Let’s just try this again, shall we?


Here’s what happened:

Our Aristocats book was lightly scribbled in by one of my daughters years ago, like so:

Aristocats cover

When Joe asked about it, I told him his sister had done it. The next day, I discovered more scribbles, like so:

Aristocats 1

“Joe, did you scribble in this book?” Parenting note: I already knew the answer to this question, so I shouldn’t have worded it in such a way that would encourage him to lie. Nevertheless, it was the first shocked response to come out of me.

He responded: “No.”

“Oh really?” I said. “Then who did?”

“My sister.”

“Your sister is old enough now to know better. I know you did this, Joe. Would you please say, ‘I’m sorry I colored in the book'”?

“I’m sorry you colored in the book.”

Me: !!!!!!!!!

I had to call in reinforcements at that point,Β  I was so bothered. I mean, MY child be a smart aleck? Hubby, once apprised of the situation, talked sense into our son and got him to apologize.

But this sweet little boy? The one who wanted to take a bath so he tried to get undressed himself??

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Sigh. It’s a good thing he’s so cute.


In other news, I made a startling observation while grocery shopping the other day. If everyone dresses like this, how will store keepers know who the bandits are?


How have your shopping experiences been? A friend didn’t know stores even WERE open and was just ordering everything online. I’ll tell you what, though, having a garden, fruit trees, and chickens has been awesome. If only we had a dairy cow, too. Anyone else feeling some farmer tendencies coming on?

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  1. We’ve talked about owning chickens (and a goat) for years. Probably won’t happen now…at least not the goat…but then again, we can walk to two grocery stores in about 15 minutes. There’s really no need for us to go all “Green Acres.”

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  2. He’ll do great in business. First lesson for executives – have someone to blame for your mistakes.

    And shopping has mixed for us. As the panic dies down the lines are shorter and there are more items available. Except we haven’t been able to buy split peas. My wife has a ham bone frozen that would be perfect in a split pea soup. We’ve been to 4 stores – none to be found. I did find a place on line to buy them, 8.95 per lb, plus 6.95 shipping and they’ll be here in July!

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    • Thanks, but the bandana is hard to keep in place. Fortunately, I happened upon a mask when putting dress-up clothes back in the proper drawer. Turns out, the kids have a doctor costume, complete with mask! I said, “I’ll just be borrowing this, if you don’t mind.” They did not. πŸ™‚

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  3. I love going out to get the eggs. I try to change outfits each time so the chickens don’t realize that it is the same day and I have already been out there 12 times.

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  4. Oh, the things which slipped out from my mouth before I could stop them!
    I feel for you, Betsy! I put it all down to the shock & disbelief that anything like that could come from our angels!
    My husband is a firm believer that this is a mark of a quick & lateral thinker, and though aggravating for us, will serve them well in life ( sometimes I wonder about that man!)

    I think I own a bandana in that colour & print!!!!!

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  5. Oh boy, a sassy but cute one! And they know they are cute too. πŸ™‚

    I think as long as you refrain from wearing your six shooter on your hip and your spurs on your boots, you should be fine. But you may want to wear some sparkly rainbow unicorn sunglasses, just to be sure. I don’t think bandits wear such glasses, but I could be wrong.

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    • Haha! Now I really want to see a bandit wearing such glasses. This reminds me of that seen in the original Terminator movie when he pulls sunglasses off a rack. The first he grabs are something ridiculous and girly. Wish I could remember what they were, exactly, but the same basic idea. πŸ™‚


  6. He IS cute. And he did say what you told him to say. πŸ™‚ I think Mr. Joseph is playing up the cuteness and KNOWS how much his mother appreciates humor. He’s wise, that one.

    I have done most shopping on line for a few years because I do NOT enjoy grocery shopping. So that has not impacted me. I don’t mind the masks because they hide the jowls. I have often dreamed of returning to some kind of farming life. It would be wonderful. And as a side note, we’ve had toilet paper delivered to the house for years because it was cheaper. In all of our years, never a problem. Then, this hits, our TP package arrived torn and beat to heck. I think someone thought we were hoarders. It made me sad.

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  7. Haha – I like that story! You know kids are cute for a reason right?Your son is a charmer πŸ™‚ As for the grocery store – I’ve been going every 2 weeks, with a delivery in the off week. The stores have been okay – people are beginning to know what to do – we have arrows on the floors telling us which way to go. The best thing I ever did was learn how to use the shopper’s wand/scanner a few months ago. Now no one else touches my items and I go directly to an automatic check-out.

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  8. Hoo-boy. You know you’re going to have all sorts of fun when he gets to be about 10, right? That’s the smart-aleck stage. He’s just getting in some practice πŸ˜€ Having th chickens is great, but now we have so many eggs (I was selling our extras to a couple gals at work) we’re going to have to start making egg bake for every meal. And hubs has already suggested we should do a Big garden this year (after all those years of trying to downsize it). Eh, maybe. I think we’re almost out of the pickles I did a few years back, so we’re due. Now if I could just get someone to weed for me πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Lucky you! Fruit trees! I wish we could grow some good fruit trees, like lemonade trees, or orange juice trees, or mojito trees. Wait, no. Long Island Iced Tea trees! Tea comes from trees, right? πŸ˜€

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  9. Like mother like son, he will be a comedian just like his mommy!!! He is adorable. I don’t grocery shop, I stay home with the 2 grandkids and send my husband. He wears a mask but other than that isn’t safe enough with hand washing for me. The minute he walks in I’m like β€œWash your hands”!!!

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  10. Farmer tendencies–yes. We are “farming” a very sarcastic cat that “produces” sarcastic sounds. This one is prolific, so good news there. I am trying to grow herbs on my windowsill–and we’re growing a starter dough in the fridge, which has been alive since Easter. Other things I would like to grow that are missing from grocery shelves: toothpaste and a sack of lentils. Cheers!

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  11. I thought the same thing! Saw a dude with a face mask and cowboy hat and asked him where the rodeo was?

    Shopping is certainly a challenge these days. People not following the one way down the aisle rule and i feel like a salmon going upstream!😊

    (On a more serious note: this pandemic is breaking my heart in more ways than one…πŸ’”glad u and the family r well. Stay safe and healthy!)πŸ’–

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    • What did the cowboy say when you asked about the rodeo? Did he laugh, at least?
      Totally about people going the wrong way, though, I must admit, that was me once. Oops!
      And, Lucie, no! No heart-breaking! I refuse to allow it! This too shall pass! Stay positive! Look for the positive in every day. People around the world are really stepping up for each other. This is awful, yes, but it’s also bringing out the best in people. Watch Some Good News with John Krasinski on YouTube, ‘kay?


    • Ha! I finally put my “unkillable” indoor plant outside so I wouldn’t have to watch it through its final death throes. I let my husband do the farming. I just do the harvesting and enjoy the fruits of his labor. πŸ™‚

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  12. Hi Betsy, Joe is definitely a smart, clever boy! Wow, garden, fruit tree and chickens. Perfect. I went grocery shopping on day 30. Today is day 45 sheltering-in-place. Missing the family and the children, yet counting my blessings. Thank you for my morning smile. πŸ™‚

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  13. I love the “honesty” of children – they honestly don’t want to get in trouble, but they honestly want to get their siblings in some hot water. πŸ™‚ Speaking of hot water, bet that was a fun bath. Grocery shopping is just not fun now – I realize that I smile a lot, and now, no one at the store realizes that I’m smiling at them with the face mask on. But…. I still keep smiling.

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    • Smiling is still evident in the eyes, so I think you’re good! And, yeah, not as much fun now, but I’ve found people can be really nice, like when I have to say excuse me to get around them. They’re always so gracious about it. I definitely feel the “we’re all in this together mentality,” which is a nice little reprieve from the general stress.

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  14. Oh, how I’d love to have a cow! πŸ˜‚ And chickens, and a fruit and vegetable garden! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But I wanted these even before the crisis. πŸ˜‰
    Your son is very clever – masks, eh hats off! πŸ˜‰

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