Happy Saturday, Friends!
It is chilly and wet outside here in Minnesota. Not really a rain, but just a constant mist. It sounds pretty and it was for about 15 minutes while I walked the dogs this morning..but it quickly became wet and chilly. On the positive side..it does finally SMELL like fall. Like crunchy leaves and the best scents nature has to offer. Too often lately it's been crazy windy and then when it calms down..we get the stench of manure from nearby farms. "Good Things"! One day I had the windows open and closed them due to "that smell is bumming me out, Brad!"
Fall in MN. Image via panoramio.com.
We've had a less than stellar two weeks here. While Brad is recovering from hip surgery, I must admit that pretty much anything that CAN go wrong HAS gone wrong. Our kitchen faucet blew up and so we needed a new one as I need to use that sink daily. My plan was to try and switch it out myself, but I don't have man paws strong enough to loosen and tighten everything so Brad ended up helping and then doing. Not a good position physically for someone to be in after hip surgery.
Then our downstairs toilet flooded twice. Take a pee, flush the toilet..it floods. We spent one whole day dealing with that and let's just say..leaves you feeling uninspired. Me: "Brad, should we just call a plumber?" Brad: "NO!" So again, another thing he fixed that someone two weeks post op shouldn't be fixing. Our gazebo top was torn apart by the crazy winds here last week. The garage door stopped opening and shutting for a time. I could have just applied common sense to that one, but instead just started yelling "Of COURSE it stopped working! Why would anything work around here?"
Image via Wikipedia. Can we teach our dogs to do this?!
Both dogs got sick. I don't know what they're getting into but one gets ill and gives it to the other. First Curtis the puppy and then Daisy. So I had a few nights of little to no sleep and diarrhea pick up and then dog vomit. Good times!! Is this what parenting is like?! Then..Brad got ill. Some sort of flu or something. I don't know if the dogs are to blame. Can you get sick from dogs? I don't think we can get them sick as their body temps run higher..but clearly I'm no medical expert and I have learned to stay off of WebMD as it makes me paranoid and prone to yelling "I'm dying!"
Our cute nephew Emerson (fishing in summertime, below) made Brad some very sweet, thoughtful and COOL homemade and handmade/store bought gifts to cheer him up. The next day he sent me a message saying "I made those for you two because I love you." He is nine (and a half! Big deal at this age!) and so kind!
Gift Number One. He told his Mom "Because Uncle Brad likes coffee." Even though I didn't have any surgery, I got a mention and a stick drawing on the cup, too!
He also bought me this Solar outdoor light because "you love butterflies and it's got yellow in it, your favorite color."
Our neighbors brought us dinner one night and homemade cookies that tasted like they had love and goodness in them. Thank god for kind and thoughtful people. It couldn't have happened on a better day as I had no dinner planned, our week was hellish AND as Gretchen gave me the food, I almost cried. But I didn't want to scare her! The lesson: Do something nice. It is generally very appreciated!
Our nephew Andrew (on the right below and pictured with Emerson) also made Brad a huge chinese star out of paper. He said he learned how to do it by watching it on YouTube. He also said in the cutest voice: "I am sorry but I was eating and accidentally got some cheddar cheese on it." I LOL and told him what providence is and that his item now is probably worth MORE with the cheese stain than without!
This drawer of Brad's just makes me laugh! He's got all kinds of treats in there and I was impressed by how organized he is with candy and his Sunday football stash of chips.
I'm off to either run a few errands OR eat a slice of carrot cake and then MAYBE even a little Debbie nutty bar...the world is my oyster. I'm just not sure.
Have a great weekend and please send magically good vibes our way! Thank YOU!