Monday, November 30, 2009

Bird Count

Recently, I put up my bird feeders and the first visitor of the season was this Northern Cardinal.

It is my second year participating in Project Feeder Watch.  People all across the US count the number and types of birds that visit their backyards on designated days.  The information goes to scientist at Cornell University.  The scientist use the data to learn more about birds.  It's a Citizen Science project.  People interested in science but not trained as scientist get to help with real science projects.  I have learned alot about birds by taking part in this project.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Where's George?

Have you ever wondered how far your money goes?  I don't mean stretching your budget to buy more things.  I mean how far does a single dollar bill travel after it leaves your pocket.   See that dollar bill in my hand.  It traveled 937 miles. 


How do I know that?  I found out on the website Where's George.  If you find a US dollar bill with this written on it.

It means someone registered this bill with  Go to the website, type in the bills serial number and you will see a list of all the places this dollar bill has been.  It's a fun way to see how far your money has traveled. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Flower Update

The paperwhite flower bulbs are growing like crazy!

  One of them is even starting to bloom.

If you want blooms all winter long plant a new bulb each week.  Then a new bulb will always being growing and blooming.  Remember to use paperwhite bulbs because they do not need a cold period.  You can just plant them and watch them grow.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm busy getting ready for the big feast tomorrow.  Yes, it's Thanksgiving time here in the United States.  That means our family will get together for a big meal of Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, veggies, etc.  And don't forget the pumpkin pie!

Here are some fun Thaksgiving activities we found on the web -

Coloring page from cluck on... hee hee... I mean click on the free button for all of the coloring pages.  I printed out and colored the newest turkey design.  Then I printed out the greeting and taped them on my front door and oven.

My mother-in-law made this cute edible pilgrim's hat for a place card.  You can find the directions at Family Fun Marshmallow Pilgrim Hat.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Corny Code

Here's a puzzle for you to print and play.  If you need a hint or want to check your answer look at the bottom of this post.  Enjoy!
Corny Code

I know, it's pretty corny....

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Flower update

It's been about a week since I planted the Paperwhite bulbs. (Ignore the dates!  I took a few extra days putting the first video up.)   Check out my video blog and see how they're growing. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Forcing Flower Bulbs

Would you like to grow one of these?  It's easy!  I'll show you how in this video.

 You will need
  • Paperwhite bulbs (Narcissus)
  • a jar, cup or bowl at least 3" deep (that can hold water)
  • pebbles
  • water

Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday Crosswords

I love to do the New York Times Crossword Puzzle on Mondays.  Why?  It's the easiest puzzle of the week.  The NYT puzzle gets harder as the week goes on.   Monday is the easiest and Saturday is the hardest.  Sunday is the biggest puzzle but it's only as hard as the typical Thursday puzzle (which is still pretty hard if you ask me!)

Here is a clue from today's puzzle
53 across Rulers until 1917

hmm... sounds familiar.  This is a common crossword answer but has 2 accepted spellings.  See how I've dealt with this in a past blog post

I'm not the only one who uses this strategy... check out the NYT Wordplay Blog.

Happy puzzling!