Daisy – #Shadorma

Daisy Bursting sunAglow with white maneForetelling Of love’s fateSafe in the ground it remainsFor true love is mine This week at Tanka Tuesday, Kat, from last month’s challenge, has chosen the theme, “Pick a Flower” and using one of the syllabic forms we use, tell us why it is special to you.“ I’m also sharingContinue reading “Daisy – #Shadorma”

Rainbows Of Colors – CMMC Letter E + Bright Squares

Rainbow Of Colors Today Cee has given us the challenge to photograph things that start or end with the letter E. CMMC – April letter E at the beginning or end of a word I am also sharing these photos with Becky for BrightSquares (Please excuse the rectangle at the end of the post. ItContinue reading “Rainbows Of Colors – CMMC Letter E + Bright Squares”

Sweet Gems – #Haibun

Sweet Gems Here I sit on a wooden picnic table, hard yet natural. The afternoon sun is trickling down upon me through the pergola. Still it is providing enough shade that I am comfortable. Behind me, I hear the occasional car driving past. The air is filled with the aroma of warm waffle cones. MyContinue reading “Sweet Gems – #Haibun”

Hope Spilling From The Horizon – #Double Etheree #Ekphrastic #Photo Prompt

Hope Spilling From The Horizon Bare I stood Held captive Going nowhere Fast in the scorched sand Of this desolate land. Nowhere, until I opened My eyes, did I see the first rays Of hope spilling from the horizon Reaching for me. Warming my weak, fruitless Arms. Shedding light over what was once dark. RevealingContinue reading “Hope Spilling From The Horizon – #Double Etheree #Ekphrastic #Photo Prompt”

Is It Really A Bother

Is It Really A Bother Is it really a bother to…Turn off the lights,Have one meatless night,Walk whenever it’s possible,Use napkins that are washable,Have a water bottle that’s reusable,Compost scraps that are biodegradable.Is it really a bother to TRY?Earth pleads PLEASE. At times it can seem overwhelming. There are so many changes we need toContinue reading “Is It Really A Bother”

Explore – #Swirling Cinquain

Explore ExploreLife’s not a boreWhen adventure is sought -In the couch, you’re no longer caughtExploreOpen that doorTest the wind, mute your phoneTake a step into the unknownExploreWorld’s yours to tourStray from the everydayNear, far, no matter – break awayExplore This week for Tanka Tuesday our challenge was to write using synonyms only. Jude gave usContinue reading “Explore – #Swirling Cinquain”

The Fabric Of Life – CFFC: Textures

The Fabric Of Life The fabric of lifeDawned upon each beingTakes on a different look and feel,Creating a uniqueness that’s freeing. roughsea of barkblooms These spring blooms were my inspiration for Magic’s In The Air. from dried leavesnew life takes root –Unfurling breeze pushes –tiny feet carry onapproaching change limpidtattered wingsendure dead drops a treegivingContinue reading “The Fabric Of Life – CFFC: Textures”

Nature Up Close

I found this American Green Tree Frog in my backyard last year. I followed it around for as long as it would let me. This snail was busily working it’s way around a calla lily leaf. It was inspiration for my poem Swirling. I was very excited to find this grasshopper on my screen lastContinue reading “Nature Up Close”

Hatching Praying Mantises

A few years ago I ordered a praying mantis egg sac, for my children, as a part of our life cycles science studies. We kept the egg sac in a netted butterfly habitat upon our kitchen counter. While doing their daily chore of putting away dishes, my children happened to catch the egg sac justContinue reading “Hatching Praying Mantises”

Seasons Of The Canopy

Seasons Of The Canopy Once a patchwork of hues,Arms cradle grays and bluesAs winter’s frosty breezeSets free the last of leaves.Canopy, there is no moreFor it now carpets the floor. A’last the sun grows in strengthWhile the days grow in length.With the canopy still amissThe hidden become opportunists.A brilliant show of pinks and whitesDot theContinue reading “Seasons Of The Canopy”

Photography Of The Letters Ch – #CMMC

I’m participating in Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC).  The challenge is to take photos of things that have the Letters Ch or CK anywhere in the word. All of the subjects of my photos contain the letters ch. Lichen Monarch butterfly Orchid I hope my photos have brought you as much joy as they brought me takingContinue reading “Photography Of The Letters Ch – #CMMC”

Birds Of All Kind – CFFC

This week’s topic for CFFC is Birds Of All Kind. I’ve gone into my archive to pull out a few of my favorite photos. I hope you enjoy. The Gray Crowned Crane is my featured picture. Such a large, gorgeous bird. This one was at an animal rescue farm; however, I would love to seeContinue reading “Birds Of All Kind – CFFC”

A Whisper Sets Dreams Adrift

A Whisper Sets Dreams Adrift “Hush”, the gentle breeze softly sings. Under it’s spell, rich, green boughs sway Rocking, rocking the day away. The last hue, pink, to darkness clings As the birds tuck away their wings. Peppered is the sky with wings swift As the nightfall symphonies lift. The cosmos’ ebony consumes. Moonlit honeysuckleContinue reading “A Whisper Sets Dreams Adrift”

Insect Collages

Insect Collages The study of bugs, Entomology, is our new focus of study through the end of this semester. So for fun we created some Insect collages. I let my children create whatever insect they wanted or dreamed up. However, their insects had to contain the two characteristics that make a creature an insect. TheContinue reading “Insect Collages”

There She Stands

There She Stands With the lights down low,And the gas logs aglow,I sit with my warm mug.The night’s chill I try to shrug.I draw in the zesty teaAs calmness moves in slowly.It’s subtle aroma encircling me,Sending my mind adrift,  a memory…The smokiness of a new fire fills the room.A sign that it will be warmContinue reading “There She Stands”

Evergreen

I wrote this poem years ago, and thought of it recently as winter carries on. Interestingly, I find it to be more meaningful now than when I wrote it. I hope you enjoy it! Evergreen Towering, soaring in all its glory.Swaying, quivering in nobility.Grazing the heavens with poise,Whispering of life’s great joys.Shading, protecting all thatContinue reading “Evergreen”

Bow and Arrows STEM Activity

Warning: These bows and arrows are super fun to shoot, and the arrows fly far! Incorporate this craft into your Valentine’s Day celebration, Thanksgiving lessons, Fun Fridays or any day. The bows and arrows can be used as a STEM learning activity, as a game, or just for fun. Ideas for all these uses areContinue reading “Bow and Arrows STEM Activity”

Bird Watching – How To Get Your Children Started

Bird watching can be a fun hobby for the whole family. My children have always enjoyed watching all creatures, be it on a hike or in our backyard. So when our zoology studies came to focus on birds, we wanted to attract an array of different birds into our yard. We also plan to exploreContinue reading “Bird Watching – How To Get Your Children Started”

By The Light Of Lady Liberty

By The Light Of Lady Liberty Oh say can we seeBy the light of Lady LibertyPeople united and strongWho’ve learned from injustice, the wrongs.People who repent, people who forgiveArm in arm they forge on, they liveJoined by a sense of pride,Thankful for the brave who’ve diedFighting for freedom, fighting for justice,Fighting to make this home,Continue reading “By The Light Of Lady Liberty”

Charming DIY Birdbath

Even though autumn is upon us, it is still a good time to add a bird bath to any yard.  Water is essential for birds to drink, especially in the winter. Plus birds bathe year round as part of the preening process to maintain good feather health. So it was only natural, after hanging birdContinue reading “Charming DIY Birdbath”

Autumn Suncatcher Mobile

This is my absolute favorite thing to make with my kids every fall. Seeing the sun shine through the colorful leaves in our windows makes the room a little more cheerful, making me smile. And what a great way to hang on to the beautiful colors of autumn a little longer! Supplies Colorful leaves, allContinue reading “Autumn Suncatcher Mobile”

Experiments To Demonstrate How Air Pressure Helps a Bird Fly

This year in Science, we are studying all things that fly. So what factors are involved in flight? We are looking at birds first, and the shape of the wing is important to create lift. The top of the wing is curved whereas the underside of the wing is more straight. Because of this, theContinue reading “Experiments To Demonstrate How Air Pressure Helps a Bird Fly”

Tips for Schooling from Home During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Feeling overwhelmed and lost as to where to begin? Feeling like you aren’t cut out to school from home? This is completely understandable, and quite frankly the majority of new homeschoolers have probably felt this way at some point under normal circumstances (myself included). These uncertainties are often worked out through trial and error duringContinue reading “Tips for Schooling from Home During the Covid-19 Pandemic”

Storm in the Night

FIAR Selection “Oooohhh!” The kids gasped as they moved in for a closer look. A few of them wanted to touch the cloud that had just raised out of the jar.  I kicked off FIAR, for our co-op this semester, by reading Storm in the Night by Mary Stoltz. It’s a great book about aContinue reading “Storm in the Night”