As is evident in this photo. The child has a mound of toys to play with, but given the choice, he always heads for cat toys or something of mine. This is a garden ornament, that lives indoors, that is a favorite of his. When he pulls on the mushroom top it springs back...making a noise similar to those door stops. I foresee a time when he discovers those as well and gets himself shut into a room. :)
He's mastered the actual crawl this week and has even successfully climbed the two steps into the kitchen for the living room. Once up the stairs he heads directly for.... the cat dishes and water bowl. Now he's trying to pull himself up against furniture. I suspect he'll be walking by the New Year.
I tend not to "baby-proof" except for the obvious danger of electricity. Eli needs to learn not to touch certain objects, not to pat the kitties too roughly, and to listen when mom or G'ma says no! Is it any wonder babies learn to say no so readily, besides the fact it is a two letter word, it's probably what they hear the most of for several months of their young lives.
Since Eli is off to Dad J's house this afternoon, and the Roughriders didn't make it to the Grey Cup, I decided I'd put up the tree today. My son C was a big help, bringing it upstairs, helping to fluff out the branches and hold the lights as I tried to put them on the tree as evenly as possible.
I've been sitting here for the last 20 minutes looking at it, getting up and moving them around a bit. I probably will never be satisfied but there is no way I'm taking them off and re-doing it! My friend K sent a photo yesterday; it took her 6 hours to put her 1200 lights on her tree! It's quite a bit larger than mine, obviously, and she is very particular. It always spectacular when she's done. Mine...it look homely which is fine with me.
It has been a productive weekend. I got some errands done on Friday; met with my financial adviser and updated my file, got groceries and did some more Christmas shopping, had my nails done, and met with friends for Friday night supper. Saturday was housework, laundry, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, washing the living room and front hall floors, clearing away knickknacks and photos, and sorting paperwork and travel items. Today was a bit more housework with the kitchen floor getting scrubbed, dishes done (I swear I washed everything up before I went to bed last night but got up to a sink full), and putting away the fall decor and pulling out the Christmas stuff. I'm so proud of myself as I'm down to 2 large tubs and one small container. I used
to have six full tubs but I sent a lot of it off to Community Living this summer.
Yesterday I asked D to clear the dining room table of her projects. She did, long enough for me to put a new tablecloth (it's plastic as I don't trust young Sheldon).
In the meantime my island looks like this:
There are numerous bids various stages of completion, baby food jars that are being painted...and I'm told will become an advent calendar. Then there is the tray of salt dough that are being hand-painted. Damned Pinterest!
I told her this morning that she is NOT to start any more crafts/projects until these are complete.
Of course, I'm one to talk as the tree is barely started, I have a pair of mittens half completed, and if look back of the island to the left of the stove, I have margarine softening for a batch of cookies. I guess I have to admit she gets some of her scatter brain from me. But, in my defense, my projects generally get done before they are due. Well, most of the time.
So, enough of my chatter, I'd better go grab another cup of coffee and get this tree done. Then cookies, and back to my mittens while the football game is on. See...I have a plan. :p
Have a wonderful week everyone!