….a game. There aren’t any prizes other than the satisfaction of knowing you did well. But shouldn’t that be prize in itself?
Question Number One:
What is this:
A. The spot where we stored all the wood for the winter which is now used up?
B. An unfortunate incident involving an ax and one of my children.
C. The remnants of what 2 very naughty woodpeckers did to a deck rail.
If you answered C, you are correct. These were the strangest looking birds I’ve ever seen, I would have snapped a picture but it was 6 am and I just wasn’t that fast yet. This is the closest picture I could find but I promise you, this isn’t the exact bird. I also promise you they were large, the size of a bantem hen. The birds we saw had yellow feathers coming out the top of it’s head…they were a cross between a pteredactyl and a dodo bird. Think Kevin from UP if you’ve seen that movie.
So what does one do when naughty woodpeckers invade their decking? Well first you call pest control to make sure you don’t have termites. Then when you think about putting red pepper in the HUGE hole they’ve created (because they kept coming back) you realize birds don’t have taste buds and therefore, red pepper won’t bug them. So then you go in the garage and find an old bath mat and you do this, squint your eyes and hope for the best when the bug man comes a calling Monday morning.
Question Number Two:
What is this:
A. An old umbrella used poolside to keep you shaded when not swimming.
B. A cheap umbrella that blew into the pool and ended up at the bottom during a freak, unexpected summer storm that aren’t uncommon in Tennessee that was then hauled up with all your might while trying not to fall into the pool.
C. All of the above.
If you answered C, you are correct. It was a crazy storm. A sunny one minute and can’t see 12 inches in front of your face the next minute storm. A blow the power out storm. A HOLY COW LOOK AT THAT storm. It gave my kids the opportunity to earn extra allowance though because it created a lot of limb/stick pick up and re-potting of things that blew over. As for our beloved little umbrella. Well, after putting it back together multiple times, this was our solution:
Thank goodness for all those extra hours of work lately.
Question Number Three:
What is this:
A. An unfortunate accident with unloading the new umbrella. A smack down of sorts with a metal pole and my bumper. Who knew umbrella poles could be so heavy?
B. Nothing new…it’s been there for years.
C. The result of one cell-phone talking, braces-wearing teenage girl who rear ended me driving home from church.
If you answered C, you’re right. She was busy. She was self-admittedly looking at her cell phone. She didn’t see the red light. We were dead stopped. She was full speed. Thank you God that the damage isn’t much worse because guess what? She’s a minor so the police wouldn’t give me any information on her (don’t you think if you’re old enough to drive and run into somebody the privacy of being a minor should be waived), her parents haven’t called me yet and I don’t think they’re insured. Thank you USAA for saying you’d handle it for me. Sic ’em! But in the meantime, here is our solution to this little problem:
It’s to adopt a “What can you do?” attitude. I’ve got it. It’s nice. It’s makes the stress go away.
I’ll give you one more, a Bonus Question so-to-speak. What is this:
I won’t even make you guess. I’ll just tell you. It’s my daughter’s very sweet attempt to make coffee for her daddy.
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