Harry Potter Word Scramble

Do you like Harry Potter? Here is a fun word scramble to try regarding all things Harry Potter. See how many you can answer correctly. I will post the answers in my next post. Thanks and have a great day!

 NYNIG            _______________________

 TROGWAHS   _______________________

ODRL  LEDTOOMRV   ___________________

RHAMC                       _____________________

IIQCDHDUT     _____________________

KBLIISSA         _____________________

ZAAANBK       _____________________

STYIMNIR  FO  CAMGI            ____________________________

LOW                _____________________

TANCREU        ______________________

TAADEHYL  SWALLHO   _______________________

NOR  EEASWYL     ______________________

DRIWZA   _________________________

WINLORG       __________________________

NHMIOREE   GGRRANE                      _________________________________

CRADO    FLYOAM      ___________________________

UEDDLY   SRUDYEL     ____________________________

EEOUMBDDLR            ___________________________

TUBTER  EBER             __________________________

TORDEEMN                ___________________________

Making Origami Ladybugs

It’s Sunday morning during the pandemic. It was raining and hailing hard outside so I decided to do some relaxing stuff. I like origami. Do you?

Here’s a great book of instructions to make about 50 different origami shapes. I’m on level 1 difficulty shapes right now. Here’s what I made:

Do you have a favorite hobby book on your shelf? I’d love to hear recommendations to order on Amazon.

Have a great Sunday!

Smokey & The Bandit

These are our pet ferrets. They are named after an old 70s show, my husband’s favorite movie. Smokey is the darker and skinny one. Bandit is the lighter and plump one. On a typical morning, they hop around and bounce about playing and wrestling all over the house. Yes, fortunately they are potty trained.

I never thought I’d fall in love with having a ferret for a pet. But I did. I liked Smokey so much that I bought Bandit to keep him happy. They bring a lot of laughter and mischief to the household from stealing shoes to hiding under couches to getting into everything possible.

One day, in fact, I came home and found Bandit had barricaded a bathroom door so my husband was stuck in the bathroom for ten minutes waiting to get out. Bandit had wedged a shoe between the door and the washing machine.

Here are some other photos of the ferrets. They are cute and loveable….a little stinky though. But if you bathe them once a week with tea tree shampoo, it’s not so bad.

Family Vacation

Due to social distancing, we had to skip our family vacation to Maine. The kids started back to school online yesterday and along with that, I found some travel videos for them to watch.

We make a game out of this.

Ella and Drew pick one travel destination in the entire world and I find the videos beforehand. Each school day, I pick 6-8 really short YouTube videos that I pre-screen for entertainment and value. I filter them to make sure they are about 4 minutes or less long. I hand the kids a list of 6-8 videos and tell them that they only need to pick 3 of their own choice. Then, Ella and Drew sit down for 10-15 minutes a day and just watch 3 of the videos together to learn about that place.

Yesterday, they had chosen Orlando, Florida. Listed below are the 6 videos I found and the kids picked three of these videos to watch. They picked the Disney and Universal Studios ride videos, of course.

I have found with teenagers that it is much better to give them choices so that’s why I pick 6 and let them choose 3 only. And I limit this whole thing to about 10-15 minutes tops. I learned from the military a long time ago the acronym “KISS.” This means keep it short and sweet or as they say in the military with PowerPoint presentations, “Keep it Short, Stupid.” No one likes to sit through more than 15-20 minutes of video.

I’ll admit, my kids grumbled quite a bit at first but seemed to actually like the videos once they saw them. This was our “family vacation” experience Monday. Drew picked the Pyramids of Egypt for Tuesday.

Bringing in 2020 with Ice Wine

Oops, we totally missed celebrating Repeal Day on December 5th.  

These images are from Google Images.

But where there’s booze involved, we can make another reason to party.

…..so…..

December 15th was Bill of Rights Day

…..and although, the amendment ending the prohibition of liquor wasn’t really in the first 10 articles called the Bill of Rights…..

well, it certainly makes it onto our TOP 5 FAVORITE AMENDMENTS OF ALL TIME list!

And, I’m certain our Founding Fathers would agree.  I mean, wasn’t it Ben Franklin that said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”?

Then, of course, there is Samuel Adams…the namesake for a very fine beer.

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Repeal Day occurred in 1933 during the Great Depression.  It ended 14 dry spell years for the country.

Good grief!  That’s a long wait for a beer!

So…in honor of Repeal Day or Bill of Rights Day or just to bring in the New Year right, we should probably talk about German Eiswein.

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You are probably thinking, “What is that?”

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Eiswein, or Ice wine, is a special product with limited availability due to the nature of creating it.  The grapes are picked on the first frost and processed to enhance the sweet flavor of the wine.  Picking frosted grapes is an arduous task that involves a large on-call work force.  The grapes are cold for the fingers and the harvest must be done in a few hours.

Eiswein usually comes in smaller bottles and is used as a dessert pairing.  It is considered to be greater value than these degrees of German wine:

Auslese

Spatlese

Taflewein

Ice wine production occurs in the United States as well but primarily in the Great Lakes region.  Michigan is the biggest producer of Ice Wine.

December 12th is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Time to drag that Christmas sweater vest out from the back of your closet.  Dust it off and match it to a lovely 1980s style turtleneck, preferably a bright red or kelly green one.  Find yourself a jingle bell necklace to match it and you are set.

I know I’ve got mine ready for work on Thursday.

Here are some other great ugly Christmas sweater ideas from Google Images:

The Man Can

My husband’s birthday was this weekend. We bought him some Carhart overalls and 2 vests for hunting and work outside. We had dinner with friends and he had a red velvet cake. But I was looking through some old photos from a few years back and came across this gift, we gave him in 2014 or so. The idea came from Pinterest and it is called the Man Can. I thought I’d share it here.

The inside contents of the Man Can.

Tickets for 2 to the Chiefs vs. Broncos Game & some spending money.
Buffalo wings with buddies.
Activities planned for his birthday: sleeping in, a manly breakfast, reading the morning paper, leisurely football watching & local college football game, dinner date at the Japanese Steakhouse, and an evening by the fire with his wife and a model.
This is the model I gave him…..a manly military model LOL.

The Monster under the Bed

(This is a children’s poem I wrote for Halloween.)

Each night,

After Mom kisses me goodnight,

She turns off my light and closes the door.

I reach for the dust ruffle touching the floor.

And, in the quiet dark, beneath my bed,

With glowing eyes waits a monster and I call him Ted.

He crawls out, bumping his head.

And hesitantly I listen to what is to be said.

He puffs up his chest.

He proclaims he’s the best.

He declares

And he swears

That he’s the great Grimy

The Great Grimy Mimey

From far, far away Bimey.

Sometimes we play checkers

Or create triple deckers

Of pillows or blocks

Or all sorts of rocks

Sometimes we imagine

A fight with a dragon.

I climb on his back.

We charge and attack

An army of trolls,

Ogres, or witches with moles.

He roars a mighty roar

Meant to frighten gargoyles, werewolves, and more. 

But not hairy goblins,

They are our friends,

And we hold weekly teas

With Ishgroth, Mthgar, and Grends. 

Sometimes, if I’m lucky,

Be brave and be plucky,

He’ll even agree to dress up

Though he pouts more than a grown up.

Ted is not fond of ribbons and curls.

He growls, “They’re for girls!”

“Not ferocious monsters, 10 feet tall,

With fearsome fangs and sharp talon claws!” 

He huffs and he puffs,

Smoke comes out his nose,

As I give a pink pedicure to old crusty toes.

But he loves me,

And I love him.

When I tell a joke,

He’ll laugh with a grin.

He’s definitely not dim.

He does magic tricks and juggles balls

And climbs all the walls. 

We laugh through the night,

Till the dawn’s early light.

Till my head starts to sag,

My words slowly drag. 

Now, it’s time for my nap,

Cuddled soft in his lap. 

Beside his green fur,

As he lets out a purr.

He sings me to sleep,

A rumbling voice extra deep.

In words like gibberish,

His native Bimish.

“Og vhe ung shar tej un gung gish,

Sev rwang ver zwasig lish.”

A monster melody

Rich with sweet monster glee.

Then kissing my slumbering head,

He crawls back under my bed.

To wait till tomorrow and drift off to dreams,

Of shrieking humans and loud fright-filled screams.

And he smirks in his sleep,

With a devilish heap,

Of razor-sharp teeth,

Waiting till dark, my pet monster Ted.