Finding adventure in little things

Written by David Leonhardt

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The package instructions said to plantrepparttar seeds while it is still cold outside - when your fingers can become good and numb. We put on our parkas and rounded up our dogsleds and stepped out from our igloo. OK, it was not quite that cold.

The instructions said to plantrepparttar 116321 seeds aboutrepparttar 116322 depth of one-to-two timesrepparttar 116323 length ofrepparttar 116324 seed. I measuredrepparttar 116325 seed. Actually,repparttar 116326 seed was too small to measure. Just a touch larger than a celery seed. The package must have erred. According to my measurements, I would burryrepparttar 116327 seeds with even a couple grains of sand on top.

I did my best.

Little Lady, our always-eager-to-be-helpful toddler, placedrepparttar 116328 markers to remind us where we plantedrepparttar 116329 seeds. We used short sticks with plastic glow-in-the-dark stars on top. These were, in fact, made for sticking inrepparttar 116330 snow to linerepparttar 116331 driveway at Christmastime, but they seemed fitting markers for such bizarre plants.

The phone rang that evening. "Did you plant something really strange today?" our neighbor asked. "You have stars on sticks poking out ofrepparttar 116332 ground. And they are glowing inrepparttar 116333 dark. Did you buyrepparttar 116334 seeds nearrepparttar 116335 nuclear power plant?"

We explained thatrepparttar 116336 glow-in-the dark sticks were just to mark where we planted our saskatoon berry trees. "Ooh, what do saskatoon berries taste like?" She asked. I had no idea. I had tasted them in jam many years ago on a business trip to Saskatchewan, but I do not even remember if I liked them. The seeds were actually a gift from a friend.

But life is an adventure, and three years from now I can tell you whatrepparttar 116337 berries taste like. Can't you just taste a good adventure?

David Leonhardt is the Happy Guy, author of "Climb your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum happiness". Sign up for your free "Daily Dose of Happiness" at, or visit him at

Your Child's Goldfish ~ easy, inexpensive care ~

Written by Stephanie Olsen

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Putrepparttar tank near a window so it gets plenty of indirect sunlight. A cover (which can be foil loosely placed over top) helps keep out dust and also keeps an active fish in! Sand or gravel bottoms look nice, but make work in that they must be cleaned. If you have a clear aquarium, just put a placemat under it and you'll have an instant sea floor or sandy base. A little mirror propped up onrepparttar 116320 outside ofrepparttar 116321 tank will give your fish "company".

Clean Water means a Healthy Goldfish

Changerepparttar 116322 water every second day, replacingrepparttar 116323 old with water that's been aged and salted. It just takes a minute and means that you don't have to buy a filter or air pump - a substantial savings. Scoop your fish out ofrepparttar 116324 aquarium in a holding pail, dumprepparttar 116325 dirty water fromrepparttar 116326 aquarium, rinse a few times, re-fill and returnrepparttar 116327 goldfish.

Feed Sparingly and Wisely

Soakrepparttar 116328 food you buy fromrepparttar 116329 pet shop so that it sinks torepparttar 116330 bottom ofrepparttar 116331 tank when you feed your goldfish. Feed a tiny amount every time you changerepparttar 116332 water and, if you like, supplement that with some plants you find growing wild in fresh water rivers and ponds such as anacharis (which is probablyrepparttar 116333 most common aquarium plant and readily available in any pet store).

Have Fun

You and your child will not only have fun but will learn together while caring for your little golden water creature. And I'll bet you'll name her "Goldie"!

About the Author:

Stephanie Olsen, published writer, homeschooling mother of two and ESL teacher currently residing in Europe, is also owner of the expatriate site, Family Life Abroad where you'll find humorous and informative articles by experienced expatriates on all aspects of living abroad, with lots of links and travel tips.

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