It has been a busy little while. Gilbert had ear tube and adenoid surgery on the 12th. The following week, Lily got sick with what we found out a week and a half later was Lyme's disease. It was a week and a half full of a sick, sad Lily, several trips to the doctor, blood tests, and a lot of potential diagnoses zinging around my head. The doctor actually ordered a test to rule out leukemia--"I have to think in worst case scenarios." So the dramatic diagnoses were not all in my imagination. It was a relief to have a positive Lymes test. She is on a three week course of antibiotics and is back to being her perky, happy self, so life is good. We will have to keep an eye on her for any recurrence of symptoms in the next few months, but hopefully, it will be all taken care of.
And then, we have been busy with all the normal parts of life. School, errands, check ups, housework, re-ordering our house (we moved Orianna and Lily to a different room, so lots of reorganization and furniture moving), and switching from summer clothes to our fall/winter wardrobe. I read a blog, recommended by a Jolene on minimal wardrobes, which inspired me to get rid of a lot of our clothes. A pair and a spare is our new motto. Okay, I just totally made that up. We still have a closet full of clothes. But it felt like I got rid of most of our clothes. It felt good actually! And it still feels good. But sort of weird. I am used to options. In the dozens. And now I just stand there and choose between a handful of outfits.
So that is our month, in a nutshell. And here are some pictures of a walk we took in the middle of it.
My Elsie bean. Being cool in her spider boots (a favorite) and hat. Carrying her baby.
Checking out the new hole in the side of the barn, where Uncle Owen is making a door to put round bales through.
Electric fence maneuverings.
This was in the midst of Lily's week of feeling sick, so she wasn't terribly enthusiastic.
Lily and her pink penguin
Asters and goldenrod
Gilbert, giving Elsie's baby a piggyback ride
Lily and her giant stick
Gilbert, laying down for a rest. He thought it was hilarious.
Sun struck kids
That Saturday, I filled my van to the tippy top and headed to the Thrift store to donate it all. It was a beautiful drive, even if it was cloudy.