A Sunday Afternoon Nowhere Near the Island of La Grande Jatte

It was a weekend of dividing and conquering.  Jeff took the kids camping with Scouts, and I had “me” time with some friends I adore.

Jeff on camping: “It was really windy.  It was like we would never be warm again.”  Later in his re-cap: “And then it started to rain.”

Sounds fun.  🙂

Speaking of fun…  I had a blast and was plenty warm, thankyouverymuch.

“What did he say?”

“I don’t know!”

“Can we turn on the subtitles?”

“I can’t understand him!”

I loved the movie “Bridesmaids” to itty-bitty pieces.  It was life changing.  Sorry about the clip title…couldn’t be helped, and is accurately descriptive.

“Look away!!”

I just wish I had some unmarried friends who might invite me to be a bridesmaid so I could get in on some of that action.

Sunday afternoon, far away from the Island of La Grande Jatte, the boys, Jeff and I were finally all under the same roof again, and it became all about demon house work.  There were no umbrellas, no picnics, no scampering dogs…but maybe a cute monkey.  We *did* have exterior lighting issues to resolve, raking (FU Naperville and all your majestic, mature trees), and some other fun (read: mundane) garbage.  It was nice.

In yo face Mrs. Lobsiger, dragon of 5th grade, but trite words *can* work just fine.  It *was* NICE!

Wow, that was oddly therapeutic.  Moving on…

We are still trying to appease E with our Halloween decorating, so the yard work was key.  I raked the front yard for awhile until a neighborhood boy came by and informed me that people are talking in the hood and say our house has the best decorations around.  I was like, “Hells yes we do!”

I invited him to help set up our graveyard, since he was so into us and paying the pleasing compliments.  He was jazzed.  Then the kid pretty much took over the graveyard planning, but E didn’t seem to mind.  I engineered our headstones from last year with free paint stir sticks from the hardware store and duct tape.  It was awesome.


Hammer one of these into the ground and then duct tape the tombstone to it! Easy-peasy.

With our leftover tape, we plan to work on a few projects around and on the house:

Genius! Should be in every Parenting 101 manual.

Great for slobs, kids, college students, *and* slobby kids who are in college.

For the dapper gentleman in your life.

Jeff pretty much took over the raking, which rocked, while I took direction from the boys.

A little later some slightly older boys came looking for our new friend.

“You’re in big trouble with mom!” one of them said.  I also heard the older kid talk about what a big liar our new friend is…  😦  I hope he wasn’t lying about our decorations.

What if the neighbors are all talking about how horribly tacky our house looks?  That would kind of suck.

I’m sure he just lied to his mom about where he was going and when he’d be home.  No big deal, right?

Our house is fine.  Spook-tacular, fo-shizzle.

I’m kind of proud of my easy fix-it with our Halloween tombstones.  I’m glad to perpetuate the usefulness of duct tape, in loving memory of my fabulously crazy Uncle Wayne.  🙂

I wrote some of this yesterday, then fell asleep and finished it today.  I think that qualifies for yesterday’s and today’s blogging for Post A Day 2011.  Yay!


  1. Deb Porter said,

    October 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    If the guy in the picture above is going for Hans Solo look, he forgot his face…

    I miss doing fun things with you. Very glad you had a nice weekend though.

    • October 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      I was thinking that I’d hate to babysit those kids. 🙂

      I miss it too! Especially going to the movies. The windshield wiper move and Get Smart were the best…*and* on topic! ❤

  2. Kathie said,

    October 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how much money someone like Jason Statham can make doing the same thing in every single movie he makes? No fair [*pout*]. Keep posting, I love reading your blog!

    • October 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      It’s the first movie I’ve seen him in, so if you mean he mumbles and grumbles, then I think he’s overpaid.

      Thanks for the blog love. I get nervous about people reading. I’m trying to get into the habit of writing every day so I can do Nanowrimo in a couple of weeks.

  3. SkiMama said,

    October 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I want to know about your paint stick-duct tape solution! We need it here, desperately. Though I’m not 100% sure we’ll even put the graveyard back up since it would be there for about a week and then we leave.

    Be careful not to let life bite you in the *ss anytime in the near future. 🙂

    • October 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      I will do all the biting. I’m life!

      Paint stick solution had mixed results. We have a dozen tombstones so far and the wind blew 4 of the large ones right off the duct tape between yesterday and this afternoon. I did a better taping job with E a little while ago and also put 4 thumbtacks (2 on each side of stick) through the tape. Then I duct taped over the thumbtacks so they wouldn’t pop off into the grass…

      It’s working great! It’s already been a few hours of decent wind and no casualties in the graveyard.

      Jeff is stopping for more paint sticks on the way home tonight… We have 4 more that need installation. It’s pretty much ridiculous already.

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