Saturday, August 28, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
(I know, I sound like an infomercial.)
If you have an old wine rack laying around, and don't want to spend any money on jars, the large size Wal-Mart peanut butter jars fit in my rack as well. I was just so excited to organize that I couldn't wait. We go through a lot of peanut butter, but it would have taken quite a while for me to collect that many.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Borrowing things is quite common here on Mackinac Island. We all know each other so well and every one of us has been in a pinch at one time on another. On more than one occasion I have borrowed eggs and other ingredients from a neighbor when I didn't have enough to complete something. So I was not surprised when one of the island bakeries called me the other day hoping to borrow some powered sugar. (I am good friends with a number of the employees there and they knew I'd help if I could.) Their sugar was coming over on the boat later in the day, but they had cakes to make and needed the sugar that morning.
Only on Mackinac Island would a normal person have six pounds of powdered sugar in their pantry! My
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Meet Anna. She's a cutie, I know. According to my five and a half year-old her name is pronounced Ah-na, with the emphasis on the first syllable. (He's very particular and I know you'd want to get it right.) We caught her and four of her siblings (named Le-le, Lu-lu, Fi-fi, and Nemo) at the pond in front of Mission Point Resort back in early June. The pond use to be part of a small cove years ago, but when the lake levels dropped it was cut off from the lake and the pond was born. It was loaded with tadpoles this spring.
Don't worry, we'll still be keeping tabs on her. She's only moving into our neighbor's pond. We'll be able to visit her anytime we want. And when we can't find her because, of course, her chances of survival aren't that good, I've got my reasons all ready: she's taking a little rest, she's visiting friends over in the garden, she's off looking for yummy bugs for [insert meal name here], and my personal favorite - she's playing hide and seek with us!)
Soon, it will be time for her sisters to join her. To be honest, we didn't sex the tadpoles so we don't know they are girls; we aren't even sure what species they are. It's just that in my son's eyes if it doesn't have very visible penis, it must be a girl. Makes sense to me. (I wish I had known that male frogs don't have penises when we had that discussion - I would have liked to hear my son's response. Perhaps we'll discuss it at dinner tonight.)
Good luck little frog. We've enjoyed getting to know you...
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Now that my grandma has moved into an assisted living apartment, she didn't have room to keep all her stuff. She had an estate sale when she moved up north a number of years ago so she had already gotten rid of lots, but she still had quite a few mementos from her lifetime of travels. Mementos like this little iron cannon.
According to my mom, my grandma and grandpa picked it up in the 1950s during a summer they spent living in Mexico. Grandma even had the gun powder container it came with, with the price still on it - six pesos. Six pesos in today's currency is about fifty cents; makes me wonder what the cannon cost in those days.
I have very fond memories of firing it from Grandma's front porch on New Year's Eve. So when it needed a new home I immediately asked if my house was an option. Of course, as soon as we got back to the island we had to test it. It is such a little cannon, we didn't realize quite how loud it was going to be. It sure packs a wallop!
Now we just have to decide what memories to build with it for our family. New Year's Eve? Good report cards? So many possibilities...
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
The day began perfectly because both kids got their own tickets - that they could hold. Having something to hold makes the 45 minute wait until the gate opens much more bearable. (And before all my friends think it was me that had us there 45 minutes early, you're wrong. This one was all my husband!)
After making this little fella scoop up wiffle balls, shoot them at a target and then return to his parking spot, each child earned a driver's license to wear for the rest of the day. Then, all day long people commented on how the kids had them - which, of course, they loved.
The Lifesize Mousetrap game was also popular. Especially when the safe hit the mini van and we could feel it through the ground 40 feet away.
My daughter loved the arduino powered target shooting game, while my son preferred the arduino skeeball game.
We spent a lot of time at table where the kids could build vehicles from reused materials. The car that traveled the farthest won a prize. Sadly, we weren't contenders...
Then, who could resist making their own non-Newtonian fluid to take home. Here's the recipe if you want to try. It's cheap, easy and oh so slimy. Just keep it off the carpet - trust me.
There were old puzzle pieces brought back to life with a coat of spray paint, some hot glue and a pin back,
and uber-cool Coke and Mentos fountains. (It's old video, but it gives you the idea.) Luckily we arrived early, had a decent place to stand, and most importantly - avoided the "splash zone." My son was quite sad when we weren't willing to wait in line for one of the 105 half-full bottles of flat, slightly minty Coke Zero they were giving away after the show, but he got over it quickly.
My photo just doesn't do it justice. Pop on over to their web page and watch some of their video clips. You'll see why the kids loved it so much. My daughter just wanted to pet the "little cute ones," but if you know my son, then you can imagine him dancing and spinning around the car singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen as sung by 250 hacked rubber fish. (He knows the lyrics thanks to this.) It was a sight to behold.