A little vacation (sort of…not really)

This morning I was in the midst of making a berry crisp (the kind with almond flour, coconut oil and chia seeds–nothing exciting!) when Jonny grabbed me and hugged me mid stir. I jokingly fussed a little at being interrupted, wondering why he couldn’t hug me while I’m not in the middle of something. He explained that I’m always in the middle of something, and he’s right! There’s always so much happening from small things like the girls wanting me to come see their fairy houses, to big things like out of town doctor’s appointments. Right now I wish I could drop all my responsibilities and just work outside because it seems like spring is really here!

Silas had an appointment at VCU in Richmond last week to see a pediatric infectious disease specialist about last year’s Lyme disease diagnosis. While he was treated by his pediatrician (appropriately) she has since moved away, and friends in the medical field recommended that I follow up with a specialist because his initial test results indicated a longterm infection. Silas seems physically healthy since being treated, but we have some concerns that I want to investigate, just to be totally sure we’ve done everything we need to for him. Every time I visit VCU with a child, I am struck by how amazing everyone there is, from the people who check you in, to the security guards on the way out. All smiles, and the nurses and doctors I’ve seen are so friendly and really take their time with us. I just love it. Anyway, we’ll have some bloodwork results in a week or so, and then maybe I can rest easy.

While Silas and I were at his appointments, Jonny took Larkspur, Beatrix, Job, and Mabel (I know, brave man!) to nearby Maymont. The plan was that after Silas’ appointment, he would come and get us and then we would go back to Maymont. When my older children were little, we used to visit all the time. It makes me sad that trips like that are so much harder to make these days. Jonny and I both agreed that we want to try harder to do these things again with our young crew. By the time Silas and I made it to Maymont, the nature center was about a half hour from closing. That still gave him plenty of time to see the exhibits, and we mainly we wanted to walk the grounds, anyway. We didn’t realize that grounds closed at 5 p.m. also. You can see Silas’ face in the photo above as we were leaving. He wasn’t pleased. We definitely have to go back now!

It’s funny how just a day spent out of town, mainly at a big medical facility, can feel a little like a vacation. I told Jonny that I felt so weird as we were driving home…I couldn’t explain it. I think I said something like, “Richmond feels so much like… Richmond and so different than home!” He responded with, “Ya think?” Yeah. So if you ever want a little mini vacation…I don’t know what this says about my life. I guess I just really enjoy not needing to remember to move laundry for a few hours!

Out in the Cold

We had the funniest weather today. One moment the sun would be shining while snow fell, the next it would be dark and blowing, followed by more sun. There wasn’t enough snow to accumulate, but it was pretty to watch. I went outside to see what the goats were up to, and discovered that Agnes and Greta were hanging out in what used to be our wether goat house, while poor Tilly huddled outside under the roof overhang. The boys were in the larger barn where the girls used to hang out. We have some funny dynamics going on since combining our girls with our wether goats. It seems that Agnes sometimes likes the larger barn, and sometimes the smaller shelter. Everyone else has to deal with it because Agnes is the boss. And, while Greta does seem to finally be softening towards her daughter just a little bit, (10 months after her birth), Agnes is always mean to her, and I know she was the reason Tilly wasn’t allowed to cuddle into the little shelter with them. Larkspur came outside and got everyone out and about and eventually into their proper houses so that Tilly wouldn’t have to be so pitiful.

I just checked the 10 day forecast, and it will be back into the 60 and 70s this weekend. Such a crazy winter we are having!

p.s. Sue Dow will be here giving away one of her Lenten runners this weekend, so be sure and check in!