Friday, April 29, 2016


The Mayor asked Seimi if he wanted to come along to City Hall and then Home Depot. Seimi asked what City Hall was, and the Mayor explained it was an office building. Seimi asked what we were getting at City Hall and the Mayor explained that we were getting permits, which are pieces of paper. Seimi followed up, "Sooooo, do I get to color the paper?"

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


When Boookie saw a brand new car in the driveway, he asked suspiciously, "What is that car doing here?"
The Hobbit Wife explained that was a loaner vehicles because the Mayor had taken Polly (our van) in for warranty work.
"Warranty work?"
"You know, upgrades."
Boookie's eyes got huge and the Hobbit Wife quickly but gently let him down, "No, not that kind of upgrade. Just a shift lock repair and something with the spare tire."
Boookie shook his head and (jokingly) mourned, "Awww. No deflector shields? No laser cannons? No proton torpedos?"

Saturday, April 16, 2016

don't smile. seriously.

yesterday, the mayor of michael delving was called into the downstairs playroom to settle a grievous dispute.

one of the hobbitlings had agreed to sit for a portrait drawn by another hobbitling.  while the portrait was still in progress, tempers flew: there was profound objection to the artist's rendering of the subject... particularly the subject's hair.  and in the midst of the spat, the portrait was ruined.

from upstairs, the hobbit wife heard only bits and pieces of the mayor's solomn investigation, but it was enough to send the hobbit wife into fits of silent giggles.

"the picture is just the worstest!!!" quoth the portrait subject. "[my sibling] made me look like a french governor!!!"

oh my.  parenting is not for the faint of heart nor the weak of poker face.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Happy April!

We are enjoying the early arrival of summer at Michael Delving.

Young Eejee Missingpants enjoying his first authorized pants and shirt removal in some great while.
Seimi practicing "being an Indian"
The Mayor enjoying an Icehouse in the sunshine on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

Boookie initiated a pushup demonstration, which was enthusiastically joined by Seimi and the Mayor. As the Mayor was counting out, Ela chimed in with her best drill instructor voice,
Louder, son!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter!

Michael Delving hobbits took both Friday and Saturday (mostly) off regular work to enjoy the sunshine.  Friday afternoon was spent at the zoo and Saturday is being enjoyed at home.

Here's Mr. Eejee enjoying the freedom to explore at the zoo.
Mr. Boookie showing off his awesome StarCraft tattoo (United Earth Directorate symbol).  The Mayor adopted the same beret around the same age as his signature look.
On Saturday, the Mayor arranged a challenging Easter egg hunt. The eggs contained keys that had to be pieced together to decipher a coded riddle that said the hiding place of each stash of candy.  Here's Boookie exercising his special operative skills at code breaking, as Ela and Seimi bring him pieces of the code.
Mr. Seimi with all the eggs.
Miss Ela with a different dress than she had a few minutes ago.  When a girl hasn't enjoyed sunshine in a while, she has to make sure all her summer dresses still work!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Mob Tattoo

The Mayor got a family portrait on his left shoulder this weekend.  For those who don't recognize him, that would be Daddy Meerkat in the center, fighting a cobra to protect his four meerkat pups.  Mommie Meerkat is on alert, keeping an eye on the fight as well as the pups, ready to jump in where she is needed.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

A Dozen Years Ago...

 “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”