Blog Action Day 2010 Prep

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Blog Action Day 2010  October 15th

I’m preparing an entry for Blog Action day. Have you heard about it? My kids try so hard to conserve water they rarely flush and have to be sent to the shower. Do we take our access to water for granted? In the US, we absolutely do. This year the Blog Action day theme is water. I bet we’ll learn a lot.

This week I learned that there are people in the United States that don’t have access to other basic services we take for granted.


A fire rescue team let a man’s house burn to the ground because he failed to pay his fire service fee. They had abundant water to available to wet down the perimeter to protect his neighbors from the flames. The neighbors were all paid up.


Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

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Flower Power

Every year we watch the cardinals and their babies at our bird feeders in the backyard. They have a nest somewhere close.

This spring we started a row of amazing flowers along the front edge of our yard. These are much more interesting than that strip of grass was.  We’ve seen more birds, caterpillars and butterflies than we’ve ever seen in our yard. Little yellow finches nibbling at the flower seeds. Blue birds swoop through.

We use the worms from our yard to turn our kitchen scraps into compost and then turn that into the dirt in the flower beds and around the bushes.

We planted 2 peach trees, 2 apple trees, a fig tree, blueberries and even a pomegranate! Yum. So our awesome new shrubs and trees will feed us people too.

This summer we certified our yard with the National Wildlife Federation. When we read the qualifications, they seemed to be describing our place! A friend of ours nearby certified their yard a while ago and I always thought it would be cool to have our own certification number! We ordered the yard sign too.

nwf.org Garden-for-Wildlife – Create-a-Habitat
“creating a certified wildlife habitat to discovering wildlife in your neighborhood and sharing the findings, there are many ways you can make a difference.”

Listen to this interview! All the great things to do in your yard! We’ve been doing it and it’s so rewarding.  http://ow.ly/2w3Tq

under the sea – wonders and astonishments

David Gallo shows underwater astonishment | Video on TED.com

One amazing clip from TED. The most mysterious and cool things under that water. We had seen a lot about cuddle fish from the visit to the IMAX theater at MOSY in Tampa a few months ago.

Oh, dear. This next one was not a happy video. TED is full of great ideas. Not all of them will make you smile, but even these I’m glad to have shared and seen. The girls were most impressed with the size of the fish that we used to be able to catch. These pictures really hit home what’s happening under the sea.