Chainsaws May Be a Six-Year Old Thing
November 2, 2008
Random Granddaughter and the mommies have visited and gone home.
We had a good visit.
Number of dolls and stuffed animals traveling with Barely extended family: 4 (two dollies, one teddy bear, one octopus).
Meltdowns (tantrums) 0.
Minor whining episodes: 3
Friendly Dominique chicken (at Friendly Neighbors’ backyard/garden) petted: 1 (several times)
Chickens and ducks fed lettuce at Friendly Neighbors: 12. (Although they pecked aggressively at the lettuce, RG fed them bravely and confidently before tossing the lettuce on the ground when there was too little too hold without likelihood of hand being pecked.)
Parsley picked for Grandma because our crop failed (two large bunches).
Very fresh organic eggs purchased from Friendly Neighbors by delighted mommies: two dozen. (RG safely carried a dozen eggs toward our home until she stopped to visit Joe’s overly friendly dog Leat in lot #2.)
Friendly but overenthusiastically dog petted: 1 (cautiously)
Ripe organic Esopus Spitzenberg apples picked from tree by RG: at least a dozen.
Organic carrots pulled out of the ground and washed by RG: 3
Good solid lunch consumed with reasonably good table manners: 1 (to amazement of all adults. (Menu included quesadilla, Grandma’s home baked bread spread with cream cheese, carrot slices, Esopus Spitzenberg apple slices, Swiss Cheese and Cheddar Cheese slices. RG passed on Grandma’s pea soup, but given her excellent attention to the rest of the menu, adults took her menu choices in good humor. For dessert Grandma provided applecrisp made with Esopus Spitzenberg apples covered with vanilla ice cream. Adults all agreed that the apples bake very well. RG consumed the desert with evident enthusiasm and delight).
Whine about taking a nap after lunch: 1 (out of three total for the day).
Solid nap taken by one very tired little girl: 1
Decision by mommies about purchasing battery powered tractor or child-powered backhoe/digger with Grandparents’ points from credit union credit card: split decision (Mommy said no; Mama–Random Daughter-gestured thumbs down. Consensus lacking, final decision-no expensive toys for Christmas present.)
Very inexpert chain saw demonstration provided by Grandpa, (finishing process of taking down a fairly good-sized alder next to drive way that had fallen on other trees and was leaning awkwardly and unattractively: 1
Four-year-old child who did not like chain saw demonstration (particularly noise) and left the scene fairly quickly: 1 (However, when Grandpa asked if said child would like the battery-powered toy chain saw he had seen in the chain saw and logging supply catalog, said child said yes. Grandpa guesses chainsaw toy will also be vetoed by mommies.)
Barely extended family who expressed satisfaction with the visit as they left: 5 (one granddaughter, one Mommy, one Mama, one Grandma, one Grandpa).
Possibility of getting together next weekend for “Baby-Doll Tea” at tea s hop on island: maybe.