Defensive Gardening

Trying to Garden Peacefully While Battling an Army of Psychotic Squirrels Plus Other Random Thoughts

Nephew had a b-day!

Posted by Ellis on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

He’s now 12. And his voice is changing. I’m going to call him Peter Brady.

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Before his party, we went to the new animal shelter to drop off some dog and cat food and look around at the new facilities. Luckily we got out of there without adopting anyone!

We saw Abbey’s memorial brick:

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And here is super-cute Lucy – she likes to peek out of the doggie door just to see what’s going on outside. Sometimes she goes out, sometimes she doesn’t.

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More house stuff

Posted by Ellis on Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Well, you can still check on the progress of my new house over at Renovating Madison but remember that while I’m doing that, I’m also dealing with crazy grandma’s house while Alan is off working or snowboarding or whatever it is he has been doing for the past couple of weeks.  The kitchen cabinets have been shifted and appliances taken out, counter cut out to accommodate a regular 30 inch stove, etc.  Now it has been primed and a closed up door has been knocked out and it just looks bigger, or newer, or cleaner, or something.

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I bought a house and we did other stuff…

Posted by Ellis on Saturday, February 4th, 2012

I did buy a house.  It needs lots of work so I am trying to decide if I should create an entirely new blog to chronicle the progress on the house or just put all of that here.  I think a new site makes more sense but can’t decide on a name.

Any ideas?

Aside from the house, we’ve started work on my grandmother’s house. That Frank is so fast that I didn’t even get to take a before picture of the kitchen and now he’s already gotten the cabinets moved! Since Now-Now canceled Christmas every year since 1990, I don’t think I have any pictures of the house. Maybe someone else in the family does.

Well, on to other matters. Kayleigh finally got to play with her Christmas presents and we set up a camp site in the living room.

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We also got a fire pit for the patio and Matthew played around in Lowe’s during that purchase.

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That’s really about it. I did make some coasters that I saw on Pinterest and managed to take “before” pictures of the house down the street.

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I’ll just post the exterior for now – and will keep thinking about a new blog name for this endeavor.

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Busy, busy today but no update yet… Meanwhile…

Posted by Ellis on Friday, January 13th, 2012

Here is a picture of the niece chilling with her iPad next to the new gas logs. These things are making the heater unnecessary, pretty much!

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New year already?

Posted by Ellis on Monday, January 9th, 2012

The holidays are always so busy – we did a lot this last month and January has not slowed down yet! We undertook making a new 2012 calendar for Grandma which entailed some photo shoots all over town of the kids holding up signs listing the important events and birthdays for the month, which also let to taking pictures of whatever else we found interesting. Oh, and led to some pouting sessions in the car, refusals to get out of the car, fights over who got the front seat for each leg of the journey (but I ordered a pamphlet called “Shotgun Rules” which should alleviate this problem in the future), not to mention grumpy faces on kids, including one kid who refused to remove his stocking cap for most of the pictures.

Did I give it away with the use of “his”?

After the driveway was finished, the kids did come back and we had lots of stuff to do before Christmas and before they went to their dad’s house for the week!

We had to make cookies:

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Here’s a silly photograph and if we did Christmas cards, we would use this, but we did steal this idea from a “pin” on Pinterest from Barrett Jackson. The niece is totally responsible for the sign in her mouth. Merry Christmas!

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We took some picutres downtown:

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And took some pictures on the playground at Royall:

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Here was a great pre-Christmas gift for the niece and nephew – lanterns from ThinkGeek.com – we had a lot of fun with these!

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We also went to the zoo to see the Christmas lights:

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Hopefully that takes us through the end of the year!

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This is for Matthew – who couldn’t be here this week while the new driveway was created. Meanwhile, Little Frank from next door spent every afternoon here and may have gotten a paycheck…

Posted by Ellis on Saturday, December 17th, 2011

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I just need one picture in front of the tree with both kids smiling, and to see a few teeth would be great!

Posted by Ellis on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

This ended up costing me $3.00. Actually, after a few shots of Matthew the wooden soldier, I told them I would give them a dollar for a smile, then another dollar, then I said I quit paying them. After all was said and done, I paid both $2.00, but Kayleigh told me she only wanted $1.00 and gave me one back. I guess two dollar bills were just too heavy and bulky for her pocket.

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Last of the vacation pictures!

Posted by Ellis on Sunday, December 11th, 2011

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The end of the Maine part of the vacation

Posted by Ellis on Monday, November 7th, 2011

I printed out a bunch of pictures at CVS but still may do a book out of all of them so you don’t have to go through each and every picture.  I did have a great vacation and my only regret is that I think it wasn’t long enough! I have a bunch of pictures but will pare them down here. After the whale watching tour, I took Lucy on a drive down south and we checked out Blue Hill and some other small towns/villages.

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The next day we went up north. We lost the key to the house which was a-whole-nother-issue but it ended up okay. We did pick up a geocache in the town of Lubec, Maine, which is the eastern-most town in the U.S. and also contains a bridge to Canada and I think it was at this point I realized that Lucy the Dog was making a concerted effort to take a poop in every state and every town in which we stopped.

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I did manage to take some more pictures of the house and the view from the house.

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Lucy and I then had to leave and head west to Niagara Falls. I will have to post those pictures later.

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And it’s almost time to leave! I could stay another month or 12!

Posted by Ellis on Friday, October 21st, 2011

Wednesday I went on the whale watching tour – we saw a bunch of pilot whales but that is the only kind we saw.  The next time I run away from home to Maine, I will come in September. Maybe. Maybe I’ll just watch the Discovery channel with Matthew to see whales.

Anyway, before we saw the whales, I was all set up top on the third deck when it started raining – I think it was hailing but the girl kept saying it was just rain but it HURT so I gave up and went downstairs. I never did go back up there even after they said it stopped raining because it kept raining on and off so I stayed down there where I could hide out in an alcove next to the stairs. This one woman tried out a rain poncho that she must have bought on board the ship. It didn’t work out so well.

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She later came out in another one. It suffered the same fate.

We saw some great scenery along the coastline of the Acadia National Park plus some cliffs that made it into a DiCaprio film. Not sure now which cliffs those were.

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Then we saw whales:

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And we saw seals:

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You may be able to see their little heads popping up out of the water.

And here’s the lighthouse on the island where the seals hang out:

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Here’s another light house:

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And there are a bunch of pictures that I will post later from Thursday and Friday!

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