Latin Week One

Last year, I thought Adventurer Jr. was going to take Spanish this year. But he wanted learn Latin first instead. I’ve decided for now we’ll learn one phrase per day, and I’ll test on Sunday to review the previous 6 phrases. I found these free Latin websites: Surface Languages and LearnLangs. I have decided that we’ll start with the first website, then we’ll move on to the second website. The first lesson is “Current Phases 1”. It contains nine phrases. I’ll take … Continue reading >>

Almond Florentine Cookies

Ingredients: 1 egg white cooking oil, powdered sugar, all purpose flour 1:0.5:1 Pinch of salt to taste Directions: Mix all ingredients well in a bowl. Scoop 1 teaspoon full of mixture and drop it on a baking sheet one at a time, leave 2 inches in between each drop. The mixture should flatten into a thin round disk. Place sliced almond pieces on top of each drop. Bake in oven at 375°F for 10 minutes. Enjoy!   … Continue reading >>

Tabata Lesson One

1-7-2014 Finally today, I got around to trying the Tabata class out. We worked with a 25 kg (55 lbs) power medical ball the entire session. We swung it, did push ups with it, jumped with it, twisted with it, even held it between our knees while doing sit-ups. You name it, we did it. It was a good workout, and I liked it. Holding that ball steady with hand(s), feet, or knees is challenging in itself. Too bad Adventurer … Continue reading >>

Apocalypse Survival Guide

Last week, Adventurer Jr. suggested we should write a disaster survival guide specific to us. First, we’ll need a fire source for cooking and boiling water. The easiest source is a fire pit in the back yard. Trees are abundant outside, so fuel isn’t a problem. To start a fire, we can use collected lint from the dryer. You can buy it in stores as well, but I’d rather use my own. Next on the agenda is food. This spring … Continue reading >>

Solar Panel

Everything will degrade overtime, and solar panels are no exception. A good quality and well-maintained solar panel can last around 40 years with good output, and most manufacturers will offer a warranty of 25 years. Solar panels are delicate systems that are designed to be installed in a safe location. The only semi-safe place for us is on the roof. Even then, that raises the challenge of cleaning them regularly. Also, it might get hit by lightning (this is how … Continue reading >>