The prairie in the valley around my farm is so beautiful today. Everywhere I look there are flowers blooming, so many colors, pinks, purples, whites, blues, and yellows. I don’t know if my nose can survey all the flowers for my research I might sneeze a giant boulder onto our barn by the cliffs as Dad says. He thinks my sneezes might create an avalanche that comes down the bluffs onto our house. I know he is kidding but Mom’s sneezes are much worse she has a double one. She starts with a tiny, mouse-sized, sneeze that is followed by an enormous, dinosaur blast. I am sorry I got a little lost here the topic is my Smell Project.
The good new is I did get to smell the Phlox blooming in the prairie and the Lilac bushes blooming by my house. I like the smell of both flowers so it is hard to decide which one scores the highest.
I think according to my smell chart, I rank both flowers as LOVELY.
Maybe I need to redo my chart since I am ranking a lot of flowers
as LOVELY lately.
Today, Myles and I rode with Dad through the green valleys
around our house. It is so beautiful living here in Wisconsin.
I wish my friends in Tuvalu would visit me this summer. I know they would love it here. I could also teach them about foraging for different edible plants up the valley and in the prairie.
The winter might be too cold for them but I think they would enjoy snow shoeing, sledding and even ice fishing too.
It is very well known to you by now that I am conducting
a serious, smell research project. Today, I compared the Tulip,
Daffodil, and Alium.
It was not easy to decide which flower smells the best.
After several samples I have smelled, several sneezes, and a
runny nose I can announce that all three flowers are very pretty.
But the more important news is I am pleased to announce I have ranked the flowers by smell.
A. The Daffodil by itself is hard to smell.
B. The Tulip does not smell at all by itself either.
C.. Alium does not smell, but if you accidentally step on one
and crush it, when you are avoiding a certain Red Squirrel,
you will notice that the smell is not so great.
THE RESULTS OF THE SMELL RESEARCH
1. Daffodil – ranks OKAY
2. Tulip – ranks OKAY
3. Alium – YUCK!
Thank you. Please Enjoy.
Last night I made my family Sweet Potato Soup with Ramp and Watercress. All of the ingredients of the soup were from our farm!
Since it is Spring the watercress and ramp are plentiful in streams.
I picked a bunch of watercress and ramp yesterday, and got three
pounds of sweet potato from our storage.
My soup was very tasty and I am going to have it for breakfest
with wild rice!
Very delicious, and I am getting hungry again thinking
about my wonderful soup.
I just got back from seeing my second Muskrat Vaudeville show live.
I really enjoyed seeing all the muskrats perform crazy tricks,
and stunts. I know animals are polite as are some humans. But
someone needs to tell the muskrats that they mispelled the word
Vaudeville on their lighted sign. The sign is up during the whole
show so you never forget that the muskrats can’t spell some words,
well one specific word.
I do recommend you see the show if you are around our part of Wisconsin
just don’t tell the muskrats about their error.
The Kickapoo Valley Library is a beautiful building. It is very old, it was designed by an architect who was a student of FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT.
Frank Lloyd Wright is a famous architect who is from Wisconsin.
His famous house and studio, Taliesin, are located in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Frank Lloyd Wright trained a lot of architects in Wisconsin. Mr. Wright’s style of architecture is called Prairie School.
There are a lot of Prairie School style buildings in Wisconsin, libraries, banks, houses, warehouses, garages, and even an airport in Madison.
Did you like my book report? I am still at the library now, and I have at least 12 books on my table related to Frank Lloyd Wright.
I like Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture because he believed that buildings should blend into the environment.
Sometimes I call the hen houses, chicken co-ops. Chicken Co-op
is a good name because all the hens are working together and own
their own business.
I know the hen’s homes are called chicken coops. But I live
in Wisconsin, and we have a lot of co-ops here. Our food store
in Kickapoo Valley is a co-op. The taxi cab company here is a
co-op also. A co-op is a business where every worker is a part
owner in the company.
But the real reason I am writing is that we just finished painting
the chicken Coops – co-ops! They will look so beautiful when the
snow is on the ground too. We used MILK PAINT again.
The hen’s are so happy with the new houses as my Dad called them.
The hen’s seem to be standing up straighter than before and their
clucking is louder now.
Dear Diary, I know I told you about my Dad saving snow. What I didn’t tell you is that he does not remove snow from the ground where there is soil or plants. He only collects the snow off our many roofs on our farm, and some places where there are slabs of concrete. The old slabs are on our farm from the previous farmer. A tornado many years ago past through and took away some of the farmer’s barns!
If you have any ideas about new uses for slabs of concrete email me at:
Thank you. Enjoy Spring!