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When Mom’s sick.

Deja vu on Oehlschlager farm.

Mom (aka Me) has been diagnosed (again) with strep throat. Sigh. Doc thinks that at the ripe old age of nearly 30 I’ve probably built up some resistance to amoxicillin. So she sent me home with a prescription for different horse pills and promised it would all be over soon. (I think she must have amnesia about the generous way we Oehlschlagers “share.”)

And today, of course, I feel worse than yesterday. And today, all FOUR kids are off school.

Matt is off trying to make a living and I’m at home wishing the day away. To keep my mind off my garbage disposal-feeling throat, I decided to do a new and expanded budget. A detailed budget with six-month intervals through the end of 2014. Kind of a tricky thing when you have a farm and there are random, hidden expenses all year-long.

My poor children have been doing an excellent job of entertaining themselves. I shooed the poor little minions away while I calculated and estimated the next two years away. In the mean time, somebody ate popcorn inside the storage area for extra blankets. Every board game has been played (and is still out and scattered). The guinea pigs took their first trip to the dining room, where one had an accident. I do not even have the energy to see what the upstairs looks like.

Nobody’s dressed. I finally told No. 2 to get something on other than just underwear, preferably sweatpants. He is now wearing a light-weight, waist-length robe, underwear and socks. An improvement, I guess.

Now the budget is done. Ugh. Lunch (if what they ate even qualifies) is done. The kids are watching Veggie Tales and arguing. I’m pretending they aren’t. There’s only 15 minutes until half of them will be blissfully asleep for at least one hour.

I keep reminding myself it could be a lot worse. It has been before. At least nobody’s puking … yet!

Categories: Life on the farm


My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

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