If the weather gives you lemons… We’ve all been taking turns with a bug that has left us feeling under the weather. Our energy is still a little drained and we are having a hard time jumping back into our normal routines. I actually love the rain, but I woke up with a craving for sunshine, as if soaking it in would be like a magical golden elixir. All day was a typical Pacific Northwest gray overcast one, with a steady drizzle- liquid sunshine.
“The rain to the wind said,
You push and I’ll pelt.’
They so smote the garden bed
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged–though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.”
Showers gave way to sprinkles. Finally, I decided that to shake my sour mood, I just had to get out, and the younger kids were willing. There was an overflowing box of pop cans in the garage that needed to be taken to recycle. On the way, we realized we had forgotten to actually get the cans. We decided to continue on, circle through the park, then head back home after the cans. So we set off… to make liquid sunshine lemonade!
Kincaid’s lupine (Lupinus oreganus) is a threatened native wildflower in the Willamette Valley. As Homeschoolers every outing becomes a learning experience. Almost every walk or ride becomes a nature hike. The River Bike Path offers so many botany, zoology, and ecology lessons.
Over in the meadow, In the reeds on the shore, Lived an old mother muskrat, And her little ratties four, “Dive!” said the mother; “We dive!” said the four, So they dived and they burrowed, In the reeds on the shore. ~Wadsworth
“What are we going to do with the bottle return money?” the kids asked, this time taking turns inserting cans into a counting and crushing machine. They decided on that yellow, sweet, and tangy beverage that reminds us of the warmth and brightness of real sunshine.