the postal service pokes me in the irony

Yesterday we went  up to Dave’s parents to help with the yard work.  Dave had to do some work at the office, so we dropped him off there, and Noah and I kept going up to the house.  When we got there, Steve and Corrie were having breakfast, which was a nice treat to see them, and they hung around and did yard work most of the day, too.  The garden got all tilled, we put up a trellis for peas, then planted peas, onions, and asparagus, and then Dave and I tried to clear out the thousands of sticks from the front lawn.  We would have like to plant a lot more things, but my seeds hadn’t arrived yet- I ordered them a month ago, but all I had was some pea seeds I’d grabbed at the grocery store just to have something to put in.  I’d ordered a lot of cool-season crops, like carrots, parsnips, beets, 3 kinds of peas, spinach and 2 kinds of lettuce, so I want to get those in as soon as possible, so we can harvest before they get scorched this summer.

I had to take two breaks when Noah got hungry- he was playing with Mommom and Earl, having a great time, then he would be screaming the next second.  And because it would take me a while to get back, he was really worked up by the time I got him- the first time, he kept giving out little sobs as he ate, and I had to hold him for quite a while after.  I guess that this summer I’ll have to bring him up in his car seat with me while I’m working in the garden.

We had to quit before the sticks were all done because they were planning to call the fox in to kill it.  This fox had taken at least one of their chickens, and had been hanging around looking for more.  They had a whistle call of some kind and a decoy fake animal that they were dangling.  So Dave, me, Noah, Steve and Corrie ended up sitting downstairs kind of watching a movie and kind of waiting for the fox to get shot.  They saw him through the patio door, looking adorable, then he circled around the house and they got him.  We were really upset about that- foxes are so pretty, and he was only doing what foxes do.  They’d wanted to get him early in the season, before he had a den of cubs, but then I started to imagine if he/she did have cubs, and they were waiting at home in their den, alone and starving to death.  I’m really sad about the fox, and we’re quite sure that another one will just move right in.

Anyway, after we got home, the Saturday mail had arrived, and my seeds were there.  Grr.  So I’ll probably ride up some day this week as Dave goes to work, and put in the rest, and maybe do more sticks.  Maybe Monday after next when we’re returning the cargo van.

In Noah news, he’s been giggling and laughing all week, and seems to be sleeping better again- we put him to bed at about 10 or 11 last night, and he woke up at 3, then 6, then 7, so if we assume 6 is morning, he only woke up once.  He hasn’t grown much new hair except for at the very back of his head, under the curve of his skull, where it’s very thick, and soft.  So, yes, my baby has a mullet.



  1. David said,

    March 25, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    More pictures of Noah!

  2. Jennifer said,

    April 6, 2009 at 3:59 am

    It’s been melting a lot these last couple weeks, but there is still about 2 feet of snow in my backyard, so I was very jealous reading about your garden. Hopefully in 5 or 6 weeks I’ll be able to plant mine!

    And yes, more pictures! Hopefully by this summer he’ll be a bit better at calming himself down when he’s hungry/upset.

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