You know you've got yourself some 1st world problems when your day is thrown all in a tizzy (yes, that is a real word, it looked funny written, so I looked it up) because the groomer called to cancel your dog's grooming appointment.
But, really we were in a state of dire grooming need!
First I called too late into the Christmas season and they were all booked up until the new year. We attempted to bathe/groom the creature ourselves, it did not go well, so I called again early in the new year and was only able to get an appointment for my dog for 3 weeks later. I was literally counting down the days until she could be groomed. She was a matted, filthy mess, and worst of all, her long fur kept bringing in a multitude of leaves from the backyard that she would then scatter all over the house!
So, when they canceled due to a family emergency and could not give me a clear reschedule date, we were forced to find another groomer. Stat! Thankfully, we did find one and we finally have a presentable dog again!
Before (with a particularly leaf-encrusted face):
'Course she's been fussing at me all day because now she is only wearing her lightweight coat and it's 30 degrees. She told me, "You know I grow that heavy fur coat for a reason!" Okay, so my dog does not actually talk to me with words, but look at that face, it says it all!
One day last week when I dropped Little Girl off at preschool she was talking to her teacher about her snack and about how she got the snack out of the pantry at our house. Then as I was walking off I heard her tell her teacher loudly (because that's how she always talks), "WE HAVE BUGS IN OUR PANTRY!"
I wheeled around and said, "That was ONE time SIX MONTHS AGO!"
"Seriously," I told my friend that afternoon, "She has lived with us for over 2 years now, and for like 4 days of those 2 years there were bugs in the pantry, yet that's just how she sums up the state of our pantry!"
That friend then proceeded to tell me that her 3 kids had lice a few months ago, it's totally gone, but now anytime someone comes over her kids tell them, "Watch out! We have a lice a problem!"
I was rolling on the floor laughing! Kids, man, they keep you humble!
Okay, so the pantry comment was last week, well fast forward to this week. I was cleaning out the pantry and noticed this fine crumb coating, like small brown grains. At first I thought someone had emptied the remnants of the cereal box in the pantry because that could totally happen with 4 kids around here. But, then it hit me, "These are probably not crumbs. What if they are BUGS?!"
Sure enough, I Googled it, "Grain-like pantry bugs" and there is such thing as a grain beetle and the bugs are as tiny as a small grain! They love to get in things like flour, oatmeal, grits, spices, etc. They are typically in the food when you bring it home from the store. And sure enough, I found them in a canister of quick-cooking oats and a nearby bag of grits that was sealed in a Ziploc bag! Thankfully most of the stuff in my pantry is sealed well in jars or plastic containers, but the quick oats were in the cardboard canister I bought them in. Needless to say I will now be emptying those type of store-bought packaging into my clear, plastic containers before they ever go into my pantry!
Gross! But, on a positive side my pantry is now super clean and totally purged as I threw away many old things just on principle!
And now Little Girl has an arsenal of bugs-in-our-pantry stories! Good thing I have no shame as evidenced by the fact that I am telling the entire world about the bugs in my pantry!
We have some "wintry mix" forecasted for our city tomorrow, which happens less than once a year, so the kids are very excited about the possibility of a snow day tomorrow! We shall see! I know I'd be happy to not have to leave the house tomorrow. Really anytime the temperature drops below 50 degrees I don't think I should be expected to go outside!
Happy Friday, Friends!
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