Sunday, May 28, 2006

Various J stuff

When crawling, J will periodically stop for a rest. He'll lay his head down on the floor. We are expected to put our head down next to his. Then he laughs.

Not that J crawls a great deal these days. He can take about 8 steps at a time now. He's enjoying his newfound skill. Soon, there will be no stopping him. But in our living room, as soon as he heads for the stairs, he invariably trips over the front paw of his big stuffed lion and down he goes. Then he's easier to catch, as he crawls toward the stairs.

We have a baby gate now. I think we'll need to pick up a second one, though, to keep J out of the kitchen area. He does dearly love to explore.

J now has 8 teeth. I went to brush them this morning, and was dismayed to discover that the cats had stolen J's toothbrush some time during the night. Apparently, it makes a lovely cat toy. We will pick up a new toothbrush for J today, and will make sure it is locked up tight.

J has a new toy. It's a MegaBlocks Robot that we picked up for $3.50 from Once Upon a Child. It's cool! It lights up. And when you push down on it, it winds up and then rolls across the floor really fast. He loves it. According to J, the best feature is that the arms come off and the hand parts can easily be put into his mouth for easy arm carrying.

J has developed a sign for "milk". He smacks his lips together repeatedly, and that means he wants his milk now. It's really cute!

In other news, my garden is growing nicely. I only lost a couple of plants through the winter. They will be easily replaced, so not a big deal. Sadly, my big clump of delphiniums has been overtaken by worms for the second year in a row. Last year, I got to it early and managed to kill them. But this year, they seem to have won. We'll rip the plant out and replace it with a non-infested plant. If we get a chance to go the greenhouse today, we will. I don't know though. H is still not feeling very well, and I've got studying to do. Five more sections in Module 10, plus 2 computer illustrations to work through, and then I can start studying for the dreaded exam on June 8. Eek! That's coming up way too quick.

On a positive note, J is feeling a bit better now, though he's still not quite himself just yet. But he's eating again. Not much, but every little bit helps. It's all good. Hopefully, he'll be all back to normal very soon. And hopefully, I can continue to fight off this nasty bug that's overtaken my family.

That's about it for us. I hope everyone has a lovely day!

1 comment:

Liz said...

The Doctor and the Dormouse
by A.A. Milne

There once was a Dormouse who lived in a bed
Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red),
And all the day long he'd a wonderful view
Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue).

A Doctor came hurrying round, and he said:
"Tut-tut, I am sorry to find you in bed.
Just say 'Ninety-nine' while I look at your chest....
Don't you find that chrysanthemums answer the best?"

The Dormouse looked round at the view and replied
(When he'd said "Ninety-nine") that he'd tried and he'd tried,
And much the most answering things that he knew
Were geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue).

The Doctor stood frowning and shaking his head,
And he took up his shiny silk hat as he said:
"What the patient requires is a change," and he went
To see some chrysanthemum people in Kent.

The Dormouse lay there, and he gazed at the view
Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue),
And he knew there was nothing he wanted instead
Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red).

The Doctor came back and, to show what he meant,
He had brought some chrysanthemum cuttings from Kent.
"Now these," he remarked, "give a much better view
Than geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue)."

They took out their spades and they dug up the bed
Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red),
And they planted chrysanthemums (yellow and white).
"And now," said the Doctor, "we'll soon have you right."

The Dormouse looked out, and he said with a sigh:
"I suppose all these people know better than I.
It was silly, perhaps, but I did like the view
Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue)."

The Doctor came round and examined his chest,
And ordered him Nourishment, Tonics, and Rest.
"How very effective," he said, as he shook
The thermometer, "all these chrysanthemums, look!"

The Dormouse turned over to shut out the sight
Of the endless chrysanthemums (yellow and white).
"How lovely," he thought, "to be back in a bed
Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red.)"

The Doctor said, "Tut! It's another attack!"
And ordered him Milk and Massage-of-the-back,
And Freedom-from-worry and Drives-in-a-car,
And murmured, "How sweet your chrysanthemums are!"

The Dormouse lay there with his paws to his eyes,
And imagined himself such a pleasant surprise:
"I'll pretend the chrysanthemums turn to a bed
Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red)!"

The Doctor next morning was rubbing his hands,
And saying, "There's nobody quite understands
These cases as I do! The cure has begun!
How fresh the chrysanthemums look in the sun!"

The Dormouse lay happy, his eyes were so tight
He could see no chrysanthemums, yellow or white.
And all that he felt at the back of his head
Were delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red).

And that is the reason (Aunt Emily said)
If a Dormouse gets in a chrysanthemum bed,
You will find (so Aunt Emily says) that he lies
Fast asleep on his front with his paws to his eyes.