Greetings from the funny farm!

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Almost a year with a smartphone, and still trying to master the art of the selfie.

Sometimes when things are crazy here I threaten to sell the kids to the funny farm.

Sometimes I feel like we must be the funny farm.

The kids think it’s all pretty funny!

Life has been wild and I haven’t updated on our comings and goings for a few days, so here goes:

Friday was Valentine’s Day, and the night I decided at about 10 p.m. that Marsi’s tummy bug was smarter than me and really ought to get some medical attention.  Read the full story here:  Marsi to the midnight doctor.

Marsi and I got home from the E.R. at 4:30 on Saturday morning.  Beau and Muggins had barely slept while we were gone.  God bless him, Beau got up anyway and headed out to work in the morning, taking Muggins, Asher, and Emi with him to cake cows at The Creek Place.  Marsi and I slept while the others were gone and Marsi woke up feeling better than she had for days.  Ha!  Maybe a car ride was all she needed the whole time?  Later on Saturday Asher checked his coyote traps, then my parents took the two big kids to a basketball game, and Beau and I remembered it was the 18th anniversary of the day we met (thanks to Matt and Jamie Lane).

On Sunday, despite a good night’s sleep, we all woke up with some variation of a head cold, but we did somehow manage to make it to church (mostly) on time.  It was a quiet day at the ranch — the feedlot calves are doing well enough now that they don’t need to be ridden through for health every day anymore — so Beau got a big nap in the afternoon while I made one of his favorite meals:  Orange Stuff Recipe!

Today, Monday, was a typical February day on the ranch.  Beau caked cows and did office work; the kids and I did school.  We’re all fighting this dang head cold, and Marsi’s still on the puny side.  She hasn’t regained her energy, for one thing, and she complained of itchy feet for much of the day (?) — when I looked her over I discovered she had hives on her right leg!  So I don’t know what sort of nasty bug she’s been tangling with for a week now, but whatever it is I wouldn’t wish it on anybody most folks.  (Just being honest here.)  Anyhow, I will try to be a Very Calm Mama and stick to the doctor’s advice for her:  lots of rest, lots of fluids, let it run its course.

Today’s Weather:  High of 37, low of 24, with snow flurries this afternoon.

What’s Inspiring Me Today:  This past weekend Beau and I watched The King’s Speech and we really enjoyed it (I feel like it’s always useful to recommend approved movies because it can be such a crapshoot to find a good one).  There’s some language, but it’s a quality story.  Apparently I’ve jumped on the bandwagon with the rest of the world and become a fan of Britain’s Royal Family, because I can also personally recommend the series The Crown (which airs on Netflix).

So long from the funny farm!

© Tami Blake

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