The evidence above…..an empty jar of something I have canned…..
The investigation begins as all culprits are in bed when I enter the house from the nightly barn chores…..
First…what did the suspect sneak up from the pantry to eat?
After further investigation (the sniff test) it appears to be some sweet summer peaches which have been devoured!
There are 3 to be pondered….the man of the house, the tween, and the boy
The man of the house would likely never take the time to go into the basement pantry to fetch himself a snack. Even if he did, by some weird twist of fate, he would never finish off the jar….X he’s off the list
We are down to 2
Let’s see….the boy asked me after school if we were close to winter (today was unseasonably warm)…I say yes
Suspicion arises…was he asking as he knows we “can” special items for the winter??? Could it be the cute cuddly boy who snuck into the basement to grab himself a sweet summer treat??
But wait!!….if memory serves me correctly, when he wanted a new jar of grape jelly we made the other day, he had no idea how to open the top. Could he have observed me so closely from his perch on the couch that day opening the jar that he now knows how to do it?
keep him on the list
Next up the tween….she came home early from school with a sore throat and not feeling well. However, she ate many frozen orange juice ice cubes and some soup for dinner. She was milling about bossing her brother around and complaining she wanted me to bake as I have been neglecting them on their homemade desserts when I was pushing them to get ready for bed before I went to the barn.
The suspicion deepens…she knows how to open the jars, she helped me can them and was eating them hot from the syrup.
BUT…..she would NEVER even at the age of 12, go into the basement alone at night. This child has a certain fear of the dark and will not go upstairs to her room or into the basement which is an entertainment area with wet bar and bathroom in front and storage area in the back, by herself.
Mystery Solved….the tween coerced the boy into entering the basement with her in promise of a delectable summer sweetened treat before bed. The final piece of evidence was their favorite bowls in the sink with spoons in them, both empty and pleasantly giving off the aroma of ripe peaches!
NEVER underestimate the power of a mother!!