Thursday, May 28, 2009

As Always, Joe is right! I should be doing this work myself. if I only had time, space, time, etc....

If I was smart (like Joe) I would be restoring vintage caddy, not vintage vair. Caddy has some intrinsic value.

BUT! I am not smart.

and I am dealing with potty training a certain young lad who is smarter than me.

this is what happened Sunday morning:

"Daddy, wake up! Wake up!"
what is it Saul
"I made a poop in my big boy pants, and I need you to clean it out"
why didn't you go in the potty?
"I did not feel like it"
why do you want ME to clean it out?
"I don't want mommy to know"
why don't you want mommy to know?
"She will be dissapointed"

oh, he KNOWS. he KNOWS what he is doing......

Last night at bedtime, we read stories, drank bottle, turned off lights to sleep, and he said "I want to sleep in YOUR big bed"

Saul, can we sleep in here?

"No, your big bed. I'll be safe in there, I am afraid of things"

we've had the discussion he is always safe with daddy. And he wanted to sleep in my bed, so he pulls out the "I am afraid" card. Trying to be sly, I asked him, "What are you afraid of" he replied

"Things ... BIG things!"

Well, ya cant argue with that. so we slept in my bed. he snored, tossed all the blankets on the floor, rolled over and thrashed about, and ended up sleeping at a 90 angle to me, with his feet in my mouth.

but he was safe....

too smart. too cute.

Woke up this morning, and I said "lets go pee in the potty, then I will shave, and we will have a shower"

his response? "Daddy, you are too big to pee in MY potty"

we went, he peed, he pulled pants down and up, he emptied the small pot into the larger one, he watched me shave, we had a good-morning-shower.

it was a good morning indeed.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I am not having a good day

on my way home from work today, in the 1962 Corvair 8 door van, which everyone but me dislikes so much? I heard a loud "BANG" followed by a series of loud clicking sounds, with small backfires after each, then she stopped. like, "done"

coast to side of busy california freeway. Get off road in conveniently placed turn-out. open read doors, open engine cover, look in, see smoke wafting out of right side carb. HUH?

pull air cleaner cover, and look in. and notice? NO choke butterfly, or mounting rod for choke butterfly.

I think I sucked it through the carb and into the head, and jammed a valve. I think. But ya never can tell.

Called good friend, who, once he stopped laughing, came and picked me up, took me to corvair guru shop, who said "let's get 'er towed in and have a look"

left $$ for tow truck buddy of corvair guru, and came home to mope.

mope mope mope

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Potty training

ugh. Who can I pay to make this happen? I know, no one. Sara and I worked on him all day yesterday. We are using the book "Toilet Training in Less Than a Day" by Nathan Azrin & Richard Foxx, the 1974 totally not politically correct version.

"Like many other psychologists who study the learning process, we felt obligated to apply new discoveries about learning to those persons who suffer the most from the problem - namely, the profoundly retarded persons who have such a deficit in learning ability they must be confined to an institution."

Is this book geared to the kid? or us, the parents? after yesterday? I think the parents.

We walk through the steps, we repeat, but? since food is the reward, and he does not like to eat? we are working in it. Plus? he is very smart, and KNOWS what we are up to. He will play along some, then jack with us, just to let us know he is in control.


so for more pleasant things,

Friday the new Bryant 2.5 ton high efficiency AC condenser was put in. it works like a champ, we took measured readings inside and out, it does what it should. However? two in a row cold days. No problemo!

and photos

making blue handprints for mothers day cards

Spin Spin Spin. When I spin his top, he will sit and spin. and got dizzy

Swinging while in Dallas (photos from my dad)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

ac guy is put off till tomorrow. fortunately, it is a lovely north california evening, nice and cool. Saul helped Sara repot plants, they took a shower. now he is done, standing in the shower, screaming "amen amen amen. I want peas and carrots. Amen amen"

Monday, May 18, 2009

back from the Sheetiron 300 mostly in good shape, mad at myself for bad judgement, but had lots of fun

photos here

Got home and the AC had bit the dust, working to get someone out to fix/replace

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Saul ate a WHOLE bowl of soup, by himself! no help, no pestering, no nothing. ate it.

other pix - making blue handprints with mom

Eating Cheese Pizza on friday

"peeping" out of a "cave" with Scuffy and Baby Scuffy

Friday, May 08, 2009

WOW. Once AGAIN, Mr. T has affected my life. When interviewed for Bizarre Magazine, asked if he could have ANY magical power? He gives a truly brilliant answer - "I’d have the power to heal little children"

It brings tears to my eyes, and I hope I can remember that next time I am asked what power would I want. That's about the best.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Saturday, May 02, 2009

aftermath of the bath

and Saul & Sara playing with kitty cat ears and tail

sink bath

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