Ugh. I hate being sick. I don't have time for being sick. I'm a Mom...we don't get sick days :o( At least not this Mom.
I suppose it could be worse. I could have all 8 of them down with something. Even having 2 or 3 down with something would be a bit much for me right now.
One bright note in my mail today -- the woman who gave birth to octuplets...they already had 6 children. She refused selective reduction of the babies early on. I know several folks will jump on that bandwagon, saying they will be over-their-heads, already having 7 yo, 6 yo, 5 yo, 3 yo and 2 yo twins. I suppose I'd be feeling some moments of being overwhelmed with the daunting task of being a good mother to so many myself, let alone all of them being so young. But I say Bravo and God Bless Them Richly. Not many would have passed up the selective reduction with childdren at home that age.
I also saw where the FDA is wondering over the safety of a 50-year old pain killer in use. Hmmm...it's been around some 50 odd years and they are concerned over its safety? What does that say for all the drugs they've fast-tracked into use over the last decade? I have a long way to go in learning about medical uses for all the herbs and such I can grow and harvest myself, but I'd much rather take my chances with something from my own garden instead of the chemical-overload in all these fast-tracked drugs doctors push on you based on what the Pharmacy Rep offered them this visit.
On the Homestead Today -- we have restocked the wood bin on the porch, and gathered new kindling. LOL...how do you get children excited about roaming the timber for kindling? You start off by reading a few chapters from The Long Winter, then you hand them some baskets and pails and set them out toward the timber :o) They put in 4 5-gal buckets of cut-to-size sticks and twigs, and 3 baskets. And they found another motherlode of dry pinecones to boot.
I have a batch of beef in the canner, and a pot of chicken soup simmering along on the stove next to it. I haven't bothered with the cookstove the past many days :o( I just don't feel like dealing with it, as well as I know my mind simply isn't on the task. Not really on any task, to be honest. I have kept to smaller tasks...working on the crochet squares for the lap afghan, putting the questions and information on the school board for The Long Winter, via Prairie Primer, adding buttons to Abbey's birthday dress. She turned 9 years old yesterday :o)
All she wanted for her birthday was a gallon jar of dill pickles all to herself and $3 to spend at the Dollar Tree.
How many 9 year olds do you know who want such a thing for their birthday? A friend of ours bought their 9 year old a fancy MP3 player and loaded it with tons of music. The 'family' got a Wii on her birthday.
Mine just wants pickles she isn't having to share :o) And three dollars.
That's what keeping life simple will do. As long as she could get a trip into town and select her own pickles, she was thrilled.
"I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem. To me, it's part of the solution," he said. "You cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement."
"It's a new day for workers," said James Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who attended the ceremony with other union leaders. "We finally have a White House that is dedicated to working with us to rebuild our middle class. Hope for the American Dream is being restored."
Of the White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families, Obama said, "We're not forgetting the poor. They are going to be front and center, because they, too, share our American Dream."
Yes, Dewey was Union a lot of years. Still holds his Union card, actually, though he isn't working Union right now. My dad was a life-long Teamsters member as well. Probably half my family's men are Union-yahooers. Still, I'm not part of the Union hit-parade at all. I don't see the poor being lifted at all by anything Union, and I sure don't see this idea as being part of The American Dream, let alone restoring it. It's very name says it all...it's a task force on middle class families. I just don't find any sort of comfort in knowing the Union is tickled pink and doing the happy dance with Obama in office now. That so-called American Dream should be for everyone, Union aid or not, maybe even moreso without it.
But that's just another soapbox issue and I did say to a friend I would try to tone my soapbox issues down a bit, especially when I'm not feeling well and tend to be far more less-tactful in those moments.