Monthly Archives: April 2008

Links For 25 April 2008

[Japanese-English translator](http://suteki.nu/translator/)
: Switch between Kirigana, Romaji, and English, with translation.

[Kanji converter](http://nihongo.j-talk.com/parser/)
: Convert Kanji and web sites to Romanji or Hiragana, with translation.

Squashed

Yesterday I slathered sunscreen on everyone and went back to work on the garden. Matthew was working on a dog solution for the backyard beds, so I planted out the two front vegetable beds. Rebecca managed one row of peas before she was “bored, Mom”. Each got eight patty-pan squash hills, three yellow and three green squash hills, and a rectangle for radishes and spinach or lettuce.

Once the vegetable beds were done, I watered them and helped Rebecca and the next-door-neighbor’s daughter plant out a flower bed. Sunflowers, morning glories, cosmos, shasta daisies, pansies, and more.

Last, I planted a squash bed in the backyard. Matthew built another box out of scrap lumber (from helping a friend dismantle his deck) and filled it with some of our extra dirt. (We have a bit of extra dirt.) Acorn squash, sugar pumpkins, and butternut squash, two hills each.

Of the seedlings, I now have Roma tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, onions, basil, chives, and the bell peppers are _finally_ peeking their heads out.

Busy, busy, busy!

Links For 13 April 2008

[Computer assisted chemistry tutorial](http://www.science.uwaterloo.ca/~cchieh/cact/index.html)
: Information and tutorials on university level general chemistry.

[Food timeline](http://www.foodtimeline.org/index.html)
: A history of food and historic recipes.

Save The Worms!

I spent the entire afternoon outside stripping sod from the front yard. (I say sod, but really, it was a mix of grass and weeds and green things. Sod is being kind.) Four inches down, two feet across, ten feet long. Four times. I filled a wheelbarrow every half block, and Matthew carted it to the backyard where sod is needed, and Marcus brought back the empty barrow. I tried to save as many worms as I could; they kept making for the sidewalk. Morons.

I offered Marcus five dollars if he’d eat a worm. He said he didn’t have any ketchup on him. Clever boy. He picked up the slack while Matthew and I worked on our gardening stuff. Marcus walked Kaylee up and down the block and brought us drinks and ferried Madeline around and otherwise helped out a great deal. Rebecca, having failed at breaking sod and bored by other tasks, did the dishes and babysat Madeline inside the house.

So that finished off half of the front yard planter boxes. The raspberries went in yesterday in a nice hedgerow of six canes. I am restraining myself from getting more. Restraint! Must show restraint!

Links For 03 April 2008

[Name the elements of the periodic table](http://www.sporcle.com/games/elements.php)
: Name all the elements of the periodic table in under 15 minutes.

Links For 02 April 2008

[Fankhauser’s cheese page](http://biology.clc.uc.edu/Fankhauser/Cheese/Cheese.html)
: Recipes and tips for making cheese, root beer, yogurt, and ice cream. Also includes instructions for skinning a deer.