Mother's Day is a working day here on the farm... like all days. But today the kids sure made it special. On Sundays Andy and I go in different directions to different markets. We split the kids to help keep things more manageable. Today I took Hannah and Alex. Alex started my day off by sweet talking a flower vendor to give him a peony... TWICE! Later in the day Hannah helped herself to a little cash, excused herself to go to potty but returned with a cupcake for me. Resourceful kids! Andy had Michael and Jamie and when they returned home they walked in the door beaming, hands full of treasures. Jamie brought a handmade soap and lotion, and Michael had natural bug repellent and soap for Mom. Apparently they had fun trading cheese for gifts for Mom today. So sweet! Ashley surprised me this week with a delivery of Shari's Berries... chocolate covered strawberries. It came with a sweet note telling me it was OK to indulge myself a little. Indulgent indeed!
The bug repellent is super thoughtful and I reckon a bit needed given the fun fact that I was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease thanks to a generous customer/health practitioner friend. I had a tick bite that wouldn't heal and a month later was still on my back. I had not suspected Lyme because I never developed the trademark bulls-eye rash. Little did I realize that a good 30% of people never develop this sign. Besides my non-healing bite I had been very tired lately but just thought I was just that... tired. I waited over a week to fill the prescription but began to be so lethargic I could barely stay awake to make a ten minute drive into town. Finding it hard to keep my eyes open and waking up more tired each morning than I went to bed was letting me know I needed to consider the antibiotic. I searched and searched for a more natural alternative but even the natural sites say with an early diagnosis the best treatment is the antibiotics. Not an idea I relished... but I am thankful I did. Today I started off just exhausted but somewhere around lunchtime I noticed my skin felt hot but I realized I had a bit of energy. I am still tired... but nothing like I have been. Apparently this antibiotic makes you more sensitive to sun. I stood under a canopy all day but I feel like I have a sunburn.. how weird. Guess I need to go buy a big floppy hat for market. I will be taking this medication for 60 days. But, given how I have felt for the past month... I'll gladly take the pills and wear the hat if I can feel human again. This evening I am feeling good enough to head outside! Hopefully I am turning the corner. <<Thanks Ann!>> Too much to do to be sick!
Funny note: the girls were reading what I was typing and when Michael heard I was going outside he just brought me the 'Bugz Off!' he gave me today and said " Makes tick go off Mom!. SO SWEET!
It's nice to be loved. I sit here tonight full of appreciation for this little family I have been blessed with.
Boy... have we been busy! Construction is nearing completion and we should be applying for our Grade A license soon! :-) The washable walls are up in the milking parlor, almost half of the milk room now has washable walls too.
I thought it might be fun to share with you a before picture. I just found this on Andy's disk..... and even I was surprised at how far we have come. This is a picture of the milking barn before we started construction.
We have been blessed to have the help and support of good friends. Speaking of support..... whoa!
We have even put the kids to work! Here is a shot of Jamie helping Javier mud the ceiling in the milk room.
Not to be outdone Alexander set out to help with the driveway for customers to pull close to the store.
My Mom was here for the past week. She set her self to the task of decorating the farm store as well as the house!! I think the store looks great with the additions of a rug, pictures, and counter top. Thanks Mom!
New chicks arrived in July. They are growing nicely and hopefully next week we can get them out in pasture.
The heat this week has been unbearable! The cows have been seeking shelter in the trees. This is a shot of Blossom.. right before she birthed our new heifer calf " Clover".
Hopefully by my September update we will be all done with construction, the weather will be a bit cooler and life will settle down a bit. But for now... I am off to help Andy milk those gorgeous cows!
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