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August 24, 2011

Auntie Janice's back hasn't healed as quickly as everyone would like.  In fact, she often comes home from work very tired and obviously in pain.

 

When this happens, Elizabeth almost always follows the below script verbatim, skipping even a "hello":

 

"Auntie Janice, why your back sore?"

"Because I broke it"

"Why you broke your back?"

"I didn't mean to, it was an accident"

"Maybe you need new one"

 

Elizabeth likes to help Auntie Janice with her physio exercises, which we encourage. Sometimes Elizabeth tries to get out of things by telling us that her back is too sore, which we don't...

 

We can't decide whether new obsession with playing "surgery" is related or not, but Elizabeth has declared her toy spatula to be her "scapel", her duck to be "medicine" and loose costume jewelry to be "needles". So far I've had both arms amputated, Daddy lost his feet and Teddy had stomach surgery. Auntie Janice says she's waiting for Elizabeth to gain more experience before letting her operate on her back though...

   

August 23, 2011

With the end of the summer in sight (you can always tell by the appearance of snowblowers at major stores) we decided that we needed to get another visit with Godmother Rachel in before she went back to school for the year.  Elizabeth was so excited that she could hardly sleep.  "I'm going to play ball and dance with Waachel!"  We had a lovely time and did indeed dance and play ball.  So much so that we were all a bit shocked by how Elizabeth had taken to Rachel (not that we are complaining...).  Last time Rachel was over Elizabeth barely made eye contact.  This time they were wandering around outside in the backyard doing the tour of the "wittle housie" while Mommy and Daddy got food ready inside.

 

Rachel brought Elizabeth the cutest little book and game.  It is all about mommy and baby animals.  The game is basically a set of memory cards (heavy duty for little fingers) but instead of a pair of identical animals it uses a mommy and a baby of the same animal to make each pair.  Brilliant.  Elizabeth took her new card game up to her room with her when we finally carted her off to bed.

   

August 21, 2011

Elizabeth had two main questions for us during the second cottage week: "Is it raining yet? I want to wear my boots" and "I want to wear my orange swimsuit". Mommy found the water very chilly the second week (and I think Elizabeth did too, since she didn't get all the way wet most of the time). But apparently that was just us because both Daddy and Grandpa went swimming - more than once - and agreed that the water was nice! They are notorious for only swimming when the water is very warm.

 

Someone made the word "Bondi" out of sand balls down by the beach, so a boy playing on the beach with us decided he needed to make some words too.  I think he said there were 74 buckets for Bondi (but you can count).  Later he added Village. And still later pre-pended "We Love".  Elizabeth wanted to stomp all over his creation but although she destroyed part of the B, the boy was gracious about it. "I don't mind if the little girl is having fun", he said. His mom was impressed - I gather his brother had done the same thing and gotten yelled at. The boy told us that it was "all about intent".

 

Nonetheless we got Elizabeth to stamp on her own castles instead.  At suppertime I had a nice meal of sand soup with sand rice.  For "Yert" she made me a cake.  "It's the slide's birthday", she declared. Her menu is rather limited - either we eat a lot of soup and rice or she wishes we did! Then she decided she needed a little house to sleep in, so Daddy built her one.

   

August 19, 2011

I'm not a birder, especially not compared to my Aunt Judy, but at the cottage there were so many different birds we couldn't help but notice them every time we stepped outside.

 

Woodpeckers in the tree across from our cottage, loons in the bay, a line of merganser ducks doing a hilarious bobbing swim above and below the water all in a row and the biggest flock of blue jays I have ever seen stuffing their faces on a berry tree.

 

There was a flock of Canada geese too, but since they were "not invited" (as our family would say), we didn't photograph them...

   

August 18, 2011

We made a side trip into Dorset to visit Robinson's, a general country store famous enough to justify a bus tour from the Kitchener-Waterloo area back in the day (according to my Uncle Carl).

 

A change of management about a decade ago shifted the atmosphere from cool and quirky towards tourist-trappy, but it's still a pretty neat store. Lots of frog-related knick-knacks, many of which wanted to come home with me. Rational me decided pictures would suffice given that I have nowhere to put that kind of stuff anymore and I despise dusting. The inflated price tags helped. There were a plethora of tiny tea sets and extremely elaborate cribbage boards. Lots of really weird things too - like the replica firehydrant container or the expensive solar powered flower pot.

 

Outside, Elizabeth went down the steepest kiddy slide I've ever encountered (faster than ours at home!) and played peek-a-boo in the little house.

 

We wandered down to the waterfront and admired the nearly restored Bigwin steamboat.  It was pretty windy and Elizabeth's bonnet kept getting blown off her head. I found it hard to keep a straight face when she was scolding the wind, first for "blowing on her 'ead", then for "not listening" and finally for being naughty.

   

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