The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Mother.
Prayers to Mary
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death. Amen.
Purple prince and little red riding hood have made way for the Queen. Her Majesty is a tulip, and her court of Elegant Lady tulips are near at hand.
These tulips are actually almost as near black as any flower can be. Though not as black as in the picture in the magazine, I am impressed with them.
Last year we recieved a magazine with a coupon for 25$ off, an if your order was under 25$ you would have your order free. I ordered Queen of the Night and her Elegant Ladies, and purposely my order was under 25$.
Today was my first ballet picture day this week. I ordered a 4×6 picture of myself.
when I arrived at the ballet studio, the first thing I did was dress in my costume. Then, after our class underwent a major pinning of costumes, we went in to one of the studios that had been turned into a photography studio and had a class picture taken. Then anyone who had ordered a picture of themselves alone stepped forward and had their picture taken in a pose. I shall receive the pictures on the day of the dress rehearsal for the dance concert.
I have finished planting the last of the vegetables I am going to plant.Here is a list of all I have planted:
Red, Orange, Yellow, and Purple Sweet Bell Peppers (Mmm)
Banana Peppers (a slightly spicy DELICIOUS peppers, wonderful on sandwiches.)
Cabbage (Mmm. Cole Slaw)
Romaine Lettuce (a friend had very good results with lettuce from seeds)
When I was digging the garden, I found an early June Bug (Maria, who was helping me plant cabbage, freaked out. I saved it from her shoe.) I also found a cut worm. (a gardeners enemy.) I drowned it.
1. It is the day to do science.
2. I have a good book to read and time to read it in.
3. The flowers are in bloom.
4. My bed is made and my room is clean.
5. I have spare time to listen to the Von Trapp Children.
6. The house is clean.
7. There is green tea in the house.
8. No one is bugging me.
9. There is something good to write in my blog.
10. I have time to do anything I want to do
Mom and I have always wanted one…
And now we have one! A garden devoted to produce! Hurray! Information on what I will plant coming out soon.
I have read the praises of coffee grounds for plants. I read that it is good for hydrangeas to make the flowers blue an effect of vinegar, an acid. This lead me to wonder if coffee grounds were acidic.
In this WONDERFUL, INTRUIGING book, The Mystery of the Periodic Table, (a must read,) I had read how to tell acids from bases (the opposite of acids.) So I proceeded to do the test.
First, I boiled four purple cabbage leaves in four cups of water for fifteen minutes.
This is what the leaves looked like when the where done
This is the water’s original color
Before I started my experiment, I first added things I knew whether or not they were acidic or basic. I put in acidic vinegar with a low Ph of 2 and the blackish-purple water turned red. I put in the slightly basic backing soda (with a Ph of 8) and the water turned slightly green.
These are the results of my experiment: When I put the cabbage water in the coffee grounds, expecting it to turn red, nothing happened! I tried it again with the same results! THE COFFEE GROUNDS WERE NEUTRAL! To confirm my results, I went on to the internet to find the Ph of coffee grounds. They have a Ph of 6.7, 7 being purely nuetral.
I read that coffee grounds making hydrangeas blue-er was a myth.
Left to right: Vinegar, Coffe Grounds, Baking Soda.
When Sarah and her Mom picked up a box of green tea, Sarah thought she would like it as much as she liked herbal tea. But when she brewed a cup later on in the evening, she found it tasted better than any tea she had ever drank before. After experimenting with different time lengths of time brewing, she found it tasted best when brewing it two minutes out of the reccomended one to three. She also thinks the addition of any sugar makes the tea taste horrible. Sarah’s mother thinks it tastes OK, but nothing special.
Congratulations to my homeshool ballet class teacher! She won’t be teaching for a while on account of her little baby girl! With a family of ballet-ing people, (her mother, sister, and brother) she is likely to be interested in ballet also.
Maria and I went to a birthday party for a friend of ours. I learned a couple of new games and had a lot of fun.
The snow has melted. The robins and redwinged blackbirds have come. The grass is greening. The trees are budding. And yet, something is missing to make it really spring.
But now spring is definitely, positively, certainly, undeniably, unquestionably, beyond a doubt, categorically here!
The final touch was added when the first of my flowers bloomed (this is one of the members of the royal family. I believe it is the Purple Prince. Other members are Red Emperor and Queen of the Night.) The time of the gardener has arrived.
With last day of frost only 10 days away, I am adding the finishing touches on my plan for where I am going to put the annuals in my garden. I am looking forward to playing in the dirt.
This just in. Sarah tries green tea. Finds she really likes it!