January 26, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits

I have a mish mosh of things floating around that don't fit anywhere and need to be addressed... so this will be all over the place but on the bright side it will have a little something of interest to everyone.

My parents dropped by the other day, for those who didn't see yesterday's post. We have a real interest in composting, gardening, recycling... anything that improves our quality of living. Between the lot of us, we are always checking out new things to try. Mom has recently come across an under the counter composting method she is interested in trying out during the cold months when our table scraps must be tossed in the trash. It is called Bokashi. While it looks fascinating and may have merit, it is not an inexpensive endeavor to buy the enzymes needed to keep it going. She asked if I would write about it on my blog because she is interested in hearing from others who have used it to find out if it really works or if it is just a money maker. Would anyone who has heard of this, used it or knows anyone who has please let me know what kind of results you got?

Also, a long time blog reader of mine popped into my new blog over the weekend and said, "I didn't know you had this." So I want to be sure to direct your attention to the side bar where you can click over to my other blog. I posted about it during the busy holidays and during a crazy time here in Wachter world so it might have been swept aside by the busy-ness. You can read about the purpose of it here. We are having a great time and hopefully blessing the men we love along the way. We'd love to have you on board. A sweet blog buddy of mine was concerned that she must do everything everyday to join in. Let me assure you, that is not the point or goal. It is about being an encouragement, not a hindrance or one more long thing on our already too long to do lists, so you can come in as often or as little as you like and no one will be bothered either way.

Also, my comments have been going crazy for the last week or so. Sometimes they get emailed and show up on the post. Sometimes, they show up on the post but don't get emailed. Sometimes, they get emailed but don't show up on the post. Anyway, I don't know why things go crazy on blogger sometimes but... I would hate to miss your comments after you take the time to write them. So, my computer, blogger, really smart and helpful daughter suggested I try turning on comment moderation to see if that alleviates some of the problem. I wanted to make sure that no one thought it was a problem with anyone. Just so you know when you see the change.

And, I think I am allergic to church. No kidding. I have very severe allergies. Last Sunday, when I walked into church my throat started to close up and I was having trouble breathing. Fortunately, or maybe not so fortunately, I have had these sorts of reactions before so I know how to treat it and carry Benadryl and an Epi pen with me at all times. It took three days for my throat to open up completely but by Thursday morning I was relieved to be back to myself.

Well, guess what? Sunday morning we weren't in church for ten minutes before the same thing happened again. This time my face turned red and began swelling a bit, too. (See picture near the end of this post for details.) By far, not the worst reaction I have had, but not exactly the way I was hoping to look and feel for our afternoon plans. (See True Story Tuesday below to know why it mattered to me.)

So now, I need to track down the source of the problem, which is not an easy endeavor as the suspects are so many! Cleaning supplies, air fresheners, mold, mildew, perfume, deodorant, hair spray... Even as I write my eyes are still uncomfortably swollen and it is hard to swallow. How do you tactfully explain to your Pastor that you can no longer attend worship because you are allergic to his preaching?



  1. I have been having issues with blogger comments, too! Wonder what's up with that!?

    Hope yout allergy to church goes away soon! That would be a real bummer!

  2. Oh, wow! That is so neat that you actually got to meet another sister. Did I tell you that two of their brothers are here and we've met them and that my husband is working with them? Who knows, someday we might get to meet all 15 of them! :)
    Oh, and we've met the parents too. :)

  3. That's to bad about your allergy...not fun and not so easy to isolate the problem.

    How great to meet you friends sister...small world, huh?

    ~Smiling at your post title..we must have had the same wave length yesterday.

  4. That is really neat. One of my best friends lives in Ohio and I met her over the internet on a site called Clubmom (out of service now). That was 3 years ago and this past May she flew to my home to spend a few days with me. Its so neat to make new friends, esp. like that. I also live in TN.

  5. right now I am in awe of you! Amazing! You homeschool all 7 of your beautiful kids! You are my inspiration. I am planning on starting next year. Do you think it is a problem to take my oldest two out of school?
    Keep up the Good Work!

  6. Hope,

    I agree with you one hundred percent! But last week one of your lovely long detailed comments was one that never posted. What a shame that you took the time to write it and then it disappeared in cyber world. I am not sure what the issue is or how to fix it... BC, right?

    Love ya!


  7. Wow- how cool! I have some bloggy friends I am really hoping to meet in person.

    I bet your church is cleaning with something you're allergic too. Do they have carpeting? Whenever someone sprinkles that carpet powder before vaccuuming I get so sick.

  8. Such a SMALL world, eh? I love that you got to meet a special new friend - and how you were pulled together in a way you probably never imagined, right?

    Love it!

    (And sorry about the allergic reaction... does that mean you have to go test out each parishoner to find out which one you're allergic to?)

  9. Oh good grief that allergy sounds terrible... You were right those are a whole lot of thoughts showing us a great snapshot of your life and times!!!

  10. "My best friends sister, if you don't mind."

  11. Hello,
    I was hoping to leave a comment when I visited last week after finding you through your daughters blog that one of my daughters visits.
    I was so glad I did and wanted to say how much I have enjoyed reading about your home life.
    I love being able to see how other families with lots of children and homeschool share the happy and the hard or sad times.
    Thanks for doing this also.
    Isn't the blog world a 'world' of inspiration and hope?