While The Son was over at the House celebrating his actual Birth Day, of coarse I had some Projects for him to Help me with. *winks* He doesn't mind, he Loves to keep busy and be Helpful, he also knew which Project I had in Mind. The last time we'd hung my African Goat Mount at Villa Boheme' in The Meditation Room, The Young Prince and my Friend who was Living with us Helped get it up on the Wall. That Sucker is super heavy, as is the Antique Frame around it, so finding a Stud on the Wall to support it all was crucial. Also, being able to hold it while up a Ladder, which The Young Prince and The Son are Strong enough to do, but it would have been challenging for Yours Truly. I could probably do it, the heavy lifting wasn't my Concern so much as being up a Ladder of Death while trying to hold and hang something that heavy! The Son didn't even want me attempting it and he got it up no problem. Then stuck his Finger up it's Nose for the first pix. *LMAO*
Okay, all kidding aside I liked where it's hung just as you're walking thru the Front Door at Eye Level. The Son had wanted to hang it higher, in case anyone over 6'2" was to be walking past, but there was no cross beam Stud higher and it wouldn't have been at Eye Level, which I wanted. Besides, my 6'4" Brother isn't likely to be visiting anytime soon and most everyone else is under 6'2" so we're good. *LOL* Bro', if you do come for a visit, just duck a little if you're that close to the entryway Wall, Okay? *Winks* So now, one more piece of Taxidermy off of the Floor, Two more Mounts to go! Yep, I still have an Antelope and a Deer Mount to go and then all the larger Taxidermy is finally hung in permanent Placement! I'd always wanted to put a Steampunk Top Hat and Monocle on this African Goat, but I don't have a Monocle yet and his Horns are too large for my Antique Beaver Top Hats to fit and look right... dammit!
I am Seriously thinking about what to hang around his very thick Neck that would Pimp him Out in an Amusing way tho'? We're currently looking after Princess T's Bestie, Gay Timmy, while his Grandparents have to go to Florida for a personal matter. They are Raising him and his Mom has Issues so he was taken away from her and only has Visitation with her and they don't get along, so didn't want to have to stay there. Princess T has told me enough about that situation that I offered for him to just stay with us, which would be far less Concerns for his Grandparents, while they have to be away and then Quarantine when they get back from a Hot Spot State. Yes, Arizona is a Hot Spot State too, but we've never had the Mind Blowing 9,500 New Cases in a Day that Florida has experienced! I'm sure they would rather avoid Florida if they could, whatever is taking them there must be unavoidable and I didn't pry. They were Grateful and we Love their Grandson, so he's more than Welcome here, he's a great Kid and very well behaved and good influence on Princess T.
Straight Anthony hangs out a lot here too, because he's being Raised by Older extended Family, his Mom is Deceased, so the bond the trio shares is like Siblings without Parents. I got a bucket of KFC for the Kiddos and they spend most of their time playing Board Games, watching Cartoons or Skate Boarding. Having Three low key Teens in the House is no problem, you hardly know they're even here and they're also very Helpful, the Boys are very tidy and Princess T often has Projects for them to do too, she's great at delegating... Wonder where she got THAT from?! *Bwahahahahaha!* Pandemic has been really tough on all Kiddos and now they're saying the start of School is being delayed due to the Statistics of Cases being so out of Control. I'm not Surprised and rather Relieved, I don't think they can yet keep Kids Safe at Schools or have a viable Game Plan. Especially for Medically Fragile Families and Families Raising Grandchildren... and there's a considerable number of us to consider.
If something happens to any of us Older and/or Medically Fragile Parents and Kinship Placements, the Orphans that will leave behind will be problematic for The State to sort out placements for! Especially for Older, Hard to Place and Special Needs Kiddos. When I consider The 3 Muskateers, you have their Age to consider, Minority Racial Status of Straight Anthony and our Granddaughter, Health Issues for our Granddaughter and her other Special Needs, and Timmy being Gay. These are all things that would make Placements difficult if God Forbid anything happened to all us Old People now raising the Three of those Precious Children! So, all of our Families are even more concerned than the Garden Variety Parent about School during a Pandemic that isn't even remotely being managed well in our Country and in our State in particular! I don't even like to think about School resuming even tho' of coarse we want all our Kiddos to receive their Education in some Safe manner that Works for them.
Princess T told me that The Boy Posse didn't do very well with Online Schooling either and their own Families were as Academically Challenged as we were, due to being Seniors raising Children. So I don't really know how it all is going to Play Out when School resumes and what Game Plan they'll have, especially for Children on an IEP with Special Needs and Medical Issues? I'll have to address all that now later in August, as they've now pushed it back to Mid-August rather than Early-August. This will be the first Year of High School for all Three of those Kiddos since they're all going to be Freshmen. That should be an exciting milestone rather than one filled with such Dread as we all have. But, that's the World now during Pandemic, isn't it? I'm wondering if The Young Prince's Dad caught the Virus when he attended his Younger Sister's recent Wedding in New York, which was a Hot Spot at the time, but where the Groom is from?
When The Young Prince's Lovely Paternal Aunt got Married recently, he couldn't attend due to Pandemic, but she sent us pixs of the very intimate Ceremony and she was absolutely Gorgeous! She's a Beautiful Young Woman inside and out, I've known her since she was just a Kid and she really has a Wonderful new Husband, we're so very Happy for her! They had of coarse Planned the Wedding last Year, before COVID changed everything and Wedding Plans had to be modified accordingly. So many Young Couples are having to do this now that Pandemic has Changed everything forever, very likely. Large gatherings now just aren't an Option and are forbidden actually. That makes things like Weddings and Funerals very difficult and different now.
This Aunty has been such a stabilizing Influence in The Young Prince's Life and she helped us out a lot with The G-Kid Force over the Years, even tho' Princess T isn't biologically connected, since she has a different Dad than her Big Brother. The Young Prince's Paternal side of the Family, who live locally, have always been stellar and inclusive with Princess T and we've appreciated that very much. The same is True with Princess T's Paternal side of the Family in Mexico being stellar and inclusive with her Brother, also very much appreciated. When you have a blended Family that isn't always the case... and especially when the dynamics of the Family are complicated like ours is. We've all worked very hard over the Years to make even a complex dynamic Work well and have everyone inclusive in whatever capacity they can still be. Children can never have too many people to Love them even if they aren't in a position to be able to Raise them.
And it's a Lovely place to end a Post with an Uplifting thing like a Lovely Young Couple just starting out their Lives together in Holy Matrimony! Even during a time of Pandemic, Beautiful things can and do happen!
Be Well and Stay Safe my Friends... Dawn... The Bohemian