Saturday, April 24, 2021

What I've Been Up To


We spent the day working on the greenhouse today. We did a change of plans. We had originally planned to use old storm windows for two sides, but once we got to looking at the situation, I just had the most horrible thought. 

"Tim, we've got some pretty active grandchildren. I just suddenly am very afraid that one of them will run up against the side of it and get some gruesome injury." 

Normally, when I stay stuff like that, Tim tells me that I am ridiculous. But he looked at me, and I looked at him. We studied the building. I was headed out on a trip to see Dylan and Brittani and Iris, but while I was gone, Tim dug up another window he'd bought at Lowe's on clearance a long while back. He also bought another sheet of polycarbonate. The idea of it must have scared the mess out of him as well. 

It was a nice day, and we worked steadily. Towards 3PM, the temperature dropped sharply, and the wind began to pick up. We were so close to being done, but we knew that rain was coming, so we packed it in. We are hoping to be able to get back up there tomorrow afternoon to enclose the peaks. Then we are done. 

I had such a nice visit with my kids and little Iris. Last time I went, my big fear was that she wouldn't remember me. This time, I didn't worry about that part of things at all. I knew that she would remember me. She was delighted to see me. We sat companionably on opposite sides of my dish of yogurt. 

She dipped her spoon in and popped it in her mouth. "It is so nice to eat our breakfast together."

I said, "It IS nice. I love it." 

Probably 3 or 4 times during my stay, she just stopped to give me a spontaneous hug around my knees. 

When you go to Dylan and Brittani's, you eat well. Dylan smoked a chicken. Brittani made a delicious soup from the left overs. We made homemade fettuccini for shrimp scampi. We played cards after Iris went to bed, and we talked. 

It satisfied my heart. 

We planned the next visit. I will head down in June so that they can have a date night for their anniversary. Iris is already excited for her date night with grandma. 


  1. Ideally child safety should be the first thoughts in planning such a project, but at least you did realise at some point. There's a good lesson there. I'm pleased you had a nice time with family.

  2. What a lovely visit--great visits, spontaneous hugs and good eats!

  3. Yay for Iris opportunities - and that greenhouse is looking good.

  4. Your time with Iris is quite special. She sounds like a very sweet little girl.
    I am impressed by your greenhouse. It is looking really smart.

  5. Andrew, we are pretty sensible people. We realized that the storm windows weren't tempered glass. That changed my mind and Tim's as well.

  6. Sounds bliss. I have just heard that my great grand daughter will be coming to see me in June - the first time for more than a year.

  7. Oh, I'm so very happy for you Weaver! It really was tough on me the last couple months because I longed to see her so very much. It really bothered me that she probably had no direct memory of me as anything more than a face on a video chat. It was such fun to be there. Even more fun to go back the second time!

  8. Good thinking on the greenhouse. Maybe you've also protected some birds that might have otherwise flown into the windows! Glad you're getting to see more of your family.

  9. I'm glad you're able to spend time with Iris again. It goes by so quickly!

    I like the way the greenhouse looks. It's nothing like I expected.

  10. That looks a lovely and solid greenhouse that will last. And time with your little granddaughter, priceless:)

  11. Visiting and grandbabies at its best.

  12. The greenhouse is looking nice!

  13. What an achievement - I am in awe of the skills to do something like that - and so casually too.


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