Wednesday, July 23, 2014

M is for Monkey

This was T's lunch for today...reminiscent of our recent trips to the zoo for his birthday.

  • two monkey-shaped sandwiches (one made with the crust...and holding a banana-shaped candy)
  • green vine (pull-apart Twizzlers)
  • "M" and "MONKEY" Scrabble Junior Cheez-It Crackers
  • pretzel balls in a paper liner with a monkey design and a monkey pick
  • homemade banana pudding — the kind where the custard is made from scratch in a double-boiler  :P
  • milk in a cup with a monkey design

T came into the kitchen while I was preparing this lunch.  He pointed to the Cheez-It Crackers and asked, "What say?"  I held up the monkey-shaped cookie cutter and replied, "/m/" as I moved my finger from left to right below the letters.  He exclaimed, "Zoo!" he made a connection, right??  (~Not the one I was hoping for, obviously!)  

Monday, July 21, 2014


T received this postcard today...

from a fellow who lives in Australia.

Grenada is an island country consisting of the island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea.

Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Grenada is known as the "Island of Spice" because of the production of nutmeg and mace crops of which Grenada is one of the world's largest exporters.

Other facts about Grenada:

  • area:  133 square miles
  • capital:  St. George's
  • population (2012 estimate):  110,000
  • official language:  English
  • currency:  East Caribbean dollar
  • national bird:  Grenada dove (critically endangered)
  • motto:  "Ever conscious of God we aspire, build, and advance as one people"

source:  Wikipedia


T received this postcard today...from Belarus.

It is a postcard of a painting called "House Egret" by Podverbnyj Yuri.

The painting is acrylic on canvas, created in 2011.

The artist was born in 1976 in Belarus.

The sender of the postcard wrote that the egret is listed in the Red Book of the Republic of Belarus due to its small population.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


I received this postcard today...from Switzerland.

According to the sender, it shows a church in the town of Solothurn.

Solothurn is located in northwestern Switzerland on the banks of the Aare and at the foot of the Weissenstein Jura mountains.

As of 2012, Solothurn has a population of 16,460.  As of 2000, 85.7% of the population speaks German, 3.0% of the population speaks Italian, and 1.7% of the population speaks Albanian.  The remaining population speaks French or Romansh.

source:  Wikipedia

Coral Reef

For lunch today, T enjoyed another bento with a coral reef theme.

His lunch consisted of:

  • two angelfish-shaped sandwiches (each with a candy eye)
  • puffed goldfish crackers
  • "CORAL REEF" Scrabble Junior Cheez-It Crackers
  • peach yogurt (in a small blue bowl with a waves design)
  • Little Debbie coral reef cake
  • milk (in a shaky cup with a blue and green fishes design)
There's also a coral-colored shell ring next to the sandwiches.

I was thrilled to discover a tank displaying a coral reef at the Riverbanks Zoo!

This was printed on a sign posted next to the tank:

What is Coral?

Corals look like plants or rocks,
but they are colonies of tiny animals.
Up close, each "polyp" looks like a
sea anemone, with a sac-like body
and mouth ringed with tentacles.
Polyps feed on tiny prey that drifts
into their stinging arms.

There were other signs posted, too.

Hard corals secrete stony skeletons
in many different shapes and sizes.

Soft corals have flexible skeletons.
Sea whips and sea fans bend and wave
with the currents.

Riches of the Reef

Reef communities contain
a dazzling diversity of life.
Every inch of colorful coral
is covered with anemones,
algae, urchins, sponges
and other clinging life.

There are more kinds of fish here
than anywhere else in the sea.
Some are drab and inconspicuous;
others boast gaudy colors
and fantastic shapes.
All are abundant.

This is a close-up of what T is checking out!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

T received this postcard yesterday...from North Carolina.

The postcard shows Cape Hatteras National Seashore...a sunrise over the calm Atlantic Ocean with beach grasses and barrier dunes on Hatteras Island.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Riverbanks Zoo

Today is T's birthday!  :)

We visited the Riverbanks Zoo...for the first time ever.  Beforehand, we ate a picnic lunch on the grounds.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the zoo.  There were lots of animals to see.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coral Reef

For lunch today, T enjoyed this bento with a coral reef theme.

His lunch consisted of:
  • two fish-shaped sandwiches (one with a candy eye)
  • puffed goldfish crackers
  • "CORAL REEF" Scrabble Junior Cheez-It Crackers
  • applesauce (in a small blue bowl with a waves design)
  • Little Debbie coral reef cake
  • milk (in a shaky cup with a blue and green fishes design)
There's also a coral-colored shell ring next to the applesauce container.

I discovered some interesting facts about coral reefs.
  • Coral reefs are underwater structures made from calcium carbonate secreted by corals.
  • Coral reefs are colonies of tiny animals found in marine waters that contain few nutrients.
  • Coral reefs grow best in warm, shallow, clear, sunny, and agitated waters.
  • Coral reefs are most commonly found at shallow depths in tropical waters, but deep water and cold water corals also exist.
  • Coral reefs occupy less than 0.1% of the world's ocean surface, yet they provide a home for 25% of all marine species.

source and photo credit:  Wikipedia

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Saturday, July 12, 2014


I received this postcard today...from Portugal.

The postcard shows an image of a photograph taken by Emílio Biel, (1838-1915).
He was a businessman, publisher, and photographer.  He was considered one of the pioneers of photography in Portugal.

The subject of the photograph is Torre dos Clérigos, or Tower of Clergy [Church] in Porto, Portugal.

The Clérigos Church is a Baroque church which was built by Nicolau Nasoni, an Italian architect and painter.  Construction of the church began in 1732 and was finished in 1750 (approximately).

The monumental bell tower of the church, Torres dos Clérigos, is located at the back of the building.  It was built between 1754 and 1763 and is 75.6 meters high (approximately 248 feet high), dominating the city.  This great structure is one of the most characteristic symbols of Porto.


I received this postcard today...from Belgium.

The image is of Heilig-Hartcollege (Sacred Heart College) in Maasmechelen, Belgium.

The sender didn't write anything (not one word) on the back of the postcard...and although the back of the postcard includes printed information about what is pictured on the front (above), I'm not able to translate....  :(

Come to think of it, I hope the words printed on the front of the postcard are appropriate for posting...since I'm not able to translate....

Friday, July 11, 2014


T received this postcard yesterday...from Germany...

Dresden, to be exact.

The sender wrote that Dresden is the capital of Saxony in the east of Germany.  He also wrote that this postcard shows the summer residence castle of the Saxon kings, built 300 years ago, and baroque and English gardens.

I received a different postcard from Dresden last October.  You can view it and read more about Dresden here.