With the onset of lovely weather, I wanted to share a tradition I recently read about, Tokonoma. A tradition in the Japanese culture using what we in America would call an "alcove" in our home, to display things of beauty such as scrolls, flowers, art. The arrangement is generally changed daily to help rejuvenate/stimulate the … Continue reading How I am using the art of Tokonoma
It was past six o'clock and I was preparing dinner. The sun had been shinning so the sliding door shade was open. Our kitty likes to sit on her scratching post and look out at the neighborhood critters running around the trees. I heard her growl which she is prone to do when she … Continue reading The hiss and the furry
When I was a kid, we literally lived in the woods. Our little cabin was surrounded by trees, streams, and undeveloped land. Playing outside is what you did. Television was a special occasion. Cartoons were on Saturdays only (e.g. Saturday morning cartoons). There was no TV 'on demand'. There was no 'streaming', and I didn't … Continue reading A Morning at Free Forest School
Finally we have some temperatures warming here in the Northeast; 70 degrees on February 21st (not a good sign for global warming). It's been nice to see some sunshine and have more moderate temperatures for a bit. During this last weekend warm up (40 degrees! woo-whoo!) we took advantage of the semi-sunny February day by … Continue reading Winter hiking with kids: 6 Tips and Tricks
Being Mrs. Mother Dirt, I am here to advocate that the best things in life really are FREE. Entertaining Spending time with our children does not have to be expensive. In fact, it can be as easy as walking out your front door....literally. Here is a list of 5 things - for FREE- that you … Continue reading 5 FREE things to do with kids today
One of my favorite projects I did with the girls last month was making pine cone bird feeders. After an unseasonal warm-up, we had more than 18 inches of snow dumped on us. I felt for those poor birds. For the next week the temperatures stayed in the 20's and the ground was 100% covered. … Continue reading Pinecone Bird Feeders
This was the best nature find of our hiking adventures this weekend! #optoutside What was your adventure?