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A Beautiful Wisconsin Day

May 17

Kickapoocarride

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.

Earth Day Chair Project

Apr 22

newchair

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!

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

geographybee-beatrice

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!

Earth Day Basics

Apr 18

turnoff-lights

Earth Day demands small simple steps together. Our tips my friends and I came up with are still useful today!

  • Turn off the lights when exiting a room.
  • Turn off the T.V. and unplug it when you are done watching it.
  • Turn off the computer if you are not using it.
  • Recycle plastic containers, cardboard and paper.
  • Make your own compost from food waste, yard waste and paper with non-toxic inks like soy.
  • Turn the heat down in your house and wear layers of clothing instead.
  • Use a timer and set to five minutes when you shower.
  • Turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth.
  • Make old clothes new by adding pockets with a different fabric. Have your mom sew the pocket for you.
  • If you like your old shoes keep them new by new different colored shoe lace like pink, or sky blue.
  • Don’t buy bottled water buy a nice, cute metal thermos made in the U.S.A if possible.
  • Take the bus or ride your bike to school or the library if your parents let you.
  • Don’t buy a new sketchbook or notebook, upcycle old books or magazines, and paint, write or draw, over the pages instead.

Remember you are helping to keep the earth livable for all creatures big and small, animal and plant when you practice these tips above.
Give yourself a pat on the back each time you remember these small, simple steps.

Thank you!

My Wisconsin Fish List

Apr 16

Today I created a list of all of Wisconsin’s fish. I want to start a Great Year project for WISCONSIN FISH too. Fish are much harder to find, but I think I can see some of them this year.

Here is my LIST of WISCONSIN FISH I would like to see
this year:

1) LAKE STURGEON
2) RAINBOW TROUT
3) WALLEYE
4) ORANGE SPOTTED SUNFISH
5) NINESPINE STICKLEBACK
6) RAINBOW SMELT
7) DEEPWATER SCULPIN
8) CHINOOK SALMON
9) COHO SALMON
10) GRASS PICKEREL
11) MUSKELLUNGE
12) SKIPJACK HERRING
13) GOLDFISH
14) LONGNOSE GAR
15) BLACK CRAPPIE
16) CHANNEL CATFISH
17) BLUEGILL
18) STRIPED BASS
19) ROCK BASS

I also like to eat fish so I am including any Wisconsin fish I eat on my
LIST too.

My Chipmunk Dream

Apr 16

BeatricesDream

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!

Another Great Year List

Apr 16

I have more birds I wanted to LIST for you. This list is from the group
known as the WATERBIRDS:

WATERBIRDS LIST:
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1) Double-crested Cormorant
2) American White Pelican
3) Killdeer
4) Great Egret
5) Sanderling
6) Short-billed Dowitcher
7) Dunlin
8) Wilson’s Snipe
9) Upland Sandpiper
10) Great Blue Heron

If you do not live near the water you might have a hard time spotting
these beautiful birds. The beaches of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan might be good places to spot some of the WATERBIRDS. The Mississippi River is another great place to see WATERBIRDS. There is a National Wildlife Refuge located near Wisconsn’s bluffs along
the Mississippi River.

Ramp and Watercress Soup

Apr 16

sweetpotatosoup

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.

Thank you.