Archive for July, 2010

Big News!

Sorry I have seemed to fall off of the face of the earth! Rob and I have had some big news to share with family and friends this past week, news that–at least in part–explains a little bit of my absence over the past 8 weeks or so….

We’re pregnant! I’m currently in my 16th week of pregnancy, well into the second trimester. I had a pretty rough first trimester, with lots of morning (and afternoon, and evening) sickness and unbelievable fatigue. Things have been much better the past few weeks, with the nausea only happening right before bed. The fatigue has also lessened somewhat, and I usually only have to take one nap a day these days.  I am definitely, definitely in maternity clothes–I’ve never had a belly in my life, and now I’m getting used to a whole new body shape. It’s actually so exciting.

The doctor thinks it’s a boy, but that’s based on a ultrasound when I was 14 weeks along–still pretty early to tell. I’ve heard that nothing before 20 weeks is really reliable, so we’ll probably know by next appointment.

I’m due around January 18th-20th…right in the dead of winter here in Tehachapi. Earlier this year in January around the same time, my father-in-law was out here helping us remodel the bathroom. Some of the worst storms of the season happened that week, with multiple closures of the only highway out of town.

Oh boy.

Anyway, I’m beginning to feel much, much better! I’m hoping to blog more often now that I can remain upright for longer than 20 minutes at a time. I’ll also try to scan some of our recent ultrasound pictures. Not much new stuff has been happening around the homestead–since I’ve been so sick, a lot of what we had hoped to do kind of fell by the wayside. Most of the garden succumbed to squirrels and lack of pruning. We’re still hoping to have a wonderful honey harvest, though…a brand spankin’ new extractor should arrive sometime in the next few weeks, which is really exciting.

I’m a happy girl.

Our First Harvest

After a wonderful week with Rob’s family, the house is quiet again. I’ve spent most of the day getting the house back into order and reminding myself of the old groove. It’s hard to spend a day alone after so many days filled with loved ones–especially my Robert. But such is the nature of vacations. If those wonderful types of days were normal, perhaps we wouldn’t appreciate them so much.

A wonderful thing happened during the festivities of the week. We did a hive inspection with Rob’s family, and behold! We were able to harvest a frame of honey. Each super holds eight frames in our English-Garden-style hive, and just one frame yielded about 32 oz. of honey. And it wasn’t even completely full and capped! Admittedly, we were a bit anxious and harvested a bit prematurely. But hey, we were excited. It was our first. We can be more patient next time.

Because we don’t have an extractor yet, we had to harvest the honey with the ol’ crush and drain method. This means that we let gravity do most of the work–we let crushed foundation, wax and all, sit on a fine mesh strainer over night. The result was some of the most delicious honey I’ve ever tasted. It was thick, sweet, rich…and distinctly ours. I had never tasted honey quite so wonderful. Perhaps I’m biased, or perhaps we have a bit of a good thing going. Personally, I’d like to think it’s a little bit of both.

So with a little bit of patience, we should be swimming in honey soon. We might even make a buck or two from it. But even if all the honey ends up in our hands, stored for the colder days when a cup of sweet hot tea makes the bitter cold bearable, I still probably wouldn’t complain too much. 🙂