May 31, 2009

Week Sneak Peak

Each Sunday I try to mentally plan out what I have to do the following week and when. This was really important during the last few months of school since I was going in early at least a few times a week. Now that summer is here it's not such a big deal, or it wouldn't be if I could remember what day it is half the time (still haven't figured out how to fix that one). Anyway, each Sunday I'll add my planner here so I can't loose it before Monday morning.

  • Pick up check from the office (and make sure it's all there this time)
  • Put check in bank before bad things happen
  • Professor B Looney at library (10-11)
  • Visit the pool (if S has cleaned her room)
  • Ask for key to Methodist Church (for Girl Scout meetings)
  • Laundry
  • Plan Girl Scout meeting
  • Work on school pile (all the stuff from my classroom)
  • Reading group at the library 2-3
  • Wash sheets
  • Girl Scout meeting

  • Trash day (and they keep coming earlier!)
  • Balance check book, pay bills
  • Clean out refrigerator
  • Laundry
  • Grocery shopping
  • Menu planning
  • badge work with S
  • Laundry
  • Work on school pile
  • Going to yard sales!

May 29, 2009

Fun Day Friday

For today's Fun Day Friday we are sharing our new snail farms. Haven't heard of one, well neither had we. I went to take the trash out a couple of days ago and there were snails all over the back porch. So, for fear of stepping on one I hollered at K and asked her to come gather them which was oodles of fun for, the first snail farm was hers, then S needed one too. So, if you have a plethora of snails on your back porch, here's what you can do with them.

Get a small Rubbermaid tote box (ours are shoe box sized) and use a Phillips head screw driver (or a drill if you have one around) to make holes in the lid so the little guys have some ventilation. Add some dirt (we used potting soil leftovers) add in some moss (it makes it prettier and gives the snails some diversity on their farms). Water the soil well, you can use a spray bottle or just pour it in a little at a time until it is absorbed, and grab some food for them. We are feeding ours oranges, apple and egg shells (to help make their little shells strong). I don't know why, but according to what I've read online, you should not give your snails carrots. Since I'm not big into experimenting with animals, I haven't tried this one so I don't know if you will get mutant snails or just sick ones. You should clean your snails' palace every few days, the more snails, the more often. We are observing ours for a while then releasing them back *under* the back porch, hopefully they will like it better there than on the porch itself.