Weekend #2 in our new place, it's been busy! · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois
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Weekend #2 in our new place, it's been busy!

Weekend #2 in our new place, it's been busy!

I’ve got 3 posts in my saved drafts that I’ve been working on. I’ve written them pretty well but cant seem to actually finish them. They are even decent writing pieces that focus on specific topics rather than my usual “here are the updates” posts like this one.

I’ve been trying to bust out some posts in advance that I’ll schedule in June to keep the blog fresh while I am away from the internet waiting for Tater to come. That is the idea at least. If anyone wants to guest post here just sign up as a user and I’ll get you all hooked up to be a contributor.

Okay, so over the weekend we did get lots done, as usual… For starters we wrangled the freecycle dog home through our back gate so now Dixie has an even nicer shelter to enjoy. Problem is Haily, the outdoor cat, is smarter than Dixie and she manages to take over the dog house every time. Dixie refuses to fight for it and just sleeps out on the deck.

Mind you Hailey has her own house that we built but she refuses to use it unless absolutely necessary. So when we go out and lure her out of Dixie’s home, Dixie can use it but it seems every time the rain starts to fall or when it gets windy Hailey is in the dog house and Dixie is outside… I give up! If the dog doesn’t want care to fight for her home that is her bad, right?

We also went by the old place to do some deep cleaning. We spent 3 hours there doing the kitchen and basement. We’ve only got a few rooms left to do now and then we’ll be totally done with that shit hole. Yay. Oh and while the cleaning was happening guess what we discovered growing on top of the basement carpet and up the outside of the wood paneling in the corner…

MOLD!!!

Yep, you can see it with your own two eyes just growing right on top of all the carpet and wood siding. We had a freestanding shelf in that corner holding my business stuff but once we moved all our things out of the basement and began vacuuming we spotted the fairly big moldy corner. N took some photos of it on his iPhone. I’ll share them soon.

It’s been over a month since we met with the slumlady and started the ball rolling on having them sign our mutual release letter. They’ve been avoiding us now for over a month and N has begun the harassing phone calls to them again. We’ve not paid them April’s rent and are trying to set up a meeting time to turn over the keys and complete the final walk though. It seems they could care less, still.

Last night N put the freecycle crib together in Tater’s room. It was an interesting process since it’s an older crib that needs work, plus the assembly instructions were nonexistent so we were winging it so to speak. It is now pieced together, just needs some wood glue and some screws tightened. We’ll buy a crib mattress for it sometime after Tater is here if we still haven’t found anything better/ safer.

We spent Sunday thrift store hopping. We were window shopping for a washing machine since come May 1 we will have no way to wash clothes (other than a laundry mat), we also thought we would keep our eyes peeled for some necessities for Tater while we were there. Things like cloth diapers, receiving blankets and a variety of sized onesies.

We managed to find some clothes and a few receiving blankets that we spent $6.00 on. We didn’t see any pack n’ play’s or newborn sleeping solutions and we didn’t see any washing machines either. We plan to keep looking, hopefully we’ll find all that we need in due time.

It’s was a windy, rainy weekend but we still managed to get some good progress made! We even found a work around for our failing external hard drive (I’ll post more on this later) and N painted my toenails for me since I can no longer reach them. Isn’t he a trooper?

We took my blood pressure at the grocery store and it was 108/70, I am still not swelling or having any heart racing or blood sugar issues. I haven’t weighed myself since we moved in, the scale is still missing but I feel like I’ve gained a few (5 or so) pounds. LOL. What do you think?

We’ve got a shower in our honor taking place in Phoenix, AZ courtesy of Krystal on May 2nd that we are getting excited about. We’ll be there via video conference to talk to and enjoy everyone’s company. If you are going to be out that direction and haven’t already received an invite shoot me an email and I’ll hook you up with the details.

We’ve also got a web baby shower going on right now and a live shower chat scheduled courtesy of another bloggy friend, Maiden53, that you can check it out here.

Don’t forget to put your dollar in and place your baby weight bet! Remember 2 winners split the pool of cash so the more people who enter the better it is for YOUR pocket book, lol.

Okay, I am off to try finishing those 3 blog posts and I’ve got to feed the animals and such. Have a good monday everyone!

Oh, and if you aren’t afraid to see how an actual homebirth was featured in a commercial check out this video. Thanks Ryan and Kari for blogging this! Don’t worry it is peaceful and beautiful. Just graphic, shows nudity and you know a baby coming out from down there:

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  • Your belly is adorable!!!!!!!!! I want to just rub it and talk to tater all day! I cant believe N did your nails- he did a great job. He may want to consider it as a side job!!! : )

    Love you guys!

    Heidis last blog post..Port-a-Potty Fun

    April 20, 2009 at 12:44 pm
  • Ya Im with Heidi! Your toes look awesome! And your belly is HUGE!!! Tater is deffintly getting bigger!

    Krystal McCarthys last blog post..The Simpler Things in Life!

    April 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm
  • N did a great job on your toe nails – he is going to make me look bad and I’m going to Cosmetology school! LOL. The doghouse looks great in the backyard – hopefully the pet it was intended for will start using it. Oh well. Hey, your belly got bigger – looks like you ate a small ham now. When did THAT happen? Sheesh. I swear it hasn’t been that long since I visited your blog has it? LOL. You look great though – only baby weight, the rest of you has no fat. That was a nice video, I think it was very tastefully done and I love how the mom was able to help support the baby as it was being delivered. By the way, I am still trying to finish a guest post to send you to use – I haven’t forgotten, just got crazy busy and can’t believe how quick time is flying!

    teenis last blog post..The Bird Magnet

    April 20, 2009 at 3:18 pm
  • I’m now considering opening “Newsies Nails”. Hell, I’d probably make more painting nails for a living than reporting the daily happenings. Will you women be my first customers?

    Ns last blog post..Lawn before gasoline

    April 20, 2009 at 10:05 pm
  • I love how your cats are watching you in the photo of your belly! CUTE belly.

    Hyphen Mamas last blog post..It could be worse. I could be breeding rodents in my laundry room.

    April 20, 2009 at 11:24 pm
  • You’re so tiny, it’s a wonder you can breathe with Tater taking up so much real estate!

    witchypoos last blog post..Grace Minus One

    April 21, 2009 at 7:32 am

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