Thursday, September 23, 2010

Eggs and the Equinox

Juju came home from school to tell us that during the full moon this week her science teacher said it was possible to balance an egg on its end. Hubby tried on Tuesday for S&G but could not get it to work. The full moon was last night and Voila!
It is on the narrower of the 2 ends, both on the tablecloth and on the bare table.

A search on Google assures me that this is an urban myth and eggs can be balanced at anytime of the year. But that sucks all the fun out of it doesn't it? Besides, most the photos I found online showed eggs balanced on the wider end and suggested using a pinch of salt on the table to facilitate this trick.

I prefer to think Mother Nature is a wondrous thing and will continue to propagate this "bad science" After all, according to science, bumblebees cannot fly. Oh wait apparently this is an urban legend too.

The truth can suck the fun out of everything.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

another new bug!

A black ladybug! Like the previously seen preying mantis, I have only read about these. Also like the mantis this elicited excited exclamations. (Say that 10 times fast)

This one was kicking it on the sheets I had hung on the (still temporary) line. It seemed to be really attracted to the warm white fabric.

The days are finally cooling a bit, I spent an hour today ripping the ivy away from the kitchen window and door - it had started invading.

The crock pot is full of chicken stock - to be pressure canned tomorrow night. There is double chocolate zucchini muffins in the freezer, and a couple loaves of maple nut zucchini bread on the counter. I have 3 bananas in the fridge begging to be made into bread. One of the neighbors behind us is allowing me to pick apples from his overloaded tree this week (tomorrow a.m.?) in exchange for a pie. Good thing too, as the family polished off the last of the cherry apple fruit leather this afternoon. I have started putting ripe roma tomatoes in the freezer to can when I have enough.

It won't be enough to stop grocery shopping, but it is a start.