Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Saturday, July 24, 2010

It's Hot and Stinky

More rain last night. more humidity, more wet manure - and to top it all off, John is cleaning pens in the big buildings today. I am NOT going outside.

Tomorrow is the Sparrow Family reunion in Zearing. I love to go - lots of sweetcorn, fresh peaches that Mama Austa brings, salads, PIE! I hope it is not so hot that we cannot enjoy ourselves.

Jethro is adapting. His newest thing is taking one of Chloe's toys and running through the house with it with her barking and chasing him. He is like a million times bigger than her. I think he is in love.

Daddy Don showed up here this morning with a bag of peaches! I ate one before I could even say "Thanks!" I am going to make a cobbler to go with dinner tonight. It's a recipe that Tricia Yearwood had in Good Housekeeping magazine. Uses TONS of butter. I think we will have grilled burgers and sweet corn, too! And a gallon of sweet tea.

Jaiden is starting to TALK! All of a sudden yesterday she was repeating words I was saying. She is even using some 2-3 word sentences. She still uses some signs - for swing, bath, juice, milk - I love it when she signs "swing" that is her all-time fav thing to do. We have a tree swing out front and she climbs up herself and swings side-to-side. We are trying to teach her to pump her legs - but she gets mad because it isn't as fast as her way! Some days you open the front door and she runs outside naked as a jaybird and jumps on that swing!

I have surgery scheduled for this coming Wednesday for my right hand. I have carpal tunnel that I have left untreated for over 10 years (DUMMY CAROLYN!) So, there is a lot of nerve damage and pain. I pray that the surgery will be successful - and I can regain the use of my hand! I am on antibiotics for a staph infection right now - and that needs to clear up before I can have surgery - right on my chinny chin chin. How lovely! That hurts a lot less today so I am praying the meds are working. Mom and Dad White are here to help. I gotta remember to ask her to make me Ribbon Jello! you know, the one that takes all day to make with layers of Jell-O in a 9 x 13 pan? My favorite! And I am going to have her make Chinese chicken salad, too - yummy!

One thing God has taught me through all of this is that I need to let others help me and take care of me. I have always been the one to "do" and have always hated to "receive". Now, I have to have help and I pray that God will give me a quiet, gentle and accepting spirit.

My Dad hasn't been doing too well in his recovery from shoulder surgery. He has had blood clots in his lungs, and has taken a fall down the stairs. So, I ask that you would lift him up in prayer, too - he's a "do-er" just like me! In fact, everyone has always said that we are too much alike. Stubborn and bull-headed.

Well, another load of laundry is calling my name - only I am imagining it is Neil Diamond "Sweet Care-o-line da da da Good times never felt so good!" Thank you to the hubby for having two sets of washers and dryers for me- I love that man!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day Four With Jethro...

otherwise entitled "Jethro Finds the Cat"

Yes, my dear friends, I am writing sarcasticly today. You will hear a crazy tone of humor in my words. I just chased a 97 pound dog through my house, because he decided it was Cat Hunting Season. He moved the Hoosier (which I can barely move). He broke glass milk bottles, He knocked over the TV and my plant. Tried to jump through a closed window and...it was like a horrible retelling of The Gingerbread Man, "You can't catch ME!"

And John wonders why the regular housework never gets done!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's a...



BOY! Meet "Jethro Gibbs" - our new baby who weighs 95 lbs and is three years old. We saw him on the Today in Iowa show on KWWL this morning and John fell in love. SO, we went to the Humane Society and adopted him. He loves the kids and the dogs and is fitting in just fine here in the crazy house.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cody got registered for his fall classed and ended up being able to take all of them at the Waverly campus! So, now I won't have to worry about winter driving to Waterloo! Right now he is taking gen ed classes and will be exploring what he wants his major to be. I told him not to worry about it and just enjoy his first year!

Yesterday was so hot! I have no idea how the guys survived working in the heat - I felt guilty for staying inside...kind of:)

I just realized that school will be starting in a month - school supplies are already in the stores - can you believe that?! But I did snag a few good deals for our school supply cupboard - you know 15 cent folders and notebooks - you can never have enough of those and 45 cent boxes of crayolas - I am a sucker for a good deal!

All for now, John has asked me to stop staying up so late - he always knows what's best for me!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Here I am blogging from my Blackberry! We are at Hawkeye Community College registering Cody for fall classes. This is so surreal to me. I was a student here 19 years ago when I was pregnant with him! All for now!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Where has July gone? Here it is almost fair time.

Jaiden had speech therapy today. She didn't really want to talk to Jackie or Carrie. But she did tell them a few of her new words: pink, blue, cut, yellow. Pink is her favorite color. If you give here scissors she will cut every piece of paper she can get her grubby little hands on!

We went to the Shell Rock parade on the 3rd and watched fireworks that night on the gravel north of SR. We sat on the top of my Denali and ate licorice and had a great time. But the stars on the way home were even more beautiful to me!

Jaiden and I have both had strep throat. I also had a tooth pulled and it promptly got a dry socket and then infection set in. So, I am on another week of antibiotics.

We haven't seen real sunshine in days! Another hot, sticky and cloudy day today -I think we will watch movies and color - read books and not do too much.

I am going to be having carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand in the next few months. I also have a rotator cuff injury on my right shoulder, so will be doing physical therapy and light duty for awhile. The rough and tumble life of a farmer's wife!

We have been to the pool for the first time - the girls and I had so much fun - we stayed for two hours - and had to leave when my shoulders started burning in spite of the SPF 50! We now have golden tans and have plans to go back as soon as the sun shines again!

John and Cody and Dan have been hauling manure, making hay and work work working! We have all of the buildings full so we are RICH in manure. Flies, too - which I really could do without. I hung a sandwich bag with pennies and a little water in it (I am sure you all have seen that email floating around!) and it seems to work - EXCEPT when the kids or the dogs leave the front door wide open! OR when Cody parked the manure and fly covered skid loader in the garage!

Rainy days wouldn't be complete here on the farm without the basement flooding - this time the water was over our ankles and covered every room but the room I keep my Christmas decs in! The deepest it's ever been - turns out the electrical cord shorted out on the pump. John replaced it and the water drained in a few hours. Then they cleaned up the mess for the 100th time. Cody will be moving to his apartment as soon as fair is over and then I won't have to worry about his things getting ruined. If I could, I would fill that basement up with concrete!!!!! One blessing - the water is always clean!

All for now, the couch is calling my name!