It’s us–Addie and Vinnie! We sure have been having fun with Alison here in Tennessee. But it has been much COLDER than normal. In fact, Alison tells us that this is the coldest winter her family has had ever since they moved here–and they have been here for almost seven years! Lots of mornings Alison asks her mom for oatmeal for breakfast–yum! Alison likes LOTS of things on top of her oatmeal–fruit, flax seed meal, walnuts, brown sugar, and she usually even asks for some raw oats sprinkled on top! Her mom thinks she is silly for that, but since oats are healthy she usually gives in and lets her have them! One morning we helped her eat her oatmeal, and we were sure full!
Tuesday we had just settled down to help Alison on her homeschool, when what do you think happened? That’s right! SNOW! First just a couple flakes started drifting down here and there. Then more and more, and finally homeschool was called off for a SNOW DAY! Those who live where it snows all the time might laugh about schools and businesses being closed due to a couple inches of snow here in the South, but lots of time there is a layer of ice underneath the snow, and they do not have very many snow plows down here to help plow or salt or sand the roads, since they do not need them very often. Also, a lot of roads around here are really steep as they go up the sides of hills or mountains, so people’s cars slip and slide a lot when there is ice on the roads!
Wednesday morning when we woke up the snow was still here. Even the college where Alison’s daddy works and her big brother goes to school was closed! But the boys still had school work to do. Fortunately, Alison is homeschooling so her mommy can decide that she does different things on snow days! 🙂 One of the first “assignments” her mommy gave her was to make up some food for the birds. They had already filled their bird feeders the day before with seed, but when it is THIS cold the birds need extra fat to help keep warm. So Alison made up a batch of high calorie stuff for the birds to eat. They have a little tray that they put this on, and the birds come to eat it. The wood peckers especially love it! If you want to make some for the birds at your house, here is the recipe.
First melt together in a microwave or on the stove top with your mom’s help:
1 c. vegetable shortening, 1 c. peanut butter
Then add in 1 c. flour. After that is all stirred in, start adding in cups of yellow cornmeal until it gets too thick to stir. This will usually be somewhere between 2-4 cups of cornmeal. Alison put in 2 cups of cornmeal. Then you can either put a pile of this stuff on a platform feeder out for the birds, or if you want to you can press it into some container like a freezer container, freeze it, and then pop it out and it will be a nice little square shape that fits into the regular wire suite cages that the bird feeding stores sell. The part that you do not put out right away, put a lid on the bowl and keep it in your fridge.
Finally Alison was able to get wrapped up in warm clothes and go outside and play in the snow!
She tried to make a snow angel, though they really did not have enough snow to make a good one. She had fun anyway, and you could see the angel shape, so we think it worked!
Yesterday we stayed inside with Alison’s mommy, since we do not have proper snow clothing. But this morning Alison insisted that we needed to have a chance to play in the snow so we did just for a little bit. Brrrr! Our toes got cold! Maybe we need to travel someplace warm and sunny!
Well, that’s all for our snow day. We will try and fill you in on some other activities we have done, because we are heading out soon for our next stop!
Addie and Vinnie