Monday, February 27, 2017

Proud Mama

Be the reason someone
believes in the goodness
in people.

A few days ago a friend of the Chemist posted that quote with this statement: ". . . you are some of my friends who jumped into my mind when I read this." Of her many friends, she had tagged five. My Chemist was one of those five.

I can take no credit for it, but it made me so proud of my daughter. She could be the most fabulous chemist in the world (and I would certainly be proud of that - I am proud of how well she's done), this would make me more proud. Kindness matters so much. And I am so happy and proud that my daughter lives that so much that she inspires others.

Proud Mama Moment.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Goodness, it is already late February and garden work will begin soon. (Actually, I probably could already have some lettuce in, *sigh*)

But I have finally mapped out the garden and am deciding what shall go where. I just love how tidy and official the plan looks.

Next up, order seeds, visit the garden center for seed potatoes and onion sets. Potatoes go in St. Patrick's Day - two and a half weeks from now! Now is also time to get compost and sand worked into the beds. I could also get some things started indoors as well.

Always something to do in the garden!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Less Is More

January's de-clutter goal was the linen closets. Last Saturday, February 18, the goal was accomplished! A little late, but so what. I have neat, tidy closets. I know what's in them. The contents are easily accessible.

So much better that stuffed full of so much that I really didn't know what I had. And should I want to actually get anything out, I generally ended up with a pile tumbling out on my head. Big pile of worn and torn things in the trash bin. Two big bags ready to be donated.

Less really is more because now that I have only what I need, I can easily get it and use it.

Now for February's goal . . .

Peace out.
Remember Kindness Matters.
And may your closets contain what you need,
but only what you need.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Nature Center

My little guy had last Friday off school so I decided we should check out the Nature Center in the city. It was a beautiful, warm February day, perfect for exploring someplace new.

We started by checking out the Nature Center's exhibits. It is a small, but cool center. The neatest thing is the live screech owl. At first, I thought it was just a stuffed exhibit, like the others. I was surprised when he turned his head and blinked. So cool.
What I really like about the center is that it has so many things to touch! Here, several fur sections were mounted to the wall so one could feel the different animals.

There was also this display with lots of things to pick up and check out. Some small animal skulls, snake skin, pine cones, acorns, shells, special rocks . . . so lovely to have a place where one is encouraged to touch and learn.

After checking out the center, it was time to walk the trails. I think these are bat houses.



Great day exploring a little bit of prairie in the city.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Blooming Beauty

This winter, in addition to a basil, I kept a pot of chives going as well. I also decided to attempt to overwinter my geranium.

It is doing so well, it is blooming.
Feels like spring.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Curtains, Round Two

I finally finished the second attempt at curtains for the Chemist's apartment and this is the result:

I managed to get the length correct this time. I also found some blanket edging that I thought would work for opening the curtains. The thick, insulating backing makes the curtains very stiff. One just can't pull them open.
This works nicely, I think.

Soon, the first try will be heading to university for the geologist's apartment. Hopefully, they will add some warmth (or shade as needed) and some feeling of home for him and his sweetheart.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Science Museum

I have a few free days scheduled throughout Miss Adventure's school year. Last Friday was one of those days. She asked if we could visit the science museum. Sounded like a plan to me.

The traveling exhibit was on the ice age. There were life size replicas complete with moving heads and loud noises.

There was this giant beaver from that time. As big as my little girl. Sort of reminded me of Narnia. :-D

Along with the models, we had the real thing, too. A leg bone and tusk from a mammoth.

And a full skeleton of a mammoth.

Miss Adventure loves to play in the castle area.
(She actually asked to have this photo taken.) 

I love these small stones here and there on the three story wall.

Putting on a puppet show.

Since we live in a fairly agricultural area, the area dedicated to our home has a section of a combine with a screen over the windshield showing various harvests. My favorite was harvesting cotton. 

We ended our day with a trip to the dome theater for an ice age film. (Someone was getting a bit worn out.) These dome movies get to me now. I was glad when it was finished.

All in all, a fabulous break from the routine.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Walking in the Woods

I finally downloaded photos off my camera and found some I had forgotten from a walk Miss Adventure and I went one last month.

She loves to scamper far ahead.

I found an interesting (at least to me) old stump covered with moss.

Miss Adventure had been given a dream catcher kit for Christmas and loved making it. It was fun to happen across one on the trail.

When we got home, geese. Lots and lots and lots of Canadian geese. They overwinter here often, covering everything with their droppings. Ugh.