Friday, February 22, 2013

sea gulls and co.


I’m glad you are back. This post is on, as the post title insinuates, sea gulls. Some of you know I take a trip to Maine annually, so I am well acquainted with sea gulls because the house is right next to the water. They are interesting if you pay close attention to them. So many people don’t like them because they are carrion birds( birds that eat dead animals off of the road and stuff like that) and that they are cruel. Some  are actually able to speak short sentences.

Sea gulls are one of the most common sea birds having at least 45 different species, my focus is the common gull. They inhabit every continent. The common gull is mostly grey and white with black markings on the tip of the wings. The great black-backed and the herring gull are some others.

Sea gulls are scavengers, eating what they can find when they find it.They sometimes eat carrion, clams, lobsters, and small fish. they are clever birds, and they show how clever they are when they eat, they first find a large clam and find a long flat rock, fly over it and then SPLAT !!!!!!! the clam is destroyed. It happens because the clam Is pulling in so hard that the extra pressure from the out side  bursts the shell wide open leaving the clam defenseless against the hungry gull.

they are also among the most intelligent birds some even learning to speak. they clean up the beaches after careless tourists, clean the waters of eye-sore carcasses, and help eat the carcasses on the road. so remember the gulls are an important member of the clean up squad.

That’s it, tell me how you liked it or leave suggestions for future posts in the comment box. remember to be thankful always.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Parrots and their family


First of all I am going to start  blogging about animals since it is a subject that  holds my interest. I am going to try to post  about the more common animals. This post is on parrots. I hope yall enjoy it, and here goes.

Parrots are tropical birds and are found in most rainforests and jungles. There are many different kinds of parrots such as macaws, lories, cockatoos, and lorikeets. In all there are over 300 different species of parrot. They eat a wide variety of fruits, seeds, and nuts, using their strong beaks to break even the hardest nuts.

The parrot has amazing abilities, such as their feet with two toes pointing forward and two toes pointing back, which allows  them to scamper up trees quickly. The macaw has  an incredibly strong beak. Allowing it to crack even brazil nuts, which are known for their difficulty to crack.

They have very bright colors. Which would mean that they would be easy prey, right? Wrong, they have very painful defense methods. Such as pecking out their attackers eyeballs, and scratching them with their claws. They have very bright feathers in hues of red, green, blue, yellow, and sometimes even orange.

That's it, if you liked it please tell me, and make suggestions for future posts and remember god is always with you.

{Note: This was a written narration that I used for school, from The World of Animals Book}


Monday, December 17, 2012

Jessie Tree

Hello everyone, and Merry Christmas.    
My favorite Christmas tradition we do in our family is when we do the Jessie Tree (we use Ann Voskamp’s devotion).
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Each year we do it, we have a small tree branch to use for our Jessie Tree.

jesse branch

We do a devotion each night, then we put up a little ornament on our Jessie Tree. 

3 more ornaments

My favorite devotion is The Coming Kingdom Isaiah 11:1-9.
Righteous Reign of the Branch

1 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
3 And He will delight in the fear of the LORD,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
4 But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;
And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
5 Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins,
And faithfulness the belt about His waist.

6 And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion [a]and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.
7 Also the cow and the bear will graze,
Their young will lie down together,
And the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
9 They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
As the waters cover the sea.

Merry Christmas everyone!!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

our garden

As some of you know we have a garden. 

It is beneficial to us because it is (almost) organic, we can walk out to our yard to pick produce.

planting seeds

This year we are planting : onions, Swiss chard, radishes, beets, potatoes, pak choy, garlic, corn, tomatoes,  and sweet peas. We put lots of stuff in to the garden like wood shavings from the chicken coop, compost, ashes, and cow manure.  All these things fertilize the garden. 

Then we tilled the soil to mix the stuff into the soil, to loosen the soil, and to give the plants soft soil to grow in. Some of  the plants have just sprouted. It is fun to have a back yard garden. Bye


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Incubating Eggs

Sorry I have not blogged in a while.  We just started school, last week. We are schooling a friend too.


brooder 2

day old chicks



We have incubating 20 eggs, 6 have hatch so far. I got to watch two eggs hatch, it was amazing to watch them break a hole in the egg and then slowly break out.  We would let them dry off a bit in the incubator, and then we would moved them to the brooder.  Then we would show them how to drink.
It was so amazing to see a egg transform into a chick.
here is a video of a chick hatching
last few eggs
So good by for now and remember Jesus loves you
for our incubator: foam cooler, shop light, 15 watt bulb,and a piece of glass.  
for our brooder: large plastic bin, wood chips, feed,and water.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Book Review : It Couldn’t Just Happen

it  couldnt just happen cover

Jacob’s Opinion (5th grader):

I think it is a good book. I liked that they look at the beginning of the World from a Christian point of view. They offer explanations for the “big bang” that support a Biblical view. I though this book was very easy to read, took about five to ten minutes to read  each chapter.

After reading the first chapter I am really excited about reading it for school. I thought the “Just for Fun” suggestions were pretty cool. I really liked the pictures that were in each chapter. I am glad there are books we can use for school that teach from a Christian view point.

I liked how they explained how evolution is proven with evidence with micro evolution, and how there was no support for macro evolution : gradual changes from environmental changes versus an animal changing into another animal.  This books make these things easy to understand.

Mom’s Opinion:

I really like this book! I initially scanned it, since we will be using it for a school book in our homeschool this year. At the end of each chapter there is a “Just for Fun” section that offers some practical ways to see or test what you just read. These are as simple as standing outside, holding a dime an arm’s length away and guessing how many stars the dime covers (ans. 15 million). I love that I could do these with my kids or with friends who are over. This book has suggestions that are very practical applications to help them grasp some complex concepts.

This would be a great family book, for those trying to equip their children to trust the truths of a Christian World view. If offers a great deal of evidence for all areas to include : creation, the universe, living things, and humankind. The pictures are captivating and draw the reader in. It Couldn’t Just Happen would be a great reference book also for a family looking for evidence and support for a Biblical Worldview to help their children as they navigate science taught from an evolutionary perspective. After each subject addressed it points back to “What does the Bible say..”

Before getting this book to review a friend told me her girls read it years ago for school and were reluctant to part with it because they enjoyed it so much. I am quite sure that this book will reside somewhere my boys can reach it easily in the future because it is such a beautifully illustrated, fun book to read over and over.

Disclaimer : This book was offered at no cost to our family, in exchange for an honest review of the book.

Monday, April 25, 2011

4H Rifle

In my 4-h group I do rifle.

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This is at the county rifle competition, we were getting targets

april 2011 rifle eggs 009 This is my friend Brendan (on my rifle team) and me

I shoot a 22. I think I am one of the youngest shooters. I am not a major marksman but I do okay. I shot in the competition. I did not score high, if  you were wondering, but I had fun and that’s all that matters.  Maybe, I will do better next year.

In rifle we shoot a cartridge of 40. our targets look like this

rifle target

The two in the center we shoot 5 rounds in too and one round into each one on the  outside. it is important to:

1.shoot AFTER a breath 

2.squeeze trigger correctly

3.take your time

4.wear ear and eye protection