Rain Rain, Please Go Away!

After getting over a foot of snow last week, and then having it all melt in the last two days, along with rain–my dad’s rain gauge says 5.05 inches, we have a lot of water in the yard. On the side of the house, the water was halfway to Adrian’s knees.  The air ducts under the house are full of water.

The girls spent most of the day wet vacuuming the ducts dry. Megan practiced keeping tally of all the times the vac was emptied (at least 240 times). Allan and Adrian worked on creating a ditch to divert some of the standing water to the back acre.

Hopefully, the rain will stop soon, we will get a breeze and everything will dry up quickly.



Last night we helped out at SnowGlo at the park. I was surprised how many people have never played with bubbles in winter.  Their surprise at bubbles freezing and glowing was fun to watch.

We also had the chance to play.  We painted with light sticks, roasted marshmallows, played with more bubbles, watched a hula hoop artist and enjoyed being outside.

Megan even made a new friend who was around two.  When it was time for us to leave, he followed her wanting to play some more.  He was very disappointed that she had to go home so she could warm up!

In order to make glowing bubbles, carefully break apart a few highlighter markers.  Take the filters out and place in your favorite bubble solution.  After they soak awhile, enjoy using a black light to see the bubbles glow as you blow them.

Glow Bubbles

A friend asked me if I had ever tried glow in the dark bubbles. I had not, so the kids and I experimented.

We wanted to try tonic water.  We know that the quinine in it does glow under blue light.  (We also learned it tastes disgusting!) For some reason it did not work outside even though we could blow bubbles inside.  We are thinking the cold changed the solution enough that it did not work.

Different colored highlighting markers can be used to dye regular bubble solution.  However, yellow works the best.  Orange, red and green usually works, while blue rarely does.  It depends on the marker you use.

In order to see the bubbles, use a black light.  Once the light is turned off, the glow is gone.