Wednesday, July 23, 2008


We taught Mya to carry a bucket, so that she could use some of her energy helping out. She carries lots of stuff in it, but you have to be careful when you give it to her to take down the stairs. If she carries it by the bucket lip, instead of the handle, she can't see, which is funny, but not very safe. :) Mostly she carries dirty socks. She'll either carry them by the tops, all the way to the hamper, or she'll carry them in her bucket. One day I was moving some stuff upstairs and had forgotten some small pieces, so I had mom and dad send Mya up with her bucket - worked beauty! Until she tried to go downstairs with the empty bucket over her head, before I could catch her. But at least she wasn't injured! :) The only thing that doesn't work in the bucket is magazines, they tip it too far sideways, and then they fall out.

Here's the goofy cat stuck between the screen door and the glass door. He wanted out, and when I wouldn't let him, he got mad, and wouldn't get out of the doorway, so I just left him there for a minute.
Our corn!!

Here's our corn - it was so good and sweet!

We really have had a slow summer this year, not that we're going slowly, but that summer is slow to get here. We've only had to mow the lawn 3 times this summer - its just not growing because its too cold. So, its been a really good thing that Justin built the greenhouse this spring. We actually grew corn! Everyone we talked to said that corn can't be grown in the greenhouse, but so far so good. I don't think we're going to get a bumper crop, but we've gotten at least 1 ear, which is pretty cool! Mom wrote on Ben and Denae's blog a couple months ago that she wanted to move to someplace where she could grow corn. So this spring Justin planted corn, and we studied up on how to fertilize and pollinate it. And it worked! So now mom's in trouble, since we can grow corn here. :)

Other than that, Justin and I have been sick for about 3 weeks now. He went to the doctor about 2 weeks ago, and got some antibiotics, but I was taking some that our friends brought from Mexico (just amoxicilin, nothing weird!). But everytime I finished a course of the pills I would get instantly sick again. So yesterday I went to the doctor, and she asked how many amoxicilin I had taken, and I told her, and she looked at the bottle, and said, well if that didn't cure it, we'll have to go to something stronger. So she put me on Keflex, which I guess is pretty heavy duty. And I have to take them ever 6 hours for the next 10 days. She actually visibly recoiled when she looked at my tonsils, which really was the only funny thing about the appointment. So now I'm just trying to get better. They think we had some sort of strep, but not the kind they find when they swab your throat, but some other kind. She tested me for mono and came up negative, same when they tested Justin, so they think its just a bad case of "atypical strep" with sinus infections. Whatever it is, I am ready for it to GO! Its been about a month now, and I'm sick of being sick! I have too much to do to be sick like this. I still haven't taken pictures of the 1100 lbs. of food storage that has taken over my living room, or the 24 buckets we got to store it in that need washed and filled, or the piles of other stuff that need done before winter gets here (i.e. empty the food storage room, build new shelves, re-organize all the food storage, put it all back, split like 25 cords of wood and stack it, or the window that needs installed, or the door that needs fixed, or on and on and on...) I guess I just have to be patient and hope I get better soon....


The Rhiens said...

Sorry to hear that you have been under the weather for so long. Ugh! Hope the new antibiotics help!

The corn is very is the bucket toting dog. :)

Love, Earlene

Ben said...

I really like the bucket trick! Too bad my dog is not big enough to carry one.

We did a garden for the first time ever this year. We have a couple tomato plants, some sort of squash/pumpkin and some basil. We haven't been able to pick anything yet except some basil.
Oh and your mom would like to know that Denae's mom grew corn this year, but it has no corn on it. So I guess you can't grow corn here either!!

Anonymous said...

Hang in there & feel better soon Alicia. I want to try some of that good corn. Corn is the best & I'm very impressed with Justin's gardening & son in lawing skills. Very, very nice.
We haven't had to mow our lawn more than 3 times this summer either, but not because it's too cold. It's too freaking hot!!! Nothing's growing. And since we're the trashy neighbors anyway, we probably wouldn't mow it even if it did grow.

Brian & Charlotte Carper said...

Well, I hope you get to feeling better soon. I think you guys should take Vitamin B and Vitamin C and Calcium, magnesium, Zinc tablets. And Vitamin A. Also, we need to find someone else who is going to Mexico to get some more Amoxicillin - oh and we should pay the nice people who went last time and got it for us. It's hard to find a good drug "mule" if you don't pay them....

I still think the dog needs to learn how to carry the whole laundry basket, and also maybe she could learn to run the washer and dryer and bring the clean clothes back upstairs. Let's speed up her training. K? Love, MOM