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.
“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. 😀
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.
He also went and stuck his head through the basement window and broke the mosquito screen…
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. 🙂
And so begins another weekend. See you in the comments.