Thursday, February 18, 2016

Getting through














When last I blogged, I was feeling my oats, having rested and relaxed for several days. Little did I know that by the very same evening, I'd be neck-deep again. Both small Bears were getting sick and the Bear was about to leave for the rest of the week for a business trip. The three of us have been home alone together all week. They have fevers and bad coughs and general miserableness. They're sharing a camp cot, brought in from the garage and set up in the family room, one at each end. They love to use the camp cot when they're sick. It's handy, actually; I know they're getting better when they start fighting over space on the cot.

I can't sit still when people are sick. I baked Magic Bars yesterday. I've been crocheting at an alarming clip (I got a weird second wind when I realized I was going to be trapped at home; Hensfoot is now within inches of being finished). I even did some more stitching on my kitchen sampler. Oh, and let's not forget the six loads of laundry, the bathroom-cleaning, the vacuuming and the patio-sweeping. I managed to finish a library book. I'm not sleeping much, what with all the coughing from their rooms down the hall, but hey, the house is spotless.

You should have seen me in the hospital with the LB last summer. He slept a lot (was often quite drugged, actually), so I had lots of time to putter around the room. I had my own bed, which I made to Army-like standards. I cleared the LB's bed table every couple of hours, removing opened saltine packets and straw wrappers, wiping up spills and organizing his books and games. Plus, I had real jobs to do, assigned by the nurses - round-the-clock catheter-draining, incision-checking, symptom-spotting, time-keeping. I barely sat down while we were there. I was exhausted, but as usual, keeping busy got me through. I would have felt like a caged tiger otherwise.

Now, we push through. They probably won't be back to school tomorrow, but the Bear will be home sometime in the afternoon and I will try to get out of the house for a bit once he has arrived. I'd like to do a few errands, and I wouldn't mind a walk. I've been getting out to the backyard every day, at least. It's beautiful outside right now! Unbelievably, somewhat eerily beautiful. The trees are budding and the tulips are pushing up. I'm hoping to plant some wildflower seeds in a few weeks. I don't think it's quite time yet. These warm days are really deceptive - it still gets quite cold at night (we're having close to 40-degree spreads between highs and lows right now), and I'm sure there will be cool days to come as well, maybe even snow.

Inside, I've been marveling at my amaryllis bulb, which has sent up a new shoot. I'd read about preserving amaryllis bulbs for future growth, and was skeptical, but decided to try it. I pruned the old leaves and left the bulb in its pot on the buffet in the dining room, where it gets decent light most of the day. About a week ago, I noticed that it's growing again! I really hope I can keep it going through another bloom.

I'm also enjoying the GB's fixed-up bedroom, certainly more than she is at the moment. I did some small things in there over the weekend, just to spruce it up a bit. We hadn't done anything in there since she turned three, when she left her crib. She had toddler-ish bedding, pictures and decorations, featuring owls, hedgehogs and birds. It was cute, but too young for her (and the bedding was wearing out). I bought some things on a visit to IKEA in Phoenix last winter, a duvet and cover set, and a cushion and cover, which she's using now. I also changed the pictures, to botanical prints from Gnosis Picture Archive, an Etsy shop. These small changes made a big difference, I think, and her Flowers in the Snow blanket looks very ladylike with her new bedding.

I'm far behind on blogs, and my Bloglovin' feed has been loading sporadically lately anyway, so I hope all is well in your corners of the world. I'm thinking about taking a book out to the patio for a little while before preparing a lunch of Lipton noodle soup and jelly crackers. They can knock on a window if they need me.

Take care and enjoy your weekend, friends.

38 comments:

  1. It certainly sounds like you made the most of being stuck at home. Sorry to hear the kids are sick but at least they did it at the same time. Ha! Sometimes these things can drag on for a long time when everyone keeps passing it around from one to another. So hopefully their cot sleeping days will be over soon and everything will be back to normal. :) Our weather has been awesome. I sure wish it could stay just like this. 80 during the day and 60 at night. Definitely trying to get out as much as I can because sooner than later it will be too hot to do much of anything. Take care, Tammy

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  2. All those beautiful pictures... I wasn't expecting this post. I hope everyone feels better soon. We have been neck-deep in sickness here as well. Never fun. Sending you healing vibes. xo

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  3. That sounds like us a couple weeks ago! Hope it passes quickly and you stay well.

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  4. Aw! I'm so sorry that the little bears have been unwell. Coughing is hard on everyone. Wow! You did go into hyper speed mode! Well done, Jennifer!

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  5. Fantastic post and beautiful photos of your corner of the world. I love reading about how you spend your days and think you have a great gift for kicking back and enjoying the present, You are a very contented soul and it shines through your writing like a bright star.

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  6. love reading your posts. so sorry for the sickness. so much of how life is - one moment rested, peaceful and the next, rushing around helping one's family. hope they are all well real soon and that you will have the strength and peace you need! will light a candle here. (ps: beautiful things you have made and love the update on that dear room!)

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  7. Sorry to hear your children have both been unwell...but what a lovely domestic post this was to read, Jennifer. I can so identify with your tidying and cleaning at times like this...and your description of when you stayed with your son in hospital too. There is a calming therapy to keeping busy and the plus side is the order and cleanliness it brings. Wishing you all a happy weekend ahead.
    Helen xox

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  8. A speedy recovery all round and hoping you don't come down with it next! It truly is looking lovely there.. Spring has sprung.

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  9. I hope everyone feels a lot better soon, Jennifer. :o)

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  10. Oh no, I'm sorry your babies are sick. It does strike me though that you're an excellent person to have around when people are ill. I'm just getting over a nasty virus. I'll send for you next time. ;-)

    Seriously though, take care. Xx

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  11. You do write so well about the domestic rhythms of life, Jennifer. I'm sorry to hear your children are poorly and hope everyone is better in time to enjoy the weekend. Is that the female roadrunner in the first pic? How's she doing? Take care. Sam x

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  12. So sorry your little bears have been ill, I do hope they're all better soon. I know what you mean about Bloglovin. I just chased up a blog post I wrote for someone as I hadn't seen it in my feed, but lo and behold it just appeared and they published it yesterday. Oops! Hope you manage to get out for a walk soon. CJ xx

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  13. Hope the little bears are better very soon. You seem to have made the most of being stuck at home and I can't wait to see your finished Hensfoot blanket. I love the blue skies in your photos - I hope you can get out and enjoy them tomorrow. xx

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  14. Hope the little bears are better very soon. You seem to have made the most of being stuck at home and I can't wait to see your finished Hensfoot blanket. I love the blue skies in your photos - I hope you can get out and enjoy them tomorrow. xx

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  15. I am so sorry your kiddos are sick again. You guys have had a rough winter. I'm sure kids spread viruses around like crazy in school. Hope you are able to escape the house once your hubby gets home! You are so lucky that you're already seeing signs of spring-like weather. We still have snow on the ground. :-( Love the botanical prints on your daughter's wall. Hope you have a good weekend - stay well!

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  16. How your kids are on the mend now, I'm betting that all of you are having cabin fever. Great to get some much done, but tiring being on-duty all the time.

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  17. Oh dear. Your poor Littles. I hope everyone is 100% by the end of the weekend. We fought this for nearly 2 weeks here. One son one week, the other two kids the next. I guess it is that time of year. Hopefully with the arrival of spring, the Sicky Fairy will move on permanently! Good use of your home time , Mommy! You've been quite busy!

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  18. Sending healing vibes. Feel better soon kiddos.

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  19. That bug is all over the country! I hope the bears are back to good health soon. I really enjoyed the photos today. :)

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  20. I'm so sorry the LB and GB have been sick. AND here's hoping you don't succumb. I can't believe how much you accomplish when they're sick. The bedroom looks perfect for a young lady. Love everything you've done. Hensfoot is looking great too. You are an amazing woman Jennifer! You deserve a break as soon as Daddy returns. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  21. Oh Jennifer may you all be in the happy land of good health this week ☺ Rough times but hey ain't it great we kick in with baking and cleaning....sending all good vibes way over to you all ☺☺

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  22. Sorry to hear you are all unwell, hope you all feel better soon hugs xx

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  23. Sorry to hear your children haven't been well. You have achieved a lot even though you have had your two little patients to see to. Hope everyone is well very soon X

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  24. Hope they're both better soon. My lot are full of colds too, even Daniel whose 21st birthday it is today, not sure he'll feel like celebrating much but we're heading over to York to see him anyway. The GB's bedroom is really lovely, the bedding is beautiful, very grown up.

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  25. Oh Jen what a miserable week, I was like that over Christmas day, that is how I managed to make a new years res of making a bra - that is how bored I was watching people be ill. Plough on lady. Jo x

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  26. So sorry to hear of the kid's illness. It's so upsetting to have the kids sick. You sure have got a lot accomplished, though! Hope the weekend is better. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  27. Hey Jennifer,
    Oh dear, so sorry to hear about the little ones. I pace when I'm kept indoors for whatever reason. Your children sound very stoic with their bugs. Mine get quite needy and demanding. Actually not Sam, but Olly especially. But a spotless home...every cloud :-) I can't wait to sit outside with a book. Your little girls too looks lovely. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery for everyone.

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  28. It sounds like the virus that four of us had here. I am finally back out and about but not back to swimming yet. I admire your mothering, Jennifer, and how you bless your Bears...but I can imagine you have 'cabin fever.' At least you have been out in your yard a bit and hopefully will have a good outing once the Bear is home. I enjoyed your getting through progress report photos and narrative. Thanks for posting! xx

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  29. I love what you've done for GB's bedroom. Feminine without being girly. It's really nice.
    I hope everyone is feeling better!

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  30. There has been some nasty bugs around here too. I do hope everything is getting back to normal now. I love your blankets, I am looking at the clam shell one on Cherry Heart's blog to use up some of my stash. Have a wonderful weekend x

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  31. Sorry the children have been ill, I hope things are soon back to normal and you can rest a bit after all that cleaning!! When I was a girl we always put 2 arm chairs together to lay in when we were ill 😊

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  32. Sorry the children have been ill, I hope things are soon back to normal and you can rest a bit after all that cleaning!! When I was a girl we always put 2 arm chairs together to lay in when we were ill 😊

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  33. B Less your heart, it isn't easy being home with two sick little ones. They do require a lot of attention and you have to be near, which can be a little stifling. I am like you, I get loads done when I am stuck at home with a sick little one. Hope everyone is feeling better by now and that you were able to get out for a walk.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  34. I am sorry to hear that you have had sickness in your house. I do hope that they are improving and feeling better now and that you got your time outside ;).

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  35. That is us at the moment all full of colds, so i don't feel like doing much apart from knitting, hope you are all better soon

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  36. I hope everyone is feeling better xxx

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  37. I'm late catching up with blogs too, so hoping your little ones are feeling better by now. I remember well the caged tigress feeling when small people are poorly. But it sounds like you've made pretty good use of the time :o) Hope you got out for your walk x

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  38. Sorry the little Bears haven't been well. It sounds very like the bug I picked up on my trip which really knocked me for six. It's the reason I'm so behind with my blog reading. I do hope they are better now.

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