I just put some banana bread into the oven. Vander helped me put it together. I put the ingredients in, and he pats them with his little hands and the flour goes everywhere like dandelion fluff in the breeze.
I admit that I am usually too busy with responsibilies and with myself, even in my mellowest moods, but today I want to make little things with my oldest kids. With Anduin we made a fuzzy chicken with some yarn and other items. Atreyu wanted to try a project in a very old 1960's childrens science book that uses "cigarette boxes" for many of the structures in it...even the drawn pictures in it are so very "Mad Men". We opted for a tissue paper snake. We cut it in a coil and laid it on a tin lid. Then we used a fur stole (yes, I do keep a fur stole about, but no cigarette boxes) to charge a plastic pen with electricity. When placed over the snake it lifts it up and looks a bit like the snake is alive and charmed.
Then I showed Anduin how to make a sailboat with a plastic cup. It's a design I came up with as a kid...I remember spending hours in our front yard after a summer rain putting my little boats in the streams and tiny rapids that formed in our long dirt driveway. Anduin opted for the bathroom sink.
It's been a good, quiet day.