Archive for April, 2010

Cottonmouth

Posted in entertainment with tags , , , , on April 22, 2010 by simpleheresy

The kids and I were inside when the door flew open and Charles ran in. “OH MY GOD!! OH MY GOD!! OH MY GOD!!”  He runs into the other room and grabs the sword.  As he passes through the living room he yells, “It’s HUGE!” I follow him out the door.  He’s half way across the yard and running with the sword out.  It was like a martial arts movie.  He skids to a stop at the base of the hill and chopped once, twice, three times into the tall grass.

I approach slowly and he picks up his prize; a long snake body.  The kids are on my heels eager to see what the commotion is all about. “Cool, Dad.” is Fish’s first reaction. “We’ve got to bury the head.” Keek comments. The writhing  snake’s body (sans head) is as tall as Fish.  It’s a Cottonmouth.  Eeeeke.  After the initial shock wears off, but while it’s still twitching, Keek says, “We should eat it.”  Bear Grylls would be proud.

It’s a Bird! It’s a spaceship! No, It’s a Narwhal!

Posted in entertainment with tags , , on April 20, 2010 by simpleheresy

We were looking at the way water reacts to no gravity in space on youtube and that sparked an interest in the new space shuttle design.  So we looked up more information about the Boeing design.  The first thing that came to mind when I saw it was a narwhal.  Fins, flippers and even the unicorn horn!  🙂 lol 🙂

So I wasn’t permitted to post a linked image of the Boeing X-40a but really, it’s worth google-ing!

April is National Poetry Month

Posted in entertainment with tags , , on April 15, 2010 by simpleheresy

Happy National Poetry month.  Here is my contribution.

“Red Cent”

Beware the Ides of March is what they used to say
beware the Ides of April seems more apt today.
Taxes argued over by right and left
new parties float around bereft.
The people watch in a lulled slumber
as politicians lead them asunder.
People at war and planet in crisis
what’s happened to the people’s synapses?
Revolution’s in the air on both sides of the aisle
but which of the supporters will carry leaders the mile?
Once again we’re in a predicament
trying to solve it with another red cent.
We’ve been here before and money’s not the answer
it seems to me money is the cancer.
Taxes argued over by right and left
new parties float around bereft.
Beware the Ides of March is what they used to say
beware the Ides of April seems more apt today.

Juvenile Cedar Waxwing

Posted in Homeschooling, useless knowledge with tags , , , , on April 13, 2010 by simpleheresy

Discovered an unknown bird in the yard.  It appears to have fallen and died.  Had a heck of a time trying to ID it at whatbird.com.  It was a juvenile so I kept clicking the smaller bird category.  And these guys are not supposed to be breeding in Oklahoma, they are supposed to nest far north of here.  Only whatbird has them nesting as close as Northern KS and NE.  But anyway, we finally found it’s true identity by Googling “yellow tipped tail feathers.” Once we were certain we listened to it’s song at birdjam.com

Here are some pictures of it’s beautiful tail feathers.  You can see in the two last photos how it’s plumage was changing to the adult colors but it hadn’t developed the red spots on the wings quite yet.  Poor birdie. 😦

You can find more information about Cedar Waxwings here:

http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/159/_/Cedar_Waxwing.aspx

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cedar_Waxwing/id

http://www.birdjam.com/birdsong.php?id=10

Mmmm. Smoothies.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 12, 2010 by simpleheresy

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1 cup greek honey yogurt

2 bananas

1 cup skim milk

Dump everything into blender.  Chop to get things going then switch to frappe for just a minute.  Pour and enjoy.

Tofu dinner recipe for two.

Posted in Recipes with tags , , , on April 9, 2010 by simpleheresy

With Keek being an ethical vegetarian we venture into tofu more and more.  This is an on the spot recipe.  It earned 5 stars from dear daughter (and I loved it too)!

5oz. #4 firm tofu, chopped

4 good-sized button mushrooms, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped – no seeds

1 roma tomato, chopped

1/2 cup shredded cheese (we used colby – jack)

1 1/2 Tbs. Italian seasoning

2 tsp cracked peppercorn

fresh washed spinach for 2 salad beds

horseradish sauce – to taste

Take all (except spinach and horseradish) mix well in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high until cheese melts.  Serve over spinach with horseradish as dressing. I mixed mine all together and it was delicious.  Keek chose to eat hers by alternating one bite of tofu mix then one of spinach with no horseradish anywhere.  I like the spice… 🙂

So delicious.  Haven’t a name for the recipe any ideas would be appreciated!