For the Birds: Gift Idea

Gift Idea for Bird Lovers

from the 2010 archives…We spent an entire afternoon Saturday making treats for the birds – and the bird lovers we know. Nana came across a really neat recipe for birdseed wreaths. I was especially excited about it because it is peanut free for our crew. Just three ingredients! Gelatin, water and birdseed. We made ten, […]



My dad showed me a robotics website and he asked if I was interested, I said yes. Robotics is of course building the robot and programming it to do what you want it to do. Programming is fun because you get to enter a code telling the stamp (the robot’s brain) what to do. I […]

Homemade Suet


We are making some of this today, so I thought I’d post the recipe from our old site… We did a science project to see what the birds like best. We used this recipe. It is allergy safe with my little sister and brother around. You can also add some Sunbutter. Danny Lipford’s suet cake […]

Beautiful Birds


Eldest Boy, a.k.a. My Backyard, has a passion for bird watching, is our resident bird feeder filler and is sharing our May bird study today. He wrote this up last week during our study… For our bird study, we picked the most interesting birds we’ve seen in our backyard lately. Brown Thrasher – The brown […]

Enjoying Answers Magazine


Back when we were studying the solar system with Answers in Genesis: Our Universe, I read the Answers Magazine issue on Discovering a Young Universe. When I finished reading that one, it made me want to find all the other issues of Answers Magazines we have in our house. It’s a good sized stack. So […]

Nuthatch Nest


A long time ago we bought a screech owl/kestrel bird house. And some nuthatches have nested in it! One of them seems to be ‘sweeping’ the top of the house while the other stays in the house. To hear the white-breasted nuthatch call, click Cornell Lab or Ornithology. Here are the pictures:   Do you […]

Hermit Thrush


First we saw this bird on the patio a lot and it didn’t seem to be scared of any thing. We weren’t sure what kind of bird it was, so we emailed my Aunt Mary Ann the photos. Here’s what she said: “It’s a gorgeous hermit thrush! Great bird, it’s the only thrush to overwinter […]

Jesse Tree


This is our first year learning about Jesus and Christmas with the Jesse Tree.

Green Anole


Yesterday a green anole got in the house.

Wheel Bug


We had some wheel bugs in our backyard and they laid eggs.

Agricultural Heritage Days

Our homeschool group went on a field trip to Agricultural Heritage Days yesterday.We learned a bunch about 1930 – 1960. I really liked the farm animals.Here are some pictures:That’s all for today!

Black swallow-tail Butterflies

We’ve released two black swallow-tails!It was fun. The last one came out of its chrysalis today – on the first day of fall. We are going to release this last one tomorrow!Click over to Black swallow-tail caterpillars to see how small they were a month ago.Here are some pictures:Here’s the release of the second one:I’m […]