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Broken hoses, sunburnt seedlings, and infected wounds

I’m not sure that I need to write anything other than the title above.  If that doesn’t say it, what will?

Victor discovered that the fuel line had burst on the tractor, and it was spewing diesel as he drove it!  Needless to say, we didn’t get anything done today that needed the tractor.  Jeffrey and I did make it out to the John Deere Center in Canby, but since neither Jeffrey nor I had actually seen which hose was broken, we were unable to pick up the part we needed.  We DID, however, pick up the tractor seat that we had ordered for Victor – the old one was torn to shreds!

The John Deere Service Center is damn cool.  Beautiful machines everywhere, and I just loved the feeling of potential. I don’t know how else to describe it.  It’s all so PURPOSEFUL…maybe I’m weird, but I could totally see taking Ellie Graye there on an outing one day! Maybe tomorrow when we go back to get the hose! 🙂

Between Ellie’s swim lesson and the drive to good ol’ John Deere, it felt like my entire day was shot.  By the time we got home, it was already the afternoon.  I took a quick look at the vegetable garden only to discover that my seedlings had gotten burned by the sun (I couldn’t bring myself to photograph the tragedy).  Now I may end up having to head to the nursery to replace them…especially the plants that need a longer growing season than Oregon provides (like peppers and eggplants).  Sigh.  I’ll give it another couple weeks and see what happens…it’s all a learning process, I guess. My lettuce is growing well though – at least we’ll have salads!

What ARE still healthy and vibrant are the flowers.  I think that if these flowers were early spring flowers, I would absolutely come unglued.  I get so excited about the daffodils and crocus when they first peek out, what would happen if the lilacs were the first to crack the dreariness of winter??? I think the thrill would kill me!

The first Iris of the year

Viburnum

White lilacs

ridiculously fragrant, but I don't know what they are

Jeffrey and I had talked about a way to have Ellie be able to play with her water/sand table even when it was rainy, and thought that putting up the shade tent that we use for parties (usually designated as the “beer tent”) would be a good solution.  Victor set it up while were at John Deere, and wow. It’s ugly. We’re going to see how we feel about it in a few days, but having that blocking our view of the lake from the dining room isn’t exactly “pastoral!”

Now hand me that beer bottle with wine in it, and maybe the two will add up to white trash??? YIKES! All for the sake of a 21 month old adorable little munchkin!

Speaking of Ellie Graye…the poor little girl!  Yesterday she took a fall while playing down by the lake with Daddy.  She fell on the metal serrated ramp that leads to the dock, and sliced her hand pretty good.  She has a darn high pain tolerance, so despite the blood that was splattered all over her white frock, I didn’t think it was anything to worry about.  I washed it out as well as I could, put some neosporin on it, and thought it would be better by today.  That was not the case, however, and even after soaking it in warm water with anti-bacterial soap several times today, by this afternoon it was swollen, red, extremely painful, and she was running a low-grade fever.  So off we went to see the evening physician (I do love that about our Children’s Clinic: if you have a situation like this, they’ll see you on a case by case basis).  Ellie was so brave, and held out her hand for the doctor to see without even a peep.  Luckily, the doctor said that though it definitely needs some attention, it’s not “worrisome.”  She sent us home with some antibiotic cream and said to keep doing what I’m doing…

Feeling shy in the lobby

Waiting patiently with Daddy

I’m sure that tomorrow she’ll be back to normal, and ready to swim, swim, swim.  Aaaah, my little bear!

So, all-in-all, today was not a very productive day – let’s hope tomorrow I can actually get something done!

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