“What New England is, is a state of mind, a place where dry humor and perpetual disappointment blend to produce an ironic pessimism that folks from away find most perplexing” ~ Willem Lange
Our annual family camping trip to Washburn Island was nothing of the sort this year. With no way to keep clean, let alone sterile, Rowan couldn't come out and Mike was working. Jenna and I went out and she woke up sick in the morning so we came home. I then went out alone, just me and the dog for a few days then was joyfully reunited with Jenna for a week together.
I really tried for relax, refresh, renew, but there was a lot going on at home and with family that I needed to take care of from afar and worried about a great deal. Jenna did get some badly needed R&R with her dear friends and I was very glad for that. Arwen got to sleep on Jenna's air mattress while she was gone, so she didn't get as gimpy as she has in years past.
It wasn't the worst vacation I've ever had, but it just didn't feel right.
When we got home, Jenny had some tests done and went back on meds for Lyme and Bartonella, one of them is really hurting her stomach so I have ordered something called DGL supplement. It is supposed to help coat her tummy before she takes her antibiotics, should be here in two days. Between those, ginger chews and probiotics, hopefully we will be ok.
Rowan is back on two weeks of iv after two on orals. She had an ER trip the one night Mike was on the island with me. Our dear housemate took her in at 11pm and they didn't get home until after 3am. From that I needed to coordinate from the island, a follow-up with our primary as well as a follow up with a specialist to diagnose an "atypical ocular migraine". Our beloved housemate took her to all the appointments, he is such a life-saver.
Meanwhile, Jenna started 8th grade and turned 14. We had a small family gathering wherein we all had a wonderful time together and a semi successful Skype visit from those who were away.
Getting things ready in the house for fall. Tidying, dusting, putting things away and such. It always seems smaller, somehow, once the windows and doors are closed up. The air is crisp and cool in the mornings and it is perfect sleeping weather.
Mike, at last, built a shelf addition to Jenna's desk for all her schoolwork. It is perfect because she now has all her desk space back.
Next step is to clean out the wood stove room from the mess that accumulates all summer and have that ready to go and borrow the splitter to get all the wood we have ready to burn.
Off to new adventures, King Richard's Fair and Honeypot Hill Orchards coming up!