Suckyvention and the Yard: Updates

I’ve been asked a few times how the Suckyvention went and to be honest, it’s been a bit of a non event. Like the end of breastfeeding and the start of a new sleeping routine and potty training, Kale was obviously ready to hand over the Sucky because despite a bit of protesting at nap and bedtime and requests for the Sucky here and there, he has responded incredibly well to no more Sucky. He’s certainly not in love with Sucky Monkey – it is still White Bear that rides the train of superiority in this house – but Sucky Monkey does play a role. Here’s a gallery of us at Build A Bear (look at me go putting in a wordpress image gallery for the first time!) plus a really pretty picture of some tulips from our yard I am throwing in so that there is an even number of images.

Behaviourally, there has been some boat rocking this week and whether that’s because we are approaching three or whether that is a reaction to the loss of the Sucky, I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter, does it? Kale has pushed every single button of mine he has been able to access and then some this week, prompting me to tweet more than once that he is up for sale. Holy cow. This past two days, however, it has not poured rain, which has prompted me to be able to go out into the yard and do some digging which has been a massive saving grace for keeping Kale occupied.

And the yard, well, it’s coming. Last weekend we had a work party here and a few friends came over and helped us move the shed to the opposite corner of the yard. It was remarkably easy. We also dug up and removed the dead hedges, and started digging up the grass that will become a garden bed out front. It was very hard work and we were all dusty and tired by the end of it.

Since then, I’ve been picking away at it, going outside with Kale when the weather isn’t awful and pulling up the turf and turning over the soil. A lot of our neighbours have stopped on their way by to ask what we are doing – some asked if we were installing a pond (good god no!) – and many wanted to comment on how hard we were working.

Ross and I have a to-do list that is a mile long. As I write this, Ross is putting the roof on the chicken coop downstairs. We need to make sawhorses, we need to install our vegetable garden, we need to finish the front yard. Our stove’s front element gave up the ghost the other day and thankfully cleaning the contacts on the element seems to have done the trick or we’d be out stove shopping. We need to move two very large and heavy rhododendrons, we need to we need to we need to.

I’m enjoying home ownership but sometimes I feel like we don’t have enough time to actually finish projects. It’s hard to do projects with Kale – he likes to help and I want him to help and learn tool safety but he slows us down considerably and generally one of us has to play Kale-wrangler to make sure that he doesn’t a) muck something up b) glue himself together or c) fall up the stairs with his blue plastic chair (like today, for example).

Here’s those pretty flowers again. Serenity now and all that jazz. Hey, whose little hand is that in the corner? KALE!

8 years ago

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