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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Finally...some pics!

Work and Play at Home (and Elsewhere....)

Last week, my Girl Scouts made "Pillows of Hope" for kids in Haiti. The one to the right is an old T-shirt of mine that got a bleach stain on it, so I donated it to the cause. The girl that made this T-shirt is the only one to complete hers thus far (even mine & my daughters aren't done!) In fact, this girl made two! Good Girl, "G".

High Tea-Time
A few days ago, I was making a cup of  Green Tea "purple oxidents" - fortified with Grapeskins, Rooibos (Red Tea), Anthocyanins & Vitamin C. The Princess made a cup of regular green tea. Next thing I know, she's dumping the tea pouches out onto a napkin and seeing how much moisture the napkin absorbed. We then noticed how different the tea leaves of the two looked. That led us to opening up a pouch of Dandelion Tea (didn't mind wasting that one!) and regular tea as well. Quite interesting!

Speaking of dandelion tea...

To tell the truth, that is about THE WORST tasting tea I have ever had!

Now that I got that out....I have been studying everything to do with camping, since that is my new obsession. This led me to boondocking, or camping for free. There are many state lands that let people park for free or very little. There is often no water or electrical hook-ups.

Some people really get into it (like I know we would) and search out foods found in nature. Very interesting subject. I think I may get a book on the subject to study (just like the tea leaves, a lot of plants look similar, but different).

That would expand on the tea experiment, and we would learn before we venture out camping. It can also ride along in the trailer to have info on hand.

Tech Tub

The Girl Scouts have several "tech tubs" available for troops to borrow. We borrowed the "engineering" tech tub. We started on it this week. Look at this thing! I thought it would be a little bin- it took up most of my backseat! It is so cool, and the Princess could do some of these on her own here if she wants.

One of the experiments was "Toxic Popcorn". The girls had one tub that said "safe" and one that said "Toxic". We dumped popcorn kernals into the Toxic bucket, which was in the middle of a big circle (forgot dimensions right now). Using only a tire tube (only 1) and a 7+ ft piece of rope (per girl), they had to pour the popcorn into the Safe container. They weren't supposed to step in the circle, and the Toxic bucket had to be in the circle.

They did it, but a few of the girls got mangled and mutilated by the toxic waste when they forgot and stepped into the circle! It was really fun. Before that, they had played a game that teaches the different types of engineering jobs.

There are several more cool experiments, which should keep us busy for a few weeks.

Toothpick City II- Temples and Towers

Yesterday, the Princess did her interview with the Stan, the toothpick man (forgot to ask him if he minds me calling him that!) He is a pretty cool dude. I'll put the link here for the online version when it comes out (in March). In the meantime, visit his site at:

After that, we grabbed a sub at Subway, then went to the library. I was trying to find a book on Boondocking- no such luck here in the Boondocks (Ha-Ha!). The Princess got one of the Twilight books- I think the second one. She's been reading it like crazy- yeah vampires!

I have a new student I'm seeing this afternoon at the library- I'm a Literacy Volunteer. The Princess will either go visit her homeschooling friends, or browse around the library, play games on the computer, etc...

One of our new fave ways to learn...

Are you smarter than a 5th grader (, I'm not!) and Cash Cab (I LOVE this show!) Check 'em out!

Anyhoo, gotta go!


  1. Oh that toothpick city was just here by us. It was in our science musuem. It is awesome!! It astonished me at how cool it was and the guy was working on it and talking to us and he was so interesting.

  2. Hey there, I noticed "wicked step mom" in your bio! I'm trying to build an online community for moms of blended should check it out and tell anyone else you know that might be interested!

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  4. Um...I wouldn't want to discourage them :-)

  5. Love the "Tech Tub"! Looks like some really cool things are in it.

    Just discovered your blog and I'm so glad I did! I'm homeschooling my young son and I'm sure I'll find inspiration in your posts.

    Counting Coconuts

  6. Hey Mari-Ann- have fun homeschooling! I'll check out your blog!