First there was yesterday. My husband ran the snow blower and then attempted to go into Anchorage with his brother to help a friend out, but the weather was so awful they turned around finally and barely made it back to the Valley without getting stuck. So, he was gone during the time when I had hoped he'd be able to entertain the son so I could make towels.
Then last night, my son kept walking by me and I'd smell something fruity. It kept nagging at me as the smell seemed familiar, but I thought maybe he'd just gotten into some of my daughter's body mist again and spritzed his blanket by mistake.
Finally the brain kicked in and I realized where I knew the smell from. The kid's shampoo. Went into his room and sure enough he had wanted the squeeze bottle from the shampoo and had emptied out the last 1/4 bottle onto his carpet in different locations. What I was smelling was probably the shampoo on his feet and the smell wafting from his room.
So, out came the cleaning equipment, including the carpet shampooer, while my husband gave the son a bath so the soap didn't burn him being left on him too long. Once I got done running my "I hate to run on carpet even though I'm a CARPET shampooer" carpet cleaning machine for an hour...my arms were totally shot. An hour running the carpet shampooer with normal arms would always leave me feeling like I got a workout. This time I knew I was barely going to be able to move my arms by morning. And hey, guess what? I was right!
On top of everything my son refused to sleep at all last night and my daughter ended up with her stomach cycling yesterday and was still dealing with the after effects today, so both kids were home from school today (eczema flare due to shampoo incident on the son's part combined with not sleeping last night). It was a long Sunday. Topped off with my husband saying at dinner that he needed to get a tooth pulled today (the future extraction that we knew was coming) as it was starting to hurt in a familiar way.
So, he ended up at the dentist today and got his tooth pulled and then had his truck die on the way home at the gas station. Luckily, he was able to search the internet for a solution to the problem and found that in a lot of cases it had to do with the programming on the key for the truck (it would turn over, but it wouldn't stay running), so he tried it while waiting for his brother to come and tow him home and it worked.
So, yeah, it's been a trip the last few days. Luckily, once I knew my husband was going in to get his tooth pulled, I quickly redid my menu plan, pulled out a pot roast and threw it into the crock pot early so it would be falling apart by dinner time and pulled out the last of the russet potatoes for baked potatoes tonight (I figure if nothing else he'll be up to chewing that and some canned peaches, so he'll get something to eat. We'll have some pudding for dessert). Thank goodness for technology that I can do things like that without worrying about having to use my arms too much. Blessing for sure!
So, anyway, due to all of this, the towels got bumped till tomorrow in favor of sitting with a heating pad on and popping Ibuprofen while taking care of a kid with flared eczema due to the shampoo bit and a daughter who is still sore and weak feeling after yesterday.
BUT! I did get some things done this week! So, yay for that!
I did get the handkerchiefs made Saturday (seen up top). I actually found I had a bunch of handkerchiefs already cut out and ready to sew (had been washed too boot) as I've been slowly, when I have fabric scraps of the right types of fabric that will work for handkerchiefs I've been cutting them out after washing the fabric and just setting them in the pile to sew later. So, that saved time. I ended up with a couple of different sizes, which I really don't care if some are smaller or a bit larger than the store bought handkerchiefs you can buy. Let's face it, they're handkerchiefs! Who cares if the size is a bit off. You're going to use it as a tissue!
I also mended my daughter's teddy bear (photo didn't come out on that one, so I'll have to show that photo later :). I used some off white fleece that I had and just cut out rectangles that would fit over the hands with some room to spare (to fold over the fabric to give a nice clean edge) and then I just followed the edge of the hand with the fabric, sewing as I went. I did both hands so they'd match, for one, and because my daughter had started to pluck the teddy bear's other hand, for two.
I got a good portion of my Amazon order in and found room for it all, but I'm still waiting on tuna salad and Hershey's Chocolate chips (not to mention my memory foam pad and the laundry system I ordered) and Amazon supposedly shipped them via USPS like Saturday and they're set to be here Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. I've never known USPS to move that quickly up here, but I guess we'll see if someone at Amazon screwed things up again with the shipping or not *sigh*.
I got a path shoveled on the deck, just in time for the temperatures to tank big time and then it snowed again, so I have to shovel off the deck at some point just for the sake of my husband being able to get to the garbage for dump day...or build a snow fort out there, which actually sounds more fun *laugh*. I doubt it's happening within the next few days, though, as I'm pretty crippled up at the moment.
So, onto this week's goals!
- Work on comforters (didn't get to that last week, unfortunately)
- Sew kitchen towels
- Sketch embroidery onto pillow cases
- Darn some socks
- Shovel path across deck, again, at least, and preferably start to get some of the rest of the deck shoveled off.
- Redo menu plan for the next few days to make sure soft foods are on the menu for the sake of the husband's mouth. Finalize and post.
- Get right arm to start moving again (please, oh please) without a lot of pain.
- Get caught up on housework. Between the son having some issues one morning with not letting me know he needed toilet maintenance done (there that sounds less gross) and a sick cat Saturday, a lot of bedding ended up getting stacked in the laundry room. As a result, I'm a bit behind on laundry...not terrible, but once the kids are in school tomorrow that is definitely a priority.
- Start weeding through things in master bedroom closet.
- Go through unfinished knitting projects and rip apart any that don't need to be finished to save the yarn for something else (like the baby blanket I started to knit ages ago for some birth in the family and ended up making and giving something else for...now everyone in the family has at least two kids, I'm not worrying about baby shower gifts anymore :).
- Talk to friends who own chickens and see where a good source to get some nice, hearty, cold weather breeds would be so I can get a bead on how much some chickens might cost come Spring (I hope anyway).