Hi there! I’m your friendly neighborhood blogger, around since the dark ages of the internet, prone to large and unexplained breaks. Remember me? I go through blogging seasons…I’m sure you understand. But I’m always back, aren’t I?
Take a gander at that photo up there. That’s my “dining room table,” in quotes because, obviously, no dining is going on right now. Right behind it is the kids’ table, also more of a shelf than a table currently. My dishwasher leaked last Thursday, and my kitchen is torn apart and covered with dust and plastic, and in response, my already-stuffed-to-the-gills too-small kitchen vomited all over the rest of my house, so as to prepare for purging and drying, so that picture above is only a small glimpse into my life right now. (Whew.)
But, we trudge on. We are still waiting on the insurance adjuster to come back with some numbers, but I am not optimistic. We have done some creative cooking and cleaning (mainly involving slow cookers, toaster ovens, and bathtub dishwashing), some accepting of tasty treats from friends, and more than our usual share of eating out. Now that the big industrial-strength fans and dehumidifiers are turned off, I can get back in and scrub things clean. Then I can cook – on an ugly subfloor, mind you, with holes in it, and no dishwasher, and a missing cabinet – and it will be so nice to cook again. It hasn’t even been a week and I’m already tired of this. A planned kitchen remodel is one thing – you get a new kitchen in the end, and you planned to be creative with your meals! – but surprise disaster that doesn’t result in anything cool like a new kitchen is a bit of a drag.
Better things: I am 26 weeks pregnant and doing great. Here, let me show you a picture of me (all the way on the right) a week and a half ago, with four friends (three of whom are also pregnant!):
Aren’t we cute? That was our Bible study reunion. That group of 5 – 7 couples has grown to over a couple dozen people, including the 18 children present at our reunion. Great fun!
The pregnancy is going pretty well. I just re-connected with my homebirth midwife, and we’re all set to go. She’s lovely, and has attended two of my prior births (#2 and #4, though she missed the actual speedy birth of #2!). The big three kids are all very excited for this little boy to arrive, but little Cal (2) has no idea what is about to happen. His life will change, big time, and he’s the first toddler we’ve had that really concerns me, in terms of the transition from baby to sibling. He’s truly our baby, and has the personality to go with it. Maybe it’s that bleach blond hair and blue eyes – are Swedish babies quite temperamental?
Baby Five has no name yet and may not for quite a while. Boy names are hard, and always have been, such that our two current boys are lucky to have names at all. This most improbable of boys (I have two sisters, J has three, and neither of us has any brothers) might just be called Five for a while. Or for good; who knows?
We are gearing up for seed starting and chick hatching. Or, we were, until the kitchen exploded. I can’t wait to spend more time outdoors, because this house is depressing me a little right now!