I finally gave MIL her resurrected calla lily.
You know what? She didn’t seem particularly pleased at all.
*shrugs* I dunno.

The Mister finished the semester with a 3.6 GPA. I’m so pleased for him! That’s a great accomplishment for anyone who goes to school full-time while working full-time, let alone while having a family! I think the summer sessions will be even better, because he’ll have two days without work or school, wherein last semester he only had one. He has never lacked dedication, that’s fersure!
High grade point averages are hot.


Sadie’s been spending considerable time in the back yard while I work in the garden. Saturday, she startled me by barking from the gate. And just look what she brought me.


She’s always proud to have killed a squirrel. Her humans are always conflicted.

Oh no, you caught a squirrel!

Yay you caught a squirrel!

So mostly, we just stand there, silently staring at them both. It’s her nature, of course. She takes great pride in delivering her squirrels. But, oh, we wish she didn’t. Good dog. See what I mean?
I was asked if it was Chubby, and it’s not, but it’s only a matter of time, really.
We have a veritable squirrel graveyard in The Back 40.

According to our schedule, what with Monday being Memorial Day, today was the last bus stop day. I realize I never fully explained the drama of the bus stop situation, and I don’t know if I ever will, but you are so happy for us. We will enjoy those two months of not standing alongside the busy thoroughfare hoping some bus, any bus really, stops to pick up the children between between seven and eight o’clock. I have never encountered such a clusterfuck of school transportation in my life, and I am so glad it’s over! I’m sure next year will be better. If not, I will blog about it. Next year will be better, RIGHT?!?


I used the power drill to hang this shelf, all by myself.

turtle: bubba, age 7 bird: moo, age 5 bowls: bubba, moo, sassy, bubba, bubba, moo

turtle: bubba, age 7
bird: moo, age 5
bowls: bubba, moo, sassy, bubba, bubba, moo  — i dunno why sissy never did make a bowl…

It only took me 90 minutes. I measured about forty-five thousand times. I am so proud. It has toggle bolts and everythin! My friends were all so proud. The Mister was like, “Cool. What’s fer dinner?”

And yes, I did finally finish sanding that back hallway. I painted it a lovely shade of soft yellow, called Honey Bear. No, I haven’t painted the trim yet, because I’m suffering from there-are-six-doors-in-that-hallway procrastination!

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22 Responses to Updates

  1. Jewels says:

    Oh poor little squirrel! But that is the way of nature, and Sadie looks so pleased, so… good dog! 😉 My barn cats used to bring me all sorts of dead critters and lay them proudly at my feet, I always felt conflicted about it.
    Nice work on the shelf, and such adorable little works of art on display. 🙂


  2. Good to hear updates, especially about the calla lily flower. I remember the post that reflected all the excitement of surprising your MIL. I’m optimistic enough to think she was more excited by the surprise than she appeared. Go Mister! Go power tools! Gotta love taking on the measuring and hanging of a shelf all by yourself.


  3. Dan Antion says:

    Maybe the people who can’t seem to get the buses to run on time need to get the picture of the squirrel. You know, “this is how we deal with problems” kind of thing. Just sayin


  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    The fact that you can resurrect a plant AND put up a shelf by yourself both impresses me and makes me feel woefully inadequate.

    Congrats to your hubby. Quite an accomplishment with everything else going on. Is he almost to the finish line?


    • But you’re a doctor? And got published? And have another book on its way? And you’re a MOM? Inadequate shouldn’t even be a word you know…

      Carrie, he’s only recently found out which of his previous credits count, of which there weren’t many, so no, he’s got a long way to go, at least 2-3 full years before his BA.


  5. Sherry says:

    well, you seem busy…I’m busy…we are busy at different things. That’s why humans are weird…squirrels for instance aren’t busy and many different things. Let’s hear it for Chubby….the dog is napping, and I wish I was. But I hate naps, because I really love them, but I wake up grouchy…*wasting time*…anal huh?


  6. LindaGHill says:

    Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree where Mister and MIL are concerned, eh? 😉 I, for one, am very proud of you. Great job, Joey!!! 😀


  7. Luanne says:

    That is sad about the squirrel. My son and I love them. 😦 Yay on the 3.6 GPA!! That is a big accomplishment “fersure”! I’m not happy about the response to the calla lily gift, though. What a special gift to give her–all that care you put into it.


    • Thanks, Luanne. I’m bummed about it, actually. I really thought she’d at least be surprised. *sigh*
      Did you see my previous post about the lawn debris? I did a pingback, but I wasn’t too sure.


  8. Deborah says:

    Awesome updates! Congrats to you and the Mr. Mixed congrats to Sadie! I do love the squirrel pic that accompanies the school bus frustration!


  9. Matt Roberts says:

    Our min-pin catches birds and brings them to us, dead. He’s a little bastard that way.


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