Yuck, that's an awful title, but I just couldn't think of a better one. Sorry! Last Thursday I was quite suprised to see a news crew pull up in front of the house. Thought it was news 10 coming back, but nope - it was WSET/ABC 13. They were hoping for a nice, impromptu interview. I agreed, but damnit - I had on the t-shirt I had worn the day before (thankfully with no food spills on it!) and I was NOT wearing my good bra (you know the one - it keeps your girls up & looking perky, rather than looking like work-horse/milked-cow udders). Oh well. I thought I actually did a really good job with this interview. I made my points, remembered to include some important issues and so on. They took various shots of the hops, pumpkins, corn and herbs growing and then headed on their way. I wasn't shocked to hear that their next stop was City Hall & meeting with the Zoning Dept., but boy was I ever shocked to see them return and start trying to visit the neighbors!! I think that they only talked to a couple people who live across the street, but honestly, I don't know who all they talked to or what they were told by them. I really don't want to know (ok, part of me does) - I'd rather be a little ignorant here and be able to maintain a harmonious relationship with everyone rather than have sore feelings.
Mom arrived to get Shannon as they were leaving. I was getting ready to walk back into the house and get something for Mom when I tripped myself up and took a nasty little fall onto the front porch. Hit my knees pretty hard, as well as the top of my foot on the edge of the porch. Knees are as bruised as if I was earning my living in a not-so-respectable way. Along with my back where an old injury has re-inflamed, I'm a pretty sore mama these days! Who knew though that fall wouldn't be the biggest hurt suffered that day??
When I was able to see the tv report I honestly was humiliated and cried. They made it out to sound as if this was all about money, and that the reason I made our soap, shampoo, and bread was because we couldn't afford to buy it. Humiliation and sadness turned to anger and I posted a comment on their site. You can read it all here: http://www.wset.com/news/stories/0708/533254.html
Thankfully, this isn't the main station people around here watch - but still. I did notice however that they quoted Chuck Aldridge (from zoning) as saying how people admit that the chickens aren't causing a problem via smell or noise, just that they don't personally like them. Well, I don't personally like how my house stinks like burnt food when the coffee shop two blocks away burns their beans, but it really is none of my business. Geez people!!
As if all this silliness and strife weren't enough the boys are in full mode. Tristan has cut his second two-year molar and the poor baby has been miserable. Snotty nose, fussy, diaper rash - he's got all of them. Shannon, of course, thinks he is sick as well and has been coughing for several days. This morning he was coughing pretty bad so I broke down and gave him some cough medicine. If anything hopefully it will make him take a nap!! I think the humidity has really gotten to them as well. We don't have AC here, just a window unit in the rooms where they sleep and nap. It usually is comfortable in the summer though, except when the humidity gets bad. And that is has been lately. So, by late afternoon we are all at each other's throats.
So, here's to the wishes of cooler weather and the lesson learned to always keep your good bra and a clean shirt handy for when the news wants to pop by!