17.8.15

Pretending



Oh, it's been quite the week...

Mike left on an impromptu road trip for five days.  We were house sitting for my brother when he got the call.  His cousin was buying a new spray foam machine, but it was in Florida.  If Mike agreed to ride with, to keep him company, his cousin would spray foam our house for free.  I was really excited for him to see the countryside and for us to have a warm floor this winter.  I reminded him that this is the reason we chose this lifestyle.  So that when these kinds of opportunities arise, we're able to be flexible and take them! He wasn't sure it was a good idea to leave me and the kids alone in the middle of the woods, but I assured him we would be fine and to go have fun.  With one change of clothes, a toothbrush, and his pillow, Mike set out on a Saturday for a cross country excursion.

That's when it all went down hill.  Fast.

Cole got the flu.  Then Luke.  I pretended to be healthy.

One chick disappeared every morning for five days.

Seven of our eight newborn kittens died.

Our beloved old cat, Marco, died too.  Of old age, we think.

Then to top it all off, both of our vehicles broke down.  One ended up being just a dead battery, but still.

I'm glad that week is behind us.

Maybe we can just look at some pretty photos and pretend that none of it ever happened.

19 comments:

  1. Oh my. That is quite a week. Sorry for your pet/farm loss, that is always hard. Especially if you are the only adult in the group at the time. A warmer floor will be wonderful. Hope your days are better.
    I was wondering about putting up for the winter off grid and wondered if you might have the time to share a little about that. Canning, drying, freezing? storage and such.
    Traci

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    1. Thanks, Traci. I will be sure to do a post about putting up food. It's definitley tricky out here.

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  2. Goodness me - it never rains it pours!

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  3. oh gosh...! you really had a bad turn there.
    sending happy healings and better vibes for this week hun xxx
    ps - i so love your pictures - they do make everything better, dont they? xxx

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  4. I'm so sorry you all had such a terrible time! I love your pictures and especially the basket of eggs. I love reading your blog. Hugs,

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  5. writing to commiserate with you....week before last,my daughter's cell phone died and since she is our breadwinner,she needed to buy a new one.i went with her,and on the way home,our 20yo jeep(245,000+miles)began to shake violently and died on the side of the road.nothing would coax maggie the jeep to start,so we called my son to come help.he diagnoses dead fuel pump,so my daughter uses her brand new cell phone to sign up for aaa on the spot,and get it towed home for free.in the next few days,the fuel pump and filter purchased by us and replaced by my son.jeep still won't run--further diagnostics confirm that it threw three motor mounts and smashed the distributor!!! a friend of my son repaired the mounts and replaced the distributor,but until this could be accomplished,my daughter had to find a ride to her new job which she was still in her first 90days.so,a few hundred dollar we could ill afford later,we have a running again jeep and an overdrawn bank account...life goes on....you make a decision,and you live with it...and in the meantime,other things that you can't control happen...and you try to see the best in everything....you will have a warm house this winter,your husband had a good road trip to help a friend,you and the boys recovered your health,the cars got fixed,and life on the farm always has its ups and downs with the animal life....that is simply the way of things....hoping all goes a little bit smoother for all of us in the weeks to come.... :)

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    1. Sorry you've had a terrible go of it, too. It is nice to commiserate, isn't it, even if we know that's just how life is sometimes. Hope all is better for you, too.

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  6. I think we can just cross that week off the calendar and ignore it.

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  7. Oh my! Here's hoping for a much better one this week!

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  8. Oh my goodness! I hope all is better this week, that's just too much for one week!

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    1. It's a good thing this week was remarkably better.

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  9. Sorry to hear that! Crazy how it all happens at once sometimes, isn't it? Sending a big hug your way!

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    1. Thanks so much, Taryn. It almost always seems to happen that way. Better, I think, than spread out a little at a time. Just get it all done with at once and move on. ;)

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  10. oh my....things can only go up from here

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