Our house is in utter disarray.
Our life seems that way too.
got home from our long, cross country journey (were we crazy to drive
for 3 days both ways with a 2 year old and a 5 month old? you decide!)
and we just haven't been normal since. I don't have the laundry done, I
don't have the house cleaned, I don't even have an inkling of what
we're going to eat for the next month, except I do know it won't be a
lot of meat. We're almost out of meat, and I have to wait till January
to buy a case of organic chicken at Costco, and who knows when we'll get
anything else. We had chard and spinach still in the garden- until it
was covered by a foot of snow that doesn't want to melt. I doubt it's
still there. *sigh*
And now, Charlotte has an invisible illness. It
started last night, when she took a late nap in the car on the way to
strike Joey's show at the Knight's of Columbus hall. When she woke up
at the hall, she was beyond fussy. Fussy? No, she was nuts. It was
impossible to calm her down! So we left early, and she kind of
fell asleep in the car. But only as long as I was singing. She'd wake
up enough when I stopped to whimper and say "again!" We got her in bed,
but she was up every hour and a half, hysterical. I can't find
anything wrong with her, she won't tell me what hurts, or if anything
hurts, and the only thing she keeps asking for over and over again is
her vitamins (the gummy kind that are basically her only form of candy,
and she gets them every day, but only once, which is very hard to
explain to a 2 year old, let alone a hysterical 2 year old!). She was
fussy and screaming and crying all day today as well, but no runny nose,
no cough, no upset tummy (she ate good bone broth soup for lunch and
loved it. Probably the highlight of both of our days) no fever, nothing
I can find is actually wrong with her. She's just hysterically fussy.
She wouldn't nap today either, she just cried and screamed through
Then, this evening, as I was
frantically trying to put SOMETHING (anything, really) together for
dinner with Bea on my hip, I hear a tiny toddler voice from the top of
the stairs where she had been hanging out with Daddy: "Mommy?" she
said, "How 'bout pizza?"
HAHAHA! She won't stop crying all day, barely eats breakfast, drinks broth for lunch, and now she's begging for pizza?
I quickly rush to my cabinet. Nope, no flour, and my mill is
still on loaner to the neighbor who's mill died. But I do have coconut
flour. Hmm.... a little googling later, I find this recipe from the Healthy Home Economist..
I'm all ready to try it out. I get out my mixer and my biggest mixing
bowl, and clear a place on the counter. No, I'm not Julia Child, or
Martha Stewart. I often don't have an inch of counter clear, especially
on days like today. Then I go to the ingredients list.
No problem! We always have eggs on Monday because we pick them up from our friend at church on Sunday!
Except his hens haven't been laying during the short days.
And I was supposed to go to the grocery to get eggs yesterday.
And this morning,
And during nap.
And none of those things happened.
Huh. No eggs, no flour. Oh, and no yogurt because I was JUST in
the process of trying out the cool yogurt maker that my mill borrowing
neighbor just passed on to me! But it's not ready till tomorrow.
What do you do when you don't have a SINGLE item in the recipe,
and not even most of the items in the replacement recipe for the food
that your sick toddler is begging and begging and begging for while
practically tripping you by following you around the house as you
frantically attempt to make it for her?
You send Dad to the store.
Yup, we ate grocery store frozen pizza for dinner. Charlotte was
thrilled. I was less than thrilled, but happy that she wasn't
screaming and was actually eating. Joey was a hero. And Bea was as
happy as a clam through the whole ordeal. Go Bea!
Oh, and he did get eggs while he was at the store.
(this didn't start out as a sequel to my last post on chicken envy, but now that I think about it.....)