We’re trying to soak up the last of the sunshine before it runs away. This last week afforded a beautiful day on the deck where I was able to let Rex have a sensory activity.
I took a large sheet pan (this one purchased at a restaurant supply is a full sheet size that I usually use for making granola) and filled it with assorted containers as well as a couple of spoons. I added four containers of sensory materials: flax seeds, sunflower seeds, steel cut oats, and rice. I went with small, edible items that wouldn’t be choked on if tasted.
Oddly enough, Rex wasn’t interested in tasting this particular activity. (He eats chalk, bark, rocks, and paper any chance he gets, but you give him an edible activity and he doesn’t even bring it near his lips…) His favorite part seemed to be reaching into each container, bringing out a handful, and then dropping it onto the deck to see what it did.
After a while, he finally picked up some of the containers, dumping them out completely. Gravity!
He then examined the empty containers, to see where the contents had gone. He didn’t really utilize the other containers to pour into like I thought he would. He was more interested in the seeds and things and how they reacted to different removal methods. All in all, this activity kept him busy for almost an hour and was easy clean-up (I just swept it off the deck for the birds). This is definitely one we’ll do again.
After our activities with grains, we went down to the yard and played in the leaves. All in all, a beautiful fall day.
This video from Mental Floss had me cracking up. Definitely a good one debunking some of the “life hacks” floating around the internet.
I woke up thinking about this video after a particularly sleepless night. It’s interactive and absolutely amazing. My favorite part is the guy modeling the different DEVO designs. Enjoy.
What We Do
We’ve got 2 months to go!
Today started off well. I went to a pressure canning class with the (in)famous Liisa at the OSU Extension Service. As always, it was a very informative class. I got my pressure gauge tested (and good thing, it’s a bit light by about a half pound) and learned all about pressure canning various things. After class, Liisa dropped me back at home and I had lunch with the husband. All was calm and normal until I hear…
“Nanook’s got a mouse!!”
Sure enough… Our wild furry child had cornered and caught a tiny little mouse. And she was in no mood to give up her prize. After a rousing chase through the house, I cornered her in the bathroom and managed to get her to drop the poor beast. Two tries later, I managed to get the cat out of the bathroom while keeping the mouse in the bathroom. Then another game of cat and mouse (hah!) and I trapped the little bugger under a glass cup. With a piece of cardboard for a bottom, it was removed to the great outdoors.
Of course, we couldn’t let it go without first getting a few pictures.
To give you an idea of scale, you almost couldn’t see the mouse in Nanook’s mouth other than it’s tail. The glass it’s under holds around 12oz I believe.
(No serious injuries appeared apparent and it was running quite well after a few moments of startled flopping. When released, it bounded off into the neighbor’s yard. Let’s hope it learned its lesson about coming in the house…)
Sam took this last one with his new iPad 3. I’m positively green with jealousy over the picture quality. My iPad 2 is ridiculously fuzzy comparatively…
Today you get a random assortment of (slightly terrible) cellphone pictures. I went to a few different places today, looking for worms and a new seed starting tray (mine has met with an untimely demise). Sadly, the Grange didn’t have the red wigglers I needed. But they did have Territorial Seeds. Having found some of my seeds to be consumed by the adorable mice who live in my shed, I picked up two kinds of tomatoes (Brandywine and Gold Nugget) and some Marigolds. I also found a hummingbird bottle converter. Now I just need a pretty wine bottle to put it on…
And while I was there, I couldn’t resist taking pictures of the chicks. Could you?
After looking at the seed starting trays, I realized I really don’t want the traditional tray because it is too long. I really just need an old baking sheet with a lip around it. Sadly, the thrift stores failed me in that aspect today. But I did find this awesome Spice of Life jar!
It’s the smallest version of one I got around a year or so ago (also thrifted). The big one holds the coffee beans and this one should hold the decaf beans as a nice companion.
And, while I didn’t get it, I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this funky chicken canister set at the Goodwill.
What kind of adventure did you have today?
Hanging out on a Saturday morning with Chloe and a cup of coffee. Chloe was snuggled against my belly (and Baby Rex), so I snapped a little photo.
My sister-in-law has complained that I’m not posting enough belly pics. So here you go.
It’s been a heckuva couple of a weeks, but things are evening out a little now. I’m not going to go into detail, but things have been pretty stressful. But instead of burdening you with that, I’m going to show you an adorable picture instead. We recently popped up north and visited some friends. They have a beautiful baby boy and we spent lots of time playing Auntie and Uncle. See?
C is chewing on a Sophie Giraffe I got him for his four month birthday. That toy is seriously the best thing I’ve ever seen for teething babies. He was grabbing it and chewing on it and just generally entertaining himself. It squeaks and cleans easily and is easy for little hands to hold on to.
It was great to spend some time relaxing and visiting with friends. I may have come home with a few skeins of yarn (only four!) and a couple new patterns. What can I say? Twisted and Yarnia are both amazing stores and I was feeling weak. Plus, the stash was starting to feel neglected and we can’t have that…
(I did manage to pass up half priced Merino. I’m still regretting that decision…)
I would blog something meaningful today, but I’m a little busy.
Tummy rubs and all. You understand.
I’m running on a new schedule (sort of) starting this week and so I’m little off my game. I didn’t want to miss a day torturing you with my mundane life, so here is a gratuitous cat picture.
I was attempting to work on a new version of that brochure and she kept laying on top of it or getting in front of it so I couldn’t see the information I needed. I think she wanted snuggles to make up for the traumatizing experience she endured earlier of getting her toenails clipped and being brushed. We attempted to trim Nanook’s toenails, but about 3 claws in and she was growling, spitting, and biting. I may have to take her to the vet and have it done there. (Last time, it took the vet, 2 techs, and myself to do her claws…)
At some point I’ll show you actual yarn content. I’ve got several things on the needles in various stages of completion. January startitis is in full swing, but I’m trying to keep it under control. (HAH!)