Swine Flu ~ Are You Running Scared?

Those of you who know me personally, know that I consider this to be a massive fear-mongering campaign. It saddens me to think that this could perhaps be one way for the government and Big Pharma to make a lot of money in a crumbling economy.

Think I’m crazy? Have a look at this. Educate yourself. Don’t believe everything you read.

Do you know that this happened in 1976 too? Yes, and more people died from that vaccine than from the flu itself. The pandemic? Never happened.

Be assured that soon you’ll be hearing of a new vaccine designed to keep you from getting this flu. Before you rush out and start making appointments for you and your children educate yourself first. The last time people died from the hastily-made vaccine, and many lived the rest of their lives paralyzed as a result.

In the meantime, keep on living your life. Do not succumb to the fear.

Bringing The Alphabet To Life

Check out this really cool idea! You don’t have to be homeschooling children in the early childhood years – – I’m thinking this would be a fun photography project as well.

I saw this on another blog and just had to ask if I could post it here. I think it’s super creative and I imagine really fun to do!

Read about it here.

Growing Chicks

Our chicks have now more than tripled in size. We love watching them grow! They each have their own personalities, and much like dogs, come running to us when they hear our approach. They love dandelions and anything green and they eat right out of our hands.


They are enjoying their new deluxe “chicken house” (no coops for these gals!) – complete with roosting poles of differing heights and a closed in section for sound sleeping. An occasional “cluck” can now be heard and we know it’s not long before the cute “peep, peep, peep” turns into a steady “cluck.”

I never thought that having chickens would feel so much like having any other household pets. It’s really cool how much the girls love them (and we do too!) Today the girls brought out some musical instruments and sang softly to the chicks, which they seemed to enjoy!

Barberville Pioneer Settlement Folk Festival ~ This Weekend

If you are studying anything related to history, customs, ancestors, heritage, machines, music, etc… then you might want to take a trip to Barberville this weekend for their annual Spring Frolic.

The activities they have going on include:
* hands-on demonstrations on how to make all kinds of “old time” things * musical workshops and play-alongs (bring your instruments!)
* crafts for kids
* tons of folk musicians
* dancing and much much more

Check out their website for more information and show times.

Scroll down to the comments area here and find out how to receive a free folk CD “My Florida” by folk artists Ron and Mary Johnson.

My Daughter, The Naturalist

Is this how it begins? With the discovery of one small toad, one dead butterfly, one dried up worm? Does knowing that you are now fast enough (and brave enough!) to catch those toads, and lizards, cause the obsession, because my daughter is obsessed with collecting, caring for, and learning about, tiny animals.

Did you know that not all tadpoles are the same? The black ones turn into toads, green ones, into frogs. My daughter has collected toad tadpoles, which does not surprise me given the number of baby toads that descend upon our pool each spring and summer.

I had the book Pets In A Jar from my days in the classroom and so I brought it out and dusted it off.

I know mothers with boys are probably used to this but I’m finding my daughter’s drive to learn about all these tiny critters just fascinating. Sure, I caught a few frogs as a child and loved to watch the parade of ants as they carried a grain of sand in their mouth while forging their way into a new hole in the ground, but I don’t remember wanting to keep this pets well . . . as pets.

So far my daughter is caring for: 2 tiny wasp larvae (their location right now is unknown to me), a few hundred tadpoles, 20 worms, (her own mini worm composting bin!), 3 lizards, a dozen snails, one moth caterpillar, and 5 now-in-metamorphosis painted ladies. Did I remember them all? I may be leaving some out.

Seriously. Is there a better use for a punch bowl?

Seriously.  Is there a better use for a punch bowl?

I posted a request for large, restaurant-style glass jars on freecycle. I hope someone answers quick!

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