Monthly Archives: January 2010

Mystery Critter #37

Jesper looking for seals

It’s Saturday, which means only one thing here at The Grass Stain Guru: time to play Mystery Critter!

I love sharing my enthusiasm for critters and hearing about yours. So, without further ado, let’s play.

Put on your thinking caps and off we go!

CRITTER CLUES:

  • I am found in most of North America, but not in the southwest
  • You can find me in gardens, woodlands, and parks
  • You may hear me before you see me
  • I like to “mix it up” and hang out with other species
  • You might see me near you more often in winter

What am I? Make your guess then go to eNature for the answer and more interesting facts. Did you get it right?

If not, no worries. You will have another chance next week!

Now, head outside and see what critters you can spot in your neck of the woods! Winter is a great time of year to spot wildlife.  Join the Wildobs community and share your wild adventures with the world.

Don’t forget, making time to unplug and reconnect with nature is important for all of us — big kids and little kids, alike.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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Dear Mother Nature

Tulips

Can we talk? I mean, honestly? Nature girl to nature girl.

Something is in the chilly air…

Alison Kerr stopped by earlier this week to help us dream of the coming spring and the future blooms of our gardens.

And I’ve noticed a lot of posts around the interwebs lately about the winter blues — who’s got ‘em, how to beat ‘em, and how much they suck.

And let me just say: hear stinkin’ hear!

I am good for the first half of winter, but by January, I start dusting off my cranky pants and wearing them for the duration.

Sure, I love to make snowmen, look for critter tracks in the snow, go birdwatching, and other fun nature things. And I think we all know how I feel about hot cocoa.(Read: deep, abiding love.)

But I gotta be honest, Mother Nature, I am done for the year. D-O-N-E.

No, really. I’m serious. My cranky pants are getting too tight and if I don’t get some more day light soon, I am gonna snap. We’re talkin’ full blown white trash fit. It will not be pretty.

So, I would like to order spring now, please. Glorious, green, warm, fragrant, AMAZING spring.

Bring. It. ON! (Pretty please.)

xoxo Your biggest fan, The Grass Stain Guru, she of the cranky pants

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Dream a Little Dream…

zinnia
It’s the dreaming season, the season to imagine a spring, summer and fall full of nature, gardening, exploring, playing outdoors, and getting grass stains.
For nature’s critters winter is a time for survival, but for us it’s the season of imagination, hope, creativity, and planning. A time to regroup, clear away the old, and bring in the new; a time to gain new knowledge to take out into the woods, fields, and open spaces of our gardens, neighborhoods, and communities.
So, what are you learning and planning? How about:
  • designing a garden bed of herbs and edible flowers
  • learning about vegetable gardening and ordering seeds
  • choosing a few native shrubs to attract and feed wild birds in your garden
  • picking a composting method to use when spring comes
  • finding an outdoor-friendly preschool or summer camp for your children
  • planning an outdoor nature group for kids
  • researching a camping trip for your family vacation
The dreaming season is a wonderful time. It doesn’t matter what you are planning, just be sure to get dreaming about what you’ll do outdoors. Make a plan to do it!

Guest Blogger Bio: Alison Kerr is a writer who is passionate about the Earth, nature, gardening, good food, and her family. You can read Alison’s alison-kerr-smallwork on Loving Nature’s Garden and follow her on Twitter @AlisonKerr.


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