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Hard To Predict

For the most part Mr. Magoo is not afraid of much. Fairly brave as far as 2 year old’s go but when his fear does crop up it is usually completely unpredictable & VERY overwelming for him.

Did he get fearful 2 weeks ago when we almost hit the deer on the highway? Nope, he simply said “Wow!”

He also didn’t get upset at watching the cat eat a mouse he caught or when the toilet flushes or at a big horse in his face or….

But he did find the muzzle on my sister-in-law’s BIG rottweiler (he doesn’t bite it just calms him when people first arrive) absolutely TERRIFYING. “Nose OFF, Nose OFF!”.

As soon as the muzzle was off & that BIG head was in his lap, licking & sniffing he was just fine.

However, when she picked up the muzzle again to put it away he had another attack of hysterics.

So weird.

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Mr. Magoo is picking up new words every day right now. Still not speaking in full sentences like some of his peers but certainly able to make his wants & desires & thoughts more known.

We all (ok, maybe it’s just me) think it’s pretty funny when a little one drops an f-bomb for the first time, but none of us really wants to be our child who does it, so, we’ve been a little more careful with our language around here.

But sometimes the embarrassing language is not something you’d expect.

On Saturday my Mom brought Mr. Magoo to the Santa Claus parade. At one point she was standing in his way & he told her to “GIT!”.

Mom thought she misheard & so asked me what I thought he might be saying. Where did he learn this less than polite way to ask someone to move? That would be from me, talking to the dogs. And I’ve been trying to catch myself ever since – I tell them to “git” a LOT (they tend to get underfoot at the worst times)!

Cute? Yes. Scary to have underfoot when going down the stairs? Yes!

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Wow was I happily surprised this morning when we woke up & came downstairs to find the thermometer already read 20 degrees! Ok, I’ll admit it wasn’t early in the morning – Diaperbutt & I rarely do early, but still, 20!!!

We spent most of the day outside. I worked hard on the swing seat repair I’m working on (hopefully I’ll finish it this week & be able to post the pics), Diaperbutt played, the dogs barked (you know how threatening people walking by the house can be) & the sun shined merrily upon us with only a slight breeze (it has seemed the wind has often been cold lately).

In the afternoon I got to sit on my swing seat (finally!) & read while Diaperbutt played (or rather hung on me & tried to grab at my book). And then after supper we went for a walk.

I love days that we are able to spend almost exclusively outside!

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We have a black hole in our house. I have been losing utensils to it for awhile – I had hoped it was a Costa Rican black hole but it followed us here. I’ve recently had to buy a whole new set of utensils cause we were having to handwash spoons to get through the day (I loathe handwashing dishes).

This week we have lost a dustpan, a mop, a large dog water bowl, a backpack & a shoulder bag. THIS WEEK!!!! All these things I am certain are in the house somewhere but where is beyond me.

I doubt anyone cleans under their couches as often as me as I spend so much time searching for crazy things that are missing.

I do suspect a little boy with big brown eyes has something to do with most of the disappearances – if only he would tell me where the black hole is.

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Last night I had a conference call for Guiding Mosaic 2010 to get updates from the whole program team & to beg people if they know lifeguards to send them my way (do you know any lifeguards who wanna come play for 2 weeks?).

Shock of all shocks Diaperbutt crawled onto my lap & fell asleep 5 minutes before the call – almost 2 hours earlier than usual!!! It seemed the night was off to a fabulous start.

Ah, but starts do not always indicate how well the trip will go & that was definitely the case last night.

Bubbo is a big fat lover but he's also an instigator, quietly riling up everyone around him.

12:30 – Grumpy Bear went to leave his office & stepped on the cat in the process – she screamed & bit him in protest causing him to yell out in pain which spooked the little black dog who ran through the house barking causing me to jump up & try to hush her. Not surprisingly Diaperbutt finished the chain reaction by waking up crying. It took me an hour to get him settled again.

Our old girl knows how to make herself comfortable (here she is taking over the dog's kennel) but she will protest LOUDLY if anyone interferes with her once she is comfortable.

3:00 am – some critter got into our garage, knocking over the garbage & greatly agitating the big girl. I had to get out of bed & go downstairs & look out the window with her to reassure her they were gone & no real concern to start with. Shockingly Diaperbutt did not wake up but when the big girl barks in that particular way it always gets my heart rate going ’cause it is her “something is actually happening” bark & sometimes she’s actually right. It’s not easy to fall back asleep after the little adrenaline rush.

The big girl can be really comforting to have around but she is also guilty of false alarms.

5:00 am & the cats get into a tousle (we really need to start throwing the fat one outside at night – he’s just too full of piss & vinegar to be in the house) resulting in a lot of hissing & screeching & thumping (I thought cats were supposed to be graceful?). Macie felt she needed to let us know & added her two cents in the form of yelping little barks. Not surprisingly Diaperbutt woke up crying – after an hour I give up & get up as he is obviously not going back to sleep.

She looks cute but that's just her cover for a whole lot of BAD!

I love our critters but there are times I question my own sanity for having them in the house!

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Out of Sync

It’s raining. I’m feeling crampy & achey & blah. It was most definitely one of those days that would be best spent curled up in bed or in front of a hot fire with a good book.

Diaperbutt does not feel the same. He thinks the rain would be splendid to play & splash in.One of the dogs feels the same way.

Lucky for me most days we are more in sync with one another. Unlucky for him (& the dog) my need to stay warm & dry today outweighs his desire to get wet & cold.

Maybe tomorrow my body will feel more up to spending some chilly time in the rain.

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I’m counting this as 3 projects & as it took me more weeks than that I think that is fair.

I had actually painted this room a few years ago, back when the dream of it becoming a nursery seemed to be becoming less & less likely with the passing of each month. I had mixed one can of leftover yellow from the kitchen with one can of all purpose white & got this lovely pale yellow. I didn’t really want to change the colour but I had none of the mix I made left so I had to make some more necessitating repainting the whole room as our renters had done some damage to the walls.

This is what duct tape does to painted walls.

Because the room is quite wee & the furniture was in it already I could only paint half the room at once with everything pushed to the other side.

I am pretty happy with how close to the original colour the yellow turned out. The blanket dolly is one I made for Diaperbutt while I was pregnant - I keep trying to get him to accept it as a lovey but he thinks my breasts are far superior!

Part two was the need for curtains. I had previously made curtains (you can see the edge of them in the first photo) but they were barely the size of the window & did nothing to cut the light. This room is south facing so we definitely needed something that would make the room at least a little bit darker, so it was off to the fabric store with me (that is a dangerous place for me to go – so many possibilities!).

Sorry for the bad photo - I guess I should take one at night so the glare from the window is not so bad (& wow do I need to clean that window!).

I made the curtains tri-layered with white on the outside to hopefully reflect some of the sun/heat out, an old red curtain in the middle (which makes the room glow red when they are closed) & this cute Canadian print on the inside. I am partial to this type of tie-back (we have similar ones on the main floor) ’cause there is no fussy tying required to open the curtains.

The most difficult part of making curtains is getting all the layers to lie nice together since it takes so much space. The floor is the only place to do it but I always seem to get a lot of extra "help" making the project take longer than necessary!

Lastly was all the finishing touches.

The lamp shade was an old one that was looking pretty grungy. Lamp shades aren't so easy to clean but I thought I'd give it a go to try to save it so I painted it with watered down acrylic craft paint. I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

The furniture is Grumpy Bear’s father’s bedroom set from when he was a child & is in pretty good shape overall. I still need to figure out how to get the stickers off the mirror but the crayon on the headboard came off nicely with a scrub brush & a little elbow grease.

As you can see from this before photo it is a nice sunny room that the dogs are partial to.

So a baby gate had to go up!

Baby gates are great for babies & dogs - wished I discovered that several years earlier! And right now Diaperbutt thinks opening & closing them is a whole lot of fun!

A rag rug on the floor, clean sheets & some blankets made by grandma’s & the room is pretty cozy.

I also purchased & assembled the bed rails with the hopes they will keep him safely in the bed through the night. The rails took me over an hour to assemble!

Charlotte, our grumpy old girl is allowed in.

And I found the perfect toy bin at Shopper’s Drugmart the other day that is blue on the outside & green on the inside – now I just need to figure out some nice “quiet” toys to put in there, unfortunately Diaperbutt doesn’t do quiet so well.

We still need to make a nicer cover for the corner behind his bed (for now the electrical is covered safely but it doesn’t look so nice).

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