Always Yard Work

Hello friends,

I think I explained the shape of our yard when we returned to the house last July. But, to save some typing, check out the photos:

A bit scary, no? It got trashed from the construction/worker traffic/material storage, and I chose to complete the “landscape clean-up” on my own. So I got to work in July cleaning it up, mainly for the girls’ safety. Here’s how we ended the summer:

Better, but that overgrown mass used to be the raised bed for our organic garden. I made it the storage spot for the branches when I cut down our cherry tree. Wife and I plan to add a playhouse for the girls, so this spring has been about excavation and continued clean-out. We’re not there yet, but we definitely have progress.

I am sure many of you used the long weekend to take care of some yardwork as well. I hope it was productive and you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend. Stay tuned for the completion of our project!

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“Sweet Jokes,” 5/28/2018

Hello Friends,

Just a little something to keep you smiling as we wrap up this long weekend.

Sweetie: “What did one eye say to the other?”

Me: “Hmmm, I don’t know. What?”

Sweetie: “Something in between us smells! Get it?!? Get it?”

Well, we hope you are enjoying the long weekend. As long as Sweetie keeps up her stand-up, I’ll keep sharing.

“Sweet Jokes”, 5/22/2018

Hello Friends,

bit of a busy start to the week, what with Wife out of town on business. It’s just the girls and I at home until Thursday, so my apologies that I didn’t get this out yesterday. Strangely enough, yesterday was another rainy Monday and ripe for a joke. But with this morning’s cloud cover I think it will work just fine for today too.

Sweetie: “What did one ocean say to the other ocean?”

Me: “Uhhmm, I don’t know. What?”

Sweetie: “Nothing, it just waved! Get it?!? Get it?”

I think this one came from her classroom, but she was so excited to tell the joke I knew it had to make a post. And there you have, hope it brought you a smile for today.

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Rando pic of Sweetie at the local lunchera

Bike to School Day

Hello Friends,

Wanted to share a bit of today’s adventure with you all. Before I go on too long, let me say I hope your day is going well, and your adventures are constructive.

We live wonderfully close to St. Viator Elementary, the girls’ school. That makes days like today, “Bike to School Day”, especially fun. In the fall we were all about taking our wagon to school. This changes things up a bit.

As you may have noticed, Sweetie is still on training wheels. She just got the two-wheeler last year, so we are in the learning curve (for the record, I think her class is evenly split on training wheels). And Cricket, well, yes, she’s on a tricycle. We did practice this run before hand, but oh what fun!

Once we made it to school we joined the other kids for a two-block “loop” along the east side of the school (closed to traffic for pick-up of course). The girls made a lap around here and with the exception of a loosened pedal, they both did well. Going home in the afternoon was a different story and we made the last block and a half with me carrying the tricycle and pushing the bicycle. Yeah, good sleep after that…and for the girls too!

I hope your day was as beautiful as ours. I am thinking this marks our transition to cycle transportation – #summergoals! We’ll see you out there.

“Sweet Jokes”, 5/14/2018

Hello Friends,

The rain is coming down here in Chicago, which makes it a perfect time for a joke! This one came from the St. Viator Elementary School Peace Builder Talent Show (that’s a mouthfull). While the joke is not a Sweetie original, she loved it and has re-told it many times.

Sweetie: There’s a tray of muffins baking in the oven. One of the muffins turns to his neighbor and says, “Is it just me or is it really hot in here? The neighboring muffin stares back at him and yells, “AAGGHHH – a talking muffin!”

Me: “Huh…ha!”

Well, there you have it folks. I hope your week is starting off well. And if you’re around here, try to stay dry!