Creeping up on Thanksgiving

I would say Halloween was a rousing success this year.  Ezra went dressed as a pirate.  First we did a Trunk-or-Treat activity at Velvet’s ward on Thursday and there were so many people there!

getting ready for ward activity

getting ready for ward activity

Dad and Dani came down that weekend, so they were there to enjoy the festivities.  The next day we brought the kids to work because our company always has games and treats and decorates.

company Halloween event

company Halloween event

pumpkin carving

pumpkin carving

finished pumpkin for Ezra

finished pumpkin for Ezra

That night we went out trick-or-treating.  Ezra was a real trooper!  He didn’t quite get the idea of going up to houses on his own, but when his cousins held his hand he was more than willing to make the trek up the lawn to get his candy reward.  He was such a tired boy that when we were finished (as was mama) and fell asleep pretty quickly that night.

We’ve been letting the puppies stay out all night.  It’s been going on for about a week or two to good results.  No accidents in the house, although they sometimes chew on inappropriate items when we leave stuff on the floor.  The other day I decided to let them roam the house while Ezra and I did some shopping.  I think we were gone for less than an hour and the house was great.  Yesterday they were alone for maybe four hours before I got home and we now have a lovely ripped/chewed spot on the carpeted stairs by the front door.  Who knows why they chose that spot to go crazy.  Also, they chewed a small hole in a corn-filled bean bag/microwave heat bag.  Which I now have to sew.

We are watching Jesse’s parents’ dog, Molly.  I am not a fan of this dog.  To her credit, she doesn’t chase the cats and I don’t think she chases our chickens, but that’s really all the good I can say about her.  She is anxious and shakes all the time, she will knock over trash cans to get the food inside, she will jump onto the table to eat food off plates, she barks a ton, and lastly, she bites.  She bit Ezra at the in-laws the other week to get the food out of his hand, and she bit me two nights ago when I was shooing her out of the kitchen.  We don’t let the dogs in the kitchen when we’re eating, so I put my hands around her waist to scootch her toward the living room and she whipped her head back and bit me!  She was latched for awhile but she didn’t draw blood.  I have a nice small bruise on my thumb now, though.  I grabbed her by the collar and put her in her crate for the rest of our dinner time.  I was pissed!  I feel kind of bad for her because she’s not trained, probably shakes because she doesn’t know what the hell is going on, and she is pretty overweight for a rat terrier so I’m thinking maybe her joints are starting to hurt her.  I tell Jesse I’m surprised her skin hasn’t split with how tight it feels.  But still, not a fan of hers.

We still have 12 chickens, though we’re either going to cull or otherwise get rid of two hens.  I don’t think they laid the entire summer, they are just wasting resources.  On the one hand, we should cull them and just given them to the dogs, but I don’t want to deal with removing feathers and I don’t want to give them to the dogs with the feathers on lest they start looking at the rest of the hens as meals on wheels.  I’m thinking just to put an add in the local classifieds and see if we can get any takers.

The pregnancy is going well.  I had an appointment a couple weeks ago and was able to hear the heartbeat again.  Today I am 15 weeks along.  At my last appointment she said I could potentially find out the gender at four months instead of five.  She said she didn’t like their regular ultrasound imaging (or something) so she brought in a woman who has a better machine?  I didn’t quite understand the whole story.  But anyway, even though this ultrasound would be just for “entertainment” and I still get my regular one at five months, my doctor said this woman had never been wrong with her estimates.  That will be kind of exciting, finding out early, although I’ll probably still be leaning on my five-month ultrasound as the confirmation.  Of course, this all supposes the baby is in the correct position to see anything at all.  Fingers crossed!

At my next appointment they also do a blood draw to look for chromosomal abnormalities, like down syndrome.  I’m not sure why this happens this late in the game because while I suppose you could still terminate at that point, to me it’s a baby already at that stage.  It’s not like when it’s just a ball of cells, you’d have to actually deliver by that point.  I guess it’d be helpful because then you could prepare yourself if you decided to continue with the pregnancy.  Hopefully it’ll be a clean draw like with Ezra and we won’t have to worry about anything.

Speaking of, I did a Google search because I wanted to see an image of a 15-week fetus in utero (you can really only get so much from those cartoon drawings that show what’s going on inside) and the results were awful.  I did get the typical drawings, but they also had a bunch of what I can only guess were aborted fetuses, totally not what I was looking for!  Those images were so sad and graphic.  I guess I’ll just stick to the drawings.

I have been fermenting again, creating kombucha and water kefir with good results.  As I’m always looking for more natural remedies, I also made a honey/ginger/lemon concoction.  It’s not a ferment, I just added all the items together and placed it in the fridge, but it’s supposed to be very strong in healing/protecting against colds.  Ezra and I sampled some a couple days ago.  Ez loved it and wanted more and I liked it, too, but there was a bitterness left on the back of the tongue I can only imagine came from the lemon rind.  If you all hear of any other remedies, let me know!

lemon and ginger

lemon and ginger

added honey

added honey

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