… I’ve forgotten my manners – here you all are – bouncing about the internet – trying to find an interesting read in the world of blogging, and I’m letting you all down! I don’t know that I’ll be giving you much satisfaction in that area right now, but I thought I’d tell you all a little of why I’ve been absent for such a long while.
Even if Christmas hadn’t come up and kidnapped our time the way it normally does, we’d have still been under the pump. What with a birthday in November, and another one in early Jan (oldest boy turned 3 – amazing!) Our lads have given their mother (the XO) a hard run for Christmas. Holiday season?! Ha! The XO got about as much rest and relaxation as a one legged man in a bum-kicking contest. Number 2 son – F – decided that sleep wasn’t something he was going to do easily. So much so that the XO has been operating on bugger all sleep for weeks (months if the truth be told), and it doesn’t look to end anytime soon. This has all been happening in Ballarat – at her Mum’s place, and it’s been a hard run. So, no rest for her at all.
I on the other hand – have (rather guiltily) been getting sleep. It’s because I’m here in Perth. A short time with the family in Ballarat means I have time to do jobs here at home, without little people under my feet. My tasks? Well… it sorta goes like this – tell your boys you’re going to have something for them, and like it or not, you best be doing what you can towards making it happen. So, I ended up returning home to get the jobs done. AND – it would appear, I’ve gotten the important bit’s done… PHEW!!!
So… we have ourselves a landscaped front yard (Finished before I joined the family for Christmas):
We have a sandpit:
And then turned these bit’s of kit:
So… it’s been a busy week since I’ve been back, and as number 1 son has been telling every bugger and their dog that his Dad is making him a swing, and a sandpit – it’s only natural it’s accompanied by a yard of nice soft grass (well half of it for now), and some room to run about like only kids can do. You have no idea of the clean-up job I had to do here, just to get the space cleared first – phew! I’m a self confessed ‘hoarder’ – and truth be told I’m guilty of hoarding ‘junk’ in all of the most inconvenient spaces (to everyone else of course – not to me lol). I’d been ‘cleaning’ this up for quite a while – the last of it done this week. I hate saying goodbye to perfectly good building materials – so I um… well – I sorta ‘relocated them’ elsewhere!
Also – if you don’t know Perth at all – the sand we have here flows like water. No sooner do you turn your ‘full’ shovel blade out of the hole you’re digging, when two thirds of that load ‘pours’ back into the bloody thing. It’s an exercise in absolutely annoying frustration – driving you blooming crazy. Add to this the gritty black dust hidden in every single shovelful of sand, and on a hot day like today – sheesh – you come out black all over – just from the muck of it all! I’ve spent most of my time on the end of a shovel – fighting back the bloody sand – hoping to retain it behind sleepers, whilst I prepare the footpath. It’ll be 40 degrees (of the Celsius type) tomorrow – more damn shovel work… I hope the sea breeze comes in early and helps me cool down. I’ve got things to do still for the family’s return (like buy nappies, clean and mop floors, vacuum, scrub toilets – Arghhhhh – give me that damn shovel!).
Who said us fellas aren’t productive with our spare time eh? Come on – own up to it – I know some of you have 😉
Belongum – Out!