It was too quiet yesterday morning.
I knew it was the kind of quiet that I should probably check on, but LP and I had already had a long weekend of solo parenting and oh, the quiet. So I sat on the couch with the Sunday paper. I drank tea. I enjoyed the quiet.
I could hear LP going back and forth from the kitchen to the dining room table. I could hear her moving the step-stool around, the rattle of dishes and the occasional unidentifiable sound.
Then the call, “Will you change the grind to large?”
Ah. That sound was the salt grinder.
The table was covered with water and spices. LP had four or five bowls going with various combinations of water, spices and leftover toast scraps from breakfast. What was she doing?
“Making a cake for Harness! It’s her 92nd birthday!”
I had no idea she was 92…you have to admit, she looks great:
Well, can’t deny a 92-year-old stuffed dog a birthday cake.
I admit I was not in the mood for the mess AND I’ve really been working to actively encourage LP’s independence and taking initiative.
So I re-iterated some boundaries for LP (especially how she is supposed to ask before using spices. I think I’ll be rearranging the spice rack to put ones she can use with abandon on the lower shelf and ones that I reserve for cooking up higher.) I changed the grind on the salt and pepper to the largest setting and got out a pan to cook the cake.
After cooking for 30 minutes at 350, Harness’ cake came out of the oven and it was time for the crucial step of swirling whipped cream in it (LP’s idea, naturally).
The half hour of cooking, gave us time to work on cleaning up together. I’ve realized that I do far too much of the cleaning up and so things are changing around here on that front too!
LP sampled the finished cake and pronounced it “delicious!”
And Harness seemed happy too.