Monday, March 30, 2009
Yira Reads - Spring Reading Challenge- 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
An hour in the dark...almost
Friday, March 27, 2009
Earth Hour - let's do it!!
March 28, 2009, 8:30 pm local time
World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions. (source: Earth Hour)
Help your kids get involved, go to the Earth Hour Kids site to learn and play.
Ove the last few weeks I've bee trying to figure out what we, as a family, plan to do in the one hour of darkness. All this thinking has made me realize how much we realy on electricity, even as a form of entertainment (TV or not TV). We are so dependant on having power that it was difficult to come up with other options and for goodness sake, it's just one hour.
Here are some ideas I've proposed to the family:
1. Play board games-- too dark? We have candles. We have this new game called Settlers of Catan which my son says it's really cool, kind of like monopoly but better he says...we'll soon find out.
2. Go for a walk.
3. Go star gazing - kids love looking at the sky.
4. Play sherades
5. Talk...yes, converse with one another, have a diaglogue, imagine that!!
Here is a list suggested by the Earth Hour Team:
1. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner with someone special using organic or sustainably grown food items.
2. Invite friends and family over for a “lights-out” party and serve green-themed snacks and drinks—green tea or apple martinis anyone?
3. Turn off the lights and power down the computer and cell phone. Use the quiet time to take a break from a “plugged-in” world by meditating or resting.
4. Take a bubble bath by candlelight.
5. Use the hour for practical tasks that you never seem to have time for. Test essential items in your emergency preparedness kit like flashlights, radios, and cell phones. Change out all your light bulbs to energy-efficient CFLs. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Think about how you would evacuate your house in an emergency in the dark.
6. Read a book set in an era without electricity. Marvel that the Romans conquered much of the world without a single cell phone and that Shakespeare wrote masterpieces without a laptop or the Internet.
7. Turn off the computer and write a letter by candlelight the old-fashioned way using pen and paper.
8. Invite friends over to play charades or Scrabble by candlelight.
9. View the night sky via telescope--the reduced “light pollution” may make some stars more visible.
10. Take photos of how you spent Earth Hour and upload them to the Earth Hour pages on Facebook, Myspace and YouTube. Keep it clean please!
Join us during this event. Post a comment and tell us what you plan to do or just do it and come back and share what you did. I think it would be fun to see some of the ideas that come around.
Let's do it, Let's turn it off!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
National Water Day
Did you know that March 22 is National Water Day? I didn't even know there was a day dedicated to water. Not that the fluid that flows through our bodies isn't important enough to have it's own day, a month, a year....oh heck a whole lifetime. After all, Earth is about 72% water, the human body is on average 65% water, nothing grows without water, we wouldn't be here without water. So one could say that water is pretty darn important, at least enough to be recognized once a year.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Outdoor Wenesday - the mystery in a foggy morning
This morning I was woken by my teens as they prepared to go to school at 6:00 am. They rush to eat, rush to get the bags ready, my daughter rushes to the bathroom mirror to check herself out one more time and then the phone rings...It's my son's music teacher letting him know that school has been delayed due to dense fog. They both are happy and upset that this news could not have come 30 minutes before. For a teen this means more sleep in the AM. Oh well...it will be a late start for us all.
When I saw the post for Outdoor Wednesday I thought..it's foggy, what's there to see? Well that was me being negative. Here I captured the beautiful, serene, and mysterious life outdoors on a foggy morning in Lee Hall, Virginia. Enjoy the photos and enjoy your day!
The back yard.
The finch feeder.
Monday, March 16, 2009
It's Monday...time to FLY
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Foodie Friday- Tuna Roll Up
I can't believe it's Saturday and I'm just now getting to this. I was so prepared this time I even took pictures while I was making my lunch and thought ...hmm this would be a great one to share. Anyway, sharing I will do. Don't forget, visit our hostess Gollum at Designs by Gollum for more tasty treats.
This is very delicious and very healthy tuna roll up -
Ingredients: 3 oz can of tuna in water, cheese (anything you like), carrots, 1 TBSP lite mayonaise, Romaine lettuce leaf, (also not shown here because I ran out - craisins and sun flower seeds)
Mix the tuna, seeds, craisins and mayo. Layer the lettuce, cheese, carrots, and tuna mixture.
Roll it up and Presto!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Outdoor Wednesday: Child's Play
Like Susan, I have a hard time believing we went through three weather systems in a matter of days around here. Incredible but true. See the trucks are still back there - no snow this time, LOL.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I need your help redecorating
Friday, March 6, 2009
1/2 pita pocket (whole wheat)
1/4 cup cooked, cut up chicken breast
1 cup veggies (zucchini, squash, portabella mushroom)
1 cup uncooked baby spinach
2 table spoons olive oil
1 slice pepperjack cheese
cook the veggies in olive oil, just before they are done, add the chicken and spinach, cover and let cook at low heat for a few minutes or until chicken is heated through.
Place the cheese in the pita pocket, add the veggie mix, enjoy!
I felt so full after this one I thought I cheated--it is absolutely delicious, filled with nutrients, protein, vitamins, fiber--it's just awesome!