The entire time they were here visiting I was battling with fevers, chills, GI troubles, and a bad cough. I tried to be a good hostess and show some hospitality, but I was so sick and barely able to function. We did have some great fellowship despite my reclusiveness at times. One evening the Hugh family made us supper. They made a lovely taco salad bar. Wow, that was so nice. To top it all off, they made ice cream sundays. What a blessing. It truly was fun to get to know the Hugh family.
I finally went to the doctor after 3 weeks of sickness and fevers. The doctor said I had bronchitis pretty severe.
He put me on some antibiotics which seemed to help for a day or so. Enough for me to plan a sewing day!
The second day of sewing I was so weak, I could not even sit by the machine and the sickness had come back. The Hugh family had just left our home and I guess the medicine was not working as it should. I had another fever, so at this point Mark was worried that I had pneumonia. He brought me back to the doctor and they did chest x-rays. I had mostly bronchitis but they were worried that things were starting to get into the lungs. We caught it in time, thank the Lord! I had a shot and another antibiotic. By the next morning, I was covered in hives and I was all night having hallucinations. Obviously I was allergic to the medicine!
You all come and read my blog each day and I just thought you should know what was really going on in the background. There were days I could barely get myself out of bed, but I did not want to let anyone down. Finally, my husband said I needed to rest. Okay, rest? Well, now I will tell you what happened next.
I set the blog aside for a couple days and then I got a call from another friend from Wisconsin who wanted to visit us the very next day. So, as I sat in my bed sicker than sick, I said, “Oh, come! We can’t wait to see you!” I did a few mustard plaster poultices and switched up my medicines and tried to get the Harrison Hotel back up and running. The truth is, we are trying to fix up the attached apartment to become a real working bed and breakfast that we can use as a supplement to our income, but, we have had a lot of people stay there like friends and family who are our special guests. They love the apartment because they have enough room for the entire family plus a full kitchen and laundry. It is really a great thing! Sometimes I want to move in!!!
Back the the visitors from Wisconsin…
Our friends, the McGlone family. They have 6 children and we had a great time visiting. The first day we had a big campfire cookout and invited other friends and neighbors. The weather was great and the kids could not have had more excitement playing together outside. All was well until….
This past Monday, when it started raining, it poured! We were hearing the terrible news stories about families in AK that their homes were being blown to the ground and lives were lost. So tragic! We wondered if the tornados were headed our way. What we cou
ld see was a progression of water flooding the banks of the creek. To see the progression, just click on the icons below this photo…
We recently weaned the calf so we are overflowing with the milk supply. Time for dairy days again!
Just a couple days ago us girls made buttermilk yeasted bread, 3 gallons of yogurt, 1 gallon of kefir, 2 pounds of butter, and 3 pounds of colby cheese. What a blessing! It smelled like cheese in my kitchen but boy it was delicious and we felt so productive.
Molly and Megan started taking violin/fiddle lessons and they are really enjoying it. Molly just bought a cello and I am in the process of borrowing a bass fiddle so we can have ourselves a trio! I used to play string bass in college in a little jazz combo group. I loved that instrument. I think afternoons playing songs on our covered front porch will be very pleasant.
I have learned that sometimes in life, when it rains-it pours. There are those moments we feel our world is spinning beyond our control and we seem to have a hard time just taking a breath. It is not that it was not a fun month full of so many people I love and cherish, it is just all at once and all the while I was so sick, so it just felt a bit overwhelming at times which I believe is quite normal to feel. We have had such a full month in so many ways but I can see that I tend to over due. I am slowly learning the art of resting. There is a time to be busy but their is a time to rest. When your body is weak, rest is the only thing it needs to get better again. I am so very blessed and thankful that I have such a beautiful, precious family who loves me so much. They all pitch in and help when I am sick. All is well on the homestead and we are so thankful we can share our stories with our readers.