Driving teens and digging Beagles (help me!)

Now that I have a driving teenager I find myself a lot more aware in how I drive, and what I say when I drive.

Case in point: the first time I took him out into an almost empty parking lot he was just about to pull out of his spot when he saw another car at the faaaaaaaaar end of the lot.

He said:

“What’s this idiot doing?”


I told him not to call other drivers idiots, and he said “but you and dad do it all the time!”.

He’s not wrong. ๐Ÿ˜€


We have been driving for 3 decades and the boy’s been driving for an hour…

My son practically grew up in the car (hockey hockey hockey baseball baseball baseball). It’s no surprise then that he absorbed (by osmosis?) all of the negativity he heard from us in the car. I mean, Toronto streets were in GRIDLOCK during non-pandemic times, so yes, he heard us comment out loud our frustrations regularly.

I hope to practice some more driving with him again soon…he went out with his dad earlier this week, but I haven’t had a chance to take him a second time. Perhaps this weekend…


My writing has been on hold. I barely get to put together decent blog posts these days. I just don’t have time. And, I really, really miss it.

But there is some news on the backyard situation…

Tucker continues to dig up the yard. He is a naughty boy.

We invited the landscapers who did our retaining wall a few years ago to give us a quote about putting some patio stones back there and they quoted us $23k so that’s not going to happen. Then, last night, we invited a solo handyman whom we’ve used before for various interior and exterior things and he came by and gave us some ideas about what to do. We’re going to simply have a larger, two-level deck back there, and a stone pathway by the fence and garage/side door. (Our garage is detached from the house and not a garage, it doesn’t fit today’s larger cars, so we use it as a shed mostly.)

That will begin in June and will be less expensive mainly because the men around here can pitch in and help.


We had some brilliant sunshine and warm temps in the past week but there are some major storm systems in the area and a lot of rain forecast. I’m not unhappy about this as once the lawns are drenched, the grass will sprout and then spring will finally have officially arrived.

Now, what to do about the digging pooch? Sigh…

I tried keeping him leashed to the deck and that resulted in a bunch of funny-not-funny shenanigans…

I blocked the steps with this board I had lying around and of course he got past it.

LET ME OUT! (taken from the bedroom window)

He also went and stuck his head through the basement window and broke the mosquito screen…


What’s happening down here?
Take this leash off me. I hate rope. Give me back my freedom!

Later, I gave him a nice, raw, frozen beef bone. He took it outside when someone didn’t close the door properly (probably me) and buried it in the veg plot. When I noticed I dug it back out – I don’t need rats coming to my backyard.

Tucker wasn’t impressed.

After a busy day of living the life of a Beagle, he curled up on the couch for a nap. This is my favorite type of Beagle – one that is tired and asleep!

Today by the way is Tucker’s 9th month birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚

And so begins another weekend. See you in the comments.

27 thoughts on “Driving teens and digging Beagles (help me!)

  1. Zeus got beat up by the cat, chased his tail, barked at the mail person, and now he’s having a nap.
    Rough life ๐Ÿ˜‚

    You’re waiting for your lawn to grow, I’m waiting for the leaves to come back on my Pecan Tree. Spring is slow this year, even in SoCalโ˜น

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  2. Ah, the life of a busy mom!! When my golden retriever was young he was digging as well. Someone gave me the advice to bury some blown-up balloons where he liked to dig. When he dug, it would pop the balloon and scare him. It worked. But it’s a little funny to add having to blow up balloons and dig holes to your to-do list!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Of course he digs. He’s a beagle. Most of us dig, albeit not quite in the places we are supposed to like a sand pit. I helped my parents dig holes for the flowers in our previous house but thy still complained that he holes were in the wrong place. We just cannot win. I am liking the “head through the mosquito panel” picture. Good work Tucker.

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  4. I don’t remember our beagle digging, but he was older when we got him and he came from a kennel after time with siblings and other beagles. Sorry this personality trait is showing up all over your yard.

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  5. 23,000 for patio stones. Holy hell, were they made of solid gold?
    As for Tucker Iโ€™m with Ashley. Letโ€™s figure out a way to put his digging to good use. Perhaps a backyard tunnel?

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  6. Delightful dog you’ve got there. He’s just cute enough to get away with shenanigans. I understand your difficulties about finding time and muse to write a blog post. I just changed my attitude about the whole thing, hoping I’ll get my writing mojo back.

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