Where O Where is the Springtime?
Why isn't it coming to Wisconsin my home?
I searched the web over, and thought I'd found springtime,
but I checked my bankbook,
and Pftttt that idea was gone.
I you happen to be a youngster and don't remember Hee Haw the above should be sung to the following:
Besides the fact we've had more snow in March than we had in December and January combined I am still hopeful that spring is around the corner. I can see bare ground in my yard which has a few hazards, one is the inevitable mud that happens in the less grassy areas of the yard - which a good chunk of the side yard. The other is land mines laid by Callie. Snow covers a lot of ills. Today Sonny Boy was given a handful of plastic bags and told to go pick up poo. Igor in an effort of never being left out of anything, insisted he be given a bag so he could participate as well. Whatever floats your boat kid. I didn't watch, but I imagine that most of the poop that was cleaned up was done by Igor just cause that's the kind of kid he is. Good news for the kids is that I have a bid in on fancy pooper scooper on Ebay, bad news is I didn't realize that the auction didn't run out for 6 days yet, so unless I'm out bid it will be a little while before the super dooper scooper gets here.
Like we don't have enough stress going Hubby has gotten a wild hair that we must remodel the kitchen. Now I'm not against remodeling the kitchen, all the kitchen gods agree that the kitchen is far from being functional, and only a couple of upgrades ahead of where it was when the house was built in 1893. I'm just not sure right now is the best time to tackle such a stressful project. However we have been planning on remodeling the kitchen since the day we bought the house 8 1/2 years ago so it's probably time. Since the kitchen has such a poor design layout and we hope to remove a couple of walls, and somehow squeeze a mudroom/laundry out of the deal, we have hired an architect to design and tell us how to deal with the structural elements. Today the architect came and measured all over the house from the attic to the basement. If this proves feasible both structurally and financially I'll likely be cooking meals in the camper all summer. Yay.
The little rent house behind us is emptying out again. The young family that moved in last spring is in the process of moving out. Kind of a shame as they have been our best neighbors there yet, actually keeping the lawn mown and doing a couple of little outdoor projects that looked very nice. Mom is eyeballing it and threatening to rent it and live off of her savings. I don't think I'm going to talk her out of it if she does. I have no idea how much longer it will be before her disability is approved, but honestly I've had about all of it I can stand and frankly she's sick of us as well. I'm hoping she goes for it. Hubby says that maybe she can get a six month lease so if the disability isn't approved she would have a way out and at least we would get a break. I'm going to keep my eyes open for the landlords and send her over to speak with them as they always come in and clean up after each tenant.
Mom has been good about going up to the library for her coupon job. Mostly she's been stuck filing coupons which I'm sure sucks. The upside is she LEAVES THE HOUSE for a couple of hours a week which has been really good for her. She is still not good about getting dressed, she stayed in PJ's all day both Saturday and Sunday and most of the day on Monday. I was flipping through the calendar today and saw that she has a shrink appointment in a couple of weeks. I'm going to go with her and tattle. I don't need to go and listen to her deepest darkest secrets, but I know her and she won't report she only dresses 3-4 days a week, and makes no big effort to make friends here in town.
Today I was telling Mom about a dream job opportunity (same company) that we hope comes Hubby's way. Right now it's a very long shot, but he has definitely thrown his name in the hat. If the dream job comes to fruition it would mean moving temporarily. Mom's first concern was what about me? My response was "you live here rent free!" "But I don't know anybody!" and I told her she better get out and start making some friends. Of course this is all just talk at this point and very well may never happen
Sonny Boy is being a handful lately. His daily reports from his teacher are rather hit and miss. Homework and behavior have become regular issues despite being warned, grounded and the like. I'm beginning to think it's time to up his ADHD med dosage as he must be in a growth spurt because it's totally impossible to keep groceries around. I honestly think I haven't seen the kid eating something in the last two weeks. I also discovered that he was eating breakfast at home and then going and eating it at school as well! I called the cafeteria and put a stop to that as he can eat his fill at home.
Igor had an open house this last week that Hubby and I attended. He had glowing reports from his teacher and was proud to show off stuff. It was the first time Hubby had been in Igor's classroom so everything was new to him. Igor's teacher reports that his reading has really "blossomed" in the last month. Igor really wants to be a reader but he has to work at it, however he's right on grade level so we don't have any worries.
Good News! FIL's crazy live-in moved out of his house without us having to pay a lawyer. Thank God for small miracles. Maybe the plea I posted on FIL's facebook page to haunt her worked.
Well it's late, and the is quickly descending into drivel. I always come up with great blog topics as I lie down to sleep, but like magic they are gone by the time I get to a keyboard so I write about my real life dramas.