Heading East on I-90, looking back West in the mirror. Seems apropos for the last day of 2011, looking back to the Old Year passed, and into the New Year to come.
Saturday, December 31
Friday, December 30
Curiosity is supposed to "kill the cat", but there isn't anything much more curious than a herd of cows. They were wondering why I stuck the camera out the window as I drove by on my way to school. Their backs were still snowy, so well insulated are the bovines that it hadn't even melted off even after several hours.
Thursday, December 29
This has to be one of the coolest mailbox posts on the Planet! It is on a gravel road, among corn and soybean fields in a lovely corner of Cottonwood County, MN.
I kid you not, the folks who live here also raise cattle and own a real, live GIRAFFE!
Your neighbors may have wandering cats and barking dogs, but our grandkids have a giraffe for a neighbor.
Wednesday, December 28
|Christmas dragons from the creative brain of Daughter #1|
We are hard on the heels of 2012, hard to believe New Year's has come so fast.
Thursday, December 22
Wednesday, December 21
Tuesday, December 20
Sunrise on the short grass prairie, Audubon Christmas Bird Count, looking for the sharp-tailed grouse. They, of course, chose to be in the cottonwood trees eating the buds, instead of being picturesque in the grass. Then again, the grass and alfalfa was picturesque on its own.
Monday, December 19
Sunday, December 18
Saturday, December 17
Thursday, December 15
Tuesday, December 13
Monday, December 12
Sunday, December 11
|12/11/11 7:15 am 44N 103W|
• The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon – December During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
Saturday, December 10
While they were decorating our classroom (which is now quite gaudy and spectacular with lights), the guys decided Jose and the Guppies needed to be decorated up as well. Window clings not only cling to windows, but they also cling to aquariums. Love those 9th graders.
Tuesday, December 6
This little critter is currently residing among the leaves and flowers of the Christmas cactus on the mantel in the living room. She has been seen on an orchid in the dining room and on the light in Rachel's bedroom ceiling. We don't know how long she has been visiting or how she is traveling (unless she has a Doppelganger). She is most welcome to stay.
Sunday, December 4
|Do you remember any cats in the Odyssey?|
9th grade English curriculum requires reading and analysis of Homer's The Odyssey, which we have been doing these past two weeks. The students were asked to write about their thinking as they read the story of Odysseus. Here are some of the lessons learned along the way which Odysseus's men should have learned.
I love they way the kids think.