Tuesday, April 12, 2011

F is for Flag Quiz

A bit of shameless self-promotion today. At long last I have finished my first big quiz lens on Squidoo!

Ever since Squidoo introduced the Monster Trophies and point system, I've been working on this quiz lens. It turned out to be a lot harder than I thought, and a *lot* more time consuming. It's finally finished and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

I hope you'll check it out. It's at 50 Quiz Questions on USA State Flags, and you don't have to be a Squidoo member to take the quizzes. (Although, if you *are* a Squidoo-er, make sure you log in first, because quizzes are worth 10 points each!)

I'm hoping this will be the first in a series of homeschool resources, so I'm open to feedback. :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

E is for Easter Poems

Egg Hunt

Eggs in the attic
Eggs under the couch
Eggs have been hidden
All over the house

Eggs in the cupboards
Eggs behind books
Easter eggs resting in
Every last nook

The children who searched
Thought that they were all found
But some of those eggs
Were still lying around

Eggs going rotten
And do you know why?
Those eggs are still hidden
And now it's July!

Read more Easter Poetry at List My 5!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

D is for Dandelions

Dandelions are my favorite flower.

Yes, I know. Dandelions are a "weed". But they way I see it, the only difference between weeds and prize-winning roses is the amount of effort involved in raising them.

Dandelions are pretty. They're yellow and cheerful, and they're *really* easy to grow! When I was young, I ran an ongoing war with my father as I blew dandelion spores all over the yard he was striving to keep clear of everything but grass. When I finally got my own house, I encouraged the dandelions to take over.

I still have grass when it's not dandelion season. When they do bloom, they make a sea of yellow, followed by a season of spore-snow as I "plant" the next generation's crop.

Monday, April 4, 2011

C is for Cookies

Some of my favorite memories of when my son was small are of making cookies. It started innocently enough one Easter, when I picked up an egg-shaped cookie cutter from Wal-mart. I thought it was something fun we could do together.

There's no "wrong" way to decorate an Easter egg, so I tinted white frosting with food dye, loaded into homemade piping bags, and we started getting creative.

My son was about 20 months old at the time, so I took the precaution of striping him down to his diaper before I let him loose with the frosting bags.

The result, of course, was the kind of "beautiful" that only Mommies and Daddies understand. A smiling child covered in frosting, a kitchen covered in sticky pastel sugar, and far too many cookies gobbled up.

I decided we would do it again next month...for Mother's Day.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

B is for Blogger

Today I am a blogger.

The part of blogging that I have always feared the most; the part that kept me from really getting started, was the idea of staring at a blank screen every day, trying to figure what my potential readers would want to hear about from me.

My favorite part of the A to Z Challenge is being given a starting point each day. Instead of having every topic in the world to choose from, I only have 1/26th of all the topics in the world to choose from each day. :)

This might be the push I needed to finally understand the successful blogging careers that I've heard about; or, to at least meet some new friends and read some interesting posts!

Friday, April 1, 2011

A is for Afghans

You would not believe how much I struggled to find the perfect "A" topic for the A-to-Z-Challenge. I was all ready to use "crochet" for the C-topic day when, (in a blinding flash of "duh!"), I realized that the most freqent result of my crocheting is...Afghans!

I learned to make afghans almost by accident when I admired someone else's work, and she insisted in teaching me how to do it. Very shortly, I was able to crank out a new afghan about every other day. I was hooked!!

I graduated from afghans to 3-dimensional projects; such as hats, mittens, baby clothes, and even stuffed animals, but afghans remain my favorite projects. I'm constantly amazed at how many variations there can be with just a handful of basic stitches.

NOTE: I will be adding pictures to some of my projects, as soon I figure out how to add pictures to a blogger post!