Archive for January, 2008


Here’s the science experiment of the day.
Proof that yeast releases a gas. We talked about flat bread, leavened bread, discoveries made by mistake, opportunites not recognized (but I diverge)…..and had an animated discussion about whether yeast could be considered a living organism. We talked about the scientific method, the importance of including a control, and the possiblility of making gingerale using yeast Gotta love the spelling of sugar.00002

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Piece of Cake

This is the first winter that hasn’t seemed completely awful to me. It probably has something to do with the fact that I don’t have to do any more snowsuit duty, and I don’t have to deal with poopy diapers and snowsuits, and sweaty, crying kids waiting for help with zipping up, that I don’t have to go outside and scrape ice off the windows of the van now that I have a heated garage, that I can send the kids outside without having to go out there with them, and that I don’t have to leave my warm house to go pick anyone up from kindergarten, but I’d like to believe that it is also due to my increasing willingness to allow the seasons to dictate our activities.

I was going to say that today was a good example of my new embracing of the constraints of winter, seeing as I was flexible enough to allow a deviation from the planned afternoon schedule, and that I’m content to spend the day inside, but as I sit here writing, in the cosy warmness of my house, I realize that my new relaxed attitude is entirely due to the fact that I don’t have toddlers going stir-crazy around me. If I faced an afternoon of endless games of ring-around-the-rosy, or whatever it is that I used to do with them when we were stuck inside the house all day, I know that I would be grating my teeth and pressing my face up to the living room window to get a glimpse of the outside world.

Winter isn’t easier……life is.

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Big Brother’s Birthday

The -41 windchill was enough to convince the three of us not to walk to knitting today. We stayed inside, and in the morning, Tee baked extra-special chocolate sandwich cookies for R’s birthday while Jay worked on her math. The cookies were a special request from R. They’re extra-not-good-for-you, with a full cup of butter, half a block of cream cheese, whipping cream, a whole bar of baking chocolate and a cup of sugar in them, so we don’t have them often. Last time I took a bite of one, I felt I might pass out from the intensity of the sugar/fat rush. R said he wanted them instead of a cake. A whole pyramid of them. And no, not at his birthday party. He didn’t want to have to share them with friends.
In the afternoon, we made cards, and decorated the box that has the birthday bicycle inside…..I hope spring comes early this year!

Happy 14th Birthday R!

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More Skating

DSCN1565I left the house first thing this morning for a solo skate. Two of the kids were making cinnamon toast, one was rather grumpily reading the paper, and one was still in bed. The sun was just rising, and initially, I had the whole of the river to myself.

Complete bliss. Skating along at my own speed, with miles of track ahead. Once in a while I passed people walking their dogs, and there were a few early morning runners, but no one to skate around. The ice wasn’t perfect, and I had to keep my head down to watch out for ruts and cracks, so I didn’t get to enjoy the riverbank sights much, but I sure did enjoy the speed. I felt like I could go forever. Sheer joy.

Yesterday when I took the kids skating, there were lots of people enjoying the ice, which was nice too. I saw parents pulling babies in sleds, dogs pulling their people, toddlers decked out in full NHL gear, couples, families, and groups of teenagers. Cross-country skiers and runners used the trails. I have quite the vantage point from my kitchen window, and I see commuters skating by every morning, with backpacks on their backs. I think it’s fabulous. This is the first year our river trail has been this long, and I love it.

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Our Skating Adventure

First, we laced up.

 Then we walked through the backyard, and slid down the riverbank.

 Then there was a small trudge through the snow to get to the path.

Look at the amazing path! It goes right by our house!

 We’re skating! Right by our house!

I can’t get over my excitement. It is the coolest thing ever, having a Rideau Canal in our backyard. I’m going to go skating tomorrow morning, instead of running. Yay! There is the small matter of getting back UP the river bank after skating, but even Jay managed it in her skates.

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