But I’m back. I’m sorry. I’m doing the best that I can. The nursing toll is feeling heavy this year. Add to it: Mandatory competency deadlines; another level of hot flashes; and T-8 days until Christmas … OMGosh!
Got through my birthday, Thanksgiving, figuring our pottery kiln problem, annual work competencies … And here I am. Add the stressors of Christmas countdown, Covid surge number 86 – along with increased volume, acuity and overnight HOLDS in our free-standing ER; Growing our farm, daily chores and maintenance, on top of what HAS GOT TO BE the LAST level of menopausal power-ups [PLEASE?!?] … I’m struggling. But it’s all good. We have also been moving forward.
And the rest will be covered via photos …
We have bunnies … Meet Babs and Thumper, so cute! They are 3 months old now and acclimating well … We hope to add a male for them soon. Meanwhile, they are adjusting to us – while getting used to daily treats of carrot, spinach, melons, cucumber and alfalfa. I think they might just love me …
We worked our way through a kiln issue and finally fired our first (and second – in the kiln as I type) batch of ceramic pots. Live and learn is the message of the week! And we are learning … But, check out that Walking Dead/Zombie Lung interior we created … Dang!!!
We are throwing ‘pots’ – gaining knowledge to control clay on the potter’s wheel daily. Again, DH has more innate skill, and patience – than I do. But, I have better glaze-dunking abilities (… so yeah, he’s still ‘beating’ me …) …
My hydroponic plants are growing … Here is a quick photo of our dutch bucket cucumbers, doing AMAZING!
We’re keeping up with animal upkeep. We cleaned out the chicken coop today, while DH has added a disco ball to the ladies run … Right?!? Because EVERYONE needs a disco ball!!!
And my latest card, trying to wrap up gift making in time for Christmas. We Can Do This!!!
Oh, BTW – DH told me that our oldest wants to host Christmas. As he and I were just discussing the long list of hurdles and challenges of meeting that deadline (hosting here), baby girl comes through! Yes, please!!!
Meanwhile, on the ER nurse front – I continue to bob-&-weave through covid patients, sick patients and the influx of volume met with holiday-season staffing challenges … as best as I can. Good Golly, this STINKS!
And, my latest trick in the hot flash/menopause department has added palpitations and dizziness on top of igniting my whole body in internal heat/flames. Cool!!!
Finally, DH and I have eaten well … so many good recipes, great soups and awesome meals have been created. [No photos, but amazing food!] Will do better with updates, I hope!
Merry Christmas, peace and hugs ya’ll!