Thursday, February 25, 2016


Sunshine again! Oh, maybe not a sky to brag about -- there are a few clouds which, inevitably, will multiply, but still -- sunshine in any doses is a welcome February friend.

Breakfast touched by its bright warmth.

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The rest of the day is completely devoted to Snowdrop. Parental schedules are such that I am with her from early 'til late and then not at all the next two days and so there you have it -- a few enduring images of the little girl.

After breakfast, there's always time for pajama play.

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And after a bath, she gets an automatic hair dry from the back and forth running. Typically she clutches a toy, indeed many toys, but this one time, she let the spirit of the run carry her along, empty handed and free...

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When I sit down to check my computer, she likes to climb up and look at any photos I may have of her, of the farmette.

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But hands down, the easiest way to get that chuckle to roll right out of her belly is to put on music and jump to its rhythm.

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When she (and grandma!) needs a pause from active play, I bundle her against the wind and once again we go to the lake to watch the ice boats.

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(Even as I aim my camera toward our downtown -- it always looks pretty to me and never more so than on a day where the sky is patterned with layers of blue and gray and everything in between.)

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In the afternoon, I take her down to the Children's Museum, where I meet my good friend who is on her last day in Madison. Snowdrop has been here numerous times with her parents. Here, she greets the big sheep on the block.

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The shoes I grabbed off the shelf at home for her? Worthless for the job of running every which way. No matter. They don't last.

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Snowdrop is thrilled to have another person respond quickly to her outstretched arms. Here, my friend is showing her how wooden birds zigzag down wooden poles.

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And the day comes to a close. Time for me to go home. I'll leave you with the very last photo I took of the little one today. Back home, playing "sounds" with me. (I say ffffff she says something resembling said letter.)

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I drive home smiling. And I should say that this is not unusual. A day well spent -- there's that. But also, the drive home is just so beautiful! Here are two cranes,  playing at sunset just at the edge of the farmette.

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Splendid day. Really splendid.

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