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The Great Backyard Bird Count

By , February 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Male downy woodpecker like we saw at Quarry Hill.

Last summer I was thinking about how I need to learn the names of all the birds that I see and hear around my house.  Just so happens that Feb. 12-15 is the weekend for the 13th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. So I am little late in posting this as tomorrow is the last day that this event takes place, but I thought it was neat.  Taken right from their website “The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.”

Basically you just go outside for at least 15 minutes and take note of what birds you see, then submit your info on the website.  They have specific regional bird checklists for all over the US to help you identify the birds.  This is just the kind of source I was looking for to be more informed about birds specifically around here.  And they even have links to pictures and descriptions of each bird on the list.  So if any of you are interested, join me tomorrow as I go out in search of birds… all I can recall seeing around here lately are big black crows, but maybe if I pay more attention, I’ll see a few others surviving the bitter cold.  Oh, I almost forgot, we did see some pretty birds at the bird watch area at Quarry Hill Nature Center last week.  But I doubt those woodpeckers and such will be flying around our backyard.

And a Happy Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year to all of you too.  We had a fun day full of roses, big homemade hershey kisses (with rice krispies inside), cinnamon gummy hearts,  Chinese sweet egg roll cookies, Chinese jelly candies, and all kinds of other treats.  It’s not every day you get two holidays in one.  We enjoyed the best of both.

Monster Sale

By , January 20, 2009 at 4:02 pm

So I went to the mall today to return a book for Dan and walked into The Children’s Place.  I’m a sucker for deal browsing.  I walked away with 4 long sleeve shirts, and 3 fleece sweaters for Mikey all for $20.00.  They are having some “Monster Sale” so I thought I’d let you know.  You can see most of the deals online here too if you are too lazy to go out or there’s not a store near you.  Happy shopping.  

Weeds and Wildflowers

By , December 3, 2008 at 8:46 pm

I always love the digital scrapbooking stuff on this website and they are having their own little Christmas countdown giveaway. So fun. Here’s the deal:

“Hi Weedsters,
this month we are doing something special. We have abandoned our regular blog schedule to bring you our very own Weeds & Wildflowers Advent calendar, a 25 day countdown to Christmas. But you have to hurry, each link will be up 24h only (from and to midnight). Each day we will have a fun new gift waiting for you.

So if you are trying to get into digital scrapbooking, or are looking for some fun digital stuff, look here. I already missed out on the first 2 days, but today’s is fun and I am expecting there to be some other neat stuff until Christmas.

Did You Know?

By , July 18, 2008 at 1:20 pm

I thought I’d share some information with all of you from an email my Grandma sent me a while ago. It has a bunch of really neat ideas and tips. I tried using the hair conditioner as shaving cream and it worked wonders. Bought the Andes Mints for the brownies, but have yet to make them (and now the mints are almost gone). Oh well. :) Thought the info was pretty informative. Let me know if you try any of these things. It’s amazing how much I have yet to learn…

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won’t have to
pick the little ‘stringy things’ off of it. That’s how the primates do it.

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.
It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of
spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints
in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste
of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply
chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them
in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer
for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes
with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in
a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food
moist and help it reheat faster.

Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers,
put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and for-
get about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not
get through wet newspapers.

Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.

No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket.
It will keep the mosquitoes away.

Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.

Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and … ta da! … static is gone.

Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup.. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car . When the window s fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

Reopening envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2′ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

Clothes Dryers
The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material … I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like.. Well … the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free … that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box …. well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?! Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that. I thought I’d share!

Disappearing Background & Images

By , July 15, 2008 at 6:44 pm

I am not sure what happened to my background images. Apparently the server hosting my template went down or the images were pulled or something. Who knows if it is permanently or just temporarily. In the meantime, it’ll just be boring white until I find a new background I like or give in and invest some time into creating my own background.

In Memory of…

By , January 28, 2008 at 10:45 pm

“It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us… If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of his blessings, He will hear our prayers.” -President Hinckley


By , December 9, 2007 at 7:24 pm

I just discovered that I can upload my photos through the program picasa and it is so time efficient. I always dread uploading a bunch of photos to my blog because my photos are always so big, so I first have to resize them and then save an additional copy, and then upload them one by one and it seems to take forever. Once you get your pictures in picasa, however, you just select the ones you want and then click- put on blog or something like that- and it opens a new link for you. automatically resizes them and takes about half the time. If you’ve never tried it, I’d highly recommend it.

Shadow Puppets

By , September 15, 2007 at 8:53 pm

A friend sent this video to me and I thought it was really, really cool. Who knew that you could create so many cool shadows with just your hands. Pretty impressive.

Google Reader

By , August 10, 2007 at 8:40 pm

One of my new latest discoveries is Google Reader. It basically lets you subscribe to any website you want and it pulls all the feeds into one program. This way you can see when anyone has posted anything new and you don’t have to go to each and every site just to see if anything’s been posted. I think it is still in the beta stage, but anyone can try it out and so far I have been very pleased. Super smart- google never ceases to amaze me.

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