Tuesday, June 5, 2018

It is the end of the world as we know it

Yesterday I was taking pictures of bird's nests in my yard. Today men in combat gear with stocking masks on their faces invaded my neighborhood and grabbed working mothers, fathers and children. 
An area nursery was raided at the same time as a trailer park a few blocks from my home. Workers were rounded up and tied with twist ties. After a few hours, those who could prove they were American citizens were released. Yes, American citizens were grabbed, yelled at, herded and tied up until they could prove their citizenship. 

Meanwhile the same situation was happening at the trailer park where family members were baby sitting the children of the workers. Children that were playing at the neighborhood park yesterday while I was walking by with my granddaughter in her stroller. Children who are now frightened, hungry, cold and terrified by the loss of their parents who have been taken away without a hug goodbye or even knowledge of where their parents have gone. Since they are not citizens, the government does not have to give any information to the families. 

I cannot believe this is how Jesus wants us to treat fellow human beings. It is like living in a horror movie. I never thought I would see the United States of America become an armed camp of militants. I cannot stop crying. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Maternity Ward

While we continue to wait for my Amish friends to build my new bedroom set, I have some announcements here at the Merry homestead. We have opened a Robin Maternity Ward!
This mama robin built her nest only about four and a half feet from the ground in a tree on the border of my play yard and about three feet from my neighbor's driveway. Luckily my preschool grandchildren haven't noticed, but the teenagers next door have been driving her crazy peering in the next every time they leave the house. We have an announcement. It's Twins! I caught them with mouths wide open, waiting for mama to come back with some nice juicy worms. 

I was walking between my house and my apple trees on the opposite side of my yard when a mama robin started flapping and raising a ruckus. Silly girl, that just made me stop and look. Lo and behold another mama had built a nest about five feet from the group. She is very protective and I was lucky to get this photo. 
I think we are expecting a second set of twins! This may be the only photo I get of this nest. She recognizes me now and tries to dive bomb me when I walk anywhere near those trees. 

I had posted the photo with the eggs on Facebook and my neighbor asked if that was the tree between our houses. I went out to look on the third side of our house and another nest in another tree!
This mama robin is more scary than then the mama of nest number two. She would not let me more than four feet from her nest. It is a little higher and I tried to get my husband to come and take a photo in the nest while she stood by threatening us. He refused since she has tried to attack him when he tries to use the side door to the garage! She is very protective!

Meanwhile I did manage another peek at those little babies that had their mouths open a week ago. They have already gained feathers and barely squeeze into the nest. Our evenings are a little cooler this week and they should be nice and warm snuggled in there. 
There you have it! It is a Robin Maternity Ward here at the Merry House!

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Bedroom Chapter Two

When we last checked in, my son/electrician and his crew of 2 year olds were moving outlets from behind the future bed to behind the future nightstands. 
And they even wired my tv to a wall mount stand so it won't scratch the new dressers. Do you see all the spackle? Do you think I had enough nail holes in the walls?

Next Mr. Merry was painting the ceilings. He was using a special ceiling paint that goes on pink so you can see where you are painting and what you have missed. The paint did not go on pink despite the claims. #disappointing. 
The original bedroom door and door frame were removed. Can you imagine the fun I was having at this point? We were sleeping in the guest room thank goodness. 
Luckily Mr Merry had lots of help rehanging doors.
I had not even considered changing to Shaker styled doors, but fell in love at the store. We are now replacing every interior door. The one across the hall is special ordered due to size. 
Finally it was time to paint!!! I love the color, Dresden Blue. It looked more gray in the sample, but it is just perfect. 

I just love the painted white woodwork and door with the wall color.  I REALLY love the emptiness of the shelves. And this is our last look at the old carpet. 
Farewell carpet, door, etc.
And hello concrete bedroom floor. Nothing like stepping on cold concrete with your bare tootsies first thing in the morning. 
And then, new carpet! It is actually a medium gray. Somehow it keeps looking brownish in my photos. But trust me, it is a very pretty gray. Carpet name: Starry Night. I also love the emptiness of the closets (which do have doors on now). I still have only moved in a few clothes. The rest are decoratively draped across my living room furniture.
I found these drapes at Target. I just love the buffalo check! I haven't been able to take a picture with better lighting since this room doubles as a space for naptime for a certain young lady in a pack and play. You will just have to wait for the final reveal. 
While we are waiting for my Amish friends to construct the new bedroom set, I have another project for Mr Merry. I have this lovely lamp and another similar one that need rewired. I get to shop for the perfect lamp shades and they will live on our new nightstands!

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Project That Just Keeps Growing

I guess the bedroom update renovation just got real. I think my grandsons have about 20 orange cones outside the door. I did get an army of little men running to me this morning telling me that grampa needed to spend some time in the naughty chair. He was writing on the walls!
We only had one outlet on this wall and it was located behind the bed. To plug in a lamp or clock, we would have to lift the mattress while the other plugged or unplugged. I was thinking we should each have an outlet on our own side of the bed!

Luckily, before grampa got to work, I thought a little further. We are getting new nightstands and will each have a lamp that will need plugged in. We are old and still use alarm clocks and we will need to plug those in, too. But because we are modern grandparents, we each have a cell phone. Wouldn't it be great to have our chargers there, too? So he is going to put an outlet with four plugs on each side. I am pretty excited. 
I think we see who is in charge of this project! I was also thinking (always dangerous for my husband) that I want the TV mounted on the wall so that it doesn't scratch my new dresser, still under construction by our Amish friends.  This will give me another four days before I have to make the final decision on paint color. 

Miss Merry