Don't know about ya'll but things have been rather strange around here. Sick kids, pout hubby.
Thursday, I didn't have to work. Thought it would be the perfect day for me and the kids to put up the tree. I vacuumed good that am. The kids got in from school early, as it was an early release day. They enjoyed a snack, then we got started.
We always put our lights on first. The wonderful string with all the settings I have used the past several years wouldn't work all the way down...even though they are supposed to no matter what. Bubba knows all about the bulbs and fuses, so he tried his best but could not get them to work right. So we thought we'd use two small strands he had in his room. He connected them together using some connections that came with some speakers. But when you did that they became way too dim. Wouldn't plug into our rotating stand if we strung them separately. So I go off to Family Dollar to purchase some nice shiny new ones.
I get home, we put them on the tree and voila'.......half of one string won't work! Bubba tries hard to make it work. But they are ever so different than any we have around the house and he just can't.
Buy this time, Bug has ants in her pants wanting to get on with the show. It is fast getting dark outside. Bubba and I are totally frustrated. So we use the one good new string and one of his old little strings to make just barely enough to go around the tree from top to bottom.
We place hangers in all the balls. I hang the smaller ones on the top half of the tree....Bug the bigger ones on the bottom.
Now the fights begin! We have a box full of "keep sake" and sentimental ornaments and the kids were disagreeing over which ones to use and who would hang which one. I really had no choice or say so in the matter. Do whatever you want.....just please be quiet!
In amongst all of this Pete comes in from work and has Bubba running around helping him find something. Needless to say, we started this tree around 2:45 in the afternoon and finished it at around 8:30 at night!!! This should have been a two hour operation, but it turned into a 6 hour job!!
Oh, well.....I think?!....that's over. Now warm up some leftovers for everyone and get off to bed. Bug had been complaining of her throat hurting, but acting just as lively as ever. I thought it was just a little irritation from sinus drainage. But when I bent over to kiss her forehead when she came into the kitchen, I found a hot little girl. Once I took her temperature, I saw she actually had a fever. (100.7)
Oh, boy! Now what. Bubba says a little girl from her school that rides their bus has been out with strep throat. Oh great.
Friday am rolls around. Bug is still hot! (101.6) Send Pete off to work and Bubba to school, but I keep her home with me. Call my boss lady, Karrie, and tell her the sad news of why I won't be in to work. Was the day of our Christmas Steak dinner too! Geez, louise!
I got Bug in to see her doctor. He did a test. Thankfully, it was not strep. He said it was one of several hundred other things. Nice.
So now it is Saturday. My guys ran off to the deer camp around two. Bug has been watching cartoons and playing "camp" in the living room. She stretches a blanket across some chairs and makes a tent. No fever today.
For me it has been laundry and dishes. And finally a little time for my own enjoyment before Bug and I bake some chocolate chip cookies! Girls night. That is if my shortening ever softens in this cold old kitchen and if we don't eat all the raw cookie dough! lol
Enjoy your weekend everyone.....at least what is left of it.