This ended up being a long post......
Well, *today* just started, so I'll tell you about *yesterday*.
The day started with some videos, as usual. It was dd1's day to pick, and dd2 (nearly 6yo) kindasorta watched but really leafed through her stacks of animal books (and one book about New Jersey-- she picked that one out ). The first inkling of this up/down day began after videos. DD1 (7.5yo) was low energy and grumpy, dd2 full of ideas.
We walked down to our friends' house. They weren't there, but we picked tomatillos in their greenhouse (phew!) and had a grumpy walk back.
DD1 was simply in a stubbornly grouchy mood today. So, we spent time on the couch reading about horse breeds together and planning her Farm. Every activity she began just fizzled. Later, I finished reading the last chapters (5 of them) from "The Familiars", a mediocre but enjoyable book. Then she grumped that I didn't immediately start over again. Phew.
DD2 was just in her element all day yesterday. (Thankfully I just had one grump yesterday!) You just can't believe her when she comes up and whines "there's nothing to do" because she just got finished sorting her plastic Scleich-style animal collection into species and habitat on the lids of plastic bins (the ones she dumped the toys out from). Really, she was just taking a breath before diving in to her next project. Which she did.
In addition to her games and projects, she husked the *entire* bag of tomatillos ("fairy eggs", apparently) then rolled out the tortilla dough all by herself (in her undies!). When we were done, I sent her outside with a cloth to dust all the flour off her skin (she is still 5, so of course the flour was head-to-toe) which she did by spreading dirt all over body .
I've been trying to ignore chores for big enough stretches to give them uninterrupted chunks of time with me doing *their* thing. Chores are endless, apparently.....)
DD1 did get some inspiration to get out their tools from Christmas, and we set up the vise on the porch and they both sawed some branches to bits. (She was practicing to build a duck pen for next year. For her Farm.) DD2 took her hammer off to smash some dirt clods. (New house--way too much dirt! You might ask if there is such a thing, and now I would answer definitively YES!)
DD1 came back in to read some more (deflated and tired again-- wondering at this point if she's just not feeling well) and dd2 said "there's nothing to do".
Don't believe her. Not for a minute!