Sea Glass and Shells, My Oh My!

Posted On July 2, 2008

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When we went to Rhode Island, me and my great aunt Karen went sea glass hunting at Fort Adams.  We found some excellent specimens of sea glass.  I think we even found a purple or amethyst piece of sea glass.  It is predicted that the odds of finding a piece of purple or amethyst piece of sea glass is 1 in every 200-300 pieces of sea glass collected.  We also found what I think is opaque white sea glass, more commonly called Milk glass.  Other colors of Milk glass include green, blue, and also ( for goodness sakes ) purple. 

We also found some tiny shards of cobalt or cornflower blue.  Dark cobalt blue was usually used for poison bottles and medicine bottles to make them poke out in a crowd so that one would not grab a medicine bottle by mistake.  Also to stop mistakes, the shape of poison bottles was changed in the 1870’s to be different for hospitals so that patients would not acidentally grab poison bottles in the dark resulting in a horrible mistake. 

Karen even showed me her collection of sea glass.  Karen has some excellent specimens that I thoroughly enjoyed looking at.  She has soft green and soft blue, both are labelled uncommon.  I think she even has some extremely rare colors such as yellow.  She has pink sea glass colors, and she definitely has  gazillions of all the common colors ( Kelly Green, Brown, and White (clear)).

I had a very fun time in Newport and searching for sea glass.  My information came from the book Pure Sea Glass : Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems by Richard LaMotte.  The photographs in the book were taken by Celia Pearson.  It was published by Sea Glass Publishing in Chestertown Mayland.  I found out about the book a couple of years ago when we still lived in Newport.  Karen had purchased the book and she showed it to me.  When we were visiting Newport Nan gave me a copy of the book for my birthday.  I have had it ever since.

Camping Fishing Trip

Posted On June 30, 2008

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the campsite in it\'s full gloryWe recently went camping with a bunch of guys from Dad’s work and their families.  We slept in our new RV that Ethan christened “two house”.  The RV ( recreational vehicle ) had one overhead bed, one table bed, and one normal bed in the back.  We stayed at the campsite for 2 days and a night.  The campsite itself was called Hood Creek campground in the Hyalite Canyon.

Me, a man named John, and his daughter Mary went fishing in the morning on our last day there.  We had a few bites and we caught four fish.  I did not think that we were going to catch anything, I dozed until my line got a bite.  I was still half asleep then, so I was looking around crazily until I realized that my line shook and my rod had bent!  By this point, you can guess that I was pretty excited because they had only caught one fish during the entire week.  A few minutes later, my rod started bending like crazy and then John yelled, “You have a fish!  Start reeling it in!”  I started reeling it in slowly and exactly the way John had instructed me to.  John held the net at the ready, but it turned out that it was a two year old cutthroat trout that did not require the net.  It was funny because the fish was all relaxed when it came out of the water, but the second John touched it, it started flopping and flying around like mad!

John soon caught another cutthroat trout in the same general area, that was the same age as the one that I had caught.  Then after 30 minutes to an hour, I hooked another fish, but I let Mary reel it in because she had not caught any.  She had gotten a couple of bites that did not bite the area with the hook.  A few minutes later, I hooked another one that I reeled in.  That was our last fish.

Fishing was not all that I did during our camping trip.  I lit a couple of matches and put them in the fire, I made a couple of paper airplanes and stuck them in the fire to see how they would burn up.  We made s’mores and roasted marshmallows.  We just enjoyed nature itself ( nature being huge swarms of male mosquitoes that would blow in from the hills and buzz around until they blew away and the next set would blow in and the process would repeat ). 

All in all, I had an excellent camping trip and I want to go camping soon.  When I next go camping, you will hear about it.

Barak Obama Rally

Posted On May 20, 2008

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Last night me and Mom went to the Barak Obama rally in Bozeman.  Barak Obama was an excellent speaker.  Everyone was yelling and cheering for him and I even got a sign that says “Change we can believe in”.  I thought that he had a sense of humour and also a strong desire to fix America’s problems at the same time.  In other words, he was stern but funny.  I agreed with pretty much everything he said except for he believes that children should be put into education at an early age.  I disagree with him at the point of education because that will just separate kids from their parents too early.  Also, when do kids get to be kids?  When do they get to explore and learn at their own pace?

Seven thousand people showed up at the rally, and that’s just Bozeman area Obama fans. 

Redwall Party (cont.)

Posted On May 15, 2008

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the fighting force of Bozeman Redwall fansThe Redwall party was based on the Brian Jacques Redwall books, for all of you who want to know.  We made name tags with the names of some of the characters in the book, then we had a Redwall trivia game (most of which I was able to answer correctly), we had a Redwall feast on card tables, and then we made cardboard swords, and then we went home.  The food at the feast was pretty good, but the October Ale wasn’t as good as the kind we made at home.

If you would like to know more about Brian Jacques and his books, then go to

http://www.redwall.org/

If you get that humungous hare hunger, go to

http://www.redwall.net/kitchen/

to tame the Salamandastron in you. (salamandastron… a mouthfull, isn’t it)

A Quick Note

Posted On May 15, 2008

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Here’s a quick little entry!  A couple of days ago we planted the seeds that needed to be started indoors.  Nothing has appeared yet, but we are confident some seedlings will show up soon.  Arthur planted cantaloupe, Ethan planted sunflowers, and I planted pansies for my plot of the garden.  Arthur and Ethan will also get their own parts of the garden and Mom and Dad have their own part, too.  Besides pansies, I am planting peas, beans, tomatoes, marigolds, corn, and cucumbers.  When we come back from Rhode Island, we will plant the seeds that will be started outdoors.  We will all care for our own sections of the garden!  I will post pictures of the garden for everyone when the garden is planted. 

Shakespeare in the Park

Posted On May 9, 2008

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afterbeforeHello everyone!  We recently went to a performance called MT Shakes and they performed scenes from A Mid-summers Night Dream.  They also had some pretty fun workshops.  There were three workshops.  One was a fighting workshop that taught us how to fight like they do in plays.  We learned how to pretend to fight with fists and hair pulling, although no one got hurt, it was incredibly fun to do!  One of the moves that we learned was called “the knap”.  It’s where you make a punching noise by clapping and then a second later, you drop one hand and you slap the side of your face with the other.  The face grabbing makes it look like you really got hurt!  Also, your hands are always in motion to make a visual distraction from the clapping.  The other two classes were rhyming and costume designing.

My brother, Ethan, really enjoyed the classes and the play.  He yelled, and clapped, and laughed during the play.  E’s favorite class was the rhyming class.  In the rhyming class they used one of his ideas and Ethan was incredibly excited by that!  E liked playing all of the games in the rhyming class.

Arthur stayed at home with Dad and they had an awesome day together!  First, they ran a few errands.  Then they went to the dog park with Beary.  Beary had a wonderful time there because there were some dogs there that were right around his size.  They went to Mc Donalds where Arthur had french fries and got a stuffed puppy.  Then they came home and watched Magic School Bus and played on the playscape.  That was their wonderful day.

pet pals

Posted On April 24, 2008

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Ferg a.k.a. Queen Poo-Poo.I went to a pet pals class a few days ago. Oh? What is pet pals, you ask? Pet pals is a class for kids at the HOV animal shelter. It was one about cat care this time. Cats were probably first domesticated by the ancient Egyptians A few thousand years ago. THAT factwas an interesting fact to me. Above and below this post are my cats. Above is Ferg (a.k.a. Queen poo-poo). Below is Charlie (a.k.a. Charles of the wild). Cute, huh? Okok, so Ferg looks all nasty and such. But don’t let that fool you! She is a sweet little thing!Charlie a.k.a Charles of the wild. 

Redwall Party!!

Posted On April 19, 2008

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Today we went to a redwall party! I want to include a picture, but I have to wait to upload it onto the blog. I will upload it as soon as posible, so sit tight! I will write more when I get the pic!

Muzzy madness

Posted On April 18, 2008

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My brother E was just watching Muzzy, and we have the Spanish version. He wanted to watch the Spanish DVD, and he doesn’t know Spanish. So for a while, he just stared at the TV as if all the characters had all become mutants! But, he got used to it, and let the pictures do the talking. I mean, he could have watched the English version, but no, he had to watch the Spanish version. Odd indeed, if you think about it. His fave shows are: Peep and the Big Wide World, Curious George, Magic School Bus, and Super Why. And speaking of TV and videos, once I figure out how to do it, I will start posting You-Tube videos on this blog. So, Keep an eye out for You-Tube videos, that will be on the blog in the future! I do have some funny ones that I want to share!

Suprise alert (even for me!)

Posted On April 18, 2008

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O.K. I got to get this out before I forget!

Dad saw 5 birds in the past week Ready to hear it? O.K.! Here they are: 3 bald eagles ( bald eagles are my favorite kind of bird!), 1 Great Blue Heron, and, Ready for this, (best for last), and a PELICAN!?! Again, plain freaky!  I mean, We’re 12 hours away from the west coast! Yes, we do have a bunch of lakes around here out in Montana. Oh, and Yellowstone is a few hours away from us. That might explain it. Still, a pelican…

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