Monthly Archives: July 2018

Why Can’t Every Day Be Like This….

Have you ever had a day where you just can’t help but thinking, ‘Why can’t everyday be like this’….I went into work, counted a few things, filed a few papers, and when that was done, I ran some errands, made a couple check marks on the never ending To-Do List and then I went home….I get all the glamorous jobs at home, like for instance, cleaning the Oscar’s bathroom, truth be told, I clean all the bathrooms, there are some jobs that I just don’t trust to He Who Thinks Bathrooms Are Self Cleaning….anyways, I digress, while I was bending over cleaning Oscar’s bathroom, I got the creepy feeling that someone was watching me, since I was home alone I ignored it, until…..I looked up and, ‘Jeepers! Holy Moley! You’re quiet! Hi!’ (cause I tend to talk fast when I’m surprised)… standing in the doorway was Dash, “Hi! My Mom says we can go on a bike ride! Violet is upstairs looking for you.” ….and before Mrs. Parr has a chat about boundaries, I left the garage door open so Dash could park his bike next to mine, and I’m 99.9% sure they did knock, because the always do. When I didn’t answer, I will bet the farm that they went into super hero mode and were coming in to rescue me from whatever Evil Being had me tied to a chair, threatening to destroy me with an “Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator” (Love Bugs Bunny) unless I told him everything I know about the Parr’s….but since that didn’t happen, I finished my chore, left Oscar with a clean bathroom, and Dash, Violet and I, helmets and flip-flops on, headed out for a bike ride….aka I think they were actually on a Neighbourhood and Area Reconnaissance Mission, because we looked at everything. Dash checked out all the big puddles in the ditch, to make sure no one was hiding using a reed for a breathing tube, there wasn’t. We went past the bear poop full of berries, had a big discussion on that, Violet read every sign so she kept us informed as to where we were on the Solar System, and when we got to the sun, we took a hard left on the new pavement and went straight into, what could have been a very scary situation…. A big truck parked on the road, hoses coming out of it, at least 6 guys manning the hoses, and spraying green stuff all over. Chemical warfare? Dash and Violet were curious but not scared, so I knew it was ok. They were just hydroseeders, seeding the sides of the walking path. The kids went by really slow, never taking their eyes off them, just in case, and then a lot of questions all the way to the water station, where we stopped and shared a drink. Onward past the new school, when asked if they thought they would be going to the new school, one said yes, and the cautious one said, no. I’m sure Helen knows.  All the way to the Tire Shop and a quick visit with Mr. Blue who was just back from saving a client from a tire emergency, checked out ‘All the tires’ and we were on our way back home, after I assured them, ‘It’s all downhill from here’….Past the new school, checked out the seeder guys who were almost done, it may have been mentioned that we could have had lawn way quicker if we would have got them guys. Ya, ya…. Dash decided that we needed to clean up the path so armed with a dog-poop bag, we picked up the bear poop, berries and all, deposited in a garbage can, and then Violet led us on a new way home, despite Dash’s comments that, ‘You don’t know where you’re going!’. She did! We arrived home safe and sound. I’m pretty confident that neighbourhood and area is free of evil and bear poop….but it may have been suggested that we keep an eye out for more bear poop today…Ya, all in a days work, just supervising the super-heroes as they keep our little piece of the world safe…

Mr. Incredible: No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved! You know, for a little bit? I feel like the maid; I just cleaned up this mess! Can we keep it clean for… for ten minutes!

Who Are the People In My Neighbourhood?

We moved to a brand new house in a brand new neighbourhood Dec 2015. It was scary, leaving our other neighbourhood and all the great people that lived there. We had been side by side with most of them for 18 years! A few new ones moved in but they were there for a long time, too. Back in April 2016 I told you about the new neighbours that we knew well, The Incredibles, but that was about it. I can’t write about what I don’t know and I hadn’t had the pleasure of getting to know the rest of the cul-de-sac people….but 2 ½ years later, I know them now….

♪♫•…Say, who are the people in your neighbourhood? The people that you meet each day…•♫♪

The Incredibles are still incredible. They never cease to amaze me. The kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack Jack are continually growing and learning new skills that will serve them in their super hero stuff. Violet is quite the fashionista, and as much as she tries to lead the boys, they have their own ideas. Dash is always looking for ways to go faster, hence his name. He has graduated from pedal bike to dirt bike. Jack-Jack is quickly following in the others footsteps, running, jumping and riding his bike. Mom and Dad, Bob and Helen, go through their days as normal unassuming people, but those of us in the know, know that they are….ummm…well, they are incredible neighbours….

On the other side of us, at the far end is the coloured family. Now don’t anyone freak out and call me racist, by ‘coloured’ family I mean their last name is a colour, you know like Sirius Black from Harry Potter, yes, just like that, meet The Blues. He’s a native of our fair city but she is an import. You know how much I love an accent. In the old hood I had my MI6 Agent with his British accent, so it is only fitting that I move to a place with another import. She’s from a sweet place in Idaho, seriously, she has the cutest accent, I always envision a Prom Queen when I talk to her. Mr. Blue is my winter time hero. He has access to a bobcat and brings it home every time it snows, and he’s so kind that after doing his own driveway, he does the rest of ours and then he does the street.  More than once this past winter I was beyond thankful for Mr. Blue and his amazing bobcat skills. All the snow ends up in an empty lot, which all the neighbourhood kids love. The Incredible kids work on their snow skills, you ni case there is a snow emergency that they need to tend to, and the Blue Brothers (there are 3) get to race the GT’s and practice their snowboarding moves – yes, the snow pile was tall enough for snowboards.  Son #1 – he’s a talker with a great sense of humour, but most of all, he loves all things Harry Potter. So. Do. I.  Son #2 – he’s the shy, quiet type. I think I scare him. Last year when he started kindergarten he made eye contact with me. Now he’s going into grade 1, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a ‘Hi’ Son #3 – The littlest of the 3 but not for long. He’s going to be a strapping lad just like his Dad. Reminds me so much of The Boy when he was younger. He’s pretty quiet until he warms up to you, which he did this spring, and then wow, a mile-a-minute.  Last year on the very same day that He Who Has Birthday, had a birthday, Mrs. Blue had a baby. The Blue Brother’s baby sister, who we will call Azura, which means one who is of sky blue colour, was born.  She’s prom-queen material, just like her Mama.

Just a couple doors from us, and next door to the Blue’s are the Smith’s (if that is indeed there real name). I’m having my doubts. Mr. Smith claims he can make metal stick together without duct tape or glue just using electricity. I’ve never seen it, but this is what he claims. Mrs. Smith is a healer by profession, but she is so much more. I’m just guessing here, from what I’ve seen, interior decorator, chef, baker, and Mama to 2 beautiful babies, Gracie and Grady – don’t you just love when people start their kid’s names with the same letter. They are both imports, and the reason I don’t believe that their name is Smith is because I think they are in the Canadian version of WITSEC. I think they’re hiding from someone or something or ….maybe, just maybe, they’re spies! They disappear for months at a time, winter and spring, no rhyme or reason. They just seem to be too perfect, impeccably dressed kids, fancy house, and vehicles, I think 2 for each of them, and he says that he gets the best deals ever, who does that, hahaha….anyways Mr. and Mrs. Smith, if that is their real name, just got word last week that they are able to go “home”, and they have to be packed up and gone by the end of the week. Whaaatttt? Tell me again, who does things like that unless you’re in WITSEC. Are they going spying somewhere else? Or are the bad people that were after them, not after them anymore? Oh, so many questions and I know without a doubt that if I ask them, ‘Hey, what’s the deal, the real story?’ They are just going to tell me how much they love us all and how hard it’s going to be to leave but they really, really just want to get home where their family is and where Mr. Smith can join metal together with electricity (likely story, that one) on a normal shift so he can be home for Mrs. Smith and Gracie and Grady….All I can say to The Smith’s is good luck in your new adventure and your new home. We wish you all the best, but not going to lie to you, the cul-de-sac, our little semi-circle of family, has a huge big hole in it, that is going to be really hard to fill. Hugs and best wishes.

There’s No Time Like The Present And There’s No Present Like Time

I realize I haven’t been on here is a while….so long in fact that I had to go back and see exactly where I left off….apparently, I disappeared halfway through our Panama Cruise while looking for pirates. All indications are that I was abducted by pirates somewhere on our cruise, but the truth of the matter is, I wasn’t, I just stopped writing, and I really don’t have an explanation as to why. But I am back now. Way back when I started this writing gig, I had every intention of writing something every day, like I do on Facebook, but that got overwhelming. I decided that I get pretty busy just living life that I don’t always have time to sit down and write about it. Another reason is that my blog is called ‘When Then Mind Wanders’ and some days my mind really doesn’t wander very far. I was going to start at the beginning of this year, kind of a resolution if you will, and write something at least once a week. There is a blog I follow called Musings of the Amusing Muse – I found her when I was researching names for my own blog. She posts on Friday’s under the heading of Fancy Coffee Friday, which I love and wish I had thought of it. Well, here we are 6 ½ months into the year and I’m just finally getting a round to writing, there is the old adage that you think you have time and then one day it hits you like a ton of bricks – BAM – and you realize there is no time like the present….