Last night I had the strange CHIPMUNK dream again. I was a chipmunk running through our backyard. And for some reason I decide to run up to the big glass window near our kitchen door.
As I came closer to the kitchen the sun reflected a rainbow off the window’s glass. Through the rainbow I saw Myles and my animal friends staring at me. They were in their usual spot by the glass door of our back porch. They were smiling at me and pointing. I stood on my hind legs, and sniffed the air. I then heard a hawk’s shrill call and jumped to the grass. I flattened myself out as I saw a large black shadow on the grass get larger and larger. I heard a loud THUD
and then woke up.
Very weird dream!
Yesterday morning I was looking towards the group of pine trees near the stream by our house. I was watching the sun shining through the branches.
All of a sudden I saw a flitter, and some dark object hop and plunge back into the pines. I grabbed my binoculars, and aimed them towards the branches where I saw the object last. I waited. I waited some more still longer until I saw his head peer out of the branches. When he rested on a branch closer to me I realized it was a CEDAR WAXWING! Another bird I can add to my GREAT YEAR LIST.
In honor of the Bufflehead I saw I made a list of Wisconsin duck-like birds
you should have on your GREAT YEAR LIST:
4) American Black Duck
5) Blue-winged Teal
6) Hooded Merganser
7) Red-Breasted Merganser
8) Ruddy Duck
9) Greater Scaup
10) Common Goldeneye
11) Pied-billed Grebe
12) Green-winged Teal
13) Lesser Scaup
14) Northern Shoveler
15) Horned Grebe
AND 16) A BUFFLEHEAD!
I think I have the world’s largest vinegar library. I have all kinds of vinegars in jars from A to Z. Now Kirby says he has a bigger vinegar library than I do. What he doesn’t know is that during the winter my forest friends helped me create 24 new recipes! I now have 137 different vinegars to choose from.
Some of the new recipes I think animals would like better than humans.
That is not surprising since some of the newest recipes come from muskrats, woodchucks, and a black bear. Maybe some people will not like ants in their vinegar.
Anyone one in my hometown can borrow any vinegars if they want to use a jar for dinner or lunch. My friends also borrow my recipe cards if they
like a vinegar in the library.
It is Monday, and again I am up very early before getting ready for school. It is 6AM again. Since I am up I wrote a list to help birdwatchers with their Great Year in Wisconsin.
What is a Great Year? A Great Year is counting all the kinds of birds you have seen in one year. Every birdwatcher starts their Great Year on January 1st.
Here is the list of BIRDS OF PREY in WISCONSIN:
(not in alphabetical order)
- Turkey Vulture
- Bald Eagle
- Barred Owl
- Great Horned Owl
- Red-tailed Hawk
- Northern Harrier
- Cooper’s Hawk
- Eastern Screech Owl
- Broad-winged Hawk
- American Kestrel
- Sharped Shinned Kestrel
The list is in order of my favorite Birds of Prey
to ones that are harder to see on my farm.
Kirby said he’s already seen an American Kestrel, but
I talked to the local ornithologist in Kickapoo Valley
and she said she hasn’t seen one this year.
I don’t know about that Kirby, or his robot.
The crocuses are blooming around our farm house. We did not plant them, the flowers came with the house!
I can’t wait to start my smell research project again. As you know one of my favorite flower smells is the one that smells like Chocolate.
I think I would like to make my own perfume with Wisconsin prairie flowers.
I am excited that Earth Day is coming soon!!!
Tonight we are eating fish! I love fish. My favorite place to buy fish is from my friend Jezebel’s trout farm. She lives down the hill from my farm. They raise rainbow trout on their farm as well many kinds of vegetables and raspberries. Jezebel’s Mom has a small greenhouse where she grows beautiful flowers for the tourists to buy and bring back to their gardens.
Someday Jezebel and I want to open our own flowers market we would invite farmer’s from all over the Kickapoo Valley to sell their flowers there.
I took a photograph of Jezebel’s trout farm. Did you know that it is not
proper to take a picture of the Amish people? It’s true. That is why I only photograph of farm animals, gardens, and buildings whenever I take pictures of Amish Farms for my photo album.
Will Allen, the founder and president of Growing Power Inc, Milwaukee, Wisconsin has created a system of growing greens and Tilapia. He uses
an innovative technology called AQUAPONICS.
Today was so exciting, when I got home from school my Mom gave me an envelope. It was a letter from my best friend in Tuvalu, Raita! It was great to hear from her again. She sent me a photo of her and my friends from school.
Raita asked me when I am coming home to Tuvalu again, I hope to be back soon maybe after school in the Summer. I want to invite my friends from Tuvalu to come to Wisconsin to visit me on my farm. I know they would enjoy meeting all my friends in the Kickapoo Valley, and my best friend in the U.S., Jezebel.
After I do my homework I am writing Raita a letter, and sending her some seeds I saved from my vegetable garden last year. I need to buy more stamps. I love visiting the Post Office, I like collecting American and Tuvaluan stamps. I always like to see the newest stamps available at the Post Office. My favorite stamps are the ones that have cartoons or flowers on them.
See you later!
Visit the Post Office today to get the latest stamps
for your collection U.S. Stamps
Dear Diary, today in class I presented my report on my hero Gaylord Nelson the founder of Earth Day, and a Wisconsin native. As you know Earth Day is in just two days!! I can’t wait!! The chickens and I are looking for creative ways to upcycle old things we found in one of the barns. One idea Ophelia had was to make an old horse yoke, collar into a stick. She said you could use the yoke to point at things. Horace the muskrat said Ophelia’s idea was not her best effort to date. Horace frowned briefly, and said the horse yoke would be better as a post for a mailbox or part of a fence.
I am just glad Ophelia and Horace are speaking to each other again after some (domesticated bird to remain nameless) burned the green bean casserole. The casserole was for the dinner when we were hosting the honorable Tamshing the Binturong from Bhutan. He came to Kickapoo Valley to speak about Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness index at our Earth Day conference held in Ironwood log #12.
What is a Binturong? A binturong is also known as the Asian bearcat, but is not a bear, can climb trees and looks more like a cat.
Actually root vegetables are my favorite vegetables because you can make so many kinds of food with them. Soups, salads, baked things, lasagnas, pies, empanadas, smoothies made from root vegetables are all very delicious!
So which root vegetables are the best in the whole world? It is obvious that these five are the top of all top vegetables: 5. Turnip 4. Radish 3. Carrot 2. Diakon 1. CELERIAC!
The best thing about root vegetables is that you can buy them from a farm near you! These veggies are very strong and last very long time when you store them in a cool place like a root cellar. So buy some now!
What are your favorite vegetables? Do you visit the farmer’s market in your town?