We have a new, six foot tall privacy fence surrounding our back yard. The gate locks from the inside, and will stay that way, for the most part. And that means I can boot the kids out into the back yard without having to be out there with them.
They were out for a little less than an hour, this morning, but I got some housework done (without hearing them fight, or having the pixie come find me, bawling, because the imp "was being mean).
Tomorrow, I'm going to feed them, dress them, and kick them out for a while early, before it gets hot. And then, I'll see how much I can get done before they come in for TV. I'm also thinking of going to find a sprinkler later this week for them to run through, so I can boot them out in swimsuits and water shoes after nap time, see how much writing I can get done in the afternoons.
Last but not least, we need a new picnic umbrella. Our old one died the final death two years ago, but with the deck in too bad of shape to let the kids play outside, I didn't see the sense in immediately replacing it. And there is no shade in the back yard until late in the day, so it's time to replace it.
Last week, Odysseus caught a nasty summer cold, then the pixie caught it (and ran a significant fever, the first day of it). They're recovering, now, but both are still feeling it in their chests...and the imp woke up with a really bad ear ache, and a bit of dizziness (which could be from three trips to the swimming pool with his paternal grandparents, or it could be him catching this crap). I'm keeping an eye on all three, as well as on myself in the hopes that I don't catch it.
I've got phone calls to make tomorrow. First, I need to call the city to get their inspectors to come look at the fence, and then I need to call our vet to arrange a stay for the dog to go get wormed (my mom's place has 'em bad, and Mom can't afford to get the meds every time, and wouldn't let us), shots, flea treated, shorn, and nails clipped. And then, the dog's coming home.
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