Another week has come and gone so quickly. This week we are in the back yard where there have been some pretty miraculous changes. There has been lots and lots of rain, so most everything is pretty lush.
"Dere has bin sum good changes an' sum bad wuns", says Dante.
"Daddy finally stawted to trim da willow bushes dat had grown outta contwol!"
"But aftah he got finished, it looks like most of da bush is deaded. I am purrin' verreh hard fur it to survive."
"Dere is a verreh funneh story abowt dis, but I'm gonna let Mommy tell yoo cuz she wonts to."
Mommy here! Daddy took just about forever to trim that one bush. You see the first time he got started, he was using an electric hedgetrimmer with a long cord, and after only a few minutes it stopped working! I couldn't help but laugh as I saw the cut cord dangling and Daddy was totally clueless until I told him.
So, Daddy went out to buy a new and even longer electric cord, but was too tired to do any more trimming after that.
The next time, Daddy made an attempt to trim the bush, he used a long, manual snipper like in the picture above. He said the branches were too thick for the electric trimmer. And wouldn't you know it, the cord that you pull to manipulate the snipper snapped off, and Daddy couldn't reattach it!
Many moons later, I begged Daddy to finish trimming the willow bush, so he got out the brand new electric cord -- this one was even longer -- and began his assigned task. A couple of minutes into it, the trimmer seemed to jam. Daddy was getting very exasPURRated.
Would you believe it? He cut the cord AGAIN!
It took over one month, two snipped electric cords and a busted manual trimmer, but Daddy finally completed his task -- only to realize that the bush was mostly dead!
Methinks there are other, subconscious forces at work here because Daddy doesn't like to do gardening work. What do you think? I think we're going to hire someone next time -- it would be a whole lot cheaper!
And now, back to Dante ...
"I did a liddle moar furtilizin' cuz dat's wun of mai main doodies!", says Dante.
"An' it's workin', too! Last time I furtilized heer, it wuz bare, and now dere's sum bootifull, gween gwound covah gwowin'."
"See how lush it is behine me?"
"Dere's bin udder stuff goin' on arownd heer, too!", exclaims Dante.
"An' its name is SOX! Wenefur I'm outside, he's alwais wachin' me fru da scween door."
"Yoo see, he is mai nephew -- Mommy's sonbean's kitty. Sox an' his sisfur Missy has bin stayin' wif us fur ovah a week now becuz Ryan is gettin' renovashuns dun at his howse."
"Sox is a good kid, but he's not supposta go outside. He has alreddy escaped two times into da back gawden."
"Da furst time he chased mai furiend Furnando up a twee befor we cot him, and da secund time Mommy hadta go runnin' arownd in da rain aftah him, but she cotted his tail and hauled him back inside!"
This is what Sox looks like when he's not looking through the screen door. Isn't he a cutie?
"Anyways -- back to moar impawtant fings -- like da gawdin!", says Dante.
This is the crabapple tree earlier this week. The blossoms were just starting to open.
This is the crabapple tree today. The blossoms are fully open.
"Yoo mite even say dey's at dere PEEK", says Dante. "An' yoo bettah peek now cuz dey wont last long! Isn't dey bootifull?"
That's all until next time ...