Sunday, August 19, 2018

This Summer is Kicking my Butt!

I give up on blogging the Summer Day Camp this year.  It's just been such a busy summer, and I can't seem to keep up with it, so I'm going to give in and give up! I've posted pictures on Instagram and Facebook, and that will just have to do this year. 

The garden has been progressing, and I'm about to wind down most of the summer garden. There are a few tomatoes and peppers that will stay until frost, but everything else is getting pulled.  It's been a great garden, plenty to keep me busy. I'm determined to keep my garden log going because I find myself going back to this as the resource to find out when we planted what, especially the permanent trees and plants.

Stay tuned, I'll get back to posting soon!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Garden Log -- July 1, 2018

The garden is in the summer heat doldrums.  Some have totally ended their life cycle, and some are in a holding pattern until the heat lets up some.

We've started harvesting corn - the Incredible and Jackpot corn are both doing very well.  

 All of the peppers are finally kicking in and I'm starting to bring in the Red Sweet Cheese peppers. They are very good peppers, a nice thick wall and sweet. These are in the pimento family.
The okra is also coming in - a little at a time. 
 The cotton is not doing well this year - this is the green cotton and it is T I N Y! But already flowering and forming boles.
I'm also bringing in the dried cowpeas and the dried beans, a few every day.  These are calico crowder peas. 
For the first time we're seeing some grapes on the vines.  They look nice, but are already drying on the vine.  I think we'll harvest and see what we can get with what we have. 
That's about it for now.  It's HOT folks!

Mimi's Summer Day Camp - Our Senses (Smell) - Thursday

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Today was our first field trip -- a movie day! We went to see The Incredibles 2.  It was very good, a good second movie in the series.  

Jossie was spelling out "AMC "the whole time we were there -- she found their logo all over!

 After the movie, we went to the Longhorn Cafe for lunch in Boerne.
Back home we had just enough time to make the "smelly" rice candles, and then it was time for swim! 

A very quick camp day!  Next week we're having company from Florida, so we're probably just spending time with them for camp days and having fun.  We'll be back to our "senses" the following week!

Mimi's Summer Day Camp - Our Senses (Smell) - Tuesday

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

This week we're talking about our sense of smell.  We started the day by making smelly rice! First, we colored a cup of rice with about 2 teaspoons of hand sanitizer and 4 drops of food coloring. Stir, stir, stir.  Then she made two other colors, for a total of three.

Next, Joss sample smelled several different spices and food flavorings, to see which she wanted to use.  She ended up with pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and almond flavoring, one to each colored rice. 

 She did NOT like the butter flavoring scent!!

Next we spread them out and put them out on the porch to dry while we went to the library. 
KT took a break from working with Grumpy outside to go to the library with us. She's getting a lesson in using the pressure sprayer to clean furniture and the pavilion, and in using spray paint today.

After lunch, Joss brought her smelly rice in and mixed it all together in a tub with some other naturals (dried orange slices, pinecones, fall leaves, dried okra). The played with the rice for quite a while, and it smelled fabulous! Just like fall.  Then she tried to get the seeds out of the dried okra pods - that took her quite a while! 

 Next we went out to check on the progress outside - they were almost done.  KT did a great job!

 Then it was time to swim! cool and refreshing.  

Practicing jumps today!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Mimi's Summer Day Camp - Our Senses (Touch) - Thursday

Thursday, June 21, 2018

We're still exploring our sense of touch - so one of the best ways to do that is to make Oobleck! A substance that can be hard, soft, wet and dry all at the same time! Amazing!  

Joss mixed one cup of corn starch with one cup of water, then chose her color (yellow, of course!) to mix in.  

 We stopped several times to get a good "feel" each of our ingredients.

Next, I put about 8 little items in a brown paper bag, then Joss put her hand in with out looking, and tried to tell me what each one was just by "feel."  She got about half right the first time, then when we did it again, she got all but one, so her memory is pretty good, too!

 After lunch she cut out a paper hand and glued different textures to each of the fingers. As you can see, she also did some watercolor painting for a while. 

(This was glued down upside down, she really didn't write those numbers backwards.)
 Waiting while Grumpy gets the pool ready....
And finally we had a nice long swim!  She was loving all the one on one attention she was getting this week!