I'm touring both ends of I-35 in November. It's good to be home for a couple of weeks.
Mary made some pear-ginger pancakes for breakfast and headed off to work. Rowan and I had a good morning at home. He helped me wash clothes and built about 3 miles of wooden train track. He's sleeping now.
Friday, November 2, 7:30pm
Pump House Regional Arts Center
119 King Street,
La Crosse, WI 54601
We hung a clothesline up in our living room. Until a few weeks ago, we had a folding wooden clothes dryer that belonged to Mary's grandmother. After a couple of years of gluing, taping, and drilling little screws into it, Mary finally took it out back and shot it.
Today, I washed a load of silk thermals and wool socks. I wrestled with my masculine side about whether to put them in the dryer. In the end, I decided that if I was wimpy enough to be wearing thermal underwear this early in the season, that I wasn't man enough to put silk in the dryer.
I went to the garage and got a hank of paracord, brought it in, and anchored each end around the head rail of the blinds on opposite sides of the room. Rowan said, "What are you doing?"
"I'm making a clothesline."
"Can I help?"
Saturday, November 3, 7pm
St. Paul, MN
Sunday, November 4, 4:30pm
The CamelBack Studio
Tuesday, November 6, 7:30pm
Fergus Falls, MN
Wednesday, November 7, 7pm
Locust Street Hotel
720 South Minnesota Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082
Thursday, November 8, 7pm
Riehle House Concert
Friday, November 9, 7:30pm
Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar
5459 County Road 18
Nisswa, MN 55468
218-829-4092, 218-838-4266, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, November 10, 7:30pm
Carson Meeting House
49521 County Rd 3
Delft, MN 56101
I stood on a chair. Rowan helped me pull the brightly-colored line through for the end knots. Once we had it tied, I got clothespins out of a drawer in the kitchen. "Do you know how to squeeze these?"
"Yeah." I held him up so he could put the clothespins on the clothesline. He said, "Clothespins." Slowly and deliberately. "Clothespins."
I went back to get the wet clothes. Rowan sat down on the floor to play with his trains again. I hung up clothes. He kept asking, "What are you doing?"
"You know how water turns to steam?"
"You put it on the stove and it boils."
"That's right. These clothes are wet. The water is going to evaporate. It will become steam." Kind of. He's two and a half. I'm not ready to explain the difference between steam and vapor. I had another idea, though.
Wednesday, November 14, 7pm
1840 Nacogdoches Road
San Antonio, TX 78209
Thursday, November 15, 9pm
JAX Neighborhood Cafe
2828 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
Friday, November 16, 7:30pm
"Did you know that ice is water, too?" I went to the freezer and got a couple of ice cubes. I put them in a little cooking pot and came back into the living room. I showed them to Rowan. "See? It's just hard water." I knocked on them. A small pool of water was forming fast. "Look. They are becoming water because they're getting warmer."
He looked at me and smiled. "We can put them on the stove and make steam!"
"Yes!" I picked him up. We went to the range and put the ice cubes on a low flame. I swirled them around and they became water.
"Now." I said. "We took ice and made water. Now we're going to take water and make..." I waited for his answer.
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