I am wondering... if things will ever slow down around here... we had to deal with a neighbor reporting our backyard chickens and going before the planning board and city commission requesting a special use permit to keep them, and it still isn't over -rather than ruling on our request, they are asking the planning board to come up with guidelines and see if they can agree upon reasonable rules for chickens in the city limits. Hopefully those guidelines will be ones we can meet, but it won't be decided until December, most likely. And we still need to write letters and send resources to help guide them in constructing reasonable rules. This got much bigger than ever anticipated... the Facebook page I set up has over 300 members, and that was over a two-three week period!
I also have to finalize a letter to send to our (former) pediatrician practice. They will kick us out if we don't fully vaccinate all our kids, yet they are allowing other families to continue to come there without getting any vaccines if they so choose. The inconsistency and the poor communication methods (hitting parents with this at office visits in front of their kids rather than sending out a written policy) has me done with them. But they will be getting a letter detailing exactly why we're leaving.
Other things keeping us busy have been a trip to Florida to attend my new goddaughter's baptism, homeschooling, daytrips for apple-picking and our niece's birthday party, and other day to day tasks. The chicken thing has been mentally draining on top of the things we have been busy doing. And I do plan to post photos of the baptism and the apple orchard at some point!
Anyway, it was loads of fun to see Emerson do a solo show - small venue, lots of song request opportunities and audience interaction. He played "Hallway" at my request and told us that it is going on his next album. We got to meet him afterward and get an autograph and photo and thank him for coming to such a random place, ha. And I got to observe that apparently he likes the same kind of beer as me. :)
I am hearing... Lucy's stuffy breathing as she naps. I was going to write this post last night, but then it was after 10pm when I finally got some downtime...
We have also been taking advantage of the fall leaves for our nature studies:
To live the liturgical year... All Saints celebrations as previously mentioned. St Martin de Porres has a feast day this weekend, so I am hoping the picture book about him is available at our library for us by then, and maybe we'll make the Martin's Mice snack to remind us of the story...
I am creating... a Saint Kateri costume.
Around the house... diapers in the wash, and I really need to swap out winter clothes for the summer ones... I hate that job, because first of all, they have way too many clothes, and then deciding what pants are long enough/fit in the waist and which things that fit Caroline at one age are too long for Cecilia and what boxes to look in and what boxes to put old things in... it is overwhelming. And then there's socks and tights. Tights that match nothing and dresses that need leggings or tights that we don't have. I probably need to just get a couple more colors of plain Baby Legs to fill in those gaps... and then I'll have more clothes for them, adding to the problem... it never ends, I guess. Today Cecilia is wearing a size 6 outfit Caroline wore at one year older than Cecilia is now... whatever. I don't even know why it is in the box it is in. Maybe one day I will have time to just purge and reorganize...
* Wednesday - All Saints vigil Mass and trunk-or-treat at our church followed by Steak 'n' Shake for dinner
* Thursday - Ballet, bake cupcakes
* Friday - All Saints homeschool party in afternoon; Birthday party for a friend of the girls in evening
* Saturday - Retirement party for co-worker of hubby
* Sunday - late afternoon cookout at our house to thank our friends who have helped in our fight to keep our chickens! And Chris's mom comes to visit that evening for a couple days - yay!