This past week was a bit of "one of those weeks" type of weeks. But I refuse to give you, Dear Reader, the "not only is the cup half empty, it also has a huge crack in it so what's the point of even trying to pour water into it anymore?" version. So for your edification, here is the "cup-half-full" version of my week:
1. My kids had colds, but when they get them, rarely do they turn into something more serious. This time around was a good testament to that.
2. Injured Chicken finally came out of the coop after a couple days. She looks a little ruffled and I think she's been demoted to the bottom of the pecking order, but at least Byron doesn't have to "take care of her," if you know what I mean.
3. We had some car trouble on Tuesday night, which meant either a very late dinner or wait! What about that Carabbas gift card we got for Thanksgiving? Perfect! Anyway, my dad literally spent the entire day on Wednesday helping me get our car towed to a car fixer-upper place and then carting me and the kids around on our various errands. He also bought us food and me one of those fun, seasonal lattes at Starbucks. I stare at those every year about this time but can never bring myself to cough up the $4 for one. Can I just say he is a huge blessing? He also spent the whole afternoon on Friday helping me do some maintenance on the minivan. I SO hope I don't flake out and forget what he taught me; my dad has mad car skills and in high school I should have put down all those books I used to read on the Arthurian legends for about ten seconds and paid attention. Especially since back then my brain was still somewhat functional.
4. In other news, we've been learning from our chickens, despite the rather blank stares we get every time we go out to feed them, look at them, or squawk back at them. Not to mention that Byron paid a little visit to YouTube University to learn a bit more about being an official Chicken Wrangler (am I using that term correctly? I have no idea but I like how it sounds). Anyway, look for a post this week on some changes we've made, as well as lots of photos!
5. I attempted to make a sourdough starter and sourdough bread. Let's just say this isn't San Francisco (apparently famous for sourdough) and I need some practice. Share a good whole wheat sourdough recipe if you have one!