When Mama went to her doula meeting, I got to play outside with Mimee! When she went potty, I told her I want to go pee too. So I peed in the potty. Mimee let me try some juice. That’s how you know she is a grandmother.
I am playing with Phydeaux. He clearly wants this ball, so I give it to him. Then he gives it back to me and acts all weird. So I give it to him. Mimee says throw it over there. I go over there, but as I start walking he jumps up and chases me. Okay Phydeaux, here you go. The ball is slimey and I don’t want to touch it. I go to Mimee and Phyeaux gives her the ball. She throws it across the room and he thunders away to get it. Repeat. I’m making my confusing eyebrows. But Mimee, I don’t mind if he gets it. And throwing it doesn’t make him not have it.
Mimee shows me how to throw the ball. That’s all well and good, but it seems unsafe, don’t you think? Because, my dog is like a hundred pounds. As in, five times bigger than me. His tail is fatter than my leg. Hi, dog.
We are at the art walk in Ojai, and we saw a disturbing puppet show, sculptures, and a pretty singer-songwriter. I danced and wiggled for the singer but for the puppets I put my butt down and made sure my Mama was right behind me. In the morning we went to the community church and I watched a show in the nursury.
There are lots of dogs here but I can’t find my Phydeaux.
Today is very sunny but not too hot or windy. I slept a long time because I was so tired from yesterday, and when I got up my Mama and I cuddled in bed. Then she put on our swimsuits and I ate a banana while we walked to the pool. I like the pool better now. Mama showed me how to climb in and out. I can do it almost by myself. I just need help holding a hand to keep my balance when I step in. Today I like splashing with my hands and also sitting on the edge and splashing with my feet. I’m practicing walking on the ledge that is a little deeper, up to my chest. It’s just hard to keep my balance with that much water on me. I like holding the railing too.
On our walk to the pool we saw three dogs. I miss Phydeaux, I told my Mama so. I fell down only two times, but the second time I broke the skin on my knees and now I can see some blood. Not too much though. It doesn’t hurt anymore.
California tomorrow! Today I’m just going to eat this frittata and play with my toys while Mama packs up a hundred pounds of stuff. I’ll need my little dresses and my swimsuits and my night time books and my sunhat. My tummy is better today. Before I leave I’m getting in lots of snuggle time with my family, especially Phydeaux. I love my dog. I tell him so with sign language. Mama’s going to be too busy to play or go on a walk today, and I’m already planning some funny tricks to get more attention. Like pouring my water cup on her vitamins. And telling her “milk” in sign a hundred times even when I’m not hungry or thirsty. I’ll do cute things too, like sing my “mamamaamama” song and dance with my arms, just to be on the safe side.
Me and Phydeaux went to the field today. We ran all around. He’s so fast! I ate some gravel and said “Matt!” to my uncle. Phydeaux knocked me down and I got grumpy but I still could walk all the way home.