When: Interspersed throughout the day
Weather: Freezing overnight; sunny and high 40’s by afternoon
I used the day to bond with my daughters in different ways. I didn’t take a dedicated walk. I did not hit my normal walking quota. I find it special to do unique things with them. Their mom is the one who does crafts with them and plans their parties. I have to carve out my niche where I can.
- Mistletoe: Our elm tree in the backyard is full of mistletoe. My oldest daughter considers herself a tree climber. She climbed up into the tree with a little boost from her father. Climb as she might, the mistletoe was out of her reach. She continued to cut the new branches that had sprouted up along the main branches. I retrieved the extendable hand saw from the garage. I “trimmed” off all of the mistletoe I could reach. When the ladder was added to the equation, I could reach a little more. The trimming was unsteady when balancing on a ladder. It was especially so when wielding a tool while doing a sawing motion. My daughter tried her hand at the trimming. It felt necessary to complete the bonding.
- Picked up their car: Earlier in the week, my daughters had a little problem with her car stopping in the appropriate length of time. Dad sweated it out for one day as she drove the car the next day. She got home and back again, so dad was happy. Her car ended up at the dealership the next day. After going thru the diagnosis, it was found the car had a bent rim and a few other things. The bent rim was playing with the sensors and preventing the car from stopping in the expected time. A commitment to pay a fee and a few hour wait was all it took to be greeted by our “new” car. Without the girls having a safe car, it was hard for dad to relax. Now, I can let my guard down a little in this area.
- New bank account: Going to the bank to get something done on Saturday before a 3-day weekend is not a guaranteed quick trip. Today, it was not. My youngest daughter and I waited for over half an hour before I could meet with a bank officer. Getting an account set up is not hard. But, sitting in the lobby will not get it done. When we were able to speak to Daniel, he multi-tasked. He spoke of rattlesnakes from West Texas, his 10-month old son, and his desire to make a difference in the world. We contributed some info on my daughter’s robotics team, and maybe a little bit of what life looks like thru my eyes. The minutes flew by as the account was created.
- Cleared out the garage: The final task was well overdue. Recent illness and cold temperatures kept the project from going forward. The project took on some steam when my son moved out with his dog. The edges are still in need of some clutter removal. The center is almost car worthy. The ladder (a couple head injuries resulted from the suspended ladder) and the bikes are now engaged intimately with the garage’s ceiling. The soccer balls and water guns of old will fill the garbage truck when it next travels our streets. Furniture and other things of no further adult purpose were also discarded OR guided toward more suitable homes.
Tomorrow is supposed to be another nice day. A walk of the more conventional type is sure to take place.