The Sunday Whirl: The Cat gets scared!

The Cat sat there waiting by the light of the moon 

He wanted the kids here, he wanted them soon. 

He thought he saw something shine up in his eye 

He heard something breathing, he heard something sigh.  

From around a sharp corner a thing did appear 

The cat heard a bark. He didn’t want to show fear. 

It was almost the morning, time to look for the sound 

It wasn’t a mean dog, not even a hound.  

It was the kids for the Cat, they were playing a trick 

Feeling no divine intervention, the Cat he felt sick. 

The kids felt real sorry for scaring their buddy 

Pasting on a fake smile even though feeling cruddy.  

The Cat gasped real loud when he saw the kids cry 

He thought they should open their minds and should try 

To follow the Cat’s lead to have fun for the time 

Just having fun and laughing isn’t a crime 

So they went on together to enjoying their day 

The kids and the Cat had games they would play.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry Fan Fiction

Crazy Boats!

I was just reading about tug boats on Tugster’s site (https://tugster.wordpress.com/2020/12/16/random-tugs-319/) which got me talking about a website David showed to me the other day about how many boats are in our world’s oceans. This is crazy!

Visual Capitalist

Visual Capitalist

Map: Visualizing Every Ship at Sea in Real-Time

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/visualizing-every-ship-real-time/

Wordle 484

To participate go to: https://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/2020/11/28/wordle-484/

The Cat Plays Teacher

The Cat in the Hat was a master of stories  
he knew what to tell the small kids.  
He talked of a wall taller than a great giant  
and how grownups just did what they did.  
 
The black of his fur was incredibly soft  
so the children would snuggle up close  
Holding a hand or maybe his tail  
Not knowing what it means to impose.  
 
The Cat didn’t care that the kids wanted cuddles  
as long as he sat ‘gainst the wall  
He had a long night and awfully long morning  
and didn’t want to risk that he’d fall.  
 
He thought he could buy some good silver tape  
and tape himself up straight and nice  
Then after he read a few stories to them  
would give them some valuable advice.  
 
He’d tell both the kids that they shouldn’t forget  
that bedtime is good for your brain  
and he’d throw in a reason or two, maybe three  
’bout how no sleep can make you insane.  
 
The Cat would continue to tell both the kids  
that a narrow path needs to expand  
and leading a search or archeology dig  
is like leading a great big brass band.  
 
He’d give them both tips that were equally good  
to impress both their parents with how  
He looked like a cat but was so super smart 
And that was the Cat’s cue to bow.  
 
He’d thank the small kids and both of their folks  
and leave without leaving a mess  
Dad would be getting his slippers and cozy bathrobe  
while Mom just stood in her dress. 

The kids said goodnight and said all their prayers 
to show their folks that they behaved 
Then they snuck to the window to make sure the cat 
turned around and remembered to wave.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry Fan Fiction

My New Pink Apartment Miniature

SOLD

The newest miniature available on Stine Writing on Etsy.com https://www.etsy.com/listing/906329897/my-new-pink-apartment-miniature?ref=shop_home_active_1

This is a completed, fully assembled miniature dollhouse. It has two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and bathroom, all with working lights. The basic furnishings and cabinets are glued down however all of the items included have not been secured yet. As the buyer you can opt for me to set up the apartment and glue everything in place or keep it like it is, with all of the same accessories included. (If you want everything glued, payment must be made prior to glueing).

©2020 CBialczak Miniatures

Truthful Tuesday: September 29th, 2020

For: https://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2020/09/29/truthful-tuesday-september-29th-2020/

What are your thoughts on trick-or-treating this year? Should Halloween be “canceled”, or should it be allowed to go on as normal.

I have never been a big Halloween fan. I remember loving to dress up as a kid but I don’t recall liking walking all over the place for candy. Now, as an adult I think the holiday is ridiculous because of what it has become. When my kids were little I loved to see them dressed up and I loved that they loved Halloween, but again, I was not a fan.

That being said, I think that Halloween is only about candy. Costumes have become “whatever you can pull together”, except those for little kids. All costumes are way too expensive, which is why people make their own costumes. I’m not saying homemade costumes are bad, my mom made all of mine. I’m just saying that rolling up your jeans and putting on a flannel shirt does not make one a farmer.

I think trick-or-treating would be fine, people are wearing masks anyhow!

I think kids should just stay home, though, have parents spend a ton less on candy and costumes, and spend time as a family. Play a game, bob for apples…

©2020 CBialczak

Learning with kids: Things to do!

I have posted a few blogs and this morning saw this from Milwaukee With Kids. It confirms my posts but adds a whole lot of other ideas for staying home with kids and making learning fun!
https://www.mkewithkids.com/

Here are some other sites that might have a few new fresh ideas!
CuriOdyssey Science Playground: https://curiodyssey.org/activities/science-experiments-for-kids/?campaignid=290189299&adgroupid=61778963691&adid=274656931168&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhZr1BRCLARIsALjRVQMvoKhEenEKLqGnnc1Sr-7AOfILnHTtUil9Fh5hXBn_xKqAo0mRAHAaAsEKEALw_wcB
This site has activities for kids that focus on science and hands-on learning

Free Stem Activity Guide: https://www.invent.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/2020_STEMActivityGuide_Final.pdf
This guide has activities for science fun at home using things you find around the home. Most of the projects require things like glue, tape, scissors, and a ruler.

Freindzy.co: https://www.friendzy.co/friendzy-freebies?gclid=Cj0KCQjwhZr1BRCLARIsALjRVQMnJES5D-bEkCzrBaVj5L3Uv5Bga5XigTs3s2XO0VtiCmd8ocDIzysaAtH0EALw_wcB
This site has activities around writing, scavenger hunts at home, and exercises for you and the kids right in your own home, no extra equipment is needed!

Parade Magazine: 125 Things to do! https://parade.com/1009774/stephanieosmanski/things-to-do-with-kids-during-coronavirus-quarantine/
This article has some great ideas for sparking kids imaginations. Some of them, like building a cardboard fort, may require a few materials, but many are items you can find around the home. It has many links to sites, youtube videos, even an article on making elephant toothpaste! https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/make-elephant-toothpaste/

Staying at home without new ideas can lead to boredom and aggravation for parents who really do need to get adult things done. A lot of the sites and activities I have mentioned require minimal parental input (unless your kids are too small to do independent activities).

Have fun!