Home is where the nest is

Home is where the nest is

 

He just might be the biggest bluebird landlord in Idaho. Al Larson has built and placed more than 350 wooden nest boxes throughout the state’s southwest. The birdwatcher started the project in the late 1970s after reading how important the shelters are to the survival of bluebirds. Today, at the age of 97, he is still at it. Larson monitors the little houses to record vital data about the number of eggs and nestlings. To date, Larson has helped fledge over 40,000 bluebirds.

 

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

 

  • I am attracted to the bluebirds because of  their beauty
  • I’m 97 years old or young
  • Over 40.000 nestlings
  • I’m a birdwatcher
  • When I retired in the late 70’s
  • Their population has been declining
  • A nest box
  • I should put up more boxes
  • I came up with the solution
  • As simply as possible
  • With just 4 sides
  • More than 350 nest boxes out
  • I monitor the boxes regularly
  • The nesting cycle
  • To see if my colour matches the sky
  • I’m gratified to know that I’ve helped the bluebirds increase their population
  • I’ve inspired many many  other people to help other creatures as well
  • My message is you’ve got to be active if  you’re going to get old
  • So think about the future
  • Plan ahead

How to mae a simple bird house

 

Inspire me #10

Inspire me #10

[Chris Notap]

Make a bird house the easy way. Use an old kettle!  They make a great bird house nesting spot for birds. Just rotate the kettle so the spout is pointing upwards then find a tree or post where you can mount the bird house. One screw and washer through the spout and into the bottom is all you need to hold it. Already this season there has been 3 sparrow families that have raised their young in this bird house. Small birds search for any small space as a home and will nest wherever they can if the opening size is right and a kettle opening is perfect for nest-building for a bird house.

 

A Tree-Mendous Christmas

A Tree-Mendous Christmas

Trees are the most recognizable sign of Christmas, but what do you know about them? Each acre of land dedicated to growing Christmas trees will provide the daily oxygen required by 18 people.

source : infographicszone.com
source : infographicszone.com

 [Sweet Home]

 

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DIY – Christmas Tree Napkin

DIY – Christmas Tree Napkin

 [Handimania]

NAPKIN ETIQUETTE

Placing the Napkin in Your Lap    Place the napkin in your lap immediately upon seating. If there is a host or hostess, wait for him or her to take their napkin off the table and place it in his or her lap. (An exception to this rule is buffet-style meals, where you should unfold your napkin when you start eating.)

Unfolding the Napkin    Unfold your napkin in one smooth motion without “snapping” or “shaking” it open.

The size determines how you unfold a napkin in your lap.

  • Large napkins are unfolded halfway.
  • Smaller napkins are unfolded completely and cover the lap fully.

 Don’t Tuck the Napkin    Don’t tuck a napkin into your collar, between the buttons of your shirt, or in your belt.

 Using the Napkin   Use your napkin frequently during the meal to blot or pat, not wipe, your lips. Blot your lips before taking a drink of your beverage.

 Napkin Rings   If a napkin ring is present, after removing your napkin, place the ring to the top-left of the setting. At the end of the meal, grasp the napkin in the center, pull it through the ring, and lay it on the table with the point facing the center of the table.

 Temporarily Leaving the Table   When leaving the table temporarily, put your napkin on your chair. If the chair is upholstered, place the napkin soiled side up.

 Placing the Napkin at the End of the Meal   At the end of the meal :

  • The napkin is loosely folded at the end of the meal.
  • If a plate is in the center of your place setting, when leaving the table lay the napkin to the left of the plate.
  • If the center of your place setting is empty, the napkin is laid in the middle of the place setting.
  • Leave your napkin in loose folds that keep soiled parts hidden.
  • If after-dinner coffee is served at the table, the napkin remains in the lap.
source : (Etiquette Scholar)

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DIY – Christmas Lantern

DIY – Christmas Lantern

 [Aira Tran]

Click here for template 

Here are 10 ways crafting with friends may improve mind and brain wellness :

  1. Mental challenge and problem solving

  2. Social connection

  3. Mindfulness

  4. Development of hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness and fine motor dexterity

  5. Learning and teaching

  6. Focusing attention and thoughts on a task


  7. Encouraging active creativity

  8. Gives a sense of pride and achievement

  9. Teaches patience and perseverance

  10. Facilitates memory formation and retrieval

source : (by Dr. Sarah McKay)

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