March 19, 2010

In Other News...

This week has been full of so many bits of of fun happening the old Wachter estate.  Stick with me and maybe you'll find something of interest to you in here. 

I know Spring is just around the corner.  Allergies have kicked in full swing with itchy eyes and runny noses for the last three weeks.   If that wasn't enough to make me realize that the year is marching on without me, we turned our clocks ahead one hour this week.  Sunday, when the spring forward cost her an hour of sleep, Brianna was quite disgruntled.  Then when she realized that it was dark in the mornings again she decided enough was enough.  My little rebel decided to make the transition a little gentler and declared she was only going to change her watch ten minutes a week for the next six weeks.  

But we all managed through and even made it to our Bible class Monday evening.  We were working our way through the book of first Samuel when we got a phone call from Brianna (she babysits the youngers) telling us that Nathaniel had a tick on him and it didn't look so good.  We live in the country and tick removal is a regular evening ritual in the summer.  Just the same, Brianna is not one to panic and she wouldn't bother me unless she really thought something was wrong or if she needed to know was it ok to feed the kids dessert, but still I figured, a tick can wait until we get home.  Allen was concerned about it, though, so I offered to run home and remove it and then come back in time for the second session.

Because of it's location, and the size of it, the tick had been there quite some time without notice and was engorged to the point that I have never seen a tick.  The skin around it didn't look so great, either.  Anyone, from our neck of the woods, knows about deer ticks and Lyme disease.  So, Tuesday was off to the doctors.  It turned out that the tick was not a deer tick, although it was hard to tell because it was so distorted, but Dr. Harper confirmed it was a dog tick.  The dog ticks around here carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  Which is also quite serious.  The good side was this.  The doctor said it is far too early to have ticks this time of year so that fellow must have been hanging around all winter.  If Nathaniel had contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from it we would have already seen severe symptoms.  Therefor he declared Nathaniel fine and healthy.  The whole episode was worth it to see the smile on his face when the doctor patted him on the back and told him, "You beat the tick!" 

Yes, the boys have had an exciting week around here!  On Wednesday morning, the mail truck broke down in front of our house and a tow truck had to come haul it away.  If that wasn't enough to keep a boy in awe, after some very rainy days, (we got about 4 inches between Friday and Tuesday morning) Tuesday dawned clear and warm.  The children could barely sit still to finish their lessons before going outdoors for the afternoon.  Where they have been ever since... except to come in for meals and to sleep.  And that is the reason we do double school days in the winter... why try to get a boy to sit still on a beautiful spring day?

While I ran around the yard with them, I had the pleasure of discovering my first bloom of the year.  Which is as least equal to ticks and mail trucks if you ask me.

But you know how boys are.  They can not be outdone.  So this morning, the were ecstatic when we woke to find the trash truck parked in front of our house.  It, too, had broken down.  The company sent a replacement truck and a repair truck.  Nathaniel got out his camera as the other boys stood by and watched the mechanic do his work.  Which didn't help much to get everyone ready to and out the door on time for our Thursday errands and appointments!

After six months of screeching every time she spots a stink bug, Elisabeth has finally overcome her fear of the little critters.  She discovered the joy of catching them and flushing them down the toilet.  One might have thought she got a new "Happy Day" the way she chases them down whooping in delight now.  

With so much adventure behind us, I can hardly wait to see what tomorrow will bring!



  1. Dear Kat,
    Things ahve been busy for sure.
    If you find earth moving equipment near our house or big trucks our boys will be there for sure. Even our girls love to watch.
    We have had tick experiences too.
    I hate going to the doctor. WE had a trip today and x-ray it eats up the whole day.

  2. Hope today brings lots of sunshine and joy to the watcher household.
    From The Perdue Zoo

  3. Kat,

    This post is just full of creepy crawlers from ticks to stink bugs. At least you can say that neither of them will wind up in the freezer awaiting burial! I am right there with Brianna, I hate Daylight Savings Time, I think it should be outlawed!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  4. You have taught us right. Only bother you during class if there 1.)someone's dying, 2.)the house is burning, and 3.) most importantly if we run out of dessert ☺.

    Love you!
    Your little rebel♥

    btw, it's 2:45 Nana Time ☺

  5. I loved reading your news! So thankful that Nathaniel is fine! Ticks are definitely a concern.
    That's too funny about the trucks breaking down in front of your house. Great entertainment for the little guys!