Monday, November 06, 2006

Home sick/Homesick

Home Sick

Chloe stayed home from school today. She's got a cough that's been tagging along with her to kindergarten for the last two weeks, and I thought it was getting better. Until last night, when she started a whole new chorus of coughs and cackles. We went to see the doctor this morning, and he told me her lungs are crystal clear and Cold Number One has been joined by its friend, Cold Number Two, and they should both be on their way out of town soon enough.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share one of the best Home Sick activities that I've ever done with the kids. This recipe creates a kind of squishy clay that keeps them occupied for at least an hour.

Gooey Gunk
Solution A:
1 cup water
1 cup Elmer's All Purpose Glue (don't use off brand or school glue)
7-10 drops food coloring
Solution B:
1 1/3 cups warm water
4 tsp. Borax laundry booster
Mix ingredients in Solution A together in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, mix Solution B until the Borax is completely dissolved. Slowly pour the Solution A into Solution B. Do not mix! Roll Solution A around in Solution B 4 or 5 times. Lift Solution A out and knead for 2-3 minutes. All set! Store in a ziplock bag. Keeps for a couple weeks.
And on to...
Homesick
Our family took the train out to Forest Hills, Queens yesterday so Steve could preach at a church there. It was a beautiful neighborhood, a beautiful fall day, a beautiful experience that caused me to miss our old Ottawa Hills 'hood. Here are some pics.
Well, Blogger is not being picture friendly, so I'll try again in a while. For now, you'll just have to take my word for it about the beauty.

12 comments:

tina said...

Oh no--does this mean you are at home sick, and wish you had your mothers homemade chicken noodle soup right about now?

Dana said...

T, I'm feeling ok.
Blogger, however, is sick and is not publishing as I ask. Sorry about that.

fig said...

Never underestimate the value of good drugs. Feed a cold, Feed a fever I always say. Chocolate is best for everything.

tina said...

OH!!! I read your blog when only your title was showing---hope Chloe feels better soon. And ironically, we took the kids to the GR Childrens Museaum on Sat. and guess what they had the kids making there?--Gooey Gunk--its a very good time waster--until they start to itch their heads and it gets all in their hair--watch out!!

Lorraine said...

Um, what is "laundry booster"?

Dana said...

From what I know of laundry booster, it is a fine, white powder sold in a big box on the dusty top shelf of the laundry section at the grocery store.

What exact part of the laundry it boosts, I'm just not sure. Ego, perhaps?

Dana said...

I also recall my mom saying something about its ability to get out that rank smell that towels sometimes get.

Dana said...

Not my towels, of course.

Dana said...

Fig,
I tried offering chocolate and Blogger still would not publish my pictures.

Michelle said...

Um, I've been having issues with the picture thing too. I thought it was just me. I love the new picture of your family! What a view - of the city I mean. : ) Hope Chloe is feeling better soon. Our family has been healthy for a week now. I guess we are due again!

Lorraine said...

Ah, laundry booster: "Go dish cloth! Dream big! You too could become a bath towel!" I gotta get me some of that stuff.

Lorraine said...

My towels either. Ever.