Elizabeth's arrival is the best of the recent events. But, oh!, I do wish I had the strength and endurance to go help more, visit more, snuggle more.
Gary's hungry. He's having some health problems that require [deep serious voice--] Dietary Changes. Right now it seems like there's nothing he can eat but veggie salads. Nothing with sticking-power. Yeah, but how much of that is real, and how much is scientists and chemists trying to figure out the art of medicine? Once he gets the pain under control, I suppose then we can begin experimenting. I'm wondering: if we fix guts, might the rest of the body straighten out too?
Sister, brother, and I divided up most of the belongings of my mom's house. I've heard stories from other families about what happens when a parent dies. Oh my goodness -- I am so thankful that we can get along and be nice to each other!
Maggie and I have an appointment coming up at Easter Seals to see if they have any programs that might benefit her.
Between Gary, Maggie, Rachel, and me, it seems like we're seeing doctors or making appointments or receiving test results practically every day. My head is swimming.
Pretty soon I will be leaving my job. Working and homeschooling and healing-from-stroke was at the utter limits of what I could do. There was no margin. Mom' death and helping with settling things just didn't/won't fit in. So something has to go. Since Maggie's not expendable, and since I have no magic wand to [poof] achieve full healing from my brain injury, the job is the only thing that I can take a break from. I will miss it. I will miss some of the customers. I will miss the paycheck. But mostly I will miss the nice feeling of having finished a task completely and correctly. I keep reassuring myself that I can always reapply for the job when some of these family matters are wrapped up.
Google tells me that the European Union has instituted new rules for cookies on websites. That means bloggers must inform readers about cookies and obtain consent. I don't know how to do that! And I don't have the time or brain power to bother with figuring it out right now. So my counter (which is, I think, the only cookie I have) had to go bye-bye. If you leave an anonymous comment, please sign something on the bottom so I know who you are, so I can allow the comment to go through. (You could use initials, or first name plus last initial, or "Friend in Janesville," etc.) It's getting tempting to just shut-down the blog or make it private (readers by invitation only). But I'd need to save a lot of information first, including printing out recipes. And that too is too much work right now.
Katie, Maggie, and I watched "Pride and Prejudice" at APT last weekend. Sarah Day does such a great job with fussy, busybody women-characters! And Marcus Truschinski is the best Mr Darcy I ever saw.
I'm working on lacto-fermenting veggies. The corn relish was made with fresh-picked corn from the farm. I made it a few years ago, and it was my favorite pickled recipe. It's great to make another batch. I should get my hands on some more corn while it's still available. The pickle-batch I set aside today was sauerkraut. Fresh, unheated sauerkraut is so much yummier than the cooked/canned soft kind. I think broccoli slaw may be my next attempt. There are so many possibilities that sound good. And non-vinegar pickles are so much tastier ... as well as being super-healthy.