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    Quick insomnia post...

    Hubby is off with Second, on an overnighter in PA at a church friend's house; hubby bought the church friend's offering at the church talent auction, which was a fishing trip for two persons, on Lake Erie on their boat. I will see them later this morning at church.

    Fourth is also on an overnighter at her BFF's house in a different town closer to church - Fourth will come to church with their family, where I will see them, too.

    House feels weirdly empty, my people a bit too spread out. Maybe that's because it is, and they are.

    Two more church talent auction items purchased to attend: a trip/tickets to the opera in Youngstown for me (what I specifically requested hubby make sure he win, and he did), and a wine tasting with tons of wine education in the fancy-pants, rich-guy wine cellar of another church member. First already had her kayaking day trip earlier this summer, also a talent auction thing. Hubby wants me to go to the wine tasting - we have one ticket. I think he should go, as he got into a (very entertaining) bidding war for this ticket and put up some decent cash for it. Hmmmm - undecided. My wine tastes are predictable and pedestrian - sweet, sweet, and sweeter. Although the sweets I choose are pricey - ice wine, Greek red dessert wine, dandelion wine, honey whiskey... wait, the whiskey doesn't count here.

    Reminds me of Sesame Street - (cue catchy little kid music) "three of these things belong together, one of these things is not the same"...

    Spent all day Internet researching tiny houses - the politics of zoning laws not allowing tiny houses, even if they are fantastically built and inhabited by no more than two humans, tops, who actually build the the thing for their own primary abode (not to force anybody else into them) and how the rules are made/got that way; house plans; minimalist living in general; living mortgage free; energy issues (heating, cooling, tiny appliances, organic insulation choices, alternatives to appliances, solar...); etc. My head got so full that I started making notes in a 3-ring binder. I am enamored of what is called a "tiny house on wheels" - if you search on YouTube under that phrase, you will see what I am talking about.

    Sigh - another option in the love fest I seem to have with alternative housing - you should see me around straw bale house books! First wants a log cabin. Second truly and seriously wants an all-year treehouse. Third functions better in modern housing, a la Dwell magazine style.

    Hubby fell in love with a new car, and is taking a road trip on Monday to MD to get it. I am not happy about this. We have enough cars, I don't really care if he did his usual thorough research over months and is getting a good price for what it is. I told him Third needed some new special-needs aids and they came first. So - the first package arrived today... Guess he really wants that car. Mazda 3. His made-my-son-crazy-being-conscious-with-money-man-he-is-today father, when asked by hubby what he thought of getting another auto, actually said - "Life is short, get the car." !?!?!? Perhaps my FIL is feeling his mortality at 70+ because this would never have been his answer before.

    My parents came up for a visit on Friday. They called Fri am and asked. I actually like my mom tons, as do the girls, but she always comes attached to my dad, whom I feel quite the opposite about, so this is problematic always. I have been working on near zero contact for well over a year now and I know that gets to my mom. Hubby took a couple hours off of work to babysit my dad when mom and I wanted to check out an Amish shop close by - he can't be trusted to behave around the kids. So hubby took pops and a couple more kids on a ride in the Creampuff and listened to my pop spew hypocritical stories about his siblings and their spouses, when he is the poster child for every single complaint he had about them. Good hubby - still making good on his promise pre-wedding to have a backbone and help where my overbearing, impossible pater is concerned. Dad reiterated his wish to have =two= of my girls for an overnighter - OMG, over my cold, dead, already-decomposed body!

    Alright, so this wasn't so short... But now I am done. Hope you all have a fine Sunday!
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    Tired. Really tired.

    Got up at 4.30, internal alarm, just because hubby had to leave at 5 am for a car trip out of state, and wasn't even up at 4.30 yet, so I think I saved his hide. Did something dumb and read instead of going back to sleep. 7 am wake up for all the kids as we begin school year hours this week ahead of school actually starting next week.

    Did some housework, loaded the car, and off I went to a school teacher meeting at the special school and then the Monday therapy round with Third. Third smacked her foot (toes, actually) just before the weekend started and was walking funny all weekend. I thought she was goofing with us, as I checked her big toe, the one she insisted she smacked, and found absolutely nothing. Went to PT this morning and asked the PT to take a look, as Third can't pretend that perfectly for that long - over two days - so sock comes off, and we have a swollen purple bruise on top of her foot, and purple toes numbers 2 and 3 underneath. No PT for us today, or anything else for that matter - off to our pediatrician in another county, followed by an X-ray order for the regional medical center, with orders for us to wait in the radiology dept, as the film was sent to the ortho on call, then the results phoned to the pediatrician, who then called me on the hospital line in radiology to talk to me. Long story short - Third fractured her second toe. No wonder she almost fainted yesterday. Third has diminished pain responses, and can't really tell where anything hurts as her body map is off. It is better than it used to be - when she gets a booboo, she gets closer and closer all the time to where the injuries and pains actually are. But I forgot that body map business, and didn't check other toes, and now I feel like shit because I could have taken her two days ago.

    I have a heavy schedule tomorrow in the city, but that will be cancelled short notice to take Third to a peds orthopedist.

    Blech. Last Monday she was in statcare for an infected big bite, this Monday we inhabit the hospital, and for several Wednesdays running, we have had tornadoes in the area such that we take basement precautions while we are at ST. I think Third is becoming a jinx.

    Gotta love Primal... Outside of a piece of kielbasa and a couple of spoons of mashed potato (yes, I made kielbasa and mashed potatoes for the family breakfast, and everybody liked it), I had just a few slurps of fountain water all day, and mood and energy were stable. Now that I have had seared steak salad for dinner, and am finally off the road, I am nackered.
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    Boy CC, you and third are real troopers! I really don't know how you do it, I'd be more than knackered.

    DS wants to look into the local charter school's independent study program, so I'll call them today. I believe the program has the IS students going to the school once a week, I think DS wants to go for social reasons; he met a lot of these kids in the Summer theater camp he attended. My feeling is that DS will find the course work tedious, he's used to studying what interests him, but who knows, he may surprise me. Hubby and I are fine with whatever he decides.
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    Oh Crabbypie, I hope you got some really good sleep. You're such a trooper, you make me want to give you a big squishy hug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanieL View Post
    Oh Crabbypie, I hope you got some really good sleep. You're such a trooper, you make me want to give you a big squishy hug.
    Hee hee - this makes me smile!
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    Tuesday report - Third went to the orthopedist. Well, Third went to the orthopedist via three counties again, as the ortho clinic I chose is in the same city as her therapies (county one - easy to schedule appointments as I am regularly there) and the ortho wanted an original copy of her films, which the regional hospital (county two) we took them at couldn't do a magic internet transfer on, so I had to troop up to the hospital again (from home - county three) just to pick up a disc from medical records, then go aaaallllll the way over to the city to make the appointment... I hate fracking, but I sure am making it profitable for big oil these days.

    Doc says she will live, and that without even needing a cast. She fractured a bone in the second toe of her right foot, the bone at the bottom of the toe, right where it connects to the body of the foot. Doc showed me the X-ray. Definitely fractured. Third was so stimming off of the hope that she would get a cast. I kept telling her that the doc decides that, and that I didn't know what would happen, and when doc told her that she didn't get one, she was totally put out. Doc was smoooooth though - he opens the exam room door and quite audibly asks for a post OP boot and a sock, which his nurse put on Third with much fanfare... Voila, problem solved. Which it does - Third walks normally again with her "special boot"...

    Third has to stick to walking locomotion only for 14 days, then can do what she wishes, unless stuff goes south, at which point I call the doc and bring her in again.

    Just got back from regular Wednesday therapy a short while ago. Third has her annual horse competition this Saturday, so everybody at horse riding is all keyed up, as all Third's classmates are participating as well. There are trophies to be had, and real, live, professional, certified riding judges award the points, so no favoritism or rumors and stuff, as none of the judges have anything to do with the farm besides this one event where they are brought in. Every kid usually does three events - course patterns are memorized. We got two first place trophies many, many moons ago, but ever since then, Third pretty much has been an eighth-place specialist - out of her group of eight. (All one hundred competing riders are put into groups of eight for award purposes, and the winner of each group of eight gets a trophy. Max three events are allowed per rider, there is a whole slew of events (from super easy to challenging) due to the differing cognitive levels, ages, and abilities of the riding population.)

    Tomorrow First goes kayaking again, and then we six have an invite to see the recently created migratory bird stop-over wet habitat government protected acres on his land thingy that a friend of hubby has invited us to walk and see tomorrow. Dude-friend adores birds, and once paid big money to an avian vet to save the life of his pet duck - honest. He and his wife told me the story themselves. I am sorry to say that the duck quacked his last, despite the heroic interventions of the highly qualified vet. Dude-friend lives only over the next hill... No hundred miles of driving for me tomorrow, yeah!

    Fourth likes me today. Yesterday I took her (after the ortho appointment) to a new art supply store in the city before returning home. We just scooted around the aisles a bit to check they place out, but Fourth got all excited. I told Fourth that I own a lot of supplies, which she doesn't know about because they are/were hidden due to 1. Me not wanting Third to get to them, 2. Fourth being very young, 3. Me not fooling around with art in recent memory, and 4. First and Second not being interested. So today I took her down to our art room and dug the stash out.... Oil pastels, chalk pastels, full set of graded-hardness pencils, drawing notebooks, charcoal sticks, and woodless coloring pencils were all eagerly grasped. She said no to the watercolor pencils, watercolor paints, calligraphy nibs and pens, fabric paint, and the acrylic paints. Third couldn't believe her eyes. And here she always thinks I am a hopeless case where she is concerned - hah! Fourth fell in love with a HUGE tube of manganese blue paint. Somehow I gotta make that fall into her Christmas stocking this year...

    And I made myself happy - as today I was in the town where horse riding is located, early, I visited another of my salvage grocery haunts and scored a molcajete! Love that place - a couple of weeks ago it was real Japanese bento boxes. And a few months ago it was a Benriner spiral slicer. As the folk around here are sweet but definitely not up to speed on international fare, I usually get lucky, as nobody recognizes stuff for what it is. Yea!

    Snacking on pickled herring and mascarpone - together. Because the herring is in spiced brine and not in cream, and I like mine in cream. Haven't puked yet. In fact, it is sitting well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urban Forager View Post
    Boy CC, you and third are real troopers! I really don't know how you do it, I'd be more than knackered.

    DS wants to look into the local charter school's independent study program, so I'll call them today. I believe the program has the IS students going to the school once a week, I think DS wants to go for social reasons; he met a lot of these kids in the Summer theater camp he attended. My feeling is that DS will find the course work tedious, he's used to studying what interests him, but who knows, he may surprise me. Hubby and I are fine with whatever he decides.
    Second and Third did a full year course with their piano teachers - 300 Years of (European) Fine Art, Music, and History. Third loved it and finished the course with a perfect score on the final. Second bailed at Christmas - thought it was boring as hell, and that she would rather happily get bloody fingers from piano practice than listen to another lecture or write another essay. Second just wants to PLAY THE G**DAMN PIANO. ENDLESSLY. Nothing else. Well, except perhaps piano theory, as that helps her play better.

    Always fascinating what choices kids make.
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    Whiny, whiny post alert...

    Missed Third's horse show because I was at statcare. Reason: the mother of all bladder infections. Hubby took the rest of them to the show, so at least Third made it. Then Third's horse threw her! She is completely fine, btw, as it wasn't a violent bucking she got, but she landed in the grass anyway. That is a RARE occurrence for anybody at that riding center, and Third's sisters tell me that half the horse show did the emergency responder thing. My trooper - she got right back up on that horse and finished her pattern. Go Third!!

    Harrumph. So I am worn out. I had to take Tylenol even on top of the scrip pain meds. Without good drugs, I would be writhing on the bathroom floor. Doc says inside of 48 hrs he expects me to be able to give up all pain meds, with the antibiotic I got. And hubby is leaving in a few hours for the airport - another week-long work trip. But that isn't worrisome as he has done this so often that the five of us totally have life down when he is gone.

    Hope y'all are out doing fun stuff this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crabbcakes View Post
    Whiny, whiny post alert...

    Missed Third's horse show because I was at statcare. Reason: the mother of all bladder infections. Hubby took the rest of them to the show, so at least Third made it. Then Third's horse threw her! She is completely fine, btw, as it wasn't a violent bucking she got, but she landed in the grass anyway. That is a RARE occurrence for anybody at that riding center, and Third's sisters tell me that half the horse show did the emergency responder thing. My trooper - she got right back up on that horse and finished her pattern. Go Third!!

    Harrumph. So I am worn out. I had to take Tylenol even on top of the scrip pain meds. Without good drugs, I would be writhing on the bathroom floor. Doc says inside of 48 hrs he expects me to be able to give up all pain meds, with the antibiotic I got. And hubby is leaving in a few hours for the airport - another week-long work trip. But that isn't worrisome as he has done this so often that the five of us totally have life down when he is gone.

    Hope y'all are out doing fun stuff this weekend.
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