I Want to go Back to Michigan

Lightdance 365, Feb. 13, 2014 - I Want to go Back to Michigan

Lightdance 365, Feb. 13, 2014 – I Want to go Back to Michigan

I want to go back to Michigan, to dear Ann Arbor town.  I want to go back, I gotta go back, to Michigan. I did go back to dear Ann Arbor town last weekend.  Michigan snow, Michigan sledding, Michigan basketball, and these are my Michigan men, decked out for all that snow in Maize and Blue.

Ice-olated

Lightdance 365, Feb. 6, 2014 - ICE-OLATED

Lightdance 365, Feb. 6, 2014 – ICE-OLATED

I’ve never seen Radnor iced over  before this morning. Lake was iced, road and trails were iced, snow fell around us, no other walkers in sight. Ice-olated!

Teamwork

Lightdance 365, February 5, 2014 - TEAM

Lightdance 365, February 5, 2014 – TEAM

These two are a team. Shadow waits joyfully at the door when it’s time for Walker to come home, and will not leave his side. How does he know what time it is, anyway?! Shadow lets Walker carry him in any position and never moves or struggles to get more comfortable. Walker lets Shadow sleep on his head.

A few days ago they worked hand in paw to rid their home of that fearsome, nasty rodent – the mouse. In the beginning of the story, the Mother did what all sensible people do when a mouse jumps out of the bag of cat food they are pouring. She screamed, threw the bag at the bowls and ran out of the room, telling the boys to continue eating their breakfast while she escaped upstairs to get ready for the day. They and the cats, Shadow and Roo, could figure out the mouse disaster without her.

From her safe distance she could hear screaming, laughing, cheering and clattering, but she did not interfere since it sounded positive in terms of the mouse not winning. The racket had settled down when she heard Walker yell to William, “It’s alive!!!!!”, and then, more screaming, cheering, laughing and clattering.

Silence again, and then the sound of Walker’s voice telling William to open the front door for him wafted up the stairs. The door opened, and closed, and Walker, now at the bottom of the stairs, announced, “You don’t have worry about the mouse anymore, Mom.  I put him outside.”

“What? You did what? Was he alive or dead? How?”

Walker said calmly that it was alive. It had been bitten once when Shadow first caught it, and then Walker had picked it up with a paper towel and put it outside.

Walker earned some street cred with his mother and big brother that morning. William looked at Walker entirely differently, and when they got to school they proudly marched in arm in arm through the big kids’ door. Shadow may have wondered why his prize was taken away, but if Walker wanted it that way, there would be no complaining. Team in place. Emergency met. Walker is seven, Shadow isn’t even one year old.

For future planning, Walker says he’s good with dead animals, but he does not do bugs of any kind, dead or alive.

Team 1

Team 2

Team 3

Snack

Lightdance 365, Feb. 4, 2014 - SNACK

Lightdance 365, Feb. 4, 2014 – SNACK

A cranberry/popcorn string in the middle of the Warner Parks Trail is not what you expect to come upon. You might want to snack a little since you can work up quite an appetite climbing those hills, but that’s not advisable. This snack is for the birds.

Waiting

Lightdance 365, Feb. 3, 2014 - WAITING

Lightdance 365, Feb. 3, 2014 – WAITING

Shadow:  I’ve been up a long time, waiting for my breakfast.

Me:  Well, would you like pancakes this morning?

PS, that is not your place at the table.  Yours is a little lower, like over in the corner where your food bowls are.

Breakfast

Lightdance 365, Feb. 2, 2014 - BREAKFAST

Lightdance 365, Feb. 2, 2014 – BREAKFAST

I went to Kroger yesterday for some basic, very mundane items, and came home with a pancake griddle. I thought that only happened on trips to Costco! I love the perfectly round pancakes so much that I’m thinking of starting a 365 project devoted just to pancakes. Probably can’t come up with 365 different recipes, but I could take pictures of them in different settings, different times of the year. Oh, and different people eating them. This is doable.

Visitors

Lightdance 365, Feb. 1, 2014 - VISITORS

Lightdance 365, Feb. 1, 2014 – VISITORS

This is Queen Roo. She and Shadow are staying with me this week. I asked her to stay off the furniture, but she said, “No, thank you.” The other cat is around somewhere, lurking in the shadows. They are very quiet visitors, until they decide its time to practice sprints through the house.