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Stinky Pond Water

This week the girls needed to collect pond water for an experiment in Biology.  As you look through these pictures, note the lack of excitement.

First off we have to have a way to collect pond water.  God forbid if we get close enough and to get out toes wet.  To stop this possible horror, we attach a soup ladle to a long PVC pipe.

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We get in the car and drive to our favorite place; the library.  There’s an interesting pond between the library and the road. We got to be seen from the library and the road!  No one has ever come out of the library and asked what are we doing.  Maybe they see us and say, “Oh, it’s THEM.”  Which makes sense, since they do know us there.

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Water looks like some interesting organisms live there. Let’s hope so, because that is what we want.   Now you see why we need the long handle for the ladle.  Can’t get too close, you know.

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I hear lots of griping, MOM!  Do you HAVE TO take PICTURES!?   Why yes.  Yes I do.

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After the pond water was collect we head back to the van.  Meanwhile, being the awesome mom that I am, continued to click a gazillion pictures just to irritate my daughters.   It’s a gift.  Only one or two are clear, but the purpose was not to actually get a good picture.

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Once home, jars were labeled, and food was added.  One of the girls caught a minnow.  It is still in there. lol

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To allow air to get in and nothing else, I cut up a pair of pantyhose to cover the jars.  They are now in the garage.  We are waiting on The Husband to announce something stinks in the garage.  So far that hasn’t happened.  Maybe Monday.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Anyone else collect pond water this week?

My Etsy Shop

This has been in the works for the past few months. I now have an Etsy Shop!   The shop is called  Appliejuice.  Tah-Dah!!


I know! I said I wouldn’t sell them, but sadly life has changed. With two kids in college, three in braces AT.SAME. TIME, art lessons and piano lessons I am having to find a way to bring in just a little more income.

Just so you know, I will continue to offer the current quizzes and forms for free on this site. Yes, you still have to ask for the password for them.  I don’t want my current students tempted to cheat. lol

So why do I think you will want to buy my quizzes from Etsy when they are free here?  Good question!

  • There are 16 quizzes and 16 answer keys. One for each module in the textbook. I only have 9 to offer on this blog.
  • They have been edited and tweaked.  That means I have corrected all known grammar errors and made them look more appealing.
  • The best part, they are all in one pdf!  No need to click one link at a time.  You can print one or all.
  • They are an instant download once purchased. 🙂
  • The cost is only $8.00 to be paid through paypal.

The ONLY thing available right now is my set of Biology quizzes.  I will be adding printable forms that I also offer here, but will add more to the pot.

So there you have it, my Etsy Shop.  Come by sometime.  My Etsy Shop

Thank you!

Happy 4th of July

A Frog Delay

I apologize for not having frog pictures up this morning.

I didn’t get the time to upload them yesterday and now I am on the way to Gainesville Violin.  So… photos of frog guts will have to wait until today.


2010 in blog review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 95,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 208 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 883 posts. There were 655 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 92mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was September 15th with 1,029 views. The most popular post that day was Living Book List for Science.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,, Google Reader, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for golden gate bridge, edible animal cell, edible animal cell project, edible animal cell model, and applie’s place.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Living Book List for Science February 2007


Awesome Edible Cells! November 2009


Apologia Biology July 2009


The incredible edible animal cell. November 2008


A clothespin bag. September 2007
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And the winner of…

the Modern Bedding Gift Certificae is:


Number 8 come on down!

Now the big question is, who the heck is number 8?  If I counted the comments correctly, is it none other than Deb from Not Inadequate.   Congratulations, Deb.  Just send me your email and in return I might send you the instructions for your $45.00 certificate.

It’s too bad the CSN stores do not have anything of nutritional value.   Not Inadequate’s refrigerator is a little inadequate, if you ask me.  😉

A Survey, Woohoo!

Would you please fill out this survey for me.  I would really appreciate it and it will only take a few minutes of your time.  And you know I am worth it.  🙂

Click here to take survey

What do you think I should do?

Voting is now over.  I will be keeping this one blog.  🙂

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