Sunday, November 13, 2011
It was a bit of a crazy weekend. Brian was surprised at quitting time last Thursday when his boss told him they would take the day off. It was so great for all of us to have a day to sleep in and rest. Then mom and my aunt Carmen came for a quick overnight visit. The kids LOVED playing with them. The next day we showed them around a bit before they left. Brian went into the city to get some more supplies for the basement bathroom renovations and supplies for transforming our vehicles into winter ready transportation. It's better to drive on winter tires, so he's trying to find at least 2 for his truck and the van needs a bit of work to get it's summer tires off and winter tires on, so that was his main focus- as well as picking up his new amp. He's really excited about it. It weighs 25lbs and is the size of a carry on bag as opposed to his 70lb amp that is the size of a dishwasher (well nearly). He loves it already and gets to use it Monday and Tuesday when he goes to the booming metropolis of Estan (I'd never heard of it) to do a prophetic music workshop with one of the G7 group he's a part of out of Regina.
We had a shock this weekend though when Star was run over and died. Not fun. But a chance to talk about life and death, about living well and the treasures we have in friends, family and all living creatures. Whenever faced with a death, it makes us value who we have even more. We went from tears to thankfulness that we are healthy and so fortunate in the lives we get to live. We had a little ceremony and buried Star next to Tinker. Next the kids wanted to make crosses for them- which of course I let them, even though I really don't want to make our backyard look like a cemetery! They did a fabulous job painting them though, so I really can't say no to them.
Meanwhile, Brian and I have started on some projects. He is working on the final basement job- redoing the bathroom. He is building a cabinet/bench to house our water softener and sump pump, will mud, repaint, level the floor, tile and install a new sink with cabinet and toilet. I started to reconfigure our dinning room chairs into beds for the girls. The chairs are from Brian's childhood, but they were starting to fall apart and even if I had figured out a way to redo the backs on them, they were really too big for the small space we have for a dining room. But I didn't want to chuck them out, as they were not only solid and beautiful (at one time), but also have sentimental worth. The girls both need bed frames and we had 4 chairs, which means that I can use 2 chairs for each. I disassembled the chairs and noticed that the seats are the perfect shapes for butterflies. I will put new fabric on them and make them the head board fastened on the chair backs. The front legs of the chairs and seat frame are all supporting legs. I'll get pictures as we go, but already Dominique is sleeping on her partially finished bed and hugged me a thousand times for it. It's so much more solid then her jicked up bed that was our temporary idea for the last year!