Walking on Sunshine

Our doctor yesterday confirmed that yes, Marin and Joan *do* indeed have h1n1. Their cases are mild, and they did not have any secondary infections (strep, pneumonia etc) so we were sent on our way. Wearing face masks, natch.

Speaking of, I’m thinking of procuring a few of those masks for when I need to get through crowds of people (think: grocery store during the “after-church” rush) quickly. Tie a couple of masks on the kids, and I’m sure would be like the Parting of the Seas.
I’m just full of great ideas and handy tips!
Can you tell I’m a bit giddy and stir crazy?
True story: the other day, David came home for lunch, and I flew out of here right quick. I went to the thrift store, where I bought nothing, but that feeling? It was like I popped a couple of fucking quaaludes or something. I’m free, I’m freeeeeeeeeee!
So today, when the “sick children” (meaning they have fevers every 20 hours or so, or approximately 20 seconds after I start thinking hmmm, they are much better finally) were also feeling restless, I did what any good mother would do. I sent them outside to play.

If you all can excuse some [more] weather talk from this here Minnesotan, I have to tell you about our October. It snowed here for the first time on October 10th (October FUCKING TENTH. Jesus.) and has been cold, sleet-y, raining, and dark on all other days this month except for about 2.

So while yes, it is a chilly day today, it is also a sunny day. And I have had basically zero time to walk around the neighborhood admiring the trees and smelling the wood-burning fireplace smell.
(Hey townies: vote yes on the referendum, will ya? Our beloved elementary school will probably have to close if it doesn’t pass.)
Where was I? Oh, yes. Fall. After I kicked the kids outside, I realized that _I_ really needed to get out too. This shitty weather has been cramping my fall-loving style. True that! So we headed out for a short walk around the neighborhood.
As if this child needed to do anything else to make my heart pitter-patter even more. But then she whips out her Hello! Kitty camera to photograph the pwetty weaves, Mommy and oh, oh, oh. Be still, my heart!

And not to be all Pollyanna on your asses, but these kinds of days make my eyes prick up a bit. The crisp air, the bright colors, the blue skies, the crunch of leaves.

The trees that appear to be on fire. All perfect.


Kate is still not showing any signs of sickness. David and I are still healthy too, which is miraculous since Marin’s favorite method of answering to that tickle in her throat is to “turn head, aim directly at Mama’s face, and cough mightily”.

These two caught some box elder bugs while outside, so that will provide them with hours of box elder bug harassing. I’m at the point where I would probably let them do projects that included mixing bleach with lye, if it kept them busy. I’m just hoping these little guys don’t die off before their fascination wears off.
Later I have big plans of walking to the library for a fresh supply of books and movies. So far today, Joan has not had a fever, but I’ve been down THIS road before, and I refuse to be fooled again. I know it’s a little like Ernie on Sesame Street, waiting for that other shoe to drop, but I am not going to say, or even THINK, that she’s better. Oh, ho, ho, Fever. I’m on to YOU.
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6 thoughts on “Walking on Sunshine

  1. I'm amazed that your ped tested the girls! Our ped here wouldn't test Zoe and I was annoyed. I wanted to know because she is starting to SERIOUSLY hate shots and if she already had it last week (a few days of on and off fever, no appetite, etc.) I won't bother getting her one (that's if I can even get her one EVER.)Anyway, glad to see it's sunny where you are. It's rainy here but it was gloriously sunny yesterday and I forced everyone outside. I think only me and the dog were enjoying ourselves.

  2. Oh, sorry, CBHM, but she did not do any kind of test for h1n1. My girls both have the ENTIRE list of symptoms (and I guess the fever coming and going like that is quite common), so they are calling it h1n1. She said there *is* a chance that it is some other kind of virus, but that for now they are assuming that h1n1 is what's going around.

  3. I love the idea of having a few face masks at the ready. We're taking our 10 mo old down to my parents for Halloween and because we don't get down there often I know lots of people are going to want to hold him, snuggle him, etc. This makes me nervous. My husband and I were thinking maybe we should just go around saying "oh, careful, he has h1n1" that'd make people back off, right?Also, I was in Minnesota on Oct. 10th for a wedding. An OUTDOOR wedding. It's the only wedding I can remember in the history of ever that all the guests were dressed up in hats, scarves, and winter coats!

  4. I heard that this Oct is going down as the coldest Oct in MN in 130 years! I'm so homesick for MN after being there this summer. When life gets overwhelming, I start daydreaming of a little farm in the MN countryside… I have chickens but no kids or husband! LOL The weather has been awfully cold in CO also. We are getting a BIG snow storm today.And I love that red leaf photo. Great.

  5. We've had really gross wet fall weather for the most part and when it is warm and sunny I get all, "Quick, everyone OUTSIDE!"I hope all the fever is gone from your house soon. If the kids are going to be sick I much prefer the type of sick that makes them want to be limp on the couch all day.

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