An Educational Trip

Last week we left John at home working with all the animals to keep him company and traveled the few hours north to my family’s cabin to help with the annual spring clean up. It was the first time we had spent away from the house in months. We were off the property! I was ready for excitement, what I got was education.

I learned that the kids do not in fact need to pee every hour on a car ride. As it turns out, after months of Covid talk and faced with public restrooms and face masks, they can all hold it the whole 3.5 hour drive. A fact I will remember.

I learned that this railing still doesn’t seem “safer.”

I learned that a change of scenery will not make a single bit of difference in the amount of fighting the girls do.

I learned that if Grandma and Grandpa are the only people they have been able to see in two months, the additional presence of Grandma and Grandpa won’t make a bit of difference in the referenced fighting.

I learned that different chores, no matter how enthusiastic you present them “Yay! Let’s rake pine needles!”, are still chores and they will whine about them just as much.

I learned that Clara will happily pick up and drag home every bit of garbage and “treasure” she can find when out for a paddle.

I learned that Jane will pack herself up two live snails to bring home without asking for permission.

I learned that Ivy can make fantastic cookies in any kitchen.

And I remembered that life always feels better on the water.

Mom’s Favorites at 40 Years Old

So mom usually asks us what our favorites are, but this year I decided that I wanted to do it for her. In other words I am taking over mom’s blog for today. And in doing this blog it will hopefully encourage her to do one for us. – Ivy

Mom what’s your favorite…

Color – Red

Food – Potatoes

Meal – Dinner. Wait no, 2nd breakfast

Whiskey – My regular favorite is Jim Beam. My favorite special whiskey is Basil Haydens.

Dog – Goose. Shh don’t tell Trip.

Cat – Gypsy

Person – Dad (John)

Uncle – hmm. I don’t want to answer that. Can we delete that question? Wait, if you are reading this and you’re my uncle, then it’s you.

Author – … that one lady that writes the books I love…

Book – Dealing With Dragons is my all time favorite book, but now I feel disloyal to all the other books.

Cousin – The one who is reading this as well.

Sport – Swimming

Swimming Stroke – Backstroke

COVID19 thing – Capoeira class with the Raizes group in Santa Cruz.

Aunt – My favorite aunt? Are you guys trying to start a family war? (I think dad is).

Animal – My favorite use to be a frog and the theme for today’s for Cool Beans Club is frog drawings so we should do that. But now, it might be a dog… or a goat.

Farm animal that we have – It might be the geese but also the silky chickens. But if you made me choose it would be the geese.

Thing to do inside – I don’t know what to say. I like to… wash the dishes? Nope. Play the piano? Hardly do that… I don’t know.

Thing to do outside – Walk the dogs while taking pictures.

Place to go – Camping (uh…ok?)

Time of day – Time of day? umm 10pm (both start laughing)

Time of year – winter, fall, winter, fall, winter.

Song – I don’t like music (I don’t like that answer. Mostly because I have my headphones on 24/7). Mom: Ok what about I don’t like music that much, I do like the “Whiskey for my Men, beer for my horses” song and “Na ladeira”

Thing to do while we are at school – Enjoy the quiet.

Friend – Sarah (not surprising) for how many years? How old was I in 2nd grade? 8 years old, so we have been friends for 32 years.

Movie – I don’t really watch movies but, probably “French Kiss” because I don’t watch movies.

Thing to do with me – Wash Dishes… JK I like to work out together and I like to yell at you to take your headphones off when I’m trying to talk to you.

Thing to do with Clara – Take care of her pigeons.

Thing to do with Jane – … What do I do with Jane? Wait, do I do things with you guys? Now I feel like a bad mother. Oh wait, she does do the chores with me and that’s fun.

Thing to do with Dad – I don’t know, hang out with him all day, every day FOREVER because that means I can do everything with him.

Thing to do in the car – Currently, since my concussion? Sleep!

Thing to do in your free time – I don’t have free time… eat chocolate in quiet.

Type of clothing – Hooded sweatshirts (me too).

Thing about having kids – um…. Dad “when they are quiet”. Mom “When they do nice things for you like birthday surprises for you and write blogs.”

Flower – Daffodils or forget-me-nots.

Chicken – I don’t have a favorite by name but kind… wyandottes or silkies or any new variety (Dad calls from the other room “So the next chicken”)… Yes

Anything else – Ted the vacuum cleaner (we named out new Robo vacuum cleaner Ted if anyone is confused).

Happy Birthday Mom.

Staying on Top

Today is the last day of the April Squares challenge hosted by The Life of B. A month of square pictures, posted everyday, somehow themed around the word “top”.

It was a good way to get back into the habit of keeping the camera handy. It was good to get back into the habit of blogging. On days that my still recovering brain was up for it it felt good to blog surf again and see other “top” pictures.

Some days I wobbled. There were days that I stretched far for the “top” connection, for a photo that might work and to post before midnight.

But I stayed the course and posted the whole month.

The last months have been rough ride but some things never change. Taking on a challenge and coming out on top always feels fantastic!