It’s been an interesting week. Here are the highlights…
Monday our well pump stopped working. Well, Kate and I were still driving back from Texas, so Taylor talked to my uncles (our landlords) and decided to call a local pump service. A shorted wire replaced, and $160 later, here we are, with happy Ozark water.
Also Monday the oven ceased to work. More on that later…
Monday night we celebrated Advent with some of our friends. It was a great time – tasty food and happy liturgical worship times complete with readings from The Book of Common Prayer, and Isaiah 40.
Tuesday was raw milk day – so we drove to Tunas again to get some! Turns out the days are switched (our provider sells it every other day), so there were only 2.5 gallons set aside for us – we had hoped to get 7.5. But our Mennonite friend gave us some tips on milk-cow-raising (she suggested a Jersey, which is what we already wanted)!
Tuesday we cut the Christmas tree – from our own land here, for free! It’s a little large, but it works, and we trimmed it up a bit to fit in the living room.
Thursday we obtained a new oven from a sweet find on Craigslist – the thing looks great, works well, and was only $100 – vent hood included. So Kate and I drove to Ashland (1 hour) and picked it up. Craigslist rocks. I check it most days, just to see what I might get for dirt cheap or free.
We also met with Kelly, our midwife, on Thursday. She confirmed Kate’s suspicions that she is fighting off some kind of illness right now (urinalysis). She also told her to eat more – specifically more proteins and healthy fats. So if you have any fun suggestions for fattening foods for Kate to eat, feel free to leave them in the comment box. 🙂 I vote Blue Bell ice cream….but I don’t know if that’s what she meant.
Kate is also making some pretty cool Christmas ornaments (pictures to come soon). Taylor tried to eat one. Well, he did eat one.
We are still only averaging about one egg per day. Infernal birds.
The rest of the week has seen me and Taylor putting together a bid for a potential painting job and working around the property – putting up a deer stand, clearing area for an orchard, splitting wood, burning brush, shooting squirrels – Adrienne trying to endure the final weeks of her college life and crocheting our Christmas stockings (procrastinating, admittedly), and Kate getting kicked in the ribs by our little mouse – while she’s under the weather, no less.
Life is motion – and God keeps giving it to us.