People are so funny.
Tonight Tyler and I were talking about all of the comments we get when parenting or lifestyle choices come up in casual conversation and we started laughing and couldn’t stop. Especially comments from people at Tyler’s work–they are so confused about our non-mainstream choices sometimes.
They say things not to be rude, but out of genuine confusion. I guess it’s really not that funny, but at the same time it’s hilarious to us. It doesn’t offend me or anger me. We’ve learned to laugh at it because Kentucky is…well…it’s Kentucky. I love it here, but there aren’t many alternative options and there are very few people who think outside the box, so to speak.
Recent favorites include:
“Well I guess you got lucky with that one! I’m glad your baby didn’t die!” (Gee, thanks…me too. Hey did you know babies die in hospitals too?)
“Did you not have time to make it to the hospital?” (Nope. I was doing the dishes and the baby just fell right out!)
“Are you Amish?” (That one is my all time favorite, it’s become an inside joke of sorts now. The person was totally serious.)
“Won’t your kids regret not having a social life?” (Referring to homeschooling. Yes sir, we keep them locked up in the cupboard under the stairs memorizing latin vocab and multiplication tables!)
“You don’t spank? So you don’t discipline your kids at all?” (Are you crazy? Of course we discipline! We utilize The Force.)
“I know what you mean, I always tell my son he has to eat his pizza rolls before he can touch his chips at supper” (Getting kids to eat healthy…….awkward silence, quick think of something to say! Nod and smile, nod and smile.)
“Those are cute sippy cups. I’ve never tried that brand before. Do they work well with Sprite or does it fizz out, because I can’t find a sippy cup that keeps my kids from spilling their Sprite!) (How do I say that I would never in a million years put Sprite in a sippy cup without sounding hoity toity?)
Honestly I could care less what choices others make at this point in my life. I don’t have the time or energy to sit around judging someone else. It’s just laughable, some of the misconceptions people have. Where do they get their information? I also find it funny what comes out when someone opens their mouth without thinking first.
People are so easily offended too. I don’t understand that. I think sometimes it’s because they feel guilty for something in their own lives, or perhaps jealous, or maybe they’re just super defensive. It bothers me how others automatically assume that I am judgmental just because I do something different. I am so tired of worrying about it. Newsflash: I haven’t slept more than 2.5 hours in a row in like a year. I do not have the brain capacity to waste on petty crap. As long as you aren’t neglectful or abusive, then I don’t care…even if you put Sprite in your kids’ sippy cups. Just don’t be jealous of my non-hyper children and their (hopefully) cavity free teeth.
I’ve been practicing using my 16-35mm lens. This lens and I aren’t friends yet. I don’t know its ways very well, I haven’t mastered it. I mean I’m not able to envision how shots line up through it, or anticipate how it will act in all kinds of light.
Practice makes perfect though. So, more pictures! (This is the same lens I used in the previous entry, by the way.)
Our day started out with two little girls rushing into the living room to say good morning to their baby chicks.
I was so worried Feathery was going to poop on her head and she was going to freak out.
(Mystery bantam. O wise Internets, plz identify this chick’s breed! It has a straight comb and gold wing feathers coming in, btw.)
See this ridiculous stuffed Easter Bunny? Tyler’s Granny bought it. Just what we need!
Though I must be honest, awesome ridiculousness is always welcome in my home.
“Mama! Stop taking pictures, I’m going to pee my pants!”
Then we had oatmeal for breakfast.
The secret to healthy, easy oats: soak rolled oats overnight with a couple inches of water covering them.
In the morning drain off the water, and cook them on top of the stove with 1.5 cups of water for every 1 cup of (dry) oats.
In 10-15 minutes you’ll have freaking delicious oatmeal! I put raisins in ours, or any random combination of things like chopped nuts, fruit, maple syrup, brown sugar, salt, butter, juice, chocolate chips, milk, cinnamon, peanut butter, ginger and cloves…endless possibilities.
After breakfast I met a photography client to give her an album she ordered. Then we went to get some dirt for my raised garden beds.
In previous years I’ve gardened right in the ground, but it always turns into an out of control bug-filled mess. I’ve gotten good yields some years, but there’s too many weeds and crazy mosquitoes!
At the end of last year we built raised beds, so this spring I had to fill them with dirt. I chose 50/50 topsoil compost mixture.
My father-in-law hauled it in his truck. We got 1.5 cubic yards of dirt, which was enough to fill five 4×4 raised beds, two rubbermaid tubs (for my blueberry bushes) and enough to till into a couple of in-the-ground garden beds.
Guess how much that cost me? It was a mounding pick-up truck bed full.
Cheap as dirt, that dirt was.
And so my garden is coming along nicely. The weather was a little warmer today, thankfully. (The 10 day forecast has highs in the 60’s and low 70’s with only one day in the low 50’s. Yay!)
These are my raised beds.
The long rectangle in the middle is where I’m going to plant some tomatoes. Eight or nine plants should fit there all in a row.
Those tubs at the end have dwarf apple trees in them.
This is my old garden area. It needs a bit of spring clean-up. The left side is being taken over by wild blackberry bushes. I’m going to have to put on some gloves and prune them back one day soon.
The right side I’m reclaiming this year. Peas are going in the back along the chain link to trellis up, and I think melons will go in the open space in the ground.
I’ll also plant some corn around the blackberry disaster.
Not sure yet what will go in the box. Maybe strawberries!
(You can’t really see it, but in the window of my neighbor’s garage right there behind the fence there is so much junk! The entire garage is piled from floor to ceiling with stuff. They can’t even walk in it!)
Here’s an up close of what I got done today:
This is my third garden area. It’s not as sunny during the day, so I’m planting greens there. Lettuce, red cabbage, etc. Cool weather crops.
I tilled some of the compost into it tonight.
I need to put some stepping stones in there and fix the fence.
At 7:30 Ada decided she was done gardening.
Well she really wasn’t gardening. She was playing with a tennis ball, throwing it and waiting for Rosie or a dog to return it to her then laughing, over and over.
She also sampled some compost, as you can see. Yuck!
We went inside, ate supper (grilled BBQ chicken) then they had a bath.
Then to bed for my sleepy heads…