I'm Tonia and this is my family. There's Hubs, my wonderful partner; Bug, my darling daughter; and Boo, my charming son. We are the Collins clan. We are a homeschooling family who try our best to live out God's will for our lives every day. There are lots of stumbles along the way, but we love each other and this little life we're carving out for ourselves. Recently we found ourselves called to make some big changes in our lives so we're packing up the McMansion and moving out to a little farm in need of a lot of TLC. We have tons to learn and tons to do and we invite you to share the journey as we turn our not-so-new heap into a home.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


I. am. dying.

Okay, okay, that may be a little dramatic, but I see little difference between saying I'm dying and explaining how my brain seems to be liquefying and spilling out of my nose and eyes- either way, it's bad news and I'm not having a good time.

Ragweed....my personal kryptonite....and 'tis the season for much ragweed.

I didn't even know what ragweed looked like so I went surfing for an image.

photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Evil, evil plant.

I'm pretty sure there isn't a corner of our land not covered with this stuff, or anybody else's land for that matter. And I thought moving to the country would be a good idea? Genius right here people. Genius.

I have heard that taking raw local honey every day can do miracles so I am now on a mission to find some. I have a good friend who would normally be able to supply me, but she is out currently, so I will have to hunt down some of this liquid gold and see if it helps. I'm currently taking FOUR different things so if it reduces that to say....one or two...I'm thinking that will be success.

And in other, more Heap-related news:

After about 4 baths each the FreeLoaders have recovered from their intestinal distress. They've also been gifted a new run that will make their lives a lot more comfortable. Up 'til now they've stayed in a small dog crate when we're gone- which some days is 8 or more hours. They did this when we lived in the McMansion as well, but I was home most days and they didn't have to stay in there all day very often. Now, when we leave we try to bundle errands, etc. and usually are gone for longer periods of time. They cannot currently stay in the run for very long because Sam is a digger and is out about 2 minutes after you turn your back. We will have to put some kind of floor under it- either pour concrete or make a wooden floor. The Hubs hasn't decided which is the best option yet, but soon... we must get this done soon.

We started using the window AC unit this week as summer has finally arrived and daytime temps are about 95 degrees. So far, so good, thankfully. I'm very nervous that it will not hold up to constant use and have been turning it off at night and then turning it back on mid-morning. At night we've been using the attic fan and opening windows, but now that kryptonite is circulating in the outside air I'm not sure of the wisdom of this tactic. Tonight I will try just turning it off and hoping the house stays cool enough with no fresh air coming in. I am grateful it's worked so far and even more grateful that summer will come to a close soon- by next year we will, hopefully, have a central AC unit.

The washer and dryer are now in working order. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. Life feels a little more normal now that I can do laundry. I never thought I would say that, but there it is. I'm happy to do laundry.

I'm clearly losing my mind....it must be the kryptonite.




  1. Local honey has helped Mr WK's allergies, although for some reason this year has been a humdinger of an allergy season. We're both looking forward to the first hard freeze.

    We don't use as much honey in the summer, but we're big hot tea drinkers when it's not blazing hot outside and sweeten it with honey.

  2. Flonase!!!

    I started it one night and by the next morning I was human again. I'm now off of everything else but that and I feel SO much better! I'm still going to try the local honey though and see if that helps enough to not need to medicate, but for now, I'm just grateful for a med that works!