Bud has added a new skill to his ever-expanding repertoire: cracking walnuts.
He has developed his very own unique approach to the task. He goes to the top of our wooden stairs and balances a walnut somewhat precariously on the railing. Then he smashes the walnut with the soft mallet from his tom drum. The force of this action sends the walnut bouncing down the stairs, where it slips through a space between the steps and crashes onto the tile floor, breaking open and sending up a spray of shell and nut fragments. Once the pieces have settled Bud scrambles down the stairs to gather his bounty and share it with anyone who is willing to partake.
My little nutcracker. Isn't he sweet?