Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Hello again! Before you get upset at me for not posting anything, here's the dude (and his Dad), in various adorable poses:




The reason for my lack of communication is a good one: I started working again! See, I had previously talked to my mum's cousin Herdis and decided that I could work with her at Askaffi again. She said she had plenty of staff for the summer, but that she's going to keep it open on weekends over the winter, so she would need some help then.

I plodded along, assuming I'd start working in September, and I heard from Sigga that Herdis had been meaning to call me - and I said haha, yeah, I've been meaning to call her, too, but no rush, right? Turns out her summer staff were all going back to school earlier than she'd expected, so she phoned me last Saturday night, pretty keen for me to work the following Monday, and as much of the week as I could.

So I ended up going from no work (la la la, stay-at-home-mum), to six days last week, with very little notice! Fun times! Luckily Vicki was able to look after the dude for a couple of days, and then Dad arrived and said that he'd love the opportunity to hang out with Henry all day every day.

Also, as previously noted, Askaffi is a nice place to work - the customers are mostly tourists, mostly having an awesome time, and mostly super appreciative of everything. Nice.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

How does your garden grow?

Here's a link that I found in a draft from a hundred years ago, so everyone has probably seen it, but just in case you haven't - lovely and sad photos of old farm animals.

So, now the post is post-worthy, even if I don't include much else of interest (but I'll add some more things anyway...)

AUGH WASPS! was a thing that happened recently. We discovered a nest inside an old barbeque on our back porch, and it was gross and scary. I read something recently about how you shouldn't blindly hate wasps, because they are interesting creatures with a complex society and all that jazz, but when it comes down to it:


 We couldn't find any wasp poison at the hardware store, so Sigga's boyfriend Arni found some in his shed and came over in the middle of the night to bring death to the nest. Next day Ross set the thing on fire and then stomped on it - you can't be too careful!

Stomp. Plus maybe I should clean my windows...


What else? Ross has been working really hard in the garden since we got back - the lawn was about a metre tall, so that was the first job. After that he ended up painting the fence, weeding all the beds, building up rock walls and making steps leading up to the decking. It looks great (sorry I don't have photos), but Ross still has lots of plans, including a hedge, more paths and a garden bench.

Oh yeah, and hardworking Ross also cleared out the whole shed/barn at the side of the house. When we moved in, Ingolfur generously said that we could keep everything that was out there. There were a couple of things of interest, but most of it was actual rubbish - bits of engine, broken furniture, mismatched tires, old tents, and sooo much rubble from the walls.

Before:


 After:


 And one of the front garage bit:


We hired a skip bin, and Ross was ruthless - he'd been watching Hoarders for inspiration, so even if things were useable/sellable in theory, if we weren't realistically going to use it, it got chucked. Amma came over while he was throwing out a mouldy broken piece of chipboard from an Ikea cupboard, and she seemed a little distressed that he wasn't keeping it.
I have to admit that I stayed away because I know I have a tendency to keep things I don't need. It does feel nice to have space, though, so maybe I'm gradually getting used to the idea of minimalism.

 Haha, as I've been detailing all the hard work Ross has been doing, he made me lunch. I am a lucky person.

I tried to do some uncluttering in the house while Ross was out slaving - gave away a whole bunch of Henry's baby clothes, sorted out a bit of my yarn stash, set up some op-shop bags and did a tonne of laundry. We're also making a conscious effort to get into good routines, both with Henry and the house in general. Hopefully we'll be able to keep it all up once Ross goes back to work.

What about Henry news? He's been growing teeth all over the place, poor guy. He's getting some molars, which seem to be quite painful, but he's still pretty chipper most of the time.

Watermelon is a good teething remedy

Henry has also been learning to play the drums...



... and hanging out with Nina and some tinsel.


And I think that's it. We're just enjoying pottering around at home, making the most of Ross' holidays. Good times.