Yesterday I saw a trio of doves after dropping my kids off at school and this morning I saw them again in the same spot. Do they meet up there every morning? Are they old friends? Do they watch the cars? Do they they talk about the weather and linger over coffee?
Actually they might be digesting their breakfast. I learned from All About Birds that Mourning Doves eat lots of seeds quickly, store them in their crop (enlarged esophogus), and fly to a safe perch to digest.
It is always a good idea to digest in a safe place I think. It probably cuts down on indigestion!
I love exposing my kids to all kinds of subjects through picture books but for a long time I avoided books about slavery. I would see a book in the library that caught my eye but I would not share it with my kids. I guess somehow I thought I could keep all the ugliness in the world away from them. Maybe if they didn’t know about it they would stay innocent and good longer, forever. But as they get older, my kids are 5 and 8, this thinking starts to seem more and more like denial to me. So I don’t do that anymore. Now we read them and feel feelings and my kids ask questions that I often don’t have answers for. Like how could slavery be acceptable here. How was it ever legal to kidnap young people, treat them like property, abuse them. I don’t know.
Now I know Christmas is coming because this morning I saw a cardinal in a holly tree. If I didn’t see him swoop in and land on a branch I might not have noticed him at all. I might have just thought he was a cluster of berries. It reminded me of a cardinal ornament my mother has with real feathers. I used to like to put that one on the tree. In fact I have one too. Mine is a little white bird.
Do you like my animated GIF? They are pretty easy to make. I created this graphic in PowerPoint. Then I copied the PowerPoint slide 7 times. Then on each slide I rotated the bird 1 degree. I saved the document as a PDF and opened it in Gimp (which is a free Photoshop type program). The document imports into Gimp as 8 layers. All you do then is rename each layer to include a time for example: layer 1 (100ms), layer 2 (100ms), and so on. You can preview your animations by selecting playback under filter, animation. Once you are happy, save it as a GIF and selected animated and continual loop in preferences.
Have you been seeing signs of Christmas? Please share!
Lately it has been exceptionally warm for December. Warm and wet. Ever notice how it doesn’t take long for the bugs to come back when it warms up? I saw an ant in my kitchen, there was a fruit fly at karate, and on the way home from the grocery store last night there were too many moths to count! I actually thought I was driving through a moth block party but then every block was the same. I probably saw a hundred moths lit up by my headlights. I think every moth on Cape Cod was out partying in the streets last night! Maybe it was a moth holiday.
Last year I saw a bamboo iPhone case on Pinterest. It inspired me to create a whole bamboo gift list. I was really intrigued by that case but didn’t end up buying it. I already had a fully functional case and honestly I was a little cautious about trying something so different. A couple weeks ago The Snugg company approached me about reviewing a case of my choice. They had me listening when they wrote “we only contact popular and creative sites” and they had me sold when I saw they offered an all bamboo iPhone 4 case! Continue reading →
I have always been a big Disney fan. I think it was the Snow White theater re-release in 1975 (when I was 5) that got me hooked. And I believe there is a cassette tape somewhere of me singing “Some Day My Prince Will Come” over and over. Then when I was about 8 and really starting to be interested in art I set my sights on working for Disney some day. I loved the description in our Golden Books Encyclopedia of how they brought in real animals for the animators to draw from!
Needless to say I do not have an overly critical eye when it comes to Disney animated movies but trust me, Frozen is great! Continue reading →
It has been freezing here but the last couple days have been mild and rainy and the bird are taking full advantage of the warm weather at roadside puddles. We saw several robins and house sparrows bathing together while we were out and about yesterday. Some where even splashing! They looked like they were having so much fun. It would have to be a whole lot warmer for me to have fun in the water!
We went to see Disney’s Frozen and I LOVED it! I will probably write a review but not tonight. I am just too pooped after a long day spent on my new freelance project that I am finding particularly challenging.
So for now, just a little I Spy. I saw clouds that looked like bows in the evening sky. Or maybe I was just seeing things while thinking about gifts since it was Black Friday. Either way it was pretty. Sunsets this time of year are especially colorful. Maybe it is because we are still out and about when they happen, in the middle of the day (4:11 pm today to be exact)!
Is it just me or are you too not all that excited about bringing more stuff into the house this Christmas? Of course you can use the opportunity to purge things you are not using or at least stow some things in the attic or basement but if you are feeling like your family already has everything they need you may want to consider giving the gift of storage this Christmas. Sure all the gifts look so nice under the tree but then what? If you gift some storage items this dilemma goes away! I decided to visit Ikea online for inspiration… Continue reading →
Looking for something to keep your kids occupied while you put the finishing touches on your Thanksgiving dinner? Something that might keep them out of the kitchen but still contributing? How about place cards?! Place cards are nice because they add a formal touch to a special meal plus us moms know meals run more smoothly when seating arrangements are planned ahead of time. Mom needs easy access to the kitchen, kids that need help need to be near a parent, etc.
This place card is a little extra fun because it is a popup! Print the following PDF: Thanksgiving Place Card Printable then color and cut out the 8 cards. Next fold each card along the dotted line, cut the front edge of the cornucopia, and crease the top and bottom edge of the the triangle/cornucopia. Then open up and invert the triangle/cornucopia to create the popup!