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If It’s Not Chickens, It’s Feathers!


Does anyone else remember Ma Ingalls using this expression in one of the Little House books? It means there is always something else going haywire that needs dealing with.

That is how I feel this week!

Our hateful hot water heater decided to try to burn our house down over the weekend. We noticed an electrical burning smell early in the morning and couldn't figure out what it was. Later in the day we smelled it again, and after thorough searching, discovered that the wires on the hot water heater were sparking, the plastic coating had melted away, and the insulation around the wires was smoking!

We promptly disconnected it and arranged to get a new one installed.  Everyone is hoping that will finally happen tomorrow.

I miss hot water.

Our washer, who has always been the jealous type, thought she could top that and sprang a leak. Of course the repairman didn't have the part needed (do they ever???) and it had to be ordered. We are still waiting for that part to arrive and be replaced.

Then my husband [2] went and got a respiratory infection accompanied by a high fever and low O2 saturation over the weekend. Isn't it always over the weekend? So, off to the minor emergency he went, where he was given i.v. medication, lots of prescriptions, and told to get plenty of fluids and rest for the next several days.

Not to be outdone, 17yo Madison [3], copycat that she is, duplicated the above scenario exactly. Except she was at the minor emergency clinic until 9:00 p.m.

Have you ever had to milk goats [4] after dark, aided only by the light of your cellphone? While thinking about 6 ft. long snakes in the very nearby hen house [5]?

All of that was right before we were told that we have to pack up and move 3 girls out of their bedroom in the space of 2 days because their walls are going to be demolished bright and early on Thursday morning.

So, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get packing without the help of my 2 biggest helpers.

Now we just have figure out where to store 3 girls for a couple of months.