Sunday and another busy weekend draws to its end.
Tonight, after I cleaned out the Halloween workshop (garage) so we can put the cars in again, we packed Keaton into the wagon and all went for a walk down to the market to pick out some pumpkins (funny enough, we didn’t actually buy pumpkins while we were up at the real pumpkin patches last weekend – so we did the “city” version instead today). It was a nice trip, and, besides, I’ve never pulled a wagon through the aisles of a supermarket before.
Saturday I made the final-final (fingers crossed) repairs and adjustments to all the props, and they’ve all been running fine since. Now if they can just make it to Halloween night and be in good working order so I can entertain some trick-or-treaters, I’ll be happy.
As Fall continues to creep up around us slowly here in Northern California, I find myself wishing we’d get a good hard rain. We haven’t had rain here in what seems like forever, since our seasons aren’t as wide-open as places like my previous home of Central Florida. And, even though we rarely get any worth-mentioning thunder and lightning, I’d gladly take a day stuck inside for a decent thunderstorm. Something about rain, and I’m certain I’ve written about this before, something about being safe and dry indoors as the rain pours down outside… is very soothing and satisfying to me. So c’mon rain, come get us wet over here… I’m waiting.
While I was cleaning the garage today, I wanted to put a couple ten-foot lengths of conduit up in the rafters for storage. Keaton had come out with me (she absolutely loves spending time with me in while I “work” in the garage, she hovers around me asking me questions about what I’m doing and offering to “help” – I love it), and she was tossing around a little bouncy ball as I picked up. Seeing the unused conduit, I grabbed both lengths near the middle and began to swing them around to position them towards the rafters. I watched as I maneuvered them so I wouldn’t hit the hanging florescent lights or the workbench behind me, but as I did I heard aloud “thud” and immediately thought I’d hit the workbench. But, as soon as I heard the impact Keaton began screaming.
In a panic I dropped the pipe and turned to see her bent over clutching her face. Freaking out now (the sound of the pipe hitting something had made me think I hit something really solid, so I knew she had received a good whack), and cursing myself for working with the long and awkward pieces of metal while she was around, I darted over and scooped her up. “Where does it hurt, baby?,” I asked, brushing her hair from her face. Oh crap, she was holding her eye… “My eye!,” she wailed. Getting more worried, I asked her to open her eye, half expecting the worst. Thankfully, her eye looked fine, and I finally noticed the little red mark on the bridge of her nose – near her eye but not in her eye. After the couple seconds I’d taken to initially check her out, I rushed inside with her still crying to put some ice on the bump.
Turns out that after some ice and comforting, she was just fine; but I ended up feeling like a careless dad again for smacking my own daughter in the face with some metal pipe. It’s a good thing the Lord makes babies tough, ’cause they get hurt a lot it seems. I’m just waiting for the first broken bone or stitches… you know it’ll happen.
OK folks, gonna stop writing now and read a little. Have a good Monday and I’ll talk to you later. Bye.
(Pssst! OMG can you please look at the picture of Job and Keaton Megan posted last night (scroll down, it’s the last one.)