Dear Liza (and Jasper and Kestrel),
One thing that is different about Salinas from Portland is that it is warmer here. January in Portland is a stay-inside month, mostly. It tends to be very wet and cold. But here, your daddy set up the Solo fire pit in the backyard and we all spent an hour outside!
The little fire pit is made of metal and designed to let lots of air in to help the fire burn. It was so pretty watching it in the dark. We bundled up a little, but no umbrellas were required.
And of course, if there is fire, there must be … marshmallows! Bamboo sticks and marshmallows came out and we practiced roasting. Close enough, but not too close, or you get a burning wad of sticky charcoal.
Once we got the hang of that, your daddy brought out graham crackers and chocolate for S’mores! It is very tricky to hold a melty marshmallow, slice of chocolate and cracker altogether, but we will get better as we practice.
After we had enjoyed some s’mores, you and I practiced fencing with the sticky sticks. Cross, cross, touch…like slow motion Musketeers. Then you discovered you could put the sticks between the boards of the porch and make a marshmallow tree!
It is so much fun being here!