On Friday, the Mayor cancelled regular school for Boookie and Ela and took them outside for some real engineering. The two of them helped the Mayor survey the south portion of the estate to aid in the layout and design of the new shop and future improvements. The Mayor was very impressed with his quick-learning assistants.
After showing the assistant hobbit surveyors how to write down the coordinates, the Mayor had nothing more to do with keeping records.
In fact, the Mayor mostly stood around and gave directions.
The Mayor has almost trained his own replacement.
The completed survey in Google SketchUp. That is some excellent work by Boookie and Ela. They have a fine teacher indeed in the Hobbit Wife.
Today the Mayor made Seafood Cioppino so he could enjoy a wonderful spring morning in the kitchen (seriously - he is mental that way). As the Mayor began ladling the soup out to the hobbitlings, he showed them how to remove the clam meat from the shell.
As he threw the shells into the discard bowl, Seimi piped up, "What's the matter? Don't you like your shells?"
In the words of "Hamilton," And just like that, it's over...
The 11-year-long, whole-house remodel is officially over as far as building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical permitting is concerned. Completely new electrical and plumbing, all new doors, windows, flooring, walls, completely redone kitchen, one bathroom completely redone and a new bathroom and laundry room added. It's good to be done.
One-third of the way into April, it's time for an update. The Mayor has been busy around the smials at Michael Delving. Below is all the electrical equipment he has replaced in the past couple weeks to bring everything up to the 2014 code. Very long story there.
All the hobbits took Sunday off to play and rest. Here is Eejee digging in one of the flowerbeds that hasn't been planted yet.
Here's Ela planting some of the flowerbeds.
Seimi was asked to bring up large rocks from the backyard for the edge of the flowerbed but he put his unique Seimi twist on the assignment.
Here's Boookie, victorious in his attack on debris in the driveway.
After the yard work was done, the hobbitlings played outside while the Mayor did more cleanup. Here's Ela setting up her enchanted castle.
Ela's magical tea party
Boookie and Seimi conspired to set up a battle in the grass.
Boookie's troops practicing their phalanx formation.
Addendum - some random photos and facts associated with early April.
Fact #1: Ela discovered a package of googley eyes
Fact #2: Seimi put glasses on his blanket, Doggy Lee
Fact #3: One night when bedtime was announced, Eejee flopped down on Ela's sleeping mat and held on, begging to sleep in the Bunker.
Fact #4: Eejee smuggled dirt into his room for use in cooking.
Fact #5: Ela set up a yard sale with a helpful sign "Our crap could be your crap."
Fact #6: Ela has been building an addition to the play structure.