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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

CLEAN AS A WHISTLE

All of a sudden, granddaughter Chloe realized that behind the locked cabinet doors (that she figured out how to open) are some neat things to play with.


There are spray bottles filled with pretty colored liquids, gooey foaming stuff and even plastic jars with pasty goop to spread on anything and everything.

Unfortunately, Chloe doesn't know they can hurt her. So, when she's with me, I always make her stay within my sight while I try to teach her about poisons.

The only problem is that Chloe's faster than her ole Nana.


While I was cleaning the table with Windex, I set down the bottle and turned my back. Like Quick Draw McGraw, the little squirt grabbed the Windex and doused parakeets Major Bird and Minor Bird. I had to flush the poor birdies with water and clean their cage.

Chloe said she did it because she "wanted them to be shiny."

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14 Comments:

Anonymous Doris said...

Diana,

First off, your grandaugher is adorable, even with her new "do".
Several years ago, one of my nieces sons cut his brothers hair on Christmas Eve with plastic sissors. He was supposed to be cutting decorations. Needless to say, that was the end of plastic sissors in the house. Who knew they could cut hair? I see that Chloe has your mischievious smile. Nana best not take a nap with her around, or she'll be getting a new "do" too!

Wed Apr 25, 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I just commented on the wrong blog. Meant to comment on this one, but did it on the cereal/box top one instead. Didn't get the chance to read the paper yesterday, so i'm catching up!

Wed Apr 25, 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

BTW, these blogs are in reference to today's column. Click here to read it and see Chloe's new hairdo.

Wed Apr 25, 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Here it is anonymous,
I moved it from the other blog.


Anonymous said...
Diana, your grandaughter is so cute! Even with the mullet!
Tell your daughter not to worry, it's a phase and she'll get over it soon. Just don't tell her about all the other phases that will come! Mine is 21 and we're still going through phases!
I laughed though when you told her to get the camera after she called you in a panic! Too funny!!! Gotta love the mom/daughter relationships and the differences in opinion on what's important and what's just too funny! I think I like being a mom much more than being a daughter. Guess when I have grandchildren I'll love being the grandma. You just don't sweat the small stuff anymore, it's not worth the stomach aches.....

Wed Apr 25, 10:46:00 AM

Wed Apr 25, 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

I used to put the "yucky" cleaning stuff -as I told my kids 20 yrs. ago -in decorative containers or covered baskets up on high shelves where they could not climb up to reach them and usually only had time to clean when they were napping or in bed at night so they did not see my special hiding places anyway...how about barbed wire around the perimeter of your cabinets? Sorry, is that not PC these days? Maybe Chloe has been watching American Idol and influenced by Sanjaya's ever-evolving hairstyles...I guess the mullet is better than a mohawk..it could've been worse if she got hold of her papa's razor and buzzed her head (like you said in your article - another Britney)...yikes!

Wed Apr 25, 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Dharris said...

Too Cute!!!!

Wed Apr 25, 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

At least she didn't restyle the birds' feathers with a little snip here and there or they may have resembled Sanjaya's faux-hawk, too...

Wed Apr 25, 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch!Watch! Watch!
Or forget about cleaning and just play newspaper reporter or school together.

Wed Apr 25, 02:47:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

now, that's the best idea yet... forget about cleaning!

Wed Apr 25, 03:28:00 PM  
Anonymous dirtybird said...

Spud has a clean bird now

Wed Apr 25, 06:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Jacob Morris said...

I suggest those sticky mouse traps-but seriously-never put anything poisonous in a container that is mismarked. We had a cleaning lady once that thought the bubble bath in the bathroom that was in a cute champagne bottle was actually champagne and tried a nip-not a good idea

Thu Apr 26, 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous anonymous said...

she had it coming then..lucky it wasn't drano...

Thu Apr 26, 04:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mother told me never to clean house when the babies , toddlers, were up. Clean when they nap. Makes for a TIRED mother as well as a clean house.
That was then.
Even when you are really looking at your kiddies, accidents happen.

Thu Apr 26, 05:51:00 PM  
Anonymous bb said...

If you cant lock them up you have to get them into higher cabinets. My grandchildren were not too curious to go into our under-sink cabinets, so I guess we were lucky. They'd rather play with Nana's Hummels. I put a very large chair in front of my curio cabinet, so they couldnt get them. The only other solution is to lock them in the closet. Just kidding.

Fri Apr 27, 10:37:00 AM  

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