Blue Monday: Flora and Fauna

For Blue Monday

For Mellow Yellow Monday

At the San Diego Safari Park, this fabulous bird slowly turned around to see who was approaching him from the rear. Perhaps I startled him and encroached upon his meditation hour. I don't really know, but I've never seen this unique species before... have you? I am so fortunate to live nearby the Safari Park. I know there's a lot of zoo's in the world but this special outdoor park is so vast and has tons of flora and fauna.

Growing on the north side of our home, we have a potted dragon fruit tree. I have written about them before, here and have shared their fruit with you at... This spectacular yellow bloom opens up in the morning just for a little while. The cool thing is that there's quite a few more to enjoy!

For Book Sharing Monday

A wonderful collection of poems for ages 8 and up. This is my all-time favorite book.
The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems

Here's an excerpt from the book.

 The Birds

Do you ask what the birds say?
The sparrow, the dove,
The linnet and thrush say:
I love and I love.

In the Winter they're silent,
The wind is so strong;
What it says I don't know
But it sings a loud song.

But green leaves and blossoms,
And sunny, warm weather,
And singing, and loving,
All come back together.

But the lark is so brimful
Of gladness and love,
The green fields below him,
The blue sky above.

That he sings and he sings
And forever sings he:
I love my love
And my love loves me.

-- Samuel Taylor  Coleridge
Have a great week ahead!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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Blue Monday: Kabobs

Homegrown Basil and Flowers

Do you have herbs in your garden?

Marinade in olive oil, vinegar, oregano, basil and garlic
A few tips that I recommend are soaking skewers in water before threading to prevent them from catching on fire. Turn frequently. Be sure and thread the shrimp through both ends to prevent spinning or falling off and while you’re at it, don’t forget to spray the grill with a nonstick cooking spray.

A Hawaiian sesame sauce for dipping is yummy. Maybe try adding some lime, fresh herbs and Cajun seasoning as well. For more information from the article, visit Krazy for Kabobs

Charcoal Barbecue

An outdoor barbecue is our way for my grown kids and grandkids to thank their Dad/Grandpa. What a fun way for children to eat zucchini, bell peppers and mushrooms with rice and maybe some coleslaw. I love shrimp, too. I've made fruit dessert kabobs, sprinkled in coconut flakes, too.

Chicken and Vegetable Kabobs

Food just has a way of bringing people together! Hope your weekend was great, too! Ever wondered what crafts you can make from bamboo skewers? See Feels Like Home blog

 Photos for Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday

Card Deck of Recipes

I have these recipe cards and my "chef grandson" loves to use them and prepare great snacks!
I wrote a little review about them at Kids-Kitchen. Although this item is not a book, it's my entry this week for Book Sharing Monday

"Kids' Kitchen" is designed to encourage children to cook delicious and nutritious recipes for their friends and family. The 40 recipes are displayed on laminated recipe cards stored in a sturdy box.

Each is color-coded to reflect government guidelines on healthy eating (the Eatwell Plate) promoting a balanced intake of Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, Oils, Milk, Meat and Beans. The 5 colors correspond to these 5 food categories. Tips on how to combine the recipes are also provided in this title.

It features a unique cookery deck that encourages children to prepare fun, tasty and healthy meals and introduces them to recipes from around the world. Recipes are divided into the five main food categories. This title includes 8-page booklet that contains information on the benefits of each food type, practical advice on hygiene and safety and a glossary of cookery terms.

Author Fiona Bird is a Masterchef and the founder of 'Stirrin' Stuff', a charity dedicated to teaching cookery skills and an understanding of nutrition to primary school children. Fiona Bird is mother of six children and winner of Scottish Masterchef 2001. Inspired by her success, and encouraged by Scottish chef Nick Nairn, Fiona set up Stirrin' Stuff, a charity which promotes healthy eating in schools and nursery schools and encourages children to look after the environment at the same time. Fiona is an active campaigner, writing regularly for Green Parent, Organiclife and Tastes of Britain. She is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and also develops recipes for Tern TV. Fi lives in Angus, Scotland.Roberta Arenson Roberta Arenson has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of California. She works in collage, monoprint and watercolor.


1. Oh, my goodness... #5 grandchild (the special package) will be arriving in January!
2. Our Best of the Web post featured my blog today at: Thank you very much Susan K., editor and blogger of Pocket Change.

I am floating in the clouds and participating in the following memes today:


“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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Blue Monday: Wheels

 For Blue Monday and Mellow Yellow Monday

Went to the local Avocado Festival and Biker Rally, what fun! Weather is warming up.

One of the fun songs for me to play and sing with my grandson that I posted on my piano blog is:

The Wheels On The Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round
A                D
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
A              D
All around the town

*now that you have the form I am only going to list the first lines of each verse*

2. The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish
3. The driver on the bus goes "Move on back!"
4. The people on the bus go up and down
5. The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep
6. The baby on the bus goes "Wah wah wah!"
7. The parents on the bus go "Sh sh sh"
8. The wheels on the bus go round and round
Guitar Chords 
You could play the song with these 2 chords, F and C7. 

 For Book Sharing Monday:

Board Book for Ages 1 and Up, $5.99
The Wheels on the Bus: A Sing 'n Move Book (Baby Genius Sing 'n Move Book)

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“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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Blue Monday: Exotic Bird

San Diego Safari Park

These beautiful birds, with their fancy plumage, surely have a name. I am not familiar with these particular birds but I must say, they win the "hospitality" award. The left panel shows how assertively we were greeted, while the other bird joined in, and then they started to dance before our eyes. We were all charmed while the camcorders were taking it all in. I enjoyed my time at the Safari Park. Perhaps you have you seen this bird variety before? They remind me of a miniature peacock, in a way.

For more wonderful blues, visit Blue Monday.

K-music Performance

The Kindergarten children finished performing in their Patriotic Program for their graduation class. Congratulations boys and girls. You did a great job with the songs using your rhythm instruments. Now, pop on over to First Grade!

 For more yellow photos from around the world, visit Mellow Yellow Monday.

We're Roaming in the Rainforest

This colorful picture book is available in paperback for $7.99 and the hardcover was $16.99, now $10.99 To order online, click the link under the photo that will take you to my marketplace. This is a popular book for ages 4-10.

Three children embark on a day-long trek through the rainforest, discovering all sorts of exotic creatures in their natural habitats. The charming, rhyming text highlights an adjective for each creature. The story is complemented by educational end notes about the creatures in the story, and the peoples of the rainforest.

Un recorrido por la selva

Also, written by Laurie Krebs and Anne Wilson, Roaming the Rainforest is available in Spanish. See what others are reading at Book Sharing Monday.

For the music class, I made Rain Sticks (from paper towel rolls) to use with the song "Aloha Oe".

Remember how the chorus goes?

Farewell to you, farewell to you
The charming one who dwells in the shaded bowers
One fond embrace,
'Ere I depart
Until we meet again
Aloha `oe, aloha `oe
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
One fond embrace,
A ho`i a`e au
Until we meet again

Chorus Chords

G          D
Aloha oe, aloha oe
     A                D
E ke onaona noho i ka lipo
    G               D
One fond embrace, a hoi ae au
A             D
Until we meet again

 These homemade musical instruments make such a soft and gentle rainforest sound. For photos and instructions, visit How To Make Rainsticks.

Seeds for the Birds Board Game

Seeds for the Birds Board Game

Help Mama Bird feed her hungry babies, and watch out for the pesky squirrel who wants to steel seeds for himself!
Ages 3 and up
Produced By: Peaceable Kingdom 

Happy Reading!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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