Today Annabelle made a “rat trap.” She took a ball of yarn from my knitting baskets and wrapped various things around her room until she had made what looked like a giant spider web. She had a whole plan for the hole the rat needed to go into and she enlisted Henry to hang onto one end of the sparkly orange yarn and told him to pull on the yarn as soon as he saw a rat. He nodded and took his job very seriously. A while later, the house became unusually silent. I walked into the living room to find Henry standing on a chair while Annabelle wound him up with more yarn. When I asked her what she was doing, she said she was wrapping Henry up so he couldn’t get off the chair. Luckily, she hasn’t mastered her knots, so Henry was able to hop down as soon as he wanted. I’m fascinated by her innovation with all my gorgeous yarn, although I don’t know how I’ll ever untangle it.