It was a long day coming up north but there is nothing better than being greeted the second you walk in the door by a four-year old and the Birthday Boy (aka the Party Animal), all excited to show you new things! After dinner (saved for me, thank you!), they opened presents from Rick and me. The big hit was the bubble maker.
Rick got them started and then -- in the ways of boys who are four and newly three (actually, almost three) the older one took over!
That was just fine with the Little Guy, who was having more fun than anyone chasing the bubbles. I'll tell you, those little legs could move fast!
And every now and then, the Party Animal even could catch them!
He was having the time of his life, chasing bubbles and then swinging with Uncle Greg (aka GooGoo Greg), with a little help from Dad.
It was really a lovely time and while I was exhausted when we left, it was great fun and I was glad to have been there.
Back at the cottage, it has been a little cool but not bad -- and temperatures going up, up, up over the weekend.
I've taken nice walks. A little rain last week helped fill in the swamp.
And there are lovely lilies growing wild on the edges of the woods.
I took a path through the woods, something I rarely do, and ended up going in a bit of a loop. I wasn't about to blaze a new trail and end up in the swamp! (Two paths diverged in the woods and I took the road most traveled!)
On the home front, I've seen two new duck families. The one below had nine little ones.
I couldn't get a count on the second family but they were a little bit larger than the others.
These are definitely teenagers!
Our good neighbor, Jim (who kindly pulled his tractor through our beach to rid it of weeds) stopped by for snacks and it was good to catch up. He made me a beautiful bird house, which I'll share when I get it painted!
Meanwhile, down the road -- Pave Paradise, Put up a Parking Lot. (cue the music) I do not understand why you build a house in the woods and then tear down the trees and pave it.
Bird watching? Not much. I hear a lot of birdsong but they are high in the trees and hard to stop. I think this is a chickadee but it's a little fuzzy.
And windy, too. Which adds to the coolness.
I leave you with a recommendation. For total relaxation, get a bubble machine. (I bought them two -- one was $15. One was $4. The $15 one broke before the first bubble. I don't think you could kill the $4 version! (I gave Molly the receipt and told her to swap it in for two or three of the cheapies!)
I leave you with a last look at the Party Animal.
Some guys know how to have all the fun!
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