Though this week failed to bring another
major snow event to our portion of the
Sandhills, the epic play sessions of Thursday
and Friday were noteworthy. Let's begin on
Thursday, playing indoors with Claire and Evan.
|When Claire plays "Horse Ranch," it's serious business.|
|Evan had a ranch, too, but his included some cowboys|
and other characters.
|And of course, where there are horse ranches, you must|
have . . . castles and dragons?
|Grandma and I do as instructed when it comes to|
these play sessions. There are certain rules of engagement.
|Methodical Claire patiently arranges ALL her horses|
in a line. They're on a raiding party looking for "bad guys."
Soon, it was time for some fresh air.
TO THE STREAM!
|At this bridge, the melting snow and overnight rain|
had raised the stream's level even with the wood.
|As we crossed our other bridge to the main island,|
the current had carved what the kids dubbed
"an EXTRA WATERFALL!"
Quite accurate. When you go down that bridge,
you'd better take a sharp left or you'll be in the brink!
|Here's a closeup of the "extra waterfall."|
|Claire's eyes are full of wonder and excitement as|
she takes it all in. Grandma and I simply tried not
to fall in, and to prevent Evan from doing so (he's
a water magnet).
|We're all delighted to see our little stream in|
paradise so full of activity and energy today.
|Claire used various sticks and assorted implements|
to gauge the depth of the stream at several points.
On Friday, it was Bri and Hunter's turn.
After playing with pirates, dragons, and
super heroes for a while they were revved
up about heading outside. First, to the stream.
|Bri is dredging soggy leaves out of the stream to|
speed up the flow of this tributary.
Hey, who's this mysterious man in black?
There he is again, making a stealthy getaway
ahead of Grandma and Bri.
|Bri and the Mystery Man are breaking up those bubbles|
to send them downstream. But who is he?
|Whoever he is, he likes Hunter's game of fishing|
with hockey sticks. But he cleverly keeps his
face away from the camera.
|Even after two afternoons above freezing, we find|
remnants of the snow in the most secluded nooks
of our property.
|Slipping away from the stream, the Man in Black sees|
Grandma and Bri approaching his hideout in the tree house.
|Can he elude them once more?|
|Yes, even if he has to rappel a steep gorge to escape.|
|"Wait," says Bri. "Who are you?"|
|Bri covers every foot of the trail, over and through the|
tunnel, up and down steep banks, searching for clues
to the identity of the Man in Black.
|Back at the house, while playing a game of "Cat's Eye,"|
(ever heard of that one?), everyone puzzles over the
It was Hunter!
|In an unguarded moment, Hunter allowed himself|
to be caught on film. There can be no doubt, he's
our Mysterious Man in Black.
Let's close up with a couple of short videos
of the sights and sounds of the stream
and waterfalls in winter. Relax and enjoy.
I hope you're having good days,
whatever the weather!