It's raining. It's supposed to rain all day. And it's supposed to rain tomorrow. But we got all of the outside stuff done that needed to be done this week. This included:
Fertilizing the lawn. We only fertilize in fall, because in spring it's growing like crazy anyway and in summer it's dormant. This time we used a product to kill weeds. Although I'm generally okay with weeds, I'm not okay with plants that turn into bullies -- and the lespedeza is a bully, folks. It's taking over the place.
Repairing the sprinkler system. This is the first house we've had with a sprinkler system. It is So Annoying -- there's always something going wrong with it. This time a line got broken while planting a tree (a spruce to eventually replace a white pine that's dying a rather dramatic death, as white pines tend to do). Several trips to Lowe's, and a trip to the irrigation place that turns the stupid system on and off each year (because legally you have to have the system turned on and the back pressure valve checked every single year whether you use the sprinklers or not). The irrigation place was very nice, and turned out to be a cheap place for do-it-yourself repairs. This scenario also involved several nights with lanterns and flashlights wallowing in mud. So those mud-caked pants I was wearing this week weren't a fashion statement. Also, Rick isn't planning to become a lawn-irrigation guy as a career move -- what dismal work.
Indoor adventures included:
Thalia's ear. After a terrible earache the pain subsided and yellow stuff came out of her ear, followed the next day by an ear full of dried snot. This seemed worth a visit to the doctor. They peered inside her ear, but didn't see a huge, gaping hole. They gave us a prescription for antibiotics ... we rarely use antibiotics, frankly. But, after much consideration and discussion, she's taking them. It hasn't exactly been a miracle healing. And last night her eyelid started swelling up. A stye? Who knows.
In the meantime, Annabeth was still sniffly. She made a concerted effort to eat and drink super-healthy things yesterday. Because of this and the easy accessibility in our house to Emergen-C, she now understands the concept of how a body rids itself of excess Vitamin C in the digestive tract. Ahem. And guess what -- the sniffles are totally gone, and she seems perkier than she's been in weeks. So, a startling, memorable experience with a happy ending.
Me: I think we should teach the cat some new tricks.
Thalia: How about if we teach her to do quadratic equations?
Me: I was thinking more along the lines of jumping through a hoop ....
So, Monday the hoop-jumping started. The training has been a little erratic, what with running to the doctor and all. So far she simply steps through the hoop and then pauses to receive her reward. Wow, that cat loves to eat. Anyway, video to follow when we either get her a little more air-born or else she starts solving quadratics while stepping through the hoop.