A few weeks ago, I drove by these interesting cone-shaped flowers. This building always has bright blooms that bring color to this busy intersection, but it's location is not ideal to take pictures unless you park around the corner and walk over to the front. Not feasible with 2 kids in the car who may… Continue reading Flower of the Day: April 7, 2020. Robert Frost’s poem
It's been cold and rainy in San Jose for the past week. During a brief dry phase, our family went searching for snails or any interesting critters that crawl out on damp days. I realized that I've been looking in the wrong spots for snails this whole time. I looked down when I had to… Continue reading Snails for pals, temporarily
I am and have been a huge fan of Henry Thoreau since college. His journals are a fascinating read of his meticulous observations of nature in Concord, Massachusetts. When I miss nature and its quietness, I always revisit his writings. I imagine meandering the grounds of Walden Pond and peeking into the simple cabin that… Continue reading A short entry from Thoreau’s journal
Earlier last week I wrote about clusters of eggs we discovered in our fish tank. We guessed it would either be fish or snail eggs. Quickly the process of elimination helped me realize that it's not snail eggs, because one of our snails died (exact time is unknown, hard to tell with snails). The lady… Continue reading (Catfish?) eggs still in egg form
Kids are freaking out! We've had our 10-gallon fish tank for about an year and no fish or snails have laid eggs. Yet the kids have always been hopeful that we will get a larger tank once the fish babies come. The drama of our fish tank go way back starting with tadpoles metamorphosed to… Continue reading Fish or snail eggs? Maybe new additions to our tank.