Friday Free-For-All 06/29/18

Friday Free-For-All

Our well water is finally safe to drink! The initial water test before we bought the house came back as no good, so the seller shocked the well. But because the well cap was still open, bacteria was likely still getting in, and a second test was still no good. We closed the well cap and then let it go for a while because inertia. We’ve been buying bottled water for drinking since we moved in, which has been kind of expensive and less than ideal. Two weeks ago Ben did a really thorough chlorine treatment, and our third water test this week came back with “Acceptable for human consumption”! Hooray! Just in time for us to bring a baby home. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh?

It’s supposed to be brutally hot this weekend. Like, in the mid- to upper-nineties, and I am SO not here for it. Our house usually stays pretty cool, but that’s still quite warm, especially for a preggo, and especially for a preggo who was already heat-sensitive to begin with. Is it bad that I’m hoping to go into labor just so we can be at the hospital with air conditioning? If not, we may need to find a swimming hole. That is, if I can fit into my bathing suit…

We recently started feeding both cats prescription food. Rocket has been on a special diet since his urinary blockage back in the winter. Because it’s more expensive than regular food, we were continuing to feed Creemee the “normal” stuff. But she would regularly try to steal Rocket’s prescription food, while he would try to eat hers, so we had to constantly watch them during meal times, which was getting old, fast. We checked in with our vet, and since there’s no harm in eating the food if a cat doesn’t need it, we’re just feeding them both the same kibble, and life is a lot simpler now. Both cats are happier and eating better, and we don’t have to constantly police who’s eating what. Sure, it will be more expensive in the long run, but I think our time is worth it. Speaking of cats…

Our cats have been catching mice in the house like gangbusters. I think we’re now up to a grand total of six adult and three baby mice that have been either caught (and subsequently removed by me or Ben) or killed by our kitties since we moved in. While I’m glad that the cats are doing their job, it’s kind of gross. We need to do some reconnaissance to see if we can find where the mice are coming in and block up the hole. It can be pretty damn difficult to make your home completely mouse-proof, but the evidence seems to suggest we could do a better job. Considering that we live in the middle of a gigantic field, mice are always going to be a challenge for us.

Cat owners, do your cats do a good job of pest control?

 

 

Friday Free-For-All – 03/23/18

Friday Free-For-All

My sister and mom are throwing me a baby shower. At first I was sort of “meh” about the whole shower thing, but then my sister sent me a picture of the invites that she had a friend CUSTOM DESIGN and they are so effing cute I cried and now I’m all “YES, SHOWER ME WITH ATTENTION AND BABY STUFF I’M READY!”. Pregnancy hormones are crazy, ya’ll.

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Raccoons are my favorite

We FINALLY submitted our sample to get our well retested. The deadline to get repaid for the test and any follow up work through escrow is March 25. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh? And of course, our water failed. FML. Our well water is “bacteriologically unacceptable for human consumption” and we now have to have our well company to come dump chlorine in our well, then retest it again once all the chlorine has been flushed through the system. We really shot ourselves in the foot on this one by waiting so long to do the re-test. If we had done it a month ago, we could have gotten the chlorine treatment and third test paid for through the escrow account before the deadline. Ah well, live and learn. In the meantime, this means continuing to buy bottled water for drinking, which really sucks.

I have to go take my glucose tolerance test this afternoon. For those who don’t know what this means, I basically have to drink sugar water, sit around for an hour, then have my blood tested to see how well my body processes sugar. If I fail, I will have to go for another round, and if I fail again, I’ll be diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which is a royal pain in the butt. It usually goes away after the baby is born, but it raises your risk level, and involves dietary changes and monitoring your blood sugar for the remainder of the pregnancy. My family has a crazy history of Type 2 Diabetes, so I’m pretty nervous. Wish me luck!

My pregnant bestie is coming to visit this weekend!  Mandy is exactly one month ahead of me in pregnancy, and she and her hubs are coming up from Jersey for our housewarming party tomorrow night. I’m so excited to see them! It’s been really, really cool for us to be pregnant at the same time. We were super close before, but it seems like now, not a day goes by without a flurry of text messages exchanged, checking in on symptoms and how “glamorous” pregnancy can be. I feel so lucky that we’ve been able to rely on each other during this crazy time.

Any fun plans for the weekend?