Shopping Day

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The temperature has been creeping steadily up, as has my height. Today when I brought down my summer clothes, I found that almost everything is too short! So we went on an emergency shopping day this afternoon! Most of my shirts came out of the juniors section instead of the girls section! I am getting older!

Shopping Day

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City Spelling Bee

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Today was the city spelling bee. I got into it by competing against other homeschoolers in the annual homeschool spelling bee and winning. I came in forth place and won a trophy  that is exactly two feet tall. A man from the newspaper that hosted the bee talked to me while writing stuff down. It was very fun.

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Quiz Bowl

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Last night there was another quiz bowl. I was not a captain this time. My team came in 7th place. That might sound pretty good until I tell you that there was seven teams. Oh well. There is always next time.

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In Like a Lion

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 It is blowing snow and sleet everywhere. We are scheduled to get 20 inches of snow and forty miles an hour winds today, tonight, and tomorrow.  A number of things were cancelled for the blizzard, including the homeschool ballet and tap classes we have every Thursday.

As I do yearly on March first, I began the countdown to my birthday, which is March thirteenth. This year I shall be twelve years old.

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Dedication of March

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The month of March is dedicated to Saint Joseph.

Prayer to St. Joseph 500 years old 

Oh, St Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires. Oh, St Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, out Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power,
I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

Oh, St Joseph, I never weary contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arm; I dare not approach while he resposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His find head for me and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St Joseph, patron of departing souls – Pray for me.Amen

St Joseph

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Twin Block Appliance

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The othodontist said it would take only three days for this thing to stop hurting. He was wrong. It took a whole five days for my teeth to stop hurting. Now, I can (almost) chew and am starting to talk better. I have given up the letter S as a hopeless cause though.

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My First Babysitting Session!

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Last night I went on my first babysitting session for another family than my own. It was great fun. I babysat for a eight-year-old girl and a six and a half-year old boy for three hours. We colored, played candyland, and read some books. Their mother gave me $17!

If you are looking for two wonderful books that are not two long, I highly recomend these: Cheaper by the Dozen by Ernestine and Fred Jr. Gilbreth (hilarious true story about a family of twelve children) and Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (Based on a true story of a girl stranded on an island for 18 years.) You will not be disappointed.

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Insectile Farmers-A Composition

Insectile Farmers

Fungi play an important part in the lives of leaf cutting ants. For when a young queen leaves her colony to start a new one, she takes with her some of her mothers chewed up leaves. It is not the leaves that matter so, but what is on them, fungi.
After a queen mates and finds a home, she cultivates her new garden carefully, alongside her first larvae. If this batch of fungi fails her colony will have no chance of survival. If her garden succeeds, the gray springy heap of fungi will grow long hyphae, which will eventually form swollen tips.
By this time some workers may have become adults. They will harvest these tips as food, and weed out objectionable varieties of fungus.
Meanwhile the fungi are being pampered. They are fertilized with ant dung and provided chewed leaves as a food source.
In conclusion, fungi unmistakably are essential to leaf cutting ants.

Atta Ant

Ash Wednesday

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It is Ash Wednesday, the begining of lent. Our Family has given up sweets and TV (except on my birthday, which is coming up on March 13.)

This Ash Wednesday also marks another important date in my life. Teeth-fixing time. Today I got a appliance called a twin block appliance. The purpose is to grow my lower jaw forward, correcting a 100% overbite.

Have a blessed Ash Wednesday!

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Perfect Pair-A Composition

Perfect Pair
Lichens are not one, but two organisms, a partnership of two kingdoms. Lichen is made of a fungus (usually ascomycete) and an alga (gray or green).
There are 20,000 kinds of lichen, each with a different variety of fungus. There are fewer algae in many lichens; so fewer algae are involved.
A lichen body is made of sturdy fungus hyphae, and the alga is sheltered within. The fungus provides the alga with water and mineral nutrients; the alga in turn leaks out nutrients, which is absorbed by the fungus.
This partnership is so tough that lichen can live where no other creature can live. If the weather turns too hot, cold, or dry, the lichen goes into a state of suspended animation until the environment is desirable.
Because lichens are only 5% algae, and because the alga grows very slowly, lichen grow only about 5 mm a year. Therefore lichen live for centuries, or in a few cases, millennia.
Lichens only weakness is that in getting nutrients from rain in polluted areas where sulphur dioxide is dissolved into the rain, lichen absorbs the poison and often dies as a result.
This is a perfect example of symbiotic relationship.