Thriving In My Thrifty Week–March 1, 2022

Last week was crazy! For the first part of the week, Malcolm spent 4 days and 3 nights with us. He’s never been with up overnight, except when his baby brother was born. We had taken him to church on Sunday, as we have been doing since his Mama has worked a lot on Saturday nights. As Sunday went on, it was apparent that his Mama was getting sick. We just kept him, hoping he would be spared and because she felt so bad that taking care of baby brother was all she could do.

We had lot of fun with him. We went to the park and took him for several walks. We read him endless books, played, danced around to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and I cooked and cooked.

I sent him home on Wednesday. Sadly, he got sick before he went. We made it to Wednesday night before Rob got sick, followed by myself on Thursday afternoon and Patsy that night. It was a viscous, nasty stomach bug and, as Forest Gump says, “That’s all I have to say about that!”

We saved a lot of money the hard way. We didn’t eat much of anything. We used a couple of canned soups that I keep on the shelves for this purpose. We went nowhere, so didn’t buy gas. Rob and I were supposed to have a weekend alone, thanks to my sister. Cheapest weekend alone. Ever. We weren’t actually alone anyway as poor Patsy was in the sick house with us. We slept a lot. The good news is that we are all on the mend and doing well, and although disappointing, there are many more weekends in our future to do what we want with! The girls brought the babies and a meal by, which was sweet. They figured they knew where it had come from, so wouldn’t catch it again:)

After feeling like a person again, I spent some time trying to clean up the house. It was very dirty. I started bleaching bedding and blankets, and still have wiping down to do in some places. I also got some cooking done. I made some chili, Rob made some spaghetti, and we cooked a bunch of veggies from our freezer. We opened jars of fruit and used those as well.

So, I’m sorry for not answering comments sooner, as there were several sitting there for quite a few days. They are answered now, so if you asked a question, hopefully I answered it! I hope to do more exciting activities this upcoming week:)

10 thoughts on “Thriving In My Thrifty Week–March 1, 2022”

  1. I am sad that your household was so ill with the stomach flu. At least everyone is now over it and amongst the living again!

    Malcolm is really growing up fast! He no longer has that “toddler” face and is looking more like a little boy. He looks like he could be somewhat mischievous at times with the smile that is on his face.

    With last week’s post showing Kai only wanting Rob to hold him, has Rob ever considered going full-time being a baby-whisperer? The way Malcolm and Kai only want their grandpa to hold them when they are tired, the boys will have a very close relationship with grandpa that cannot be broken. Wonderful for the boys and for Rob!

    1. I’ve never heard of a full-time baby whisperer, but I’m sure Rob would be good at it. Complete stranger babies have asked to be held by him. The latest case was right before Covid. A baby in McDonald’s held out his arms to Rob grabbed on and snuggled down. Boy, were the parents nervous, so Rob gave him back very soon and stood right next to the parents the entire time. But, the baby knew a good place to be:)

  2. That is going around here in SC as well. We always keep Tummy Soothe from hopewelloils.com. Put a drop on the back of the hand and lick it off and repeat every 30 minutes as needed but it often works with just one drop. It will kill everything from food poisoning to Norovirus. Do not use it for anyone younger than three.

    1. I will look into that! Since I’ve not been even a little sick for over 2 years, I hope I wouldn’t need it any time soon, but it’s worth a look just in case.

  3. So sorry that you all have been sick. Sounds like a nasty stomach bug. Glad that you all are starting to feel better though.

  4. Oh, what a horrible week! I am sorry everyone has been so sick. It is bad enough when the adults feel bad, but a sick baby is the worst.
    Good job being prepared ahead of time. I have soups hidden on the shelves in the basement just for those times.
    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

    1. Thankfully, I had the baby when he was only sort of sick, if there is such a thing. He was catching it, but we weren’t sure if it was just one of those baby burp-ups, or what, but it wasn’t. I felt bad for his mom when she, Malcolm and baby brother were all feeling so poorly at once, and Rob and I were completely useless to help out, but Auntie Lovana pulled through and helped out like a trooper over there. This week is much better for all of us.

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