I have seen so many kinds of Wisconsin birds this winter.
I started my bird watching project January 1st a day after my best friend Raita did in Tuvalu. She is in a different time zone them I am.
I would really like to see one of the cutest birds this winter, the Snowy Owl. I know we will see lots and lots of tourists from out-of-state walking around Kickapoo Valley with their thick winter coats and binoculars if the Snowy Owl comes here again.
Two years ago when I was by the Great River Road I saw cute group of American White Pelicans floating by in the Mississippi River.
Kirby said birds are slobs but I think he is just being difficult with me because he likes me. That’s what my friend Raita thinks.
I think Kirby has his merits but birds are cute and
very organized not slobs.
It is a Great Year.
I am not sure if I have seen 45 birds yet. Seeing one bird is enough
happiness for a whole day.
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.
Myles and I thought he was gone but actually the squirrel was on vacation for two weeks! A robin told us the Red Squirrel had gone to Cicero, Illinois for rest and recreation. I don’t know anything about Cicero, Illinois maybe for squirrels it is a lovely place to visit this time of year.
I don’t care where the Red Squirrel took his vacation. He’s back now and as mean as ever. Today, the Red Squirrel returned to the Oak Tree dumping bird seed husks down on us! Myles and I had to run fast to our porch. This time I think I saw the Red Squirrel holding a large basket. Where did he get that from Cicero?
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.
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!
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
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
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!
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
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!