Magical Christmas Trees

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  journal entry: Christmas Trees. Most people have one. Some trees are live and some are not. Ours is not. It is covered with ornaments that children love. Dinosaurs, snowmen, monkeys, frogs, camels, children, treasures, knights, robots. Chains of pearls and garlands of colored circles. Candy canes. This and that. Accumulated over years with one […]

Bike Bags for Kids

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journal entry: Their daddy asked me if it would be easy to make a couple of bags to attach to the front of their bikes.  I said YES. I rifled through the scraps and mixed and matched. I made up a pattern, sewed it together, added Velcro to hold the straps over the handle bars […]

Matching Game: Things With Wheels !

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journal entry: “This and That” is a new category I have added to my blog. That is because sometimes an idea or a project really doesn’t take up a very big post but I still want to remember it. This matching game, named THINGS WITH WHEELS is one of those “this or that” posts. Quick […]

Quilts for Christmas

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    journal entry:   Perhaps you read the post for “Toy Bags and Teeny Tiny Cars”.  If you did then you know that after the two little boys I mentioned get through playing with their VERY FAST little cars, they will be tired. One can snuggle up with robots and the other with wild […]


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Whenever I look at Owen, the poems of Eugene Field begin to play in my mind.  I am sure that it was children like Owen who inspired his wonderful work.   Owen is a talker.  He has his eyes wide open . . . looking for an adventure.  He is sweet and cuddly.  Wonder how long […]

Never Too Early for a Christmas Swing-Set


“Play gives children a chance to learn.  They have to play with what they know in order to find out more. Then, they can use what they learn in new forms of play.” -Fred Rogers from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood- journal entry: For Christmas we give family gifts.  Five of them.  Of course they are different.  […]