This is a sad post for me. I need to be quick about it because I still have so much baking to do as the homemade goodies are being given here there and everywhere as gifts. I will elaborate further when I have a few moments to myself to breath. All of that said, we are canceling Christmas Eve for the first time in ten years!!!!
Let me explain….first my Mother-in-law had to fly home to look after her sweetheart who fell terribly sick (with a perforated bleeding ulcer). Then my poor Dad came down with a terrible flu….then my little wee one starting running a fever and a terrible cough…then my throat started really hurting….Hubby called to say he feels like he’s fighting something…..That was it.
Sometimes you have to admit when you are beat. You have to accept when life has other ideas for you. This is one of those times. As much as I love love love Christmas this year we need to heal up and get back on our collective feet. Can I tell you a little secret? I have been so busy doing…going…shopping…baking….delivering….I am actually ok with slowing down and taking a break. Even though it’s Christmas Eve the flu and various germs have gotten to almost all of us.
I feel guilty because I have close friends who I had to cancel on. One of whom is pregnant and just about ready to deliver. If we caused her to get the flu I would really feel awful. I think we are doing the right thing…it just feels really really lousy.
I have so many recipes to share with you all. I have been baking at a clip that has not allowed me to take the step by step photos I usually do. However, I do have finished photos with recipes that are fantastic to share. Why can’t I juts fit an extra 2 hours into each day???? Sigh.
I hope you are all feeling so much better than we are around here.
Oh, a quick update….The goats are starting to go into heat with almost enough regularity that maybe a date will be possible to schedule. The hens have finished molting and have begun laying again!!!! Finally!!!!! I was so miserable without my pile of fresh eggs. While my girls were not laying I was spending $5 a dozen for eggs that were not even as good as mine. I’m telling you once you have your own eggs from your own hens it’s impossible to go back to purchased eggs.
Finally, Ms. Penelope is back to full health, she is so much fun to have around. We bought her a new bed for the kitchen which she adores and we gave her a litter box in the corner in the dining room (when the dining room is in use the box is removed). With that we have no potty mistakes!!!! The breeder told us to make sure Penelope gets lots of social time…that it would make all the difference in her personality. She was right! Penelope visits the children at school and loves it! She rubs us and cuddles with us. She sleeps at my feet like a puppy. Her oinks are beyond charming.
We don’t feel so good right now but it does not matter. We are having a ball. Cheese from my home milked goats will soon be possible….the veggies are starting to come in from the garden….even sick we are so very lucky.
Look at Ms. Penelope….by the way, this photo was taken by my very good friend Alyssa Ozzi. It’s a great shot.