Bird Words

My grandma taught me that the whippoorwill bird says, “Whip Poor Will! Whip Poor Will!”, although I have to stretch my ears to hear it that way.

Red cardinals? I haven’t heard them in a few decades, although I think I could pick them out of the crowd. What do they say? Cardinals say, “What cheer cheer cheer! Chip, chip, birdy, birdy!”

But these birds?

Carolina Wren: Teakettle teakettle teakettle!

Barred Owl: Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?

Common nighthawk: Beans, beans, beans!

Clearly these birds are talking my language. Who knew?

For more of these, you have to scoot over to page 49 of Sharon Lovejoy’s Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: A Grandma’s Bag of Tricks!

Drink your tea-ee-ee-ee!

Okay, you’re smart, who says that?

Sharon Lovejoy TC and SS

T is for Tulip

My oddest summer job? Peeling tulip bulbs!

I found it so miserable that I lasted only 2 days and swore off liking tulip bulbs for a long time after.

But I like ’em now.

Plunk a stack of origami paper down and start making these tulips.

Just don’t plunk ’em in water when you’re finished.

Origami Club Tulip

Yep, from the same person who brought you Origami ABCs and 123s.

[via Cool Mom Picks]

That list of 100 ways to be kind to your child

How did I miss this list last year?

Let your brain cells scamper around the various ideas here, borrowing ideas that work for you and politely leaving those that don’t.

#85. I did that today!

#32. Naw. Never. Nope nope nope. *grin*

Feel free to add new ideas.

Be amazed at what you come up with.

Will you share?

Creative With Kids 100 Ways to be kind to your child

[Creative With Kids]

News of the Day

Those big bombings in Boston.

That enormous earthquake in Iran.

And I didn’t even finish reading the newspaper today.


I’ll be back.

Kids grow up rather quickly, don’t they?

Typical Parents have frequent moments of “Is my child that old already?!”

Typical Grandparents have similar moments.

Just sheer amazement at how quickly time can pass by!

And you know what?

Typical Aunts and Typical Uncles have these moments, too.

Happy Mid-Teen Birthday, Eldest of my Nieces and Nephews!

EFL Clipart Tall and Short

(Grandchildren, children, cousins….is there no collective noun in English for aunts, uncles, and nieces and nephews??)

A year later: Puppies and perspectives

Unlike last year, I’ve had reminders a-plenty about Easter.

I’m reposting this video to help me reflect on all that has happened in the past year (although after a mere 3 rounds of all that fluffiness, it’s a bit hard to reflect coherently).

But it’s also just all about the fluff.

Must have the fluff.

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