could not get my crap together. Cue Total hysterical crying for weeks. It wasn't just Grant getting hurt. I really thought with all the kids in school the pace of life would slow. Instead it just seems to keep ramping up.

I am still thinking about how to manage all of that. I have no good plan. I did farm out the grocery shopping, but man, all the obligations.

Anyway. I am going to do a HUGE dump of all the things I want to get on this blog. I have pondered giving up the old blog, but *I* come back here often. I look things up to see what we did when, what the kids were doing when, what I bought where. I like the ease of Instagram but unless I went private it wouldn't really serve the same purpose because the environment there is just different.

 In the pre xmas madness I bought a huge bag of ornaments just to get this one - an indian headdress, so interesting!
 This trade war, or war on immigration, or whatever it is, has really affected the price and availability of food here in the middle.
 I had been trying (before the broken arm) to sit and do some quiet mindful sewing before the holidays. I made a bunch of felt ornaments. I think this is only half of them but I can barely remember actually. (Why didn't I transfer the other photos? hmmm)
 Having a broken wing is exhausting. He also stopped sleeping through the night.
 Sam and I noticed that we could see each snowflake in her hair one morning at the bus.
 This pic is still on my fridge. It's weird because every time I see it I think of it as just before the shit hit the fan. Sam is very much of the verge of not believing anymore. This santa was just so great with the kids. He really talked with them and when they walked away She said to me, "mom! He said to clean up my messy room! He is real, the elf told him what a mess it is!"   Even then that was just balm to my soul.
 For our wedding anniversary Dave bought me a 6 foot feather tree I found on facebook. At first I wasn't sure I liked it (oy) because someone has painted it and the paint VERY ANNOYINGLY flakes off. But it was lovely. I used old heavy tinsel on it. I need to deal with that paint issue this spring.
 Dave was out of town during the vintage holiday show. I had to rush all over town rounding up all the child care and I finally got myself there an hour before it closed. It was really disappointing! Loaded with crafts (made with old tires??) and other pinterest crap. I did buy that little tree and a box full of these santa dudes though.


  1. I opened up the blog this morning to send you a comment and found your newest post. I am so sorry for Grant, and what you've gone through. I was wondering if the shit had hit the fan with Son #1; weren't you having testing done for an ortho issue of his? Sorry it's been so crappy, I wish you continued strength. So good to see a new post.

  2. Sure hope things are turning around for you cheers to a stress free 2019!

  3. Your feather tree is breathtaking!! Really lovely. I am so sorry to hear about Grant, hope he's on the mend and that's the end of the bad stuff for 2019!!Thanks for your blog, I really enjoy it.

  4. I really enjoy reading all of your stories, just don't comment. Hope things have being going much better.


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