Big Sugar Creek

Big Sugar Creek

Big Sugar Creek Natural Area. Photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation.

The stream is cool and crisp, with a rocky bottom and jagged rocks on the shore. A high bank suggests a raging current during spring flooding, but today it is inches deep in most places, so slow that you barely feel it moving when you wade into its clear waters. Tall trees line its bank, providing shade most of the day so it is comfortable even on the warmest days. During the hours spent at the creek, wildlife watches the family invisibly through the trees.

Parents set up chairs in the creek to sit and cool their feet while they observe. The children throw rocks into the stream. They make a tremendous splash, and can even get a parent wet without touching them! Dad shows them how to skip rocks, which they abandon after several failed attempts when they realize the rocks can actually change the flow of the water. They then enjoy themselves damming up the water with rocks and silt. The dam raises the water level so that water is washing in lines and rivets beyond the dam, then settling until it reaches another child-made dam downstream. Water begins rushing upstream as well, as it flows into shallow tributaries.

Parents pack up their chairs as the children towel off. They have somehow gotten themselves wet from head to toe in the shallow creek. It is time to leave to find lunch. The stream bids farewell to its guests, waiting to welcome them back another day.

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Spring Saturday

It is spring in St. Louis. The cool breeze is blowing, and I smell the dogwoods in the air, and the birds are singing their morning symphony. Cassatt, in his stripped green shirt and blue pants, is going down the slides with his new friend. The clothes that I keep thinking are too small, then remember that was on his brother. But the shirt is already too small.

The world is bathed in green. A crowed has gathered to watch their kids’ baseball game, and more siblings have joined us on the playground.

Today is my birthday.  I love having a birthday in the spring. The weather is usually beautiful, and I can enjoy my family and friends on this day.  It is usually about a week before mothers day, so all of the stores are advertising girly florals.  Not that girly is bad.  Of course, then I want to buy my own present because I want everything advertised! which is, I suppose, a good reason to avoid advertisements altogether.

Since my birthday falls on Saturday this year, of course we have to celebrate all weekend, not just the appointed day.  Tom took me out last night to dinner, and I finally got a dress-up date.  I made a reservation, wore heels and everything!  I even told them in advance that it was my birthday (a far cry from when I hid under the table as a child when they sang).  It was a lovely evening.

This morning I went to our neighbor’s plant sale and bought some Asters. I will need to plant them tomorrow (since I didn’t today).  Then we took the boys to a vehicle fair, which they loved, and out to lunch at Steak N Shake.  The meal was awful, the “fast” food took 40 minutes to come to our table!  Service was so bad that they took care of our check (a nice birthday present, although I would prefer not waiting so long.)  We then went to a playground and went home.

I went to Target this afternoon by myself, which was a nice change.  I still spent too much, even after coupons.  Darn you Target, always sucking me in to buying more than I need!

There are no more plans for this evening, although I hope to finish sewing my curtains.  I will post a picture when I hang them up.

What’s on my menu?

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