First things first! The winner of the Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles giveaway is….Kristen! You’ll be receiving an email from us soon about your prize. And since the Carrots readers were so excited about Toadily Handmade’s products, they are offering you a special coupon code (CARROTS) which gets you a 10% discount on ANYTHING in the store until 11/15. So if you were eyeing those Advent candles, now’s the time to order! A big thanks to Carrots sponsors Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles, Angela Thomas-Shaklee, Mama’s Notebooks, and Mandi Richards-Lila Rose! You are the best!
Now, why has it been so quiet around here, lately? I’m glad you asked! (Oh, you don’t want to read through a tirade about our horrible couple of weeks? You should probably scroll down to the end.) I caught you up on the various illnesses we were fighting off and the pink eye situation…
Our little froggy, tiger, and pirate went trick-or-treating around the neighborhood with Daddy while I wallowed on the couch feeling crummy from the cold/flu Lucy gave me.
It was a super miserable bug, so no wonder Lucy looked like this most of the time she had it:
Did I tell you that she woke up the day after we got back from Allume, covered in ticks? Well it was awful and I took her to the pediatrician to have her remove them all and since she had an ear infection, pink-eye, a horrible sinus infection and now at risk for Lyme’s disease, the Dr. promptly put her on antibiotics which quickly cleared everything up. Pest control came and couldn’t find a single tick, so they said she probably had them on a clothing item and brought them inside (at least our house isn’t infested with ticks, right?) Then on Halloween evening I noticed that she had what I thought were mosquito bites. I figured she got them while they were trick-or-treating.
But then more little bug bites kept popping up, so I took her back to the pediatrician who guessed that from the ticks or from somewhere else, she had gotten scabies. “WHAT IS THAT?!” was my response. Apparently, they’re little mites that live in your skin and multiply and jump on other people and on everything and if one person in a household has them, you all probably have them. YAY! So we all got treated with scabicide (doesn’t that sound nice?) and I got to disinfect every surface and wash EVERYTHING in hot water which was a blast while I was chasing three kids and had a horrible cold/cough and just wanted to A: Move Away and let the bugs die or B: Spend the rest of the week at the White Sands Hotel and let the bugs die.
Will tiny nasty bugs stay out of my house, please!????
Luckily, I had a helper, because Dad was out of town.
Why was he out of town? Oh, he was just RUNNING 100 MILES!!!!!!!!!!! Yup, Daniel ran 100 miles. ONE HUNDRED. He started running at dawn last Saturday and ran across the finish line that Sunday morning. And at the very beginning he got stung by a bunch of yellow jackets, got some benadryl, and kept running. So, the trail was probably a lot like The Hunger Games. Or it is in my head. Yes, I asked him where his life insurance info was before he left. But he did it! And survived! 100 Miles! That’s like 4 marathons in a row.
So recap: colds, coughs, sinus infections, pink eye, ticks, scabies, dad out of town.
BUT: I’m starting to feel way better, no new bites on Lucy since we put the treatment cream on her, and Daniel’s legs are starting to work again. So things are looking up!
Now that you’re bored to tears, let’s move on!
Reading a good book in the bath tub is the way I deal with stress. Also, there was a glass of gin on the edge of the tub. Also that. I love Waugh so much and Scoop was hilarious. I didn’t love it as much as Brideshead or Sword of Honour, but Waugh is just the cleverest writer. And I also finished Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, so will someone please tell me what it means?
(Bacon, eggs from our hens, and oven roasted sweet potatoes from our garden. Coconut oil blended in the extra-strong coffee.)
I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try out the Whole30. Basically, for 30 days you remove grains, dairy, legumes, and sugars from your diet. I get addicted to sugar VERY easily and then my immune system plummets and I catch every cold I come in contact with. I just can’t live like that with three babes to chase around. I need my health and energy. AND I want to be sure that all the work I’m doing trying to improve my B vitamin and magnesium levels (so that morning sickness isn’t so extreme if we’re blessed with another pregnancy) isn’t for nothing. I need a healthy gut to absorb those good things and a sugar addiction won’t be my friend in that department. I’m not doing a REAL whole30 because of the horrible past two weeks and my milk supply taking a dive after Day 4. So I’m having some rice and legumes every two days and I’ve been taking honey for my cough at night. But, to my great surprise, coconut oil blended in coffee….NOT BAD. Same for coconut milk. And I even think I could learn to drink it black. So far, I haven’t had any extreme sugar withdrawal symptoms and I’ve had a boost in energy and no headaches in the afternoon (the giveaway that my sugar addiction is out of control.) We’ll see!
Thankfully, this little gal did NOT get sick. She is soooooo sweet.
OK, gotta cut this short and get back to work on the ebook! We’re close, friends!
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