Just got back from a weekend about an hours drive up the canyon. Stayed in a little cabin on the Poudre River ... no phone, no internet, and I cooked everything ahead of time so we ate beef stew, carnitas and veg and fruit and dairy. We spent a fair amount of time down at the river, taking pictures, whittling sticks we found, tossing stones and just relaxing. DH and I had plenty time (uninterrupted!!) to talk over all the stuff that is going on with my folks ... feel like we are starting to find a way through this mess. Much to work through still but at least there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. Of course just to make the weekend more interesting the transmission started to go out on our vehicle!! I think it was the steep climb in elevation that pushed it over the edge. It wouldn't change out of 2nd gear after a while - screaming along!!! Kind of freaky - back to the old days of travelling without cell phone service to help out. No cell coverage all the way up the canyon. We were about 5 miles from the place we were headed for when we had to pull over and let her sit for about half an hour ... we took a walk as we just happened to pull over right at the entrance to a SWA, kids were thrilled and it was really pretty. Got back to the vehicle and managed to limp our way to the campground. Decided to just enjoy the weekend and figure it out on our way back ... of course the ride home is almost all downhill with a little bit of flat so the vehicle did make it with some careful jockeying of the gas pedal etc by DH! So, another lovely big expense to follow the big tax bill, the money to the folks to keep them going, and a number of other things that just came up - so true that it never rains but pours.
I arrived home after fetching the dog and a quick grocery run in DH's work car to find our landlord complaining about our daughter and the way she dealt with his brat 4 year old (who never ever hears no and never has to feel the consequences of her unsocial behavior) She had told the brat that she needed to go home if she couldn't play nicely (I say good for her - I have told her to do that!) Daddy came trotting over saying it wasn't fair that their older child got to play and not the little brat - so our daughter told him that actually it isn't fair that they have to play with a kid that isn't nice and that the older kid is nice to play with. I have told our kids no more playing with the landlords kids if one of us adults isn't around to supervise - it isn't fair for her to take the brunt of the parents inability to discipline their offspring. So, if the youngest comes over they will only be allowed to play if we can watch - not going to be much of that because I am not exactly without stuff to do. The older kid is really sweet and our kids really enjoy playing with her - the younger is really horrid and the parents say that 'being firm with her really doesn't work!" I guess I know who is running that household!
Stunning spring days at the moment - clear skies, windy, lovely warm sun if you can get out the wind. We have at last gotten all the paper work ready to take to the mortgage lender - so this week may see us preapproved for buying a house at last. We'll see if we can even get a loan for anything here - last wait now...
I have gained a lot of weight lately. Thank GOD for a husband who loves me no less when I am fat and stressed! What a huge blessing he is to me - unconditional love is an amazing thing!