Monthly Archives: March 2016

Learning at Grandma J’s!

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Seren’s Gingersnap cookies

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Milena’s Chocolate button cookies

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3D puzzle time Neuschwanstein Castle

When the girls go to their Grandma J’s and Grandpa H’s house for a visit or sleepover there is always learning afoot. Be it puzzles a plenty or baking cookies for the old folks at the Pines or watching Animal Planet on TV.

Puzzles are a big thing lately. It must be the seemingly never ending winter here. This visit Grandma J had a 3D puzzle of the Neuschewanstein Castle in Germany. Milena did the majority. She loves her puzzles! The girls still need to finish putting it together. Maybe we’ll go over for a visit in the next few days.

The cookie, Gingersnap and Chocolate buttons, they baked this time are for Grandma J’s Easter Faspa (Late lunch)on Good Friday. This is one of the few times a yearmy hubby’s family all get together. These cookies are too hard to take up to the Pines to share with the seniors. The cookies that they can take up to the seniors in the assisted living facility must be chewy and no nuts in them. Next time. 🙂

The girls brought home 4 of each kind so Bill and I could have a taste. Delicious!

D ❤

 

Magic and Might…with a funny side!

Rick Riordan is and probably always will be my FAVOURITE author! His creative, funny, and action packed novels are amazing.

Today, I’m going to share with you two of my fave books of his, both the beginning of a series…

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Rick Riordan’s first, and my fave, series”Percy Jackson and the Olympians”is great! You won’t be able to put any of the five books in this series down.

The first book “The Lightning Thief” is the book where we meet Percy Jackson and his best friend, Grover. Percy’s been kicked out of school many times, all for things he can’t explain. Like how in Grade 5 he had a bad experience with a revolutionary war cannon and hadn’t meant to hit the bus.

He learns his true self on a run in with a minotaur, a person who has the body of a man and the head of a bull.

Soon he reaches a safe place for kids like him, and meets a couple new friends and sets off on a quest to bring peace to Mt.Olympus, along with reuniting with a father he never knew, all while solving the Oracles riddle which warns him of betrayal of a “best friend”.

This book is for all ages.

If you like this series any of his other 3 series:

  1. The Kane Chronicles series
  2. The Heroes of Olympus series
  3. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series

I am lucky to have all of these series and can share them all.

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The first book of the Kane Chronicles is called “The Red Pyramid”

Carter and Sadie are siblings though though they don’t look it. Sadie has pale skin and Carter has quite tanned skin.

Little do they know they are the descendants of pharaohs and have magic powers. No, not superhero shoot-lasers-out-of-your-eyes kind of powers.

They are put up against terrible problems when they loose their father to the wicked Eygptian god, Set. Struggling, they search for their dad to save him and along the way they make friends with a Speedo wearing, maniac driving, dwarf god named Bes.

Join both Carter, Sadie and Percy in their quests and enjoy the humour along the way!

Happy Reading!

Seren 🙂

 

Carrot Experiment

The Carrot Experiment

The idea was to see if we could get a carrot to grow from the tops and to see where they grew the best. It took 2 long weeks to see results and it was very hard to keep them interested…

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Writing out the information for the lab.

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TIME for Kids: Big Book of Science Experiments

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You need 6 carrots with greens(our store only sells in groups of 5) Cut off most of the green.

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Cut an inch off the top of the carrots.

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Put 2 tops into 3 bowls of water.

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Carrot tops ready for the growing spots

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Direct sun spot

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Indirect sunny spot

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Dark and lonely spot(Milena felt bad for this little carrot top)

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After a week the carrot tops in the sunny and indirect sunny spots started producing root nodes.

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At the 2 week mark the carrot tops in both sunny and indirect sunny spot had full on roots. We had to compost the lonely carrot top at a week and a half (Eeeew!)

In the end the roots had grown to 3 inches long so….I planted them…

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Why waste a “free” plant… haha! Yes, I am weird.

Milena was quite upset that she wouldn’t get baby carrots like we get from the garden. Seren assured her we would be planting seeds in the spring. I told her that instead of getting just one baby carrot the plants will produce seed heads and then we will plant those if she wanted. I am not 100% sure we will get seeds, but I am  hoping so.

In the end they decided they didn’t feel like writing out their observations. Instead we decided doing a blog post and photos was enough.

D & S & M ❤

 

Happy thoughts and hope <3

Yesterday I needed so happy thoughts and hope. Something to take away the sadness. I noticed the snow had melted away from the front of the house. The little herb garden I made last spring didn’t fail to give me hope that things will always work out.

I won’t be too excited as I know we are still only halfway into March. The Winter is not technically over until mid-May here. Spring may make an earlier appearance than most expect. I don’t want to get to comfy though.

I am just so happy that my herbs made it through the winter so far. These herbs made the long treck from the hot desert(zone 9)of Oliver, BC to the Northern zone 2 climate of  Palling, BC. I was so unsure of their survival. So far so good. 🙂

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 Tarragon

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Holy Hocks

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Thyme

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Anise Hyssop

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Oregano

Adventures

A lot of kids run away from home or get kicked out or are born that way and find themselves in the big cities.

That’s what happens to Maybe, the main girl in Todd Strasser’s book “CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE”

Maybe lives in a “tribe” of homeless teen runaways and throwaways. Kids who have no place to go other than the cold city streets of New York and no family except for one another. There is Maggot, Rainbow, 2Moro, Country Club, OG, and Maybe. Abused, abandoned and forgotten, they struggle against the cold, hunger and constant danger.

With frigid winds of January comes a new girl: Tears, a 12 year old girl whose other doesn’t believe Tears’s stepfather abuses her. As the other kids start to disappear-victims of violence, addiction, and exposure-Maybe tries to help Tears get off the streets…if it’s not already too late.

This book is packed full of adventure and harsh but it is a great read. I’ve read it over a dozen!!! It is a great book that teens will love ,but not suitable for younger kids.

If you read this one and you’ve enjoyed it, you may also enjoy these ones I’ve read by Todd Strasser:

  • Give a Boy a Gun
  • Boot Camp
  • If I Grow Up
  • Famous

I have one more book to share.

“The Two Princesses” by Gail Carson Levine.

It is about, as mentioned, Two princesses : Meryl and Addie. Meryl loves poetry and adventure, where as Addie prefers to stay indoors and do needlework.

The Grey Death, an illness , which makes a person turn grey and have nine days of fever, three days of sleep until death. Meryl catches the Grey Death, who always dreamed of finding the cure for it. So, now Addie must go on a quest to meet the Fairies, who are the only beings to know the cure.

This book is very adventure packed and I Loved it! It is great for all ages, young and old.

Gail Carson Levine also wrote Ella Enchanted which is a good book too.

Happy Reading!

Seren

 

 

 

Don’t Quit Your Day Dream…

I saw this quote on my personal FB page. It was one of those Memories that you can relive on FB now. I had posted it from Dirt Girl World’s FB page…Excellent TV show by the way.

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I have quit my day dream. Okay maybe not totally quit…I am trying very hard to make it reality for me and my family again. It feels painfully slow…

I try to remember what my friend of 10years, Karen said to me….

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They were and are very motivating words in 2010 and now. I need to keep believing in my day dream…my passion.

To live off-grid and off the land again.

D ❤

*all photos were found online or saved from fb. Author or original artist unknown*

 

Eternal Bloom Farm’s first book review!

This is the first Book review on the blog. Seren, my teenage daughter, and I have decided to start sharing books that we read. Seren wants to become an Author/Bookstore owner in her future. So, to help her with her writing and creativity I suggested she write and share her thoughts with all of you. I too will share my thoughts on books that I barely ever have time to read. I warn you they will mostly be school related. 😉  Please enjoy! 

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Seren and Drisana

Book Review #1

There are times when you just are so bored and want to get well, when you are extremely sick. This same thing happens to Evvy in the book called “The Breathing Room” by Marsha Hayles.

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I got this book about 4-5 years ago from my librarian when we lived in Greenwood.

It is about a girl named Evvy who gets TB or Turberculosis when she turns thirteen. She goes to a TB Sanatorium called Loon Lake. Evvy finds it very hard to get used to her surroundings what with the rules that are quite harsh.She becomes friends with the other girls at he sanatorium very quickly though. There’s Sarah, quiet but smart and thoughtful. Pearl, who adores Hollywood glamour and Dena , whose harshness conceals a deep strength.

The book was set in 1940 at the time of the political unrest in the USA and Europe. It tells of the kids who fought so hard against TB. This book is very nice and tear jerking at times. Funny in others and deep in others too.

At first my mind thought, “Nah, this book is BORING!”, but turned out to be very good 🙂 The book is told from Evvy’s point of view, by Evvy. You’ll love it! Once again, the book is called “The Breathing Room” by Marsha Hayles!

I have one more book I want to share today.

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“No One Must Know” by Eva Wiseman is about a girl named Alex, set in the 1960’s. Alex and her immigrant family live in North America. Her dad is a respected doctor and she has friends and goes to church, school and girl guides.

Sure, her mom is a little nervous, not even being able to go out of the house alone. :and they never talk” of the life they left in Hungary, but every family has it’s quirks, right?! 🙂

But Alex’s idyllic world is turned upside down when she discovers that her parents have kept a secret from her. A secret that will change her forever.

This book is a very good read and I recommend it highly.

HAPPY READING!!!

🙂 Seren