First thing that happened was my daughter's stomach decided it was going to start cycling starting Friday night so we were battling her stomach all weekend. I kept her home today just to recover a bit before she had to go back to school as she was pretty wiped out after the entire thing, poor little thing.
Then there were multiple things going on in the area. For one the state was (and is on and off still) getting hammered with high winds from the typhoon hitting California this weekend, so we were dealing with 50 mph gusts (or higher). Then a fire started a few towns over and started burning through the underbrush like mad. They know it's human caused at this point, probably due to some moron deciding to burn a burn pile in high winds (and believe it or not they've had to yell at a few other people since the winds started to NOT do that...really???) and is up to 300 acres burning. The poor fire fighters are having a heck of a time containing the fire with the freezing temperatures, dry conditions and high winds. Luckily it started in a pretty uninhabited area, although the way it is spreading that might change. The results for us, thus far, is that we were getting smoke from the fire traveling on the wind all weekend.
Between the things burning and traveling in the smoke and just general allergens blowing around my son's eczema didn't so much flare as explode. The poor kid is now head to toe eczema again and itchy miserable, so he's home today too so I can keep giving him medicine right on time and hopefully kill the reaction enough that he can go back to school tomorrow.
Then we ended up, unexpectedly, chicken sitting (seen up top). My friend is trying to sign on a house and is going through all the hoops to do so, but it is going slower than she thought. She bought some chickens from a friend and had them sitting in her friend's coop until she signed, but her friend suddenly decided that my friend needed to come and get her chickens. In the middle of high winds and everything. My friend texted me in a panic and asked if she could house her chickens in our rabbit hutch/pen we'd been given until she signed on the house (hopefully in a few weeks). I told her sure (see, not being able to afford a rabbit yet worked out), which resulted in my husband, my friend and I moving the rabbit hutch into our barn (bless my husband as he had to cut wood slats and cut away some pieces of the bar to fit the hutch into it and things) to help protect the chickens from the wind and then my friend and I spread straw and set up the feeder and everything. So, anyway, I'm watching chickens for a bit. Luckily they are a cold weather hardy breed, so they seem to not mind the cold much at all and seem to be adapting to their new surroundings rather well. Since the hens are layers if they get comfortable enough I'm hoping they'll lay a few eggs for me before they leave as any eggs they lay are mine as a thank you for watching over the little feathered friends.
We went to Value Village over the weekend, which I took a side course and got the yeast I've been needing from the European Market (they are located in the same mall). At Value Village I had some good fortune by finding a mermaid costume for my daughter. It is a Barbie mermaid costume, but for 5.00 I wasn't going to be too picky and she was happy with it. I have been worried that I wasn't going to be able to find time to get her costume done with the way things have been happening lately, so I was thrilled to take that off of my "I need to get this done NOW" list.
The gift itself cost me .25 for the panel at a yard sale a few years ago. I used some left over all natural cotton batting I had left from making my daughter a quilt a few years ago, so the only thing that cost me money was the panel itself. Not too shabby really.
Oh and I did find room for my Amazon.com order and managed to get the food storage out of the den.
So, yeah, the weekend went by too fast and was super busy *laugh*. I have to say my arm hurts after doing all of that, but I was really expecting to be crippled for a few days after everything we got done and overall at least I can still move it okay.
So, onto this week's goals!
- CLEAN THE HOUSE! My son has destroyed it over the last three days as we were busy doing other things.
- Move dressers around into closets and things.
- Scrub walls and other surfaces as I go.
- Work on Christmas Gifts
- Mend daughter's spare winter coat
- Mend daughter's pants
- Sew slip covers for love seat and couch cushions (I'm waiting on tacks to repair the back and arms, so I figure I can at least get the cushions done).
- Keep on top of sleep center about bill and see how that will resolve.
- Felt wool for Christmas gift projects.
- Keep chickens alive and happy (I always get nervous about watching over other people's things).
- Finish last few days on menu plan for the week.