Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Henry's Room, Rearranged

Our big project of the weekend was to dismantle Henry's loft bed.  We had many reasons to get rid of the loft including the fact that Henry was getting too big for it, the loft made changing Henry's sheets almost impossible and it blocked his window, but the main - and most exciting reason - is that we are getting a new puppy and Henry wants the dog to be able to sleep in his bed.  Puppies and loft beds do not really mix.

But back to that middle part!  We're getting a dog!  Our little girl was born on October 13th and we get to meet her in two more weeks.  We won't bring her home until closer to Christmas, but we are already preparing.  I'm reading all the books, we're thinking about crates, puppy beds and schedules and we're preparing our house.

First step:  dismantle the loft.

The whole process took awhile since we had to work around multiple sporting events.  We began by removing the mattress and the loft's bottom.

Once the mattress was out, the loft looked like a huge playpen.

We found tons of missing pieces, a few pairs of headphones and random books.

Once the bottom was removed, Henry stood under the loft and we admired the top of his head:

The next phase happened later in the day.  Gordy removed the sides that weren't connected to the wall and then he started the nightmare that was removing the parts that were connected to the wall.

I "helped."

The carpenter that built Henry's loft did an amazing job.  Gordy removed all the screws, expecting the wood to fall to the ground... but it remained hanging.

At this point, I left to take Georgia to soccer practice and when I returned Gordy had finally managed to get the main pieces off the wall.  It was crazy complex and full of hidden screws, but it was finally off and the loft was officially gone.

We are buying Henry a real bed, but for now, he's sleeping on his mattress on the floor.  We moved the couch to under the window and moved the dresser to the other side of the room.  

We'll have to get the walls touched up a bit.  Removing the screws meant removing some parts of the dry wall.  It will all get fixed.

And we have plenty of time before the new puppy arrives.  It's very exciting!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Lady Bug Hotel

We had two crazy-warm days last week.  The kind of crazy-warm October day that makes me giddy and excited.  I love any and all flashbacks to summer.  

Apparently, I'm not the only one.

For the entire duration of those two days, our house was inundated - both inside and out - by lady bugs (lady birds for all my UK readers).  There were swarms of lady bugs on the exterior walls of our house and every time we opened the door, as many as could make it came inside our mudroom.

At the most, we counted 22 lady bugs.  It was the oddest thing.

Josie and I looked up "lady bug swarms" on the internet and we learned that on a warm fall day, lady bugs will often swarm a house, looking for ways to get inside where they will then find a cosy spot to hibernate for the winter.  The websites all said that playing host to hibernating lady bugs is not the worst thing in the world.  Lady Bugs only sleep for the winter.  They don't reproduce before or right after hibernating and they usually hide in out-of-sight spots which cause no bother.  

Even so, it is weird to think that we have become a boutique lady bug hotel.

Josie tried to discourage the lady bugs from staying.  She reminded them that our mudroom is actually quite cold in the winter and that we have high ceilings that attract a good amount of spiders.

In fact, a spider moved into the mudroom shortly after Josie's soliloquy.  With 22 lady bugs flying around, it was obviously a great place for a spider to be.

Two days later, the warm spell had ended and the lady bugs disappeared.  Some became snacks for the resident arachnids, the other must have found out-of-sight spots and begun their winter naps.  

I have added a new job description to my resume:  Proprietor of The Lady Bug Hotel.

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