The week started with welcome company on Monday. D and Eli arrived early, just around 8 a.m. D said Eli was awake at 5:30 a.m. and immediately starting talking about going to the Grandma house, so they left earlier than originally planned. We had a busy day (about 13,500 steps according to my FitBit), with lots of outside time, a walk to the pond to see the geese and goslings, and fun with Uncle C too. D had several errands to run in the morning, so Eli stayed with G'ma (C was sleeping). It was beautiful morning to be outdoors. Eli explored the back yard and though I thought the lock on the gate would keep him contained, he very quickly demonstrated that it was no match for him. We went back and forth between the front and back yard several times before he decided I should push the buttons on the garage entry pad. He puttered around in the garage for a bit, before we went back outdoors. And the game continued, back and forth, front and back, into the garage for a bit and on and on it went until his mom returned.
This photo doesn't show the babies very well but they were there. They are well camouflaged in the grass.
A bit further along we came across this trio. They're getting past that downy stage and starting to grow into the adult feathers.
The rest of the afternoon was spent following Eli around the yard, and enjoying the sun. I set up the sprinkler while his mom stripped him down to his boxers so he could run through the spray. I BBQ'ed "mom" burgers (homemade) for dinner and with the potato and pasta salads I'd made yesterday we all had a nice meal. Eli tends to bounce off his chair frequently but he sat nicely for a little bit. Before bedtime he played with his Uncle C in the basement running off some energy. Those two adore each other. So fun to see!
Tuesday morning, D and Eli left about 8 a.m. stopping at the Superstore to pick up a grocery order on the way out of the city. I spent some time tidying up the house, putting away toys. I left the fingerprints on the windows and mirrors off for another day. I hadn't slept well the night prior so it was a relatively quiet day; I ran out and picked up a few groceries, did a load of laundry, emptied the dishwasher, swept floors, and tried to take an afternoon nap. I was thwarted as the phone wouldn't stop ringing. The contractor who will be finishing the interior painting was first, the work will proceed later in June. Next up was my daughter and then a friend called. By the time I was off the phone any thought of a nap was out of my head.
The evening was quite a bit noisier! We had a thunderstorm roll through bringing rain and winds. My sun room shook from the gusts of wind, more than I've ever felt before. No damage though, thankfully. I think my neighbour's above ground pool cover was torn off at some point though it didn't go far, as it got caught up in their trampoline. After the storm, I noticed neighbours out on the street so I went out to see what they were looking at.
A double rainbow!!! The colors were so bright against the dark clouds to the east. The sun was bright in the west, and when I turned around I found mammatus clouds too. There weren't many but I love the look of them. These are often seen after extreme weather.
Wednesday and Thursday were overcast, windy, and cool. I did get out for a walk on Wednesday (no camera this time) and spotted a mama duck and her ducklings. They were in the park nearby far from the water, and made a beeline for the trees when they realized I was watching them. I puttered around the house both days, and hung out in the sunroom when it warmed up enough. There may have even been a nap in the recliner one day.
I've started another baby blanket for something to do while I watch television. D has a friend who is expecting and asked if I could make blankets (she's having triplets) for her. D will pay for the materials and while she was here we went through my stash of yarn. However, I didn't have any yellow, which she wanted, so I picked up a few skeins at Walmart on Monday. Each blanket will be a different color, the other two will be green and either pink or blue depending on the ultrasound results. However I've decided I'll use the same pattern for all of the blankets so there will be some consistency.
I woke to the sun on Friday morning, but a chilly temperature of only 3C (37F), but at least it did not freeze overnight. I'd have been some annoyed had it done so! We're expected much higher temperatures next week. More indoor chores were completed, before it warmed up enough to get outdoors. I spent a couple of hours doing a bit of yard work and then relaxing in the sun. I filled a garbage bag with pine needles and cones from under the tree in the back yard, watered the containers, and put down some more grass seed. The bald spots are starting some signs of new growth but it's slow. In the front yard I cleaned the edge between my driveway and the neighbour's lawn, and swept up a pile of pine needles. It's a never ending battle. There was very little wind so it was so nice to be outside, lovely and warm in the sun. I found myself nodding off in my chair so moved into the sunroom, stretched out in my recliner and dozed off...for almost 2 hours! I guess I need it.
Today started off a little warmer and promises to be an even warmer day than yesterday. Once I'd completed a few of my household chores I headed out for a walk. I had my cellphone with me, and I found baby ducks!
There were actually two batches of babies, this one and another group with, if I counted correctly, 11 babies! I couldn't get close I was up on a hill above the creek so this was zoomed in a bit. They are so darn cute!
I'll wrap this up now, as I'm heading back out to the deck to enjoy my lunch in the sunshine. If I decide I'm ambitious enough I may clean up some more pine cones. Or I'll just read...it's so nice to have options. :)
Take care everyone and stay well!