Archive for January 3rd, 2008


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What Is Success? by Ralph Waldo Emerson


To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social conditon;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;

That is to have succeeded.

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Here we go again. The best laid plans……notice that most of the items on this list were on the last list. Still, hope springs eternal, right?

  • make paper
  • make rootbeer +/– gingerale
  • make yogurt
  • make mozarella cheese
  • make graham crackers
  • make pretzels…….these last two are such easy ones, and yet I never get around to them.
  • search for winterizing insects
  • look at the full moon through binoculars
  • examine snowflakes with magnifying glass
  • investigate the insulative properties of snow using two thermometers. Prove to the kids that snow makes a lovely blanket for little animaldone!
  • investigate the insulative properties of blubber using Crisco and ice water done!
  • tie geography, nutrition, math and environmental awareness together by doing a Where Does Our Food Come From project. Go to regular grocery store, buy fresh fruit and veg, and make note of the country they were grown in. At home, find those countries on the map, and calculate the kms traveled for the food to get here. Add up total kms. Go to organic grocery store, find local foods, do same calculations, and compare. May also break down some of our favorite meals, talk about where the ingredients came from, and have the kids make up food charts to see how we do, nutrition-wise. L still remembers doing that and says that she can’t eat a meal sans vegetable without feeling guilty.
  • make a worm bin in preparation for vermiculture project
  • make 4-layer edible earth
  • make a model of the solar system
  • make dioramas using shoe boxes done!
  • go skating once per week Yup!
  • go snowboarding on a real ski hill at least once (as promised)
  • give X-country skiing a try
  • visit the Mint
  • visit the Electrical Museum
  • send a package to our adopted family in Guinea
  • spend a full day at the (outdoor, erk, chilly) Winter Festival, snowshoeing, making maple sugar etc

I love making lists!

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