Monday, May 20, 2013

May 19, 2013

We watched the movie White Fang on this rainy Sunday afternoon and enjoyed it very much.  
Can you guess what Jed's favorite part was?  :D

May 17, 2013

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May 17, 2013

I think my bud-photographing project is completed - the leaves will only grow larger and more difficult to photograph at this point.  But I'm so glad I did this!  I love looking at the pics, taken nearly every day from April 10 to May 17, in a slide's almost as fun as watching a flower bloom! 

May 16, 2013

Our last regular science class!  The next class will be a Jeopardy-style test of the entire year, so we're working hard to review all we've learned about flying creatures.  Today's class experiment was designed to demonstrate the difference in pitch caused by differences in length.  Any experiment that involves tapping on glasses of water with a pencil is sure to be a hit with boys...I didn't get a shot of the ensuing mayhem when they tried to do the experiment themselves.  :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

May 5, 2013 - Part 2

Playing around with the focus again.
I wonder when I'll tire of this and move on to the next thing?  :)

May 5, 2013 - Part 1

We went letterboxing today for the first time this fact, for the first time in an entire year.
I had almost forgotten how fun it is, and what beautiful places we find because of it.
Like this view from Moe's Mountain, overlooking the China Lake area.

Atop the mountain which once was owned by Moe (also known as Lowell Frank Thomas), there is a tiny cemetery housing his, and only his, grave.  Tracy was quite shocked to find that he shared a birthday with Moe, and that, ironically enough, Moe died one month prior to his 50th birthday...which Tracy will be celebrating this year himself.  He's convinced it's an omen that we found this place at this time.  Now he's trying to convince me that I should be extra nice to him, just in case he's down to his last month on this earth.  :D
Oddly enough, the tree behind Moe's gravestone is full of beads.  
We still haven't discovered the rhyme or reason for that.
The letterbox was a sweet find, with three handcarved stamps completing the design. 

May 4, 2013

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Isn't it amazing what 5 days can do?!!!

May 2, 2013


Another exciting science class, thanks to Mrs. Smith!  The boys have been studying beetles, flies and bugs this week, and the purpose of today's experiment was to demonstrate how pond-skaters walk on water.  We weren't quite as successful at the technique as the insects are, but it was fun nonetheless. 

April 30, 2013

Mainers have an interesting habit of changing the sounds of vowels when they occur at the end of a word.  They change anything ending in "er" to sound like "ah."  Everyone is probably familiar with the name "Bah Hahbah," (instead of Bar Harbor) which sounds similar to a Bostonian accent.  What most folks probably don't know is that Mainers also change words ending in "a" to sound like "er."  As in, "Linder" instead of "Linda," "bananer" instead of "banana," etc.

I've wanted to try out the China Dine-ah since I first heard about it years ago, and Jed and I finally did just that for lunch today.  I got something that positively scandalized Tracy - beans and franks.  It's like ordering a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - who does that at a restaurant?  But let me tell you, it was outrageously good - homemade baked beans (not as sweet as in the south, but still good), two grilled hot dogs, and 2 sliced of brown bread, which I still haven't quite figured out but like very much (it's not just whole wheat bread, as the name implies).

What puzzles me is the name of the diner...I know it's cute to rhyme and all, but really, it should be The Chiner Dine-ah.  Now that's a name!  :)