Monday, May 18, 2009

Small Town / Wild Kingdom

Tuesday was a beautiful day, so we took a walk: Grocery store, playground, hot dog place, town hall (a guy was playing guitar and singing on the green), home. As we crossed the bridge over the creek, we saw a heron, so we watched it for a while and saw it catch this snake. It was so violent, but so cool. Then it flew off. Daphne said it was going to cut up the snake into pieces for its babies. Pretty exciting stuff for a Tuesday. Then it got hot.

On Thursday morning, a neighbor's kids came to stay with us overnight:It was a lot of work watching three kids, and I was exhausted when they left on Friday afternoon, but the kids were good, it was fun, and Daphne had a great time at her first sleep-over. She had to practice sharing and being flexible, which was really good for her. She needed it. I am already fretting about the first time her preschool teacher next year tries to get her to do something she doesn't want to do. I am expecting some phone calls.
Friday was National Ride Your Bike to Work Day, so Kev rode his bike to work:

Here he is getting home. It was a pretty long ride, but I think he really enjoyed it. And there were rest stops set up along the trail, which made it really nice. Way to go, Kev!

The weekend was pretty low-key for once. Saturday we went to Kev's office for a little barbeque lunch. We got to see part of the cool rocket he is working on, and Daphne got a sort of sling-shot rocket toy that she thought was the Coolest Thing Ever. Sunday I cleaned bathrooms all morning. Then we went birthday shopping for the Peanut, and after Kev cut the grass, we ate dinner at the picnic table in the back yard. So nice.
This morning, I cut these peonies and put them by the sink (which seems to be where I spend most of my time). I had to be very careful of the poison ivy, which is slowy but steadily taking over, but it was worth it. You should smell these things. Delightful.
The poison ivy is causing me to have a lot of anger. Every time I go outside, I discover more. And we can't spray it, because doing so will kill the peonies and the rose bush. Our only choice is removal, but that is going to be a very big very difficult somewhat dangerous job.
I suppose that if some poison ivy is all I have to complain about, though, life is pretty good. So I will try to just let it go. Calm blue ocean...calm blue ocean...calm blue ocean,,,
OK, off to the Dollar Tree. Woohoo!

1 comment:

Gye Greene said...

Slumber party: neat-o! That's on our "to do" list...

Poison ivy: How about long sleeves, forearm-covering "oven cleaning" gloves (secured with duct tape), and some mondo-sturdy trash bags?

Is poison ivy still an irritant after it's dead and dried up? Can you go through with long branch loppers -- -- and cut them off near dirt level, and then collect the vines once they've dried up?