Taffy Pulling, Because Science!

It started with an idle comment. It ended up a many-houred end-of-school-year sugar-coated event. This goopy stuff is homemade salt water taffy. An exploration of sugar, chemistry, and the relative strength of various arms. I gave the kids (Caitlyn and some homeschool friends) a short lecture about atomic structure, molecular bonds, solutions (and why it’s not a reaction), and what it means to be supersaturated. I’m never really sure how these little talks land with the kids; Caitlyn always says very positive things but the others are often so quiet I’m not at all certain anything sticks. I’ve decided to …

Thinking about Rocks and Time (Trail of Two Forests)

There’s something surreal about rocks that clearly show they were once liquid. Reading about lava flows is one thing. Sure, it says the rock was liquid, and I don’t doubt it. But getting up close to a rock, with all of it’s solid hardness, and finding a curved and rippled surface not unlike some cake batters kind of puts it in perspective. Once upon a time, this solid surface moved like water. You can see the ripples in this photo, at about the 2 o’clock position on the tree mold.  Roughly 2000 years ago, Mt. St. Helens erupted lava which …

A Morning Visitor

Wasabi was on a bit more of a tear than usual this morning, which made total sense once we realized we had a visitor: We spent the rest of breakfast watching her clamber around in the cherry tree, rather systematically eating all the cherries. Good thing I don’t expect harvestable fruit from that tree! She (I’m assuming it’s female based on this site which says that while commonly nocturnal, raccoons can be active during the day, especially if there are kits back in the den.  Raccoon kits typically arrive in April and May, and Mama tends to stay with them …

May’s report

It’s official: individual detailed reports of what I’ve been doing are completely beyond my capacity at the moment. So, here’s the overview of what we did in May: We joined some friends at LUCO‘s Chamber Music Cabaret. There was a piccolo trio, and Caitlyn got pulled from the audience to read raffle ticket winning numbers. Caitlyn and I joined some of our homeschool friends for another field trip to a farm. This time we drove across the mountains to Little Wing Farm where we spent the day touring the orchards and generally traipsing around. Caitlyn has been having a digression …

Sew.Quilt.Give. News

Now that I’ve recovered (tee hee) from the Most Epic Quilt that was the result of me being “in charge” at Sew.Quilt.Give. in March 2013, I can move forward with the March 2014 quilt. I hope I’ve kept this one easier and smaller. I missed out on the Scrappy Trip Along that whipped around the interwebs last year, so that’s what I asked for. I requested ocean blues and greens, referencing the Pacific along the Central California Coast as a color guide. I’m planning a Barn Raising layout, just as soon as I clean up enough of the floor. If …

Things that Happened in April

Looks like posting monthly summaries is just about all the blogging I’m doing these days. Our days are filled so full, and sometimes there’s not much to say about any one thing. Ebbs and flows. I completely failed to do anything for Kids Clothing Week. I meant to sew for Caitlyn but then decided I needed to finish something things that had been lying around for ages first. That took way longer than anticipated. Pictures later. On the other hand, Caitlyn actually used the sewing machine. We made 100 fabric grab baggies. We saw the Broadway (touring) version of The …