I got up my courage this week and bought a mini horse. the children have wanted one for a long time, Marissa especially, intensely so. I thought, "Why not?" Any good reason not to? I couldn't think of any good reason, not with empty places in the barn. So, I found one on Craigslist, and Monday afternoon we brought it home IN THE BACK OF THE VAN! Yeah, if you saw a conversion van driving down 322 with a lady driving it, children hanging out every which way and a miniature horse in the back munching hay and every now and then giving a loud whinney, it was me.
Goats are next. I will be picking up two pregnant Nigerian dwarf goats in February. Call me crazy, I am having fun. the children and I are planning to just live in the backyard this summer. I don't want to slave over the kitchen sink all summer, I want to have fun. We have a fire pit in the back yard, close to it is a water hydrant and also a power outlet. What more do we need? We'll set up the tent and the babies and I will sleep in it, and the boys on the nearby trampoline. I can plug Aaliyahs feeding pump in the outlet. The garden is close by so we will pick the veggies and cook them over the fire and milk the goats and have milk to drink. And eggs from the chickens. We have a small pool which we will play in all day and that will pass for baths. The children and I had great fun dreaming about this at length.
Then Marissa asked cautiously...naughtily..."can we just go naked?"
Then can we just wear our underwear?
Christopher: Then can we just wear swimming trunks and no shirts?
Me: NO! I didn't say we were going to be savages!
its fun to dream even if we never actually quite follow through with it but we are greatly looking forward to summer and enjoying our animals and backyard to the fullest.
I am gearing up to join an online 30 day GAPS diet challenge. I have sourkraut and kimchee ready, beef stock in the freezer and am simmering chicken stock right now. I also stocked up on GAPS veggies- cauliflower, carrots, green beans and squash.
I feel very sorry for myself. I just plain don't want to do it. But nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. I am plodding on. Fifty more pounds to go. I think I can....I think I can...I think I can..... you can join me in feeling sorry for me.
Aaliyah's grandma called today and they are wanting to come for her birthday. sigh! Birthfamily issues! Ahh!!!! I am too nice to say no.