Worm to Bear

Everybody’s different.  We hear this all the time.  I love seeing each of my kids’ personalities blossom.  When it comes to babies, however, I’m still surprised by how they are little individuals too.

My youngest amuses me by how different he is than my other three.  First his crawl is like an inchworm.  He did that for quite some time before finally doing a “regular” crawl.  Now he is doing a “bear” crawl, as my hubby calls it.

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Forget cruising on furniture, the rate he is going I wouldn’t be surprised if he just stood up one day and started walking.

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Bagworms Part 2

Last year we learned what bagworms are after discovering them on our evergreen bush in front of the house.  We diligently worked at taking care of the problem … picking them off … day after day, week after week.  Finally we didn’t see anymore and the problem was solved.

Well, they’re back!  Yuck.  We have no desire to deal with them every year so bye-bye bush.

Before:

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During:

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After:

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Good riddance.  Now, what to do with the space?

Woodworking Project

I’ve got to brag on my hubby for a bit.  He has done amazing work on all our homes (we always get fixer-uppers) and then keeps it in working order.  He likes little projects too, like taking some large old trucks of his from when he was little which are now completely rusted and making them look brand new.  I kick myself that I didn’t get any “before” pictures on that project.

One of his current projects is making picnic tables that convert into a bench.  Plans are here.  First one is done so we tested it out.  I’m so proud of the good job my hubby did on it!

Picnic Table:

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Bench:

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Then we had to decide if we would keep it “nice” and stain it or make it “fun” and paint it.  We went with fun. 🙂

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We did four.  Then let the kids paint their little picnic table with the left over paint.

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Done.  So happy and cheerful!  Just adding to the camp-like atmosphere our house has 🙂

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Shiny Pennies

Fun Jar Activity:  make shiny pennies.  Soak in 2 Tbsp vinegar and 2 tsp salt.

Assembled:

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A closer look at our coins.  I was curious if it would work on non-penny coins.

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It works!

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Rinse and  … looking pretty shiny, except for that stubborn one.

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After a few hours we came back and looked at them.  They were turning green.  This took me by surprise but then from the recesses of my brain I seemed to recall something about oxidation.  I looked it up and how to get rid of it … clean in vinegar and salt.  Hmmm, that seems to be what caused it on our coins.  Maybe it was the water rinsing?  After another hour or so the pennies were looking as dark and dirty as before the experience.  I don’t have the motivation to figure out any more from there and the kids don’t either so that’s good enough for us.  How long will we keep pennies in circulation anyway?

 

Green

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Zucchini, green beans, and cucumbers (or “pickles” as we call them since that is what they will become) … we are seeing alot of green from the garden.  Time to start thinking about canning.