Search

just for fun

Knitting

Starting the Knitting Two at a Time Socks
Two friends and I are knitting two socks at a time on two sets of circular needles. The above photo shows Jennifer working on the first full row.
Knitting Two at a Time Socks
This is how mine look. (I had to start over after somehow getting things all cattywompus.)
Two at a Time Socks
These are Julie’s after no false starts and a long afternoon at the pool. Isn’t she cruising?
I’ll keep you posted on progress.

Science Olympiad

My middle and youngest sons spent the day Friday at the Mississippi Science Olympiad at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. They competed in events such as trajectory, elevated bridge, Wright stuff, pentathlon, and dynamic planet. I went along to chaperone and take pictures. The photography challenges were that most of the events we could watch were held in the gymnasium and the student union. I had to use a very long lens to get close enough, but my flash wasn’t effective at that distance. I propped the lens a lot to try to steady it. You can judge the results.

Wright stuff

Wright stuff team

Interesting design by competitor

Interesting design by competitor


This one flew very nicely


motorized wind-up


launch


Bridge team


Does it meet the construction parameters?


Test set-up


Pouring the final cups of sand to equal 15 kg


Nice design by a competitor


Studying the bridge results; ours held!


Trajectory team sends a tennis ball to the target


Talking it over


A accepts congratulations on behalf of the Experimental Design team


E aglow with the glory of winning

More Snow in Jackson

We awoke to a beautiful blanket of snow. And it’s still coming down. Though we’ve already had snow this year, it is still rare enough to prompt whoops of joy from my sons. Of course, the joy has something to do with the fact that school was called off. They don’t really have the proper gear for this kind of thing so they never stay out for long. I went along with my camera because I wanted to get some pictures of the snow and of them enjoying it. I thought about calling the grandparents, but I thought I’d better let them sleep in. Stomping around in the snow in my boots (the ones I bought a few years ago to attend Writing From Nature in Honesdale, PA, in April), reminded my of childhood trips to Cincinnati to visit my grandparents. We borrowed gear from cousins had lots of fun.

G winding up to throw at D

N

G

D

We've Got to Call our Friends!

A View from the Back

accumulation

Wow! Look at my Amaryllis

blooming amaryllis

I promised I would post a photograph of this amaryllis blooming so here it is. In a post back in December, I showed what it looked like when it had just been planted. I love the bold color and bodacious blossom. Wow!

Richard and I added compost to our raised beds two weeks ago, and yesterday, we planted seeds. We planted lettuce, spinach, kale, swiss chard, beets, and leeks. Richard got a rain barrel for Christmas so some of our watering will be collected rainwater. We have plans to add a few raised beds this year. The zucchini and yellow squash need their own boxes.

Murrah Quiz Bowl Team Takes Second

Murrah Quiz Bowl Team Takes 2nd

Allow me a proud Mama moment. The Murrah High School Quiz Bowl team took second place today in a tournament organized at Madison Central. Here are the team members posing with their coach, Andrew Yoder, a Murrah math teacher, holding the trophy. My son, G, is on the left. I was awed at these kids’ knowledge and poise under pressure. I sat and quilted and bit my tongue when they missed the occasional one that I knew. In a lightning round about banned books, they didn’t know the Judy Blume title banned for its discussion of breasts, bras, and crises of faith. Anybody remember that one? (See, I did tie it in with children’s books.)

I saw the fine cut of the book trailer for Growing Patterns today. I really like it and I think you will, too. Just some tweaking to do and we’ll be ready to go live. I can’t wait.

Runs in the Family

I sent a copy of Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature to my Great Aunt Ann. She complimented the book, reminded me that she has always liked figures, too, and then drew my attention to p. 11, where she noticed a blank space where she didn’t expect one. She wanted to know if that was intentional or “a goof”? I explained that it was intentional, but I understood why it stood out for her. Her brain was expecting the established pattern to continue and it didn’t. I loved hearing from her and hearing how she engaged with the book. She’ll be 88 this year and is still leading senior citizens’ tours because “it gives the widows something to look forward to.” I hope I am still critiquing books and traveling when I get to be her age. Go Aunt Ann!

Thanksgiving

G and Tanner

G and Tanner


playing football

playing football


D and N playing football

D and N playing football


Grandpa Dave with the turkey

Grandpa Dave with the turkey


D with the anadama bread

D with the anadama bread


N with potatoes

N with potatoes


G with gravy

G with gravy


D with cranberry sauce

D with cranberry sauce


Richard with his plate

Richard with his plate


my plate

my plate

Cornbread Two Ways

corn bread-7064This is my first attempt to make wheat free cornbread. Three quarters of the sections were made with buttermilk; in one quarter I substituted rice milk plus some vinegar. I’m not sure why the non-dairy ones rose more, but it may have been as simple as they were filled more full. We ate the cornbread with red beans, rice, and smoked sausage. Yum! I have gone wheat free because I’ve been having some stomach problems and taking the wheat out of my diet seems to help. I haven’t done much baking yet — mostly I am just choosing other starches like rice, potatoes, quinoa. I substituted a gluten-free baking mix for the wheat flour. It worked well.