Overcast with Rain Showers and a 100% Chance of Magna-Tiles

We have beaten the odds. Idaho’s Wood River Valley receives an average of 250 days of sunshine annually. Anyone who lives here will tell you that it feels like a whole lot more. This is, after all, home to the famous Sun Valley Ski Resort. But anyone who visits when we visit will tell you it feels like a whole lot less.

Wunderground.com tells the dismal story:

snow Overcast with snow showers and rain showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy with rain showers. High of 41F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 90% with accumulations up to 2 in. possible.
Friday Night
nt_snow Mostly cloudy with snow showers in the evening, then overcast with snow showers and rain showers. Low of 30F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of snow 80%.
snow Overcast with snow showers and rain showers, then rain showers in the afternoon. High of 41F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SE in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 90% .
Saturday Night
nt_chancesnow Overcast with a chance of snow and rain showers. Low of 25F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.

We did build a snowman, and have a snowball fight, and go sledding. Pictures to come. But we have spent an inordinate amount of time indoors. This morning, I mopped up the bathroom floor of potty and bathwater and failed to get the TV to work (Bot fingers busily pushing buttons has rendered both TVs useless for anything but The Aristocats–normally I wouldn’t mind, but today, on the fifth day of rain or rainish snow or snowy rain, I am ready to embrace television).

Then, thankfully, Mbot found Vivaldi on the portable tape deck, and both Bots twirled to Spring. Spring looks better on the inside than it does out our sliding glass door. Gbot twirled a rubber ducky, and Mbot made his articulated action figure, Ironman, jig across the end table. Ironman’s got some moves.

And now we’re off to the Starbucks. Again. Because at the Starbucks, in addition to cocoa, there are Magna-Tiles.

Magna-Tiles are the best building system invented since the Lego, although I’m fond of Trios, too.

They’re translucent plastic tiles in four shapes: squares, right triangles, equilateral triangles, and isosceles triangles (for those of you who don’t remember eighth grade geometry, those are the ones with two sides the same length). They are magnetized along their edges. Better yet, they magnetize preschoolers, toddlers, and parents alike. I had to come to terms with the destruction of my model of Notre Dame so that Mbot could finish his Washington Monument.  Not that we were thinking of them in those terms at the time. At the time, I was just thinking what a surprisingly relaxing morning it was.

(I checked online, and they seem to be sold out everywhere. I found a few sets on Amazon and eBay, but they’re outrageously expensive. My suggestion: Keep checking back. I found one good “Buy It Now” deal on eBay and snapped them up. They still weren’t cheap–they’ll be Grandma’s Bot birthday present.

And, as is evident from the last photo,  they’re even better when mixed with wooden fruit.

But I still wish it would stop raining.


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