For the past year I've been getting sweet little gifts, cards and other wonderful
things from my secret sister. Next week is the big reveal:) Oh, the suspense!
It's been a great year and looking forward to doing again in the coming year.
If you are reading this and you are part of the 'secret group', hope you've all
told SK that you are coming so she knows how many people to count on....
plus it's going to be a lot of fun!! (and please carpool if at all possible).
Posted this picture on Saturday.
That evening there was a knock on the back door
and there stood my niece Kim with a box of this for me!
Apparently I hadn't checked at Holland Shopping Center.
Thanks so much, Kim! It's delicious!!!
Edited to add: and Josie just came home with a bag full of tea bags from her friend Amy's Mom. Thx Lianne!!
This morning, the kids built a bat box with the Young Naturalists' Club
bat box building workshop. As a group, we built eight boxes,
four of which will be erected in the Great Blue Heron Reserve
and four at the Camp River Wilderness area at a later date.
I've always been a bit creeped out about bats but after this morning,
I think we are going to build our own boxes to encourage the bats
to come to our place! If one bat can eat 600 mosquitoes in one hour,
bring them on!! Very interesting morning.
Roughing up the center post. The rougher the better.
This makes it easier for the bats to crawl up and cling to.
Screwing the roof at shingles on. It's very important to have sealed seams
to keep the heat in. The warmer the box, the faster the babies will grow.
Painting our finished bat box.
Each bat box can hold up to 300 bats at a time!!
Bats are endangered in our area because of the fact that there is very little
'housing possibilities' for them. By building and erecting bat boxes,
we will encourage bats to repopulate, and thus helping us clear the air of
pesky mosquitoes and other insects.
Recently the kids spent a few hours at Opa and Oma's house.
Thinking they might go for a walk,
I asked the kids if they wanted the old camera along.
Of the 50+ pictures they took, this was the only one that wasn't blurry.
The weather was so nice yesterday afternoon.
So spur of the moment...I loaded the kids' bikes in the back of the van
and off we went to the Rotary Vedder River Trail for a walk/bike ride.
Next time maybe I should plan a bit better...
some toques and mittens would have helped.