Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mom I'm Bored...

My heart goes out to kids these days.  When I was one, 
(just a couple of weeks ago) I had lots of time to roam 
and run free.  My friends and I would make rafts and float 
on the pond behind our house.  We collected clams and 
made clam beds.  We created forts in the woods and rode 
our bikes for hours.  

So why does my heart go out to kids?  Because "the boogie man" 
has stolen their freedom to explore and to create.  This has 
been a heartache of mine for a long time.  You can read about it here.

My dear husband 
rolled up his sleeves and decided to help me put my dream together 
by creating a small area where kids can be kids and get down and dirty 
with their four and two footed friends. 
Do you see the black rabbit running in the background?  That's Ruby and she got out.  
Not to worry I have a plan and will get her back soon.  Believe me, I am an expert now 
at catching escaped rabbits...

Meet Maxine.  
She's the pretty girl in this place.

Here is Ruth, aka escape artist.  
If anybody is going to dig their way out, it's Ruth.  She is very tame.  
A dear friend of mine named Ruth used to hold her in her arms for hours
every time we met at our house for a gathering.  Ruth is so gentle and sweet, 
(both of them). 

is my oldest rabbit.  She birthed Ruth and several others who I sold.  
My grandson Gabe, has one of her offspring, named Josephine, 
formerly Jo until we discovered he was a she.  

Oh My...

Antonio Valentino the only male. 
He was born on Valentine's Day thus the name...  And true to his name 
he got out of his pen and now all the girls are expecting.  They are all 
getting quite hefty and digging holes in preparation for the new brood.  
I am about to be overrun with rabbits! Image result for overrun with rabbits 

Register for a lab and see for yourself!!  

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

What Are You Looking At?

I've been gazing up quite a bit recently in preparation
for the 2018 Astronomy Lab.  
It’s amazing up there!  Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and a quadrillion
stars are all looking down at us.  What a sight.
Want to join us?

Click Here to register.

In preparation for the lab, I went to the Fernbank Science Center
in Atlanta with my daughter Angie and our granddaughter Michelle.

In the lab, we will take some time to focus on Mars. Fernbank
had a wonderful planetarium presentation on the "Red Planet".
The telescope I use to view the night sky is an introductory level
telescope, called the FirstScope.  It is a great telescope to begin with,
costing around $54.  
(I am desperately ready for something more!)  

These are some really good stargazing iphone apps that are free.
I'm sure the Android devices have comparable apps.  To hear a recording
of the night sky for October in our SC area, click here.  This month,
Mars rises in the southern sky right at nightfall.
Saturn and its spectacular rings can be seen with a telescope or
binoculars in the southern sky inside the constellation Sagittarius.  
Jupiter is also visible at nightfall for a short time in the southeast.

Guess what? For the first time ever, we are having a star party
for those enrolled in the lab.  Bring your telescope! Bring your
binoculars! Bring your phone apps, and we will all celebrate the
night sky together with hot cider and lots of fun.  
(Date and time to be determined.)

Want to join us?
Click Here to register.  

When we gaze up into the heavens we are stretching our capacity
to understand time and space. We must understand that we are
four dimensional beings (length, width, depth, and time).  
In our current culture, we spend a lot of time looking down
at two dimensional screens.  
And I am pointing the finger at myself first and foremost!!    
I absolutely LOVE technology!
In physics, spacetime is any mathematical model that fuses
the three dimensions of space and the one dimension of time
into a single four-dimensional continuum.
What is the consequence of our unwillingness to look up?  Who knows?
But I do worry about it.  
I am concerned that our western world is becoming increasingly
dependent on technology and desperately out of touch with creation.  
Creation and space offer far more opportunities for our brains to grow
and understand who we are and who we came from.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Presents in the Air

Today was so special.  I just came home from the grocery store and noticed two Gulf Fritillaries in the butterfly garden.  Lo and behold they were laying eggs on the passion vine.  Glory!  The plants out there are new this year so I didn't think they would come.  All my butterfly friends on FB are reporting all kinds of cool caterpillars on their vines and mine had none so I thought they had passed me by.
Then the magical moment came and I just happened to be there when they were laying the eggs.  This egg was delivered by the butterfly less than an hour before I got this picture.
So tomorrow before hurricane Florence makes its way to our area I am going to go out there and pick off as many eggs as I can find.

And Vinney will be helping me.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

September Butterfly Lab

September is butterfly month in the science lab. This year we plan to study the  Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) 
                                                               Click here to register 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

New Science Lab Schedule