Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Randomness #27 : A trip to the bookstore and a science experiment thrown in

Mica and I went to the BYU bookstore in Provo before her fall semester started.  Her favorite stop?  The textbook section of course!  We found books on writing and world history along with
insects and Aural Rehabilitation and Ancient Greece to
Viscous Fluid Flow and King Arthur and Leaves of Grass, 1860 by Walt Whitman.
We couldn't go without a stop at the candy shop for some sour watermelons, gummy worms, gummy raspberries, gummy grapefruit slices and an assortment of fudge including Italian cream, rocky road, German chocolate. and caramel pecan.

 Later in the fall Mica left this note for me over the pile of dishes taking up room in both sides of the kitchen sink.  It reads:"Mama Llama- I dirtied most of these dishes, so please let me do them when I get home from work.  I know you have the strength within you to leave them alone.  I believe in you."  Aaaahhhh.... proof that the little fledglings can leave the nest and come back and still take care of themselves and their dishes even after they return to the nest.

And finally we have the summer science experiment also done by Mica.  We were intrigued by the different colors of mold that all grew on the one dish of raspberry/rhubarb cobbler.  We never intended to not finish it-it just got buried and forgotten under papers on the table until it had passed the point of safe consumption.  By then Mica wanted to see what would happen so we took it out (covered) to spend some time out in the summer air on the back patio.  This was the result after a couple of weeks.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sunday Randomness #60: The long term affects on spandex fabric and elastic when exposed to slightly elevated levels of chlorine and other chemicals in water

This is your swimsuit.

This is your swimsuit on chlorine.

Any questions?

And now, some of the top ten public service announcements thanks to TIME:,28804,1920454_1920455_1920449,00.html  The link specifically goes the egg/drugs number but the others are also worth a look.  (Yes, these suits were identical at one time but 5-6 months of swimming takes a toll on the vibrant colors and the elasticity.)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Author #142: A lovely alphabet soup with Scott Gustafson

Join Scott Gustafson in Alphabet Soup: A Feast of Letters for a lovely little romp when otter invites all his friends for a house-warming, soup-making party.  This particular book was published in 1994 and is just one of many examples of Scott's fantastic art.   He just won the Spectrum Grand Master Fantastic Art award for 2015!   See more of his work

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Randomness #201: Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime!

One of our favorite drinks in the summer is lemonade and we have a new favorite recipe for lovely summertime lemonade thanks to a little book found in the JE section of the library.  Lulu's Lemonade  by Barbara deRubertis is a fantastic book to explain fractions in an easy to understand manner.  The lemonade recipe at the end of the book is marvelous!  I'm only showing a quart of the lemonade from a 2 gallon batch.  We've also made 3 gallon batches in the past-it's that good.

Recipe is 1/2 gallon lemonade, 1 qt orange juice, 1 pint lemon-lime soda, 1 cup lime juice, 1 TBSP vanilla and 1 tsp fresh mint leaves.  Mix and chill, then serve.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Author #141: Australian author Nick Bland tells us about The Very Cranky Bear

Once there was a very cranky bear.  The other animals tried to cheer him up by changing his looks to look more like them.  Does it work?  And does the plain sheep have anything to share?  Nick Bland shares a story of simplicity in this simple tale.