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The winner of our MaryJane’s Stitching Room giveaway is Susanne, who said in response to our question, “Tell me why you’re a farmgirl”:
“Even though I’ve lived in town for over 30 years now, I’m still a farmgirl at heart and dream of living on a farm again someday. There’s just a deep satisfaction in going out to milk on frosty mornings, picking fruit from your own trees and storing it for later, harvesting loads of veggies from the garden, making meals completely from homegrown ingredients, and enjoying the beauty of creation all around me. In the meantime, while waiting for a farm again, I enjoy my little garden beds, herbs, and flowers outside, and sewing, knitting, and cooking from scratch inside. I’d love to have this book to create from! Thank you for the giveaway!
Congratulations, Susanne! Watch for an email from the farm. Thank you, everyone, for your lovely comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.
The adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 7,504 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—10,886 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! MJ
Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life …
For this week’s Garden Gate/Get Buggy Intermediate Level Young Cultivator Merit Badge, Piper and I wandered out to the front yard with our trusty notebook journals, magnifying glass, and a couple of glass jars with holes poked in the lids.
I think you can tell where we were going with this, righto? You got it, we were looking for some bug lovin’!
Furry, spindly, fat, eight-legged, four-legged, winged, cute, ugly (or bugly, as the pun-loving Pipes liked to say), we were all about dem bugs.
What we were not about was the anthill we accidently disrupted. Talk about ants in our pants. Okay, okay, I exaggerate, not so much in our pants as milling about our toes, but you get the drift. We apologized to the ant family (They didn’t even pause to listen though. Busy little buggers, aren’t they?) and moved to a different area of the yard.
For the Intermediate Level badge, you won’t really need the jars with lids, but we like to be prepared in case of bug adoptions. You never know when you might find a rare, exotic type lurking under your hydrangeas or scampering past your garden gnome! Why, just one of these finds of the Top Five Rarest Bugs in Nature would cement our notoriety in the world of entomologists:
Well, Piper and I didn’t find any of these remarkable bugs, but we did find some beauties to mark down in our journals. And a roly-poly named Earnest lived in a Mason-jar habitat for an afternoon before we let him go back to his family.
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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is Jennifer Chappell!
Jennifer Chappell (AdeleHale, #6346) has received a certificate of achievement in Cleaning Up for earning a Beginner Level My Fair Farmgirl Merit Badge!
“I researched the difference between conventional products and cruelty-free organic beauty products and shared it on my personal Facebook page. I replaced my toothpaste and all of my skincare products with organic alternatives. I made scented bath salts with Epsom salts and essential oils.
I like using the organic beauty products—they have improved my skin health immensely.
For the bath salts, I combined three pounds of Epsom salts with 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 3 drops tea tree essential oil, and 2 drops peppermint essential oil. The scent and the salts lasted about an hour and my fibromyalgia is better today than it was yesterday.”
With this recipe, whipping up a mess of piping-hot pancakes has never been easier. Gone are the days of standing over a stove, tinkering with the burner setting to get the pan temperature just-so. Additionally, this recipe makes enough to feed a crowd in one fell swoop.
Most of us have heard of a murder of crows, right? Rather than something that sends ominous chills up and down your spine, it’s really just a way to describe a bunch of crows without saying … well, “There was this bunch of crows …”
The names of other animal groupings are just as interesting and intriguing. How many of these had you heard of—and used properly—before today?
A rookery of albatross.
A congregation of alligators.
A shrewdness of apes.
A battery of barracudas.
A sleuth of bears.
A wreck of birds.
A sute of bloodhounds.
A wake of buzzards (getting ominous again).
A bellowing of bullfinches.
A nuisance of cats.
A destruction of wild cats.
A coalition of cheetahs.
A quiver of cobras. (Well, sure, they’d make anyone quiver!)
A pod of dolphins.
A pitying of doves.
A memory of elephants.
A business of ferrets.
A charm of finches.
A flamboyance of flamingoes.
A tower of giraffes.
An implausibility of gnus.
A bloat of hippopotamuses. Hippopatami?
A lounge of lizards.
A mischief of mice.
A company of moles.
A parliament of owls.
A pandemonium of parrots.
A pride of peacocks.
A rhumba of rattlesnakes.
An unkindness of ravens.
A congress of salamanders.
A shiver of sharks.
A fever of stingrays.
A gulp of swallows.
A gang (or posse) of turkeys.
A generation of vipers.
A kettle of vultures.
A wisdom of wombats.
A dazzle of zebras.
These are just the ones that caught my eye. There are dozens more names of animal packs and groupings. Which one is your favorite?