This winter has not been a real winter in my mind. I feel like we've been waiting for it to start for so long, and a couple weeks ago I realized that it was still light out at 6pm and that the daffodils were peeking up from the dirt and a pair of geese were courting around the pond, preparing to make adorable geese-babies, and that IT WAS SPRING! Yes! Maybe we'll get some cold weather, or even a few inches of snow, but in only 21 days, it will officially be spring so any little last-stand "winter" might have is going to be short lived.
I feel so motivated to get stuff done outside! It's been in the low 60's all week. Jamie's mom and her boyfriend are coming over on Saturday to help cut down some trees that are ruining the foundation of the barn and a few more that are randomly in the middle of our orchard. Tomorrow I plan to make sugar-water for the bees since they're probably getting hungry by now. I had my doubts about whether or not they'd survive the winter so we went down and checked on them a few weeks ago when it was still pretty cold. I didn't open the hive of course, but all I needed to do was press my bare hand against the wall. It was warm! Bees are such incredible creatures. If you ever have the chance to take a beekeeping course, I definitely recommend it.
On Monday, a Craigslist-friend came by with a delicious prepped meal for us. We met last spring when she took a bunch of our quickly growing baby chicks. She read my blog after Jamie's last surgery and sent an email about her similar experience and offered to bring us some food. I said yes because I'm trying harder to be gracious about accepting help. Too often I martyr myself because I don't want to be a burden, but when someone offers something so kind, you just can't refuse.
She made some amazing chicken with herbs, capers, bay leaves, prunes, and brown sugar. She even gave us rice, broccoli, and cookies! It's the same meal that she was offered after she gave birth to one of her daughters, and apparently she loved it so much it's the only thing she ever gives people now! I must say, it was ridiculously good. I love capers. And I love knowing that relative "strangers" can be so generous and thoughtful. When Jamie and I are back on our feet, I'd like to return the favor to someone who is in need.
ps. Do any of you have experience with low white blood cell counts and working to increase them? I'll explain more about this question later this week, because I feel like there needs to be more emphasis placed on diet in American medical practice. It turns out the antibiotics Jamie is taking lowered his count so much that they told him to stop everything immediately. I can't help but wonder if he could have altered his diet from the start and prevented this decrease. I took off work tomorrow so we can figure all of this out with the infectious disease specialist.
pss. That little nubbin in the second picture is a praying mantis egg sac. Soon, tiny babies will break free! I think I'll take one to the school for the kids.