Katya and Yurtle the Turtle

My science teacher has sent home specimens. Frogs, perch, and a turtle. Katya has been fascinated by it all. She prefers her animals dead, you see. She would never touch a live frog, or fish, or turtle, but dead=safe, so we’ve been encouraging her to look at the specimens, tying in the correlation between the animal’s body parts and her own.

Today Katya and I examined the turtle, which she enjoyed. Afterwards I asked Katya to pose. She really, really tried,


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But she thought of something funny–me, probably–and smiled.087

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People Taking Pictures

There you have it, folks! The culmination of several years of people taking pictures, as many as I could find! I may update this and re-post it (or whatever) as I take more. Look carefully–sometimes the photographer is difficult to spot. Happy Easter!

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Crocheted Cosmetic Pads

It was something to do in a bit of spare time. I used scraps of some organic cotton from Knitting Notions (www.knittingnotions.com). 005

I don’t use much makeup myself, and so have no idea if these would stain if called upon to remove anything pigmented, but they work quite well for dabbing apple-cider-vinegar on my face. I sewed a hang loop on one, so that I can air-dry it. The square pad will have a loop as well, when I can figure out what I want to put on it.

Pictures of a Deer Skeleton, Guest Blog by Chad

My big sister Charity told me that she saw a deer skeleton. I wanted to investigate further and take a picture or two. Feb. 21-March. 1 015

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And my big sister Charity told me there was dogs out there. I wore sunglasses out there the first time, because those dogs are cowards, and big eyes scare them. You’ll see a picture of one of the dogs down below.

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A few weeks later when the snow melted I wanted to see the deer skeleton again, so I went out there with my big sister Charity’s camera.  Three deer skeleton pictures are down below.238 242 247

I saw a lot more bones.

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Sunday Dinner

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It was Chicken and Spike seasoning; Romaine Salad with Bell Peppers and Tomatoes; Sweet Potatoes Rubbed with Olive Oil and Salt; and Asparagus Sautéed with Bacon and Garlic.

Daddy made the Chicken, Kristina made the Salad; I rubbed the Potatoes and made the Asparagus.

Mother said the Asparagus was the best she’d ever eaten.

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Not to toot my own horn, but, well, “Toot! Toot!”

The Conservatory

Sometimes, when Mum needs a break from six people needing her attention, she asks Daddy to take us out for the afternoon. This time it was to The Conservatory, or the “Mechanical Garden” as Chad calls it.

The plants were, as usual, beautiful.

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Due to the snow, the place was practically deserted.

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I thought the geometry beautiful.

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They had switched up some of the blown glass.

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As for us, Kristina matched the flowers,Feb. 21-March. 1 075

Katya smelled the flowers,Feb. 21-March. 1 052

Chad and I saw cute things in the gift shop,Feb. 21-March. 1 090

the butterflies were almost morphed,Feb. 21-March. 1 094

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It was a nice time.