Well, we finished up 3 weeks in Germany. We took very few photos and lived in the moment. We slept in, we wandered around Christmas markets, ate way too much, Shane drank way too much, and we enjoyed being away from reality.
Upon our return to reality, the realization that we were about two weeks out from owning my family’s toy store hit. We began on that while also working our other day jobs. We have officially owned my folk’s toy store for 13 days, but it feels like a lifetime. We have been busy reordering after the Christmas rush. Cleaning out years of my dad’s treasures that he should have been doing over the past year but hasn’t. The part-time employee found a full-time job, and we have opted not to rehire to save some money, so that leaves us filling in those times. Our full-time employee has had the crud and been out sick, so we are filling in those times as well. We both currently have our day jobs though my husband gave his notice at his last week. I’ll continue my day job because we need the paycheck and the health benefits.
Besides the toy store, my museum gig, my husband’s fire/paramedic gig – we have two border collie mixes, 17 chickens, a cat, the ducks and a goose that need to be tended to. Trying to find times for dog walks has been hard, but we’ve managed though they haven’t been as long as needed to take the edge off for Ade. We have resorted to dog puzzle toys. She is currently bashing the toy into my walls downstairs, but I don’t care because she is entertained and I can sit for a few minutes.
The cat has cabin fever. At 6 am he felt the need to tell me how much he hated winter. I thought he might be out of water or food but nope. He was just vocalizing his distaste for winter.
The chickens are laying about 12-15 eggs per day. We have options to sell them but haven’t gotten our act together. Until we get our act together, we have been gifting them to our friends and family. The ducks are slowly starting to lay again as our days gradually lengthen. I’m pretty sure everyone is ready for spring, but it is still ways off.
I have begun to think about getting starts for the garden going, but they will wait till after our Hawaii trip in a week (we seem to never stop going). The pepper plants I dragged inside have been producing peppers all winter so I may pull in a few more different plants next winter and see how they fair. I did have tomatoes all the way into November!
Our woodstove crapped out two days before our Germany trip. It cost an arm and a leg to fix it, so we opted to trade in two arms and two legs for a new one. I was a sucker for the bells and whistles on the new beast, but it hasn’t disappointed me yet! More efficient and keeps our house at a more even temperature. Worth every body part I lost!
The vacation rental is surprisingly busy for winter and our off-season which means my time is spent cleaning that place instead of my own home. Everyone wants to see the Northern Lights and it has not disappointed the last few years. Though this is the time of year, I’d prefer to leave Alaska.
I’m officially well into my 2nd trimester. My energy has returned, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time because we have a lot going on right now. We found out right before Christmas that it was a boy and told our parents on Christmas Eve. My mother-in-law has been adamant for years that we are going to have a boy, so she was pretty excited that she was right.
Heading to Hawaii next Sunday for a week of Anniversary celebrations! My aunt and uncle are celebrating their 50th Anniversary, my parents 40th Anniversary and our big 5 years! I’m mostly looking forward to the warmth and being away from reality again for a bit. And sleep. I look forward to sleep.