Monday, April 27, 2020

Summer Break

Today is the first day of summer. No, it's not June's the first day of REAL SUMMER....Summer Break. I need to get some paperwork done, but the kids have their part done.

It was a busy day. I began the day by going to Freddies at 0700. I was shopping for a senior - so I decided I qualify for early shopping.  I needed to get milk back home before Dad woke up and was ready for his cereal. ::snort::   Krista called and asked if I could meet her at Midas. I did a U-turn and headed back to town.

I grabbed a cup of tea, some fruit and headed out for my  walk.....Um all that tea meant I was home at the 3 mile mark for a pit stop.

Michael and Alex were taking this tree down. I loved this tree. When Mom saw a photo she asked me to take a photo of it in each season. It was leaning and had a tire swing on it. I was happy to take photos and send them to her. Unfortunately, I was only able to send her a fall and winter photo before she passed away that December.  Nonetheless, I've marked the season changes with photos of the tree.....but it was leaning more and more and Michael always said it would have to come down...even before we closed on the house. 

Today it came down...and it made me sad...but near the bottom the trunk was hollowing out....and a new little birch tree was entwined with's now standing straight and tall. You can just see it in front of the stump....

The wood is really pretty. Michael has several slabs and chunks drying in a box of shavings...if they don't crack when they dry out....he will make birch bowls and I will attempt some the tree will live on....

Dash was NOT happy with the noise and hid in his log most the day. 

Phoenix (left front) has a hard job trying to keep the girls in line. 

 I headed back out and finished my walk....a total of 5.3 miles today. I do better if I go early and don't need a pit stop. I don't like the out and back route, I like a big circle. LOL 

When I got home Alex and I put together the little shelf/greenhouse. Stacia had planted 72 corn seedlings...because we just don't have a warm enough, long enough growing season if I plant them directly into the ground. 

It was a GORGEOUS day. We sat on the deck and enjoyed it....

Alex sprayed all the play structures, toys, tables and chairs with bleach water....Bre and the kids stopped at Baachan's Park and Recreation Center (trying to come up with a name that will incorporate Papa too - PaBa isn't doing it). 
Bre and Annie

Sweet kids - Gideon and Bella 
 They were happy to be out of their house....we were happy to have them in our yard. 

Auntie, Bella and Annie. 

Krista made dinner tonight. She grilled burgers...and made curly fries in the air fryer.  Tis the season for sun tea....all yummy and all sugar free. Oolong on the left...Green/Mint/Strawberry Pomegranate in the middle and Green/Strawberry Pom/Lemon Zinger on the right.  Spring time is made for flavored water!

I sprayed down the outside again with bleach water....hilarious. Covid hit and I'm bleaching outside. ::snort:: I want a safe play area for the kids, and any other kids that happen by.

Michael and I talked around the fire for an hour, he's going to stay out and watch the fire a bit more. I came in to finish a couple of chores and blog....the garden spot is finally free of snow. It's time to start working out there....

10:25 p.m. - we are up to 16 hours of sun...look what a month can do! 

We plan to thoroughly enjoy our spring, summer break, and summer. I have no clue if we'll be "staying at home" more than we planned on...but in any event we will switch gears to spend as much time as we can outside.

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