When Did It Become October?

Well, September sure did fly by quick. At least it wasn’t boiling hot like August.

The boys are fully into school and extracurricular activities. Corbin is in Grade 7 and fully involved with Scouts. For the time being he is attending Maryvale, a children’s mental health treatment centre. He goes to school which includes shop (wood shop) and swimming. So far it seems to be working out, but afternoons are still a struggle. Once Corbin’s situation is stabilized to the point that he doesn’t need constant attention, he may return to his old neighbour school.

Jeremy is in Grade 2 this year. He is in a Grade 1/Grade 2 split. He reading skills are improving (thank you Mrs. Murphy). Other activities include Beavers and Gymnastics.

Both boys may return to Karate when Sensei Mike returns.

The backyard is finally coming along. The concrete job was complete mid-September. New back porch, new patio and sidewalk and a new play pad for the boys. It looks good. Tina can’t wait till next year and enjoy her new patio.

During the prep work, the contractor cut the Bell phone line. Not too much of a problem now that we have our BlackBerry’s. Bell came in and put in a temporary line. I hope to have the replacement line relocated and have Bell come in and put in a proper Network Interface Device (NID). I’ll have to reroute the wiring in my house, but it’s not too much of problem since everything will be accessible from the laundry room. Should be relatively painless (famous last words?)

I’ve chosen a landscape company to tear-out the old lawn and put in a new lawn. This job means ripping out a flowerbed that no longer fits in the scheme things. It’s been ten years so it is time for a change, for renewal.

With the patio closer to the kitchen flowerbed and with some of the bed damaged due to prep work for the concrete, I’ll be ripping out the plants in that flowerbed, put in new edging and top soil. Over the winter I hope to come up with a new planting scheme that will work with the patio. I’ll also have to figure out what to plant around the AC unit.

Tina and the boys did some apple picking while I was in Brantford helping my mom with some outdoor fall chores. It’s been a good month.

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