The first order of business was putting away all the Christmas decorations. It took me most of the day...including a two hour nap, which was very needed, and tonight I feel like a new woman. The house is clean and I'm still going strong at almost midnight.
I also chose a few good photos of the Bean's and thought I would write another post about their visit, which was a whirlwind of activity.
They loved the hot tub.
Carl wanted to play.. but he didn't want to get wet. So he watched... and barked once in a while.
The next day we put them to work digging for GOLD.
Then we let them climb near the Chicken coop where it wasn't so steep and the dirt was filled with quartz.
This was "Gold" dirt. They spent hours working here.
At the top, near the chicken house, were some big quartz rocks and they were sure that these were gold bearing rocks.
Papa gave them a crash course on gold panning. He got some quartz rocks that he had been saving for the occasion and put them through the rock crusher, which reduces the rock to dust and very small pieces of sand, dirt and (hopefully) gold. Then he showed them how to pan.
They were hooked. They went back and got more dirt and panned... and panned... and panned. It's amazing what gold fever can do to keep two little boys occupied... for hours.
One night I let the Beans fixed dinner. A friend had posted a new way to use hot dogs on Facebook so I decided that this might be fun. IT WAS.
The boys did all the work.
I warmed up some spaghetti sauce and made a salad.
About this recipe: I would only say that this is a "kid friendly" dinner that is fun and filling. It is not for large dinner parties or gourmet foodies but it was a success with the hungry prospectors. I think the spaghetti could have cooked a little longer than regular pasta, because the part that was inside the hot dog was a little tough. Maybe cooking the whole combination longer would have cooked the speared spaghetti more.
I also went to my first 3D movie in 50 some years.
I was able to wear these glasses (above) over mine.
Synopsis... "For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS is the ultimate immersive, big screen adventure for families. Meet dinosaurs more real than you've ever seen as you take off on a thrilling prehistoric adventure, where Patchi, an underdog dinosaur, triumphs against all odds to become a hero for the ages."
This movie did not get great reviews but we loved it. I'm not an animated movie buff. I just don't like most of them, but this movie was entertaining and I fell in love with Patchi, the little dinosaur who saves his migrating herd.
They even stopped the action to tell you what kind of dinosaurs had just arrived and what kind of eaters they were. A little prehistoric history along with the entertainment... wonderful scenery and great animation.
If you have kids (or grand kids) who like Dinosaurs... this is the movie for them.
Oh... and bring your own food and drinks. A small Slurpee was $6.25. Can you believe it? Two bags of popcorn and two Slurpee's were more than the price of admission. Wow!
I'm going to do another post on our trip, with the Beans, to Columbia, CA. and then ( after you can't take one more Bean post) I will move on to the quest for the Great Blue Heron at the river.
All is quiet here, now... but I miss them.
My friend "C" and her little dog Max were good, adult company. We had a wonderful visit.
Happy Birthday, C. You are missed. Hope your drive home was a smooth one.
Well, it's getting close to midnight so I guess I will stop, post and go to bed.
I hope that "C"s daughter, in Boston, is not still frozen shut into her apartment after the big storm. She was raised here in California and she is braving this awful winter in the east... and my Dawn in Michigan... and Donna in Montana... and all my blogging friends in the east. I send you warmth from California where we keep the screen door open all day and the sun feels good. Take care.