Daily Archives: June 27, 2013

Twin quotes

After choosing the coolest day of the last five to actually venture in to the kiddie pool on our deck, the twins were soaked, and cold. Upon getting out of the pool after they were “skating” by sliding their feet on the liner under the water, they grabbed the towels that were nearby. Before drying themselves off, they proceeded to dunk their towels in the water, soaking them to the point of being almost too heavy to lift. Then they complained about the towels not drying them or warming them. I wonder why. As I lovingly asked them, “Do you have any brains in your heads?” Jacqueline responded matter-of-factly, “Nope. Just water in my head.” Dumb question by me.

Once I had them dried off, at least a little bit, and clothed (partially), they asked for food. I was already prepared and started sandwiches for them. Theodore asked, knowing we were out of ham, “Dad? Can I have a softie (not toasted) ham and cheese, with pretend ham?” I replied, “Of course you can Theodore! One softie cheese and pretend ham sandwich, coming right up!” He laughed, and went off to tell his sister the tale. He said, while laughing, “Dad is making me a pretend ham and cheese sandwich.” She asked, “A softie, Teddy?” His answer, “mmmm hmmm!”

So I completed the sandwiches and delivered them to their seats atop their rocking horses. They ate half a sandwich each while watching one of their shows, and before I could get the materials put away, they asked for more. Anticipating this, I had already made another softie for them and delivered it right away. Jacqueline said, with a chuckle, “That was really, really, really, fast!” Theodore accepted his sandwich, cut into triangles, and said, “Great job Dad.” I laughed and said thank you as I walked back to the counter. They both shouted in near unison “Thank you!” without turning from their show.

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The twins watching a show on horseback

Wildlife moment

I didn’t get any of this on camera as my camera was outside in my vehicle, but we had a wildlife moment out back this morning. It started with my son spotting an animal at the edge of the yard. He came to me to verify its identity. It was a bobcat. So, the two of us watched the bobcat for a minute or two as it sat quietly, interested in something we couldn’t see in the distance. Then, just like that, the cat disappeared to the woods along the river. Minutes later, our house cat trotted out back, obviously picking up on the scent of the bobcat. As our cat stalked the area where the bobcat had been, his attention was also drawn to the same area that had intrigued the bigger cat. We couldn’t see what the cat was checking out behind a small hill, thick brush, and some young trees. Then charged a doe, snorting and lowering her head. The deer took four or five aggressive steps towards our cat. Now the deer was right behind our deck and our cat had run full speed to our sliding door where I let him in. The deer turned for the woods after noticing me. But, our yard full of clover was too much to resist. The deer sauntered back down the grade to the grass. Meanwhile, our cat was whining incessantly to go back outside, so I let him onto the deck. The cat saw the deer and stayed put behind the deck railing. The deer saw the cat and did an about-face, turning toward the deck and lowering her head again. The deer kept her distance before deciding to gracefully high-tail it back in to the woods, snorting for all to hear along the way. And thus was the start to my day; fifteen minutes of entertainment, just by looking out the window.