Saturday, May 14, 2011
Here we are, almost in the middle of another year again. I must say we have had an exciting, productive year so far and are looking forward to things that lie ahead.
It has now been a year that my husband is working from home, you can see what he is getting up to at www.vertopia.co.za . Our girls and I have have loved having him at home with us, being able to share in many of their learning experiences.
My business too has grown in leaps and bound, with a new website www.mandilee.co.za , that keeps me busy in every spare moment I have, next to school and the running of my home.
Caitlyn and Jaina have already learnt so much about business, the running of it and the hard work and determination that goes into making something a success. We are glad to be able to instill that entrepreneurial spirit in them at their young age.
This year is also a special one, as my oldest daughter Caitlyn is turning 13........ 13!! I am going to have a teenager in the house! She is turning into such a confident, helpful young lady and my heart is warmed by the maturity she shows in situations she is faced with.
Until my next post, be blessed!
Saturday, September 4, 2010
You are very special There's no one just like you Created by the Master God made you to be you You are very special Exclusively designed You are very special And I'm so glad your'e mine You were handmade by God He fashioned your heart You were handmade by God He knew you from the start You were handmade by God Unique in all your ways You were handmade by God To praise Him all your days
Monday, April 12, 2010
But for now, it's back to school - my girls don't look too sad to get back into the swing of things. Maybe it's because we LOVE to LEARN!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Who knew Geography could be so much fun! We made our own "magma" and cooled it to see how different rocks are formed. Rock Recipe 1. Melt about 500g sugar with a little water in a saucepan. 2. Stir until it goes a golden brown. 3. Spoon half of the mixture onto a greased pan and let cool. 4. To the other half, add 1 teaspoon of baking powder. 5. The mixture will froth, quickly transfer to another greased pan and allow to cool. Break the mixture into pieces and there you have it edible rocks!
Friday, January 22, 2010
We are back into the swing of things concerning homeschool - 2010! May this be a good, fruitful year! For Geography, we are studing minerals and how different crystals are formed. To make our own, we mixed a salt solution with red food coloring (rubies), epsom salt solution with green colouring (emeralds) and sugar solution with blue coloring (saphires). Then you hang a paper clip at the end of string in the middle of the solution for the crystals to start growing on, then the waiting game starts - at least 2 weeks. Who said school is boring?? We Love to learn!!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
After much research and confirmation from a friend's husband (who knows a bit about snakes), the snake was in fact a Red Lipped Snake! The photo above looks just like him, but alive. http://momstheword-mandi.blogspot.com/2009/09/snake.html He had a brown body, black head and very distinct orange cheeks, so there you have it! They are not too poisonous, but will give you a craker of a headache if you get bitten. Red Lipped snakes live in marshy or wetlands (there are a few in the area), come out at night to feed on frogs. Now owls, (we have seen large ones around here) come out at night to feed on the snakes. I am almost sure one of them lost his supper the other night, when perching on our roof! Hope you enjoyed today's zoology lesson!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
One of the very special thing of Johannesburg in the summer is the hot, lazy days then in the early afternoon, the signs of a thunderstorm approaching. The deep rumble and the huge threatening clouds in the distance, has something so dramatic about it, a feeling of something so much bigger than ourselves. It can be quite daunting for someone that has not experienced one of these storms. The air goes quiet, as birds and animals seek shelter from the coming rain. Then come the first huge spots of rain that begin to fall, the drama starts to unfold - lightening, thunder, sheets of rain blowing against the window panes. Then when it is all over, everything springs to life again. The birds sing, the sun comes out and everything glistens, looking clean and sparkling. The air even smells fresh and new, with all the dust and pollen being washed away. Sigh, I love thunderstorms!
Monday, September 28, 2009
There was much excitement today when we had out tea break. On going outside to hang up the washing, there next to our veggie patch ...... was a ....... SNAKE! It is quite small, about the length of my fore arm. The snake is brown, with orange cheeks. It is dead and already has ants crawling all over it, thankfully! Otherwise I would not have known what to do with it. Well, we took the opportunity to have a quick zoology lesson, but Caitlyn and Jaina can't believe that we have living creatures like this in our very own garden (neither can I) - they are supposed to be behind glass at the zoo! I have gone further to find out what kind of snake it is, but to no avail. If anyone has a clue, please post, as we would love to know who this visitor was.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Yay! Spring is in the air!
It brings with it the hope of new things, a new beginning, a promise of a fun filled summer.
I was taking these photos a little earlier today, when our guinea pig, Sasha, came out to investigate what I was getting up to - it is out of focus, but I could not resist putting it in!2 weeks ago, we planted beans, tomatoe seeds, spinach seeds and (for my husband) chillie seeds. This week we started seeing some green leaves popping up. Did I mention how much I love this time of the year?
Friday, June 26, 2009
1. Use modelling clay to stick a candle upright in the centre of a small plate or tray.
2. Pour water in until it is about 2cm deep.
3. Light candle and place a glass/glass jar over it. The rim of the jar must be under the water, resting on the bottomm
4. Watch the candle flame carefully as soon as the jar is in place.
You will see the water level rise inside the glass/jar. It does this to replace the oxygen that was used up by the burning flame.
Once the oxygen is used up, the flame goes out.
Try this, it really works. We did this yesterday and the water is still inside the glass.
Let me know how yours turn out!