It would not be an accurate reflection of our year if I didn't mention our latest pets.
Redoing the basement reduced the insect population significantly, particularly that of house centipedes (aka "million legged bugs") and spiders. However, especially in the springtime we have struggled with some very pesky and persistent ants. This year they were particularly bad. Despite consuming the entire contents of literally dozens of ant traps (yes, we've tried different kinds), hundreds of ants relentlessly marched across the basement no matter what we did.
Elizabeth is especially unamused as she does not like insects, especially if they crawl up her legs and interrupt her piano practice.