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It’s easy to forget what makes toddlers laugh, the little things that amuse them. Like standing on one’s head or playing peek-a-boo from under a table or blanket.
My husband and I babysat our two small grandchildren in the summer when their regular babysitter was on vacation. We learned anew that:
high chairs and tables make great crawl-under structures
it’s funny to wear a sandbucket on one’s head as if it were a hat
blowing soap bubbles outdoors and chasing them is fun
simple food is best, not mixed together, except for macaroni and cheese
popsicles drip, but they taste good
cereal and cucumbers make a fine snack, as do the tiny tomatoes growing in the garden
water play is fun and the splashpad at the waterpark too
[In early December] Some things we remembered this weekend
it takes longer to get ready for outdoors
mittens make it harder to hold on to things
sometimes we just want to play in the house
we can play the piano and make up our own songs
we can make snowmen with playdough, then smush them into a blob, and
look out the window at dogs and people going by
“Grandma, I want a nack [snack].”
From Grandma’s point of view, a small one in winter jacket, mittens, and boots looks like the Michelin Man, only much cuter.
I grew up on a farm in southwestern Ontario. In winter we had plenty of snow. Banks of it in our yard, in the lane and along the road– and a long laneway to the road. Here’s my father blowing snow using the tractor and snow blower. There was no warm cab to sit in.
At Home With Books, a snapshot taken by you or a family member. Go on over to see more pictures in other places.
Today we celebrate Earth Hour. We’re turning out our lights and turning off power to the computer this evening at 8:30 pm. How about you?
As earth’s caretakers, we have not always been wise. I, for one, would like to have something worthwhile for my grandchildren to enjoy. We must make good decisions on the way we use the earth, water, air, and consider the creatures who depend on those elements as well as the health of our fellow human beings.
Watch this short video about Earth Hour and consider how you can be a good steward of our Earth.
When I was on Twitter today, I found this video on Justin Levy’s site that I want to share with my readers. Also on YouTube, here.
What does time mean to you? Your reactions, please.
A bit of humour to entertain you. Enjoy!
Recently, fellow editor and nature enthusiast, Paul Cipywnyk, informed us that he had posted new photos on his blog. Having some of those same interests, though not the same technical expertise in photography as Paul, I clicked on over for a look.
This is what I saw. A veritable feast for the eyes of colour, texture, of architecture, flowers of many kinds, even small insects. Take a look.
No gardening today
It’s Monday of the long weekend and still too cold to plant anything but perennials. The thermometer reads 8 degrees Celsius—a bit chilly for tender annuals. And even if I won’t be planting today, I’ll probably go out and buy plants to fill empty spaces and the new bed that I’ve made.
My garden hosts a collection of varieties, some from an area native plant nursery, and many more from friends and neighbours. The deciding point is whether the plant can handle drought and sandy soil.
The portulacas I planted in the front bed last year thrived when other plants wilted. They love the sunny place by the front porch [ see photo below]. I’ll get more of those.
In another flower bed, the gaillardia is showing signs of life with leaves and stems. Gaillardia is often called blanket flower [next photo]. They have petals like a daisy but are more colourful. The gaillardia is a perennial that comes back year after year and is one of my favourites. The flowers should come soon.