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Arbor Day is Every Day.

Apr 29

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Every day is a celebration for trees!  A cool breeze by your window, a healthy forest, or shade from the heat there are so many things to thank them for. But for some people like Kirby who forget about trees we honor trees with ARBOR DAY.

Happy Arbor Day to all the pines (conifers) and leaf bearing (deciduous) ones and my tree friend, Asmina the Paw Paw.

Please plant a tree with your school, friends, or family.  Water and care for the trees around your house or along your street.  Plant a tree
to honor your grandpa or grandma, or to wish a happy birthday to
your sister or brother.

Please Don’t Fly Away

Apr 29

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As you know diary I have tried, and tried to identify Sparrows.
But I am finding it very difficult find them since they are
so small. I can spot them clustered in a bush all chatting like it’s a brown bird convention. But who are they? Is the sparrow I am seeing an American tree sparrow, or Chipping sparrow, or Field sparrow, or Clay-colored sparrow I can’t tell. Every time I try to sneak up on them one by one they pop off the tiny branches and fly away.

I know need better binoculars so I can spy on the small, brown birds without scaring them away.

My total for this year’s GREAT YEAR is not going up as
quickly since all brown birds look the same when flying away! I guess I could just add ONE to my total since I at least know they are sparrows.

They are cute so I forgive them.

Earth Day Chair Project

Apr 22

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Earth Day is here. Over 1 billion people all over the WORLD
participate in EARTH DAY, which makes this celebration the
biggest on the planet!!

Do you remember our tips on how to make an old chair new?
It is so easy to do:

1) Simply clean your old chair with a bucket of warm water
and environmentally friend soap.
2) Sand the old chair with sandpaper where ever there
are bumps or cuts. Start with 60 grit for the roughest parts. Make sure the chair’s surface is smooth finish with 120 grit.
3) Draw a simple picture of your chair and color or decorate it as you want.
4) Go to your LOCAL hardware store. Pick out MILK PAINT colors that match your drawing.
5) Paint your old chair with MILK PAINT to match your cute
drawing. Use a house brush for large areas and painter’s brush for small details
6) Let your chair dry outside in the air.
7) Sand the chair lightly with 200 grit and paint once more.
8) Use the 200 grit sandpaper once more to smooth out the 2nd coat of MILK PAINT.
9) Wipe the chair with a soft cloth.
7) ENJOY YOUR CHAIR!

Tomorrow is Earth Day!

Apr 21

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One more day until Earth Day. I can’t wait. I am joining my friends for an evening of earth friendly, entertainment. I think we are putting on the first ever play about Gaylord Nelson.

At least we are the first “professionally trained, theatre group” to put on a play about Gaylord Nelson in Kickapoo Valley. As you might have noticed I had professionally trained, theatre group in quotations. I read those exact words in a program from the Muskrat, Vaudeville show I saw last month.

I am nervous about performing in front of people because my singing voice is not so good. I have to remind myself that I will be dressed as a tree singing in a choir so the audience won’t hear my bad voice. Kirby thinks a woodpecker will hear my awful singing and think I’m a bug, and start tapping a hole in my tree.

I don’t care what he or the moms and dads in the audience think about my singing I love celebrating Earth Day!

Another Great Year List

Apr 19

Today’s list features the bird category called: Doves, Woodpeckers, etc.
So many cute Wisconsin birds. Good Luck finding them:

1) Morning Dove
2) Rock Pigeon
3) Belted Kingfisher
4) Black-billed Cuckoo
5) Red-headed Woodpecker
6) Red-bellied Woodpecker
7) Pileated Woodpecker
8) Downy Woodpecker
9) Norther Flicker
10) Northern Bobwhite
11) Greater Prairie Chicken
12) Ruffed Grouse
13) Wild Turkey
14) Ring-necked Pheasant

Thank you. Please Enjoy!

Myles Game Day

Apr 19

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Dear Diary,

When Myles wants me to play with him he walks up to me and
drops his ball on my foot. I am glad the ball is made of
recycled paper and not a bowling ball. Today he wanted
me to play the game he invented.

The game does not have a winner or loser. Maybe Myles
is the winner since got me to stop studying and play
his game.

As you know his invented game involves him going to the
top of the stairs and dropping the ball down all the steps
to me. Then according to game rules I am supposed to throw
ball up to him. He catches the ball with his mouth and
then politely drops the ball on the step below him.
The ball bounces down all the steps to the bottom
where I am.

However, he only drops said ball if I use the command “Drop It.” Otherwise he just sits on the landing at the top of the steps and plays by himself with the ball. Or he likes to drop his front paws over the edge of the landing and look down at me and wait for me to plead for him to drop the ball.

It is a fun game to play with him but I always get tired before
he does.

Kirby’s Dad’s Oxen

Apr 19
Max and Baxter local oxen

Max and Baxter

Max and Baxter were working today! They are so cute and furry.
I like petting them a lot when they are not pulling old logs
out of the forest. Today, Kirby’s Dad was harvesting more dead wood
from his forest. His Dad makes birdhouses, furniture, and
wood flooring from the old logs he finds.

Kirby told me his Dad never removes dead logs that
are homes for animals, or non-diseased trees. He only
selects dead trees that have either been
blown down by the wind and could cause harm.

Max and Baxter like Myles but sometimes he barks at them.
He is partly to mostly terrier and terriers like to bark
for fun sometimes. Max and Baxter are so huge Myles is barely taller
than their big hooves so they probably don’t hear him anyway.

Coot Imposter

Apr 19

Coots, Coots, Coots are every where this time of year. I like to watch them when they’re in town. Did you ever notice that
Coots swim in large groups? Sometimes you can see over 100
Coots all together floating around a lake or big river.

Their colors are always black and grey. They are very stylish looking, duck-type birds.

But Today, I spotted an imposter! Did he think no one would notice him? There floating inside the Coot flotilla was a black, white duck with a brownish-purplish head. Who does he think he is? A Coot?

It was the Lesser Scaup pretending to be a Coot.
I can of course add him to my Great Year List!

Crocus vs. Hyacinth

Apr 19

Beatrice's flower smell project

Dear Diary,

As you know I am always working on my GREAT Smell
Research project. It is very difficult work and I am very well
qualified for this mission. No one asked me to this but some day Kirby said maybe all my research will be used to make the world a smellier place. I didn’t write that in the journal Kirby did but I’ll leave it this time because it is funny. Myles and I will get
him back.

Today I review the smells of two Spring flowers:

1) The Crocus
2) The Hyacinth

The results are in. Upon further review I rate
The flowers as follows:

1. I rate the Hyacinth’s smell as LOVELY.
2. I rate the Crocus’s smell as PRETTY.

Congratulations to both flowers!

Geography Bee Studies

Apr 19

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What is the capital of Burkina Foso? Wagadoodoo. What is the capital of
Suriname? What is the capital of Tuvalu? FUNAFUTI! I know that one.

What is the flag for Ghana? What is the flag for Greece?

Which country’s capital is Lisbon? My head is swimming and
I am sweating more than usual. Lots of information to put
in my small head for the the Kickapoo Valley GEOGRAPHY BEE.

I hope when the competition is over I will have a chance to
breathe. Despite all this I love geography!