Saturday, April 25, 2009

Somethin' To Blog About

The weather has turned nice, which means, we have moved outside.  We have been enjoying the sunshine.  And....ALL of our snow is gone.  The last little bit of it melted yesterday.  Now we can officially say it's spring. But that's not the only indication.......
Trees are budding, robins have returned, scraped knees are a daily occurrence, toys strewn about the yard, sandals have been dug out of the basement, the water hose has been on, bees are a buzin' and we have even had a few mosquito bites.
Friday was earth day.  We celebrated by taking a walk on the Whistle Stop (an old railroad bed turned walking/snowmobiling/biking/four wheeling haven) trail, leaving it better off than we found it.  We went with another homeschooling family.  Together we were able to make a big difference.

After our walk, we went to the store to get our supplies for our garden.  We took a short cut this year by buying plants instead of seeds.  In years past, the seeds just haven't done well, so we decided to try something different.  We bought four tomato plants, yellow pepper, strawberries, oregano, rosemary, lettuce, parsley, Georgia collards and spearmint.  Another change; we planted them in buckets instead of the ground, as our yard has proven to be infertile.  I didn't buy enough soil to fill the buckets, and if I put them too low, they wouldn't get enough sun because they were too low.  So my solution was to saw off the top half of the buckets and that's what I did.  I felt so powerful with that power saw!!!
The result:

The kids wanted to raise frogs again this year.  During our walk Lundi was on the look out for frog eggs.

She found some!!!!

We took a bowl with us so that we could bring them home.  I couldn't find the kiddie pool that we used last year, so I bought a new one foe $7.00.  We added leaves, dirt, water and frog eggs to create our very own frog habitat.
The end result:

You will notice that the top ring of the pool is deflated.  That happened when Harrison fell on it the other day.  If I would have had my camera, the scene would have won me a million bucks on Americas Funniest Home Videos.  Ya--it was that good.  That story is coming in another post.


1 comment:

Tara said...

Are you watching the weather for frost? We have a great garden area, but we never put in the major things until after the frost is gone to avoid having them killed... Memorial Day at the earliest. We do start plants inside, and love that.

Good luck.. hope the weather continues to stay mild.