Be Aware of the Tigers!

If you chance to visit my house, you should know something for your own safety.

Be aware of the tigers!  Caution! Stop! Be aware!  Good luck!

Be aware of the tigers! Caution! Stop! Be aware! Good luck!

One sound and the tigers will wake up. "Crack!" goes the stick. "Oops," says the boy. "Grrrrr!" growls the tiger.

One sound and the tigers will wake up.
“Crack!” goes the stick.
“Oops,” says the boy.
“Grrrrr!” growls the tiger.

They will eat your clothes. "I am naked!" screams the girl.

They will eat your clothes.
“I am naked!” screams the girl.

They will eat you.  So be very careful! "Ahhhhh!!!" cries the boy. "Ohh!" moans the girl.

They will eat you. So be very careful!
“Ahhhhh!!!” cries the boy.
“Ohh!” moans the girl.

The tigers are fierce and do not stay in their cage.  You have been warned.  The management cannot take responsibility for the tigers and any harm they may inflict.

The tigers are fierce and do not stay in their cage. You have been warned. The management cannot take responsibility for the tigers and any harm they may inflict.

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The Adventure of the No Gallop Hikers

The adventure started with a sign:  "No Gallop Hikers on Trails."

The adventure started with a sign: “No Gallop Hikers on Trails.”

The sign added a note of discord to his quiet Sunday hike.  He had never seen a galloping hiker, though truth be told he did enjoy rushing down hills, dodging rocks and branches in breathless abandon.   He, ever law-abiding, feared that his past behavior was unacceptable on this path.

The sign added a note of discord to the Secret Agent’s Sunday hike. He had never seen a galloping hiker, though truth be told, he did enjoy rushing down hills, dodging rocks and branches in breathless abandon. He, ever law-abiding, feared that his past behavior was unacceptable on this trail.

The Secret Agent sat on the bank, pondering the sign.  Danger Girl squatted next to him, "Look, Secret Agent, this is a mystery to solve.  I will help you find the elusive galloping hikers. "  The Secret Agent gladly accepted her offered aid.

The Secret Agent sat on the bank, pondering the sign. Danger Girl squatted next to him, “Look, Secret Agent, this is a mystery to solve. I will help you find the elusive galloping hikers. ” The Secret Agent gladly accepted her offered aid.

Danger Girl led the way, searching along the trail for  clues.  Leaves obscured the ground.  However, Danger Girl was confident that they would solve the mystery.

Danger Girl led the way, searching the trail for clues. Leaves obscured the ground. However, Danger Girl was confident that they would solve the mystery.

The pair found a low wooden barricade across the path.  In appearance, it closely resembled a plank bridge.  Yet it crossed no water and many of the boards were loose or missing.  Curious.

The pair found a low wooden barricade across the path. In appearance, it closely resembled a plank bridge. Yet it crossed no water and many of the boards were loose or missing. Curious.

Danger Girl found the next clue - a barricade of rubber tires.  "Look at these, Secret Agent.  Do you suppose they are there to stop the galloping hikers?"  The Secret Agent kept his opinions and thoughts to himself, carefully inspecting the tires.

Danger Girl found the next clue – a barricade of rubber tires. “Look at these, Secret Agent. Do you suppose they are here to stop the galloping hikers?” The Secret Agent kept his opinions and thoughts to himself, carefully inspecting the tires.

When they came across a third barrier, the Secret Agent broke into a grin.  "What is it, Secret Agent?  Have you solved the mystery?"  asked Danger Girl.  He nodded and ran towards an opening in the trees. "Wait for me!" yelled Danger Girl.

When they came across a third barrier, the Secret Agent broke into a grin. “What is it, Secret Agent? Have you solved the mystery?” asked Danger Girl. He nodded and ran towards an opening in the trees.
“Wait for me!” yelled Danger Girl.

The meadow had broken down fences and more barriers.  Balancing on one of the cross braces, Danger Girl questioned the Secret Agent, "What is this place and what does it have to do with galloping hikers?"

The opening led to a meadow where the pair found broken down fences and more barriers. Balancing on one of the cross braces, Danger Girl questioned the Secret Agent, “What is this place and what does it have to do with galloping hikers?”

The Secret Agent dropped to all fours, and explained, "Horses!  No Gallop Horses!"  The Secret Agent solved the mystery created by the lack of punctuation.

The Secret Agent dropped to all fours, and explained, “Horses! No Gallop Horses!” The Secret Agent solved the mystery. He sighed. Poor punctuation had sent him on a wild hunt.

This adventure took place at Earle Parke in Glastonbury, CT.  The trails in the park are used by both hikers and horseback riders.  For more Secret Agent adventures, check out:

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Life Is But a Dream, Puddle Remix

Laura’s directions for how to get from this place to that.  It might be difficult, but Laura knows how to do it.

Bike Laps in Puddles

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The Adventure of the Cherry Blossoms

The Secret Agent had a new mission, but first he had to find his contact.  The meeting location details were vague.  His briefing stated to look for white horses on a pink ground, whatever that meant.

The Secret Agent had a new mission, but first he had to find his contact. The meeting location details were vague. His briefing stated to look for white horses on a pink ground, whatever that meant.

He searched along the picket fence, and found neither horses nor pink ground.

He searched along the picket fence, and found neither horses nor pink ground.

He investigated two pine cones on the sidewalk.  No hidden messages were inside or beneath the pine cones.

He investigated two pine cones on the sidewalk. No hidden messages were inside or beneath the pine cones.

As the Secret Agent explored the mulch, a girl approached.  She was dressed in a pink rain jacket decorated with white, prancing horses.  She was his contact.

As the Secret Agent explored the mulch, a girl approached. She was dressed in a pink rain jacket decorated with white, prancing horses. She was his contact.

"This is a difficult mission, Secret Agent," she began.  "You must follow me closely.  I will take you to the cherry blossoms.  Your mission is to retrieve the data hidden in the blossoms.  We must leave now before it is too late!"

“This is a difficult mission, Secret Agent,” she began. “You must follow me closely. I will take you to the cherry blossoms. Your mission is to retrieve the data hidden in the blossoms. We must leave now before it is too late!”

Without waiting for his response, the girl ran away.  Should the Secret Agent trust her?

Without waiting for his response, the girl ran away. Should the Secret Agent trust her?

The Secret Agent followed his instincts, and sprinted to catch up with the girl in pink.  "Wait!" he called after her.  She slowed her pace, not stopping.  The urgency of the mission did not allow for delays and long planning sessions.

The Secret Agent followed his instincts, and sprinted to catch up with the girl in pink. “Wait!” he called after her. She slowed her pace, not stopping. The urgency of the mission did not allow for delays and long planning sessions.

They reached the cherry trees.  The trees were in full bloom, covered with pom-pom sized clusters of pink flowers.  The Secret Agent surveyed the petals, using his keen observation powers to locate the data hidden among the blossoms.  But he had a problem.  The data was out of reach.

They reached the cherry trees. The trees were in full bloom, covered with pom-pom sized clusters of pink flowers. The Secret Agent surveyed the petals, using his keen observation powers to locate the data hidden among the blossoms. But he had a problem. The data was out of reach.

The girl in pink stepped behind the Secret Agent.  Using all her strength, she boosted him high into the air.  He reached his arm, his hand, his fingers, and grabbed the data.  Mission accomplished!

The girl in pink stepped behind the Secret Agent. Using all her strength, she boosted him high into the air. He reached his arm, his hand, his fingers, and grabbed the data. Mission accomplished!

The girl in pink lowered the Secret Agent to the ground.  She released him and walked away before the Secret Agent could even say, "Thank you."

The girl in pink lowered the Secret Agent to the ground. She released him and walked away before the Secret Agent could even say, “Thank you.”

The Secret Agent secured the data in his jacket.  When he looked up, the girl in pink was gone.  The Secret Agent was alone in the springtime rain.  His only companions were the cherry and crab apple trees.

The Secret Agent secured the data in his jacket. When he looked up, the girl in pink was gone. The Secret Agent was alone in the springtime rain. His only companions were the cherry and crab apple trees.

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Straw Berry

How did  strawberries get their name?  The origin dates back to a toddler who enjoyed skewering and eating red berries with a drinking straw.

How did strawberries get their name? The origin dates back to a toddler who enjoyed skewering and eating the red berries with the aid of a drinking straw.

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Diffrent thing about Me!

Diffrent thing about Me! all By Laura

Diffrent thing about Me!
all By Laura

This is me in My new Dress.

This is me in My new Dress.

I am six yois oLd

I am six yois oLd

I Losd My tooth

I Losd My tooth

all fo Of Me is Diffrent!

all fo Of Me is Diffrent!

Laura

Laura

The author and illustrator showing the big gap in her smile.  The tooth total:  3 baby teeth lost to date, 5 coins collected from the tooth fairy, 17 baby teeth left.

The author and illustrator displaying the big gap in her smile. The tooth scores: 3 baby teeth lost, 5 coins collected, 17 baby teeth left.

Laura’s world is full of rainbows, butterflies, and dresses. As she is learning to read and write, I am learning more about her. She made this book during free time at her after school program. Sometimes, like tonight when a long day has dissolved six year old composure into whining, I hold onto her self expression as a reminder that the tantrums are passing. She moves farther away from her baby self every day.

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Snow Daze

In weather time, 24 hours can be the difference between no snow and more than 30 inches of snow.

In weather time, 24 hours can be the difference between no snow and more than 30 inches of snow.

The sliding glass door showcased the snow drifts from the warm comfort of the living room.

The sliding glass door showcased the drifts from the warm comfort of the living room.

The snow drifts on the other side of the garage door were not as fun.  They were a barricade that had to be shoveled away.

The snow drifts on the other side of the garage door were not as fun. They were a barricade that had to be shoveled away.

So we shoveled...

So we shoveled…

And shoveled.

…and shoveled.

Laura demonstrated an alternate travel option - snow swimming!  Cars can't swim, so we went back to shoveling.

Laura proposed and demonstrated an alternate travel mode – snow swimming! Unfortunately, cars can’t swim, so we went back to shoveling.

After much more shoveling, we tunneled a path from the garage door to the front door.  Time for a hot cocoa break.

After much more shoveling, we tunneled a path from the garage door to the front door. Time for a hot cocoa break.

And then back to work clearing the snow.  This time aided by the snow blower.  We hope to reach the street by tomorrow.

And then back to work clearing the snow, this time aided by the snow blower. We hope to reach the street by tomorrow.

Laura - next year, please don't wish for snow on your 7th birthday.  The person in charge of weather overdid your request this year.  Happy Birthday to my #1 daughter!

Laura – next year, please don’t wish for snow on your 7th birthday. The person in charge of the weather overdid your request this year. Happy Birthday to my #1 daughter!

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