I have shared this last week with my 10-year-old granddaughter. It was a gift. Ten-year-olds have a lot more energy than almost-70-year-olds.

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

She is used to a more programmed or scheduled life than the one I lead. I figured that one of my jobs was helping her just be. I don’t have TV reception and the first two days did not even have power due to a big storm. We walked around the campground checking out the downed trees. Then we took my small folding saw and picked out perfect downed limbs for walking sticks. I showed her how to use a Swiss Army knife to strip the bark off our selections. According to various Google results, the hiking sticks need to dry from 2 to 4 weeks and be turned to avoid bowing. Then at home she can apply the spray varnish to seal them.

Unfortunately we had peeled five white pine limbs, one for each person in her family, before I googled the “how to make a walking stick.” Sappy and sticky were the down sides of evergreens. We probably should have gone after the downed maples but the downed white pines were so big and so impressive.

Addi loves going to the library. We have gone every day but Sunday. She has picked out excellent DVDs and videos that I enjoyed but would never have selected. She also checked out cookbooks with an emphasis on desserts. We did have a discussion about the “Fudgy Brownies” not being healthy just because they had 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesacuse in them. They were very tasty and her plan is to wander the campground passing out the extras. Nice to see that at 10 her impulse is to share the extras.

We have visited the Blueberry Arts Fest in town and she quizzed every jewelry maker we encountered. It was fun to watch her interviewing them based on her own tastes in jewelry and their comments. The woman who was a retired teacher and former superintendent of schools really got Addi’s questions and was full of interesting facts. We spent a half hour in her booth when Addi told her she was all out of souvenier money. Add told her she had donated her money to the wolf pups and the woman gave her a piece that changes color based on its background. She told Addi that she was proud of her for wanting to help the wolves.


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