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April 2021 Part IV

More flowers were blooming by this time. I think some had gone past their prime. We definitely were continuing our battle with bunnies eating our flowers, although I don’t have any photos to support it. A couple of the tulips are monsters, like three feet long with flowers that are bigger than my hand.

Main activity the last week or so of April was recording for Kettleworks’ Frozen production. Chilkat doing her makeup, our recording studio setup. Chilkoot and Chilkat each recording a song in our sound booth (closet).

Also some silly photos of the kids hair during bath time: Chilkat in the tub, Chilkoot in the shower. His hair has gotten very long.

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April 2021 Part III

I don’t remember exactly how the idea came about, but we got a gie for Apple Bear. Chilkoot was initially mock upset because we put an orange belt on Apple Bear even though he hadn’t earned it. Afterwards, the kids took Apple Bear and a nice camera around the neighborhood.

KrisDi’s old friend (and Chilkoot’s godmother) Weesh came out from Chicago (with her mom) for Chilkoot’s first communion. They went out on Lake Tapps.

The actual communion was subject to pandemic restrictions — one family/group per pew, empty pews between occupied pews, masks for everyone, limited number of guests per kid taking communion. It was fairly well managed and not a big deal.

The kids had online theater rehearsal that day, right after communion, so we had planned on having a party the next day. However, we ended up having two parties. Lots of people stuck around the day of the communion while Chilkat and Chilkoot were locked away in their rooms, Zooming with their fellow online thespians. Luckily, KrisDi had assumed some people would do this and pre-arranged some food, so it wasn’t really a problem.

The actual party was nice. KrisDi ordered macarons, Chilkoot requested a bourbon chocolate cake, Krisdi had a florist come in with arrangements and to decorate the cake, we had KrisDi’s immediate family and the cousins on that side come in, Mom was down for the weekend. All the adults were vaccinated, which means it was relatively safe, but still strange (and nice) to actually be around other people.

Mom left her purse at her house so I got to take a drive to Bellingham to deliver it. There was a deer in her neighbor’s yard when I got there.

We had a half hour power outage, from 5:30 to 6:00 AM. I had planned on microwaving oatmeal for breakfast, but instead I heated something up in a frying pan on the stove (lit by a match) by oil lamplight.

More pictures of flowers blooming in our front yard. Some of them apparently get droopy if they experience a frost, so we had a bunch of flowers with very curvy stems.

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April 2021 Part II

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It was still a bit chilly, but we had a couple days where it was dry enough at least to have a little fire outside, so that’s what we did.

Some “freeze frame” pictures of the kids on a big ball. Chilkat and Chilkoot.

Our kids are learning from us, even when that’s not the intent. They had a flight of flavored seltzers using our bourbon barrel stave taster set.

Chilkat and Chilkoot got to play at a park with their cousins.

Some of our yard flowers started to bloom. Tulip, magnolia, a purple flower that I think is actually our neighbors’.

Chilkoot buckled Apple Bear up, and made a mask out of sticky notes. It’s probably not N95.

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April 2021 Part I

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KrisDi has continued waging her battle with the bunnies over whether her tulips are food or decorations. No comment on who is winning.

The kids recorded their music for the Kettleworks Frozen production. They use our closet as a studio.

Easter requires Easter eggs. KrisDi has been using the shaving cream method for the last several years, and she (and the kids) have been pretty happy with the results.

Mom came down to visit for Easter, including actually coming down to KrisDi’s family’s big dinner. This might be the first time, I’m not sure. So, she got to witness the kids’ initial egg hunt and loot-opening, and enjoy the French toast KrisDi made with brioche that she made from scratch.

Of course there was a second egg hunt with the cousins, and they kids had tons of fun playing together.

Chilkat’s girl scouts troop had a digital photography session. She watched a couple videos of a guy who didn’t know what he was talking about “explaining” how digital photography works. I followed up by getting closer to how it actually works. Chilkat then wandered around the neighborhood and took a bunch of photos, and then she and I sat and digitally edited a few of them.

Chilkoot’s karate class resumed. For not having practiced more than once or twice since it stopped a year ago, he has done a remarkably good job of picking up where he left off. He initially was unexcited about spending time on this, but I think he warmed up to it immediately when it started. Which makes me happy, because it’s one of the few structurally firm activities he’s interested in, and I think it’s good for him.

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March 2021, Part III

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We’ve been talking about it for years, and decided finally to do it: Remodel the kitchen. The main goal is to introduce a second oven, secondary goal is to increase storage space a little bit, third goal is to replace the countertops with slab, which means the sink will also be replaced, and apparently we also need to have white cabinets, and apparently that means we’re replacing all the cabinets. We’ll extend the island lengthwise by six inches and make room for 36″ free-standing gas oven+range (which will require a ventilation hood that retracts into the island), extend the island widthwise far enough to put a row of cabinets, and make the island all one level. The rest of the kitchen will mostly be the same, just new. We might take the little gap between the existing oven and the fridge and just make it a flat wall of cabinets.

We agreed to a proposal with a contractor and we’ll be meeting with the cabinet supplier this week. They tell us it will only take three weeks to complete, but it’s going to be a challenging three weeks — construction work while we are working from home, and no way to cook or clean?

The kids have been asking for digital garbage (levels or skins or maps or whatever for apps on their iPads), which costs money, and KrisDi stopped arbitrarily complying or denying. Now the kids have to pay for their own. And consequently they now are interested in doing chores for money. Not the best motivation for helping the family, but gets them off the couch. Chilkoot seems to like vacuuming, and Chilkat seems pretty comfortable scrubbing toilet bowls. Here they’re both sweeping.

Chilkoot is prepping for first communion. KrisDi bought him a white suit. He’s doing the classes / learning stuff online. Recently, he went into the church for his first confession. He was pretty cute about it. He says he felt better afterward.

I got my covid19 vaccination last week. The latest tier that opened up in Washington included my age group if they have two underlying conditions…I’m overweight and I have asthma. KrisDi was able to get me an appointment on the first day the tier opened. I expected to get the Moderna vaccine (which requires a second dose), but learned when I arrived I was getting the Johnson & Johnson (which does not require a second dose). It was in an old Sports Authority in a mall in Auburn. There were more workers than patients. I arrived 45 minutes early, and they waved me right in. The day after the shot, I was slightly nauseous in the morning, and I was totally wiped out. I took half the day off and took a four hour nap, and then went to bed early.

Mom can visit us again. She’s vaccinated, KrisDi is vaccinated, I got my shot last week. The kids are basically the lowest risk category. It’s nice to see her again. It also means she could help me with replacing the garage door bottom seal, which was a very frustrating experience.

After our excitement with the mouse, we had a local pest control company send someone out to visit us. He spent a couple hours looking around our crawlspace, attic, the outer edges of the house, the inner edges and corners, etc. He found one drain pipe in the crawlspace that could be an entry point but didn’t have real evidence of being so, but he covered it in wire mesh anyway. He also found that the garage door bottom seal was a couple inches too short, leaving a space large enough for mice to get in, and that was evidence along that side of the garage that mice had been there, but not recently. He put a few traps around inside the house, the garage, and the outside of the house.

I bought a replacement seal at Lowes, only to learn that the standard T-shaped ends would not work with my garage door, which requires fatter bead ends. I had to order that online. Removing the old, stiff one was very slow and frustrating. Putting the new one in was also slow and frustrating, and required two people, one to guide it in and the other to try to pull it across. We got it all the way in, and I trimmed it to size like you’re supposed to, and then the 16′ length of plastic contracted by about three inches, making it somewhat shorter than the one I was trying to replace. Also, it wasn’t quite poofy enough to hit the ground across the entire length of the door.

Chilkat has grown about 6″ since the pandemic began. Chilkat also started hybrid school. She was really nervous about it beforehand, but after the second ay she was really excited. Now Chilkoot has two (sometimes four) other kids at the bus stop with him.

All the flowers KrisDi planted last year are coming up, but apparently rabbits think they’re delicious. Some of them have been devoured down to nubs. Now KrisDi is trying every countermeasure she can find — stinky sprays, spicy powders, human hair trimmings, egg shells…not entirely successful, but we do still have some plants. On a related note, it appears that the new trees we put in yesterday are not dead yet.

The kids have continued to work on their Kettleworks Frozen production.

HB and I bought a collection of barleywines from Brouwer’s as part of “Hard Liver Fest At Home” or something similar (in lieu of Hard Liver Fest at Brouwer’s). We’ve Zoomed and drank several of them. The ones we have left we want to drink physically together, because we have different years of the same beer, or in one case different beers entirely, and we want to share. Now that I’m vaccinated, and I think he’s at least half vaccinated, maybe we’ll be able to actually do that this summer.

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