May 2010

Lizard Land for Kids

“Grandchildren are convinced that crawly things won’t hurt you. What if I don’t believe them?” -Grandma- journal entry: Well, these lizards might be okay.  This is an empty lettuce container.  Strawberry containers work too. I sprayed the bottom with adhesive and patted some “soft moss” onto the bottom until it stuck.  My lizards came from […]

Make Your Own Scoop Game

“No you never get any fun out of the things you haven’t done.” -Ogden Nash- journal entry: Yup.  These are pet food scoops.  Why would they make them so cute and colorful? Dogs and cats certainly don’t care what color their scoops are.  I spotted them on the bottom shelf at the back of the […]

Through Grandma's Eyes: The Old Horse

“Horses.  If God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself.” -Author Unknown- journal entry: Talmage had a riding lesson.  What sounded like fun wasn’t. At least not today. Nevertheless, photographs of the day would suggest that he felt pretty good about his horsemanship.  The last ride of the day was to put the […]

Through Grandma's Eyes:  The Lake

“Help your brother’s boat across, and your own will reach the shore.” -Hindu Proverb- journal entry: Water.  What is it about water?  Children can’t get enough of it . . . unless it is  bath time when they aren’t ready to give up on the day.  Brothers working together to secure an anchor.  Photographing children […]

Through Grandma's Eyes: The Bug Jar

“Some days you’re a bug . . . some days you’re a windshield.” -Price Cobb- journal entry: Boys and bugs.  Girls don’t seem to feel the same way about them.  They like to say “oh, what a cute little bug.”  Boys like to say “Get that bug!”  So, I make sure that little boys have […]

Through Grandma's Eyes: The Helping Hand

“Like sunshine in the morning that wakens day from night, Like flowers in the springtime so colorful and bright. Like happy songs of bluebirds that fill the air with cheer, A person bright and lovely is my mother dear. -A Primary Song- journal entry: The most ordinary things in life often solicit the strongest emotions.  […]

Through Grandma's Eyes: The Black Dress

“Do not trouble yourself to get new things whether clothes or friends. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.” -Henry David Thoreau- journal entry: It was raining and there was little to do inside.  Ivy read books and watched a movie.  She helped with  cookies and she fixed a  salad.  She prowled through the bookcases […]

Through Grandma's Eyes: The Hair Flower

” I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But, if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle. -Alice […]

Through Grandma's Eyes: The Trebuchet

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.” -Winnie-the-Pooh- journal entry: Uh Oh . . . water balloons.  But wait, they aren’t just any old water balloons.  They are for the mighty Trebuchet.  What is that you say?  Well, Clara’s daddy built it with her help.  Everyone helps fill the balloons from the hose, load up […]

Through Grandma's Eyes: The Sunglasses

“How can a woman be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?” -Oscar Wilde- journal entry: No, it isn’t a movie star or a princess from another country.  It is someone much more important and special.  It is Clara as seen through my telephoto […]