Yesterday’s main event involved taking Brody to get groomed. He was in dire need of a bath and a haircut and just an overall fresh start. I’d fallen way behind on his upkeep, much to my shame, so I’m more determined to not let it get anywhere near that out of control again. Hard to catch up again once you fall behind, and while he’s not the only thing I am behind on, he is an important one. Sorry Brodykins. I’ll try to be a better Mamma Sue in the future.
I’m still not a very good pet mom, but I’m trying to get better. Definitely trying, but with questionable results, apparently. Time will tell.
The upside to the day was that I got to kill time with Kristi for the afternoon while Brody was in his very long appointment. We went to Dollarama so I could grab some paint for an idea I have. We got flowers and green grapes, then went to this grilled cheese place we’d passed earlier called Millwood Melt. We ate our insanely delicious lunch outside at a picnic table and enjoyed the sunshine and gentle breeze.
Next up was a trip to Home Sense. We…may have spent too much money, but was ridiculous good fun wandering around the whole store to make sure we’d checked everything out. Canadian Tire and Pet Smart were wandered, as well, and I finally remembered to get the puppy a new tag with both of our current phone numbers on it. Also grabbed some new winter boots for him and Soph, a flea comb to hopefully help maintain the goop that gathers under his eyes, and we found a conditioner that will hopefully help with his itchy skin enough to let me give him a bath more often.
He’d always get so itchy, and the shampoo I have makes it feel like all of the natural oils and stuff are gone from his hair after. I was considering adding some olive oil or something to it next time, to see if that would help, but now I can see how this conditioner works before I try other things.
Anyway, guilt and shame at being a bad mom aside, it was mostly a really nice day. Brody had a nap and then we went for a bit of a longer walk once it cooled down outside. We may have also had some popcorn for dinner. Made on the stove. So so good.
I decided to water my wildflower seeds, too. It had been a few days so I figured it couldn’t hurt. When I went outside to do so, though, I had the happy surprise of spotting several little green sprouts poking out from the soil! I’d just been telling Kristi of my tentative plans for “if anything grows” earlier in the day, and almost out of nowhere there are little spots of life springing up on my balcony already!
Now, I realize this doesn’t seem like a big deal to anyone but me, however this, too, is all new to me. Aside from when I was a child doing such things with my mom (or watching her do them), I’ve never planted a seed on my own before. I’ve never grown anything from seemingly nothing before. In my head, I was kind of expecting to just be watering the dirt for a month before giving up and just continuing to try and keep my one plant alive. I was randomly checking prices for potted wild flowers that are already growing, in case I was really that determined to have flowers on a balcony that barely gets any direct sunlight now that there’s a larger building next door. I was expecting my seed-planting to go the way of those little boxed grow-your-own-bonsai trees, or something. I was preparing myself for more failure and disappointment.
I was wrong this time, though. There is life in that box of dirt; life that I helped put there. It’s a week old today, and even though I will soon have to spread the little guys out (hopefully without killing them), at the moment, I haven’t failed. They are growing. Something I planted – little seeds I put into soil – they’re growing.
Maybe there is hope for me, after all.