Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Peanut's Wednesday Weekly - The refreshing season of spring

I love the change of seasons. I love my built in wardrobe change. In the spring and summer I have a light coat and bare tummy to keep me comfortable, in the fall and winter I grow a figure friendly thick coat to keep me toasty. All I ask from Mother Nature is that she try and be a little predictable and consistent. It's a beautiful spring day today and a very pleasant 50ish degrees as of right now. Just as it should be right?

Then who said we were to have high 80's/low90's temps for the last 4 days?! Don't get me wrong, I enjoy summer. I love playing outside and running around the yard. I love lying in dappled shade sipping a cool drink from my water bowl.

But its not summer just yet and I was NOT prepared for the evil high temps! Mom and Dad didn't put the ac's in yet and won't until June so there was no break from the heat. Suuuuure they got to go to work in air conditioned offices (which they claim were not working) but I had to sit in this sorry excuse for an oven of a house.

Thankfully the temps finally dropped last night to a normal range. What a difference today is, nearly a 30 degree difference in temp.. and I couldn't be happier. Let summer come when I'm ready.. when I have ac and a kiddie pool I can share with JP, lol.

The Pink Bunny Masacre, lol

When JP was just a few months old my mom and I went yard sale shopping one day. She found this set of bunny bowling...PINK bunny bowling. It's a really cute set.. but it's PINK. I always said I would donate it and get JP a blue set or otherwise appropriate boy themed bowling set.

FFW to yesterday.. probably just under 2 years after the set was bought. We had been going thru a spring heat wave and temps were in the high 80's/low90's for 4 days. Before heading outside last night JP had been watching a kids DVD that had a brief shot of a kid using a kids bowling set and he loved it. By chance Joe had used my car for work and his was home.. and the bunnies were in the trunk.. poor bunnies, lol. I brought them out and set them up and gave him the soft bowling ball that came with the set. He LOVED it and would selt them up and knock them over time and time again, lol. After that he started bunny discus tossing and then mommy had to pick them all up.

Guess JP has a pink bunny bowling set after all, lol.

Monday, April 27, 2009

large coffee to go please....

Joe is on a new shift for Monday. He has to work 7-3. I work 6:30 - 4. I've had to repeatedly change my schedule for his work schedule and he didn't want  me to do that once again. He came up with the idea for his parents to take JP to daycare on Mondays. After a couple of weeks of fine tuning and one glitch, we have it down to a system. Joe takes JP to his parents house instead of them  picking  him up from my office. JP gets to spend a few hours in the morning with his grandparents and Joe and I are able to get to work at the time we need. I'm really happy with this arrangement.

JP however isn't a morning person. Those that know me, will know that he gets it from me, lol. Usually Joe wakes him up and changes him and gets him dressed, with much protesting from JP. This morning was slightly different and while we feel bad for JP, it's too funny not to share, lol.

Joe woke JP up as usual and JP fussed, although not as much as usual. After getting dressed JP got off the bed and walked into the kitchen. Bear in mind that this is all of  5:30am. His eyes were half open, his gait was uneven and sleepy and he was NOT a happy kid. He looked at me and almost grunted and then proceeded to walk to the door. He stood at the door and just looked at Joe as if to tell him to move his butt and get the morning over with, lol. Joe wasn't ready just yet so I picked up JP for my morning hug and kiss.. and was given a dirty look. I put JP down and he walked back over to the door and off they went. I was waiting for him to ask for coffee.. heavy on the milk.

Monday, April 20, 2009

A little too close to home

This is picture of a forest fire that was raging just on the other side of a mountain ridge near my home. I live a short distance from the other side of the mountain. At it's closest this fire was about 6 miles away from my house with occasional 20 foot high walls of fire.

I was out of the house most of Saturday and the last I'd heard/read was that this was just a brushfire. Imagine my surprise on Sunday morning when friend in Arkansas emailed me thru Facebook to ask me how we were doing with the fire. (Thanks agian Naomi!) I'd had no idea that it had turned into a major forest fire that ended up burning about 400 acres! Thankfully the fire departments worked hard and had the fire contained with fire breaks by last night.. the rain is expected to pour down today and that will extinguish any additional fires or embers. While not scared yesterday, I will say that I was concerned and kept an eye on the situation as I could. I've never been so close to a forest fire and it was an interesting day. Funny thing is that it must have been in just the right spot as I never even smelled smoke.. yet an acquaintance that lives just 2 miles away from me could smell smoke.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

to plant a garden or not to plant

I enjoy the idea of a garden and the benefits of homegrown fruits and veggies. This year I have plans to turn my small front flower bed into an herb garden, which I will still probably do. I also plan to find a spot to plant seeds for giant pumpkins for JP. I'm hoping to get 2 HUGE pumpkins of over 100lbs each. One for in front of the house, and one for our office. The soil around our home isn't the greatest for gardening, even though there is a lot. We also rent and while our landlords are very lenient, I'm not sure how they would feel about the property being dug up. I'd LOVE to set up a square foot garden system, but not sure if Joe would be agreeable to it. I also wanted to build a small childrens garden for JP.

On my way into work yesterday I noticed that I thought was a sign for a community garden in a park being developed. I go by this park every day which is a huge plus. For $25.00 I'd get a 20footx20foot plot to plant. Only organic pesticides which is another plus. Now to decide if I'd be motivated enough to set it up and keep it up. Hmmm maybe I can convince Joe that a square foot garden system is worthwhile, lol.