28 March 2008
27 March 2008
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23 March 2008
But it was cool fun and we made sure we ate only the big, perfect, sweet, juicy ones (of which there were many, many, toooo many)......
20 March 2008
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13 March 2008
- plastic poop bags
- toilet papers
- water bottle
- junk mail
I would have thought this was a bit of over kill but I had not walked in streets where there is no grass whatsover, no big smelly gardens, no dirt. No kind of ground cover whatsover that soaks up wee or poops. That means whatever comes out stays on the ashphalt or runs in all directions. In addition, houses are packed in so you are guaranteed that anything that comes out is going to be on someones front doorstep and with a population of over 20 million, you can be sure someone will see your dog do it. More than once I have been faced with a very sticky, smelly pool of poops and seriously at that time, I wish I had one of those handbags with all those tools in it. One of these poop pools was deposited at a busy bus stop, at least 15 people waiting, right where you get on......I wished the ground to open up and swallow me. Im with it now. I got a bag with some tools. The water is so you can wash the wee away or any sticky poop pool residue. Some people have a nozzle like a watering can on the end of a the bottle, I think thats a great idea!! The paper is proving more of a challenge. You are supposed to be ready with a piece of junk mail or newspaper and then at the right poop moment slip it under the bum and catch it. Some people hold the paper and let the dog poop in the paper. And others still go the bum wipe.....Ok, I love Long Long but I am not going that far........Im not the mid air kind of poop catcher so I have been laying it on the ground. BUT you need serious co ordination to get the paper out, unfold it and get it positioned so all the poop gets on it, all in a few seconds. Especially when you have an indescisive dog looks who looks like he wants to do it but then changes his mind. So Im forever getting out the bit of paper then putting it away and then just to tease me he does it the minute I look away. I guess its just practice. At least now when I get into a messy bit of trouble I have the tools to show others that I have the manners to keep myself and the ground clean and organised. Oh, by the way, there are no bins so you bring everything home.
12 March 2008
The weather is lovely again, not a tease this time, I think winter has gone for good!! Being at the park is fun for the mooch and relaxing for me. Maybe it is because the sun is shining and we need less layers of clothing when going out, but, everyday has been so happy and bright this past week. I am really enjoying being a Mama to the mooch. We had a simple but beautiful day today of gardening which included a lot of raking, shovelling and watering of plants with a tiny watering can, all while the pooch slept in the sun, walking with the dog and walking without the dog, exploring some new parts of town without shoes, reading some new books, blowing bubbles and playing with Daddy who came home early. Life feels balanced. Hooray for spring :)
11 March 2008
I have been taking the mooch to daycare for two weeks now. He goes for just two days a week from 9-2. It is enough for me to do what I need to do and gives him some social stimulation and interaction and the chance to do and learn things that I cant provide. The leap has not been as big as I expected. I think I have been mentally preparing for this day for a long time, knowing that if it is not day care it will be school and sooner or later I will have to let him go into the care of another person. I feel happy for him as I think I have found the right place, they have about 6 kids in the room so it isnt too overwhelming. He comes home happy and chirpy and making all kinds of new sounds and noises. It is a big thing to trust the carers when you dont know them, you just have to trust that it is what it says it is....Today is the first time I have actually felt quiet in a long time, especially since mini mooch was born. It is starting to get sunny and warm and I have decided not to try and do 1 million things while he is away but stay at home, plan some activites, draw and get my folio organised and just think (and vaccum, do washing, dishes etc...). It is these moments that I realise how truly lucky I am to have such loving family and friends and just how much I love my little mooch. He fills my life with sunshine everyday.
9 March 2008
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5 March 2008
- have an idea of what you want to make
- have all materials ready including a drop sheet or table cover
- assist, guide and show rather than let him do whatever he likes, this way he learns the rules of how to be safe and careful and respectful. He can have self expression, but he needs to know some limits (in terms of how to behave etc) first
- keep calm and relaxed and be excited for him with lots of encouragement
- display the finished artwork in his room or on the fridge and get Daddy to talk with him about it later in the day or another day
These and other ideas are so simple if you have a box of goodies that you can delve into at any time. The 100yen shop is awesome for collecting materials but you can use anything around the home like old drink bottles, foil, pegs newspapers etc etc. One of the best activities I have found keeps him occupied while I make dinner, is sit him on the floor and in a big metal colander, fill it with all the teaspoons from the draw. Have another big metal bowl next to the colander and he swaps the spoons from bowl to bowl while banging and making a lot of noise. He loves it and it is very easy to clean up afterwards!!