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It’s For The Birds (Print This Out To Share With Your Children)

Winter will soon be here. Snow will blanket the ground and cover the bare trees with a brilliant coat of white. The crisp cold air will blow and Jack Frost will be painting your window panes.

Everyone knows that a good meal will help to keep you warm when you go out into the cold. But how about something to eat for our fine-feathered friends, the birds? Did you ever stop to think what the birds do in the wintertime for food? Unlike spring and summer when seeds and berries are plentiful, there isn’t much for the birds to eat in the winter. We can help keep the birds fed during the cold winter months. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

PINE CONE FEEDER

Two or three pine cones

Peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)

Wild bird seed or black sunflower seeds

Raisins

You will also need a spoon and a small bowl, an old pie pan, two or three pieces of yarn (about twelve inches each), and a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper (about twelve inches)

Lay the pine cones on the sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil.

Take a piece of the yarn and tie it around the stem of one of the pine cones. If the pine cone doesn’t have a stem, tie the yarn around the smallest end.

Get a big spoonful of the peanut butter and smear it on the pine cone. Put enough on so that the seeds will stick.

Mix the bird seed and raisins in the pie pan. You don’t need many raisins, a handful will do.

Roll your pine cone in the seed mixture until it is covered with seeds.

Lay the pine cone on the wax paper or aluminum foil, and repeat the steps until you have as many pine cone feeders as you want.

Put the pine cones in the freezer for a few hours until the peanut butter gets hard.

Have a grown-up help you hang the feeders on a tree branch or any place that won’t be in the way or disturbed by cats or dogs. The birds need a quiet safe place to eat.

Now this is the easy part–having fun watching the birds enjoy the feast!

SUET FEEDER

Suet is the hard fat from beef, and you can have Mom or Dad help you find it in just about any supermarket. You will need:

A piece of suet

A nylon bag (the kind onions come in)

A piece of yarn (one about twelve inches long and another about six inches long)

Here is how you make the suet feeder:

1. Put a piece of suet inside the nylon bag.

2. Tie the top of the bag closed with the six inch piece of yarn.

3. Tie the other piece of yarn to the top of the bag.

4. Find someone to help you hang your suet feeder.

If you really like watching the birds throughout the winter, you don’t have to stop feeding them when the cold weather is over. The birds will eat at your feeders all year long. The birds will be happy and well fed, and you will continue to have the pleasure of listening to their wonderful songs.

Fun But Important Facts: Continue reading “It’s For The Birds (Print This Out To Share With Your Children)”

Laughter And Memories

Thinking back many years ago

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Laughter

I remember things that make

Me laugh

Seeing in my minds eye

Climbing the big old maple tree

As a small girl

To the top as the wind blows

Laughing as I hold on

To the branch as it goes to and fro

In the wind

Seeing my little sister dress up as

She gets ready to show her pet goat

She won first place by the way

She was laughing as her picture

was taken and so was I

Nanny was so much bigger than her

In our later years the laughter

grows stronger as we giggle

about things past and the giggles

grow in to belly laughs which

grow into happy tears and hugs

Laughter is the best memory of all

Fried Green Tomatoes

Great memories that take you back to a time when things were simple. When the little things made you happy. Things that make you smile and feel good. What things take you back in time and make you smile?

Fried Green Tomatoes

What is it about the taste

Of fried green tomatoes that

takes me back to my

Grandmas kitchen table

Waiting there patiently for

Grandma to get done because

She won’t stop until the plate

Is piled high

Finally she turns and puts

The plate on the table

And we dig in

That first taste that burns our

Tongues because we can’t wait

Is eye rolling good

The only sound you hear

Is fork scraping the plate

And lips smacking with the

Sound of appreciation

The pile has gone down

To only one or two left

On the plate

And all is good because

Grandma smiles

And that is all we need

We will remember the

Taste of Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Day 27

Fried Green Tomatoes

What is it about the taste

Of fried green tomatoes that

takes me back to my

Grandmas kitchen table?

Waiting there patiently for

Grandma to get done because

She won’t stop until the plate

Is piled high.

Finally she turns and puts

The plate on the table,

And we dig in.

That first taste that burns our

Tongues because we can’t wait

Is eye rolling good.

The only sound you hear

Is fork scraping the plate

And lips smacking with the

Sound of appreciation.

The pile has gone down

To only one or two left

On the plate,

And all is good because

Grandma smiles.

And that is all we need

We will remember the

Taste of Fried Green Tomatoes.

The Closet

Day 25

The Closet

When I was small

I had a closet

And in this closet was

My space, mine alone.

It kept me safe and

In it I made my nest

Of blankets and pillows

Ever so soft and with

Book and flashlight

I would stay for hours

Hidden behind clothes and coats

This closet went back beyond

Where things could be stored

And became my refuge

It was warm and I could dream

Of unicorns and fairies

Yes, this closet was mine and

It kept me safe