Making: Dragon puppets. We're planning a mini Chinese New Year celebration on Thursday, bringing in the Year of the Rat in style! Today was officially a "no school" day, as lovely lady, 14, was off school. I neglected to mention that our project was educational. We went all out: Paint, feathers, plastic jewels, even glitter. It was a glorious mess, and it kept us all occupied for the better part of gloomy drizzly winter afternoon.
Tomorrow we'll make red Lucky Money envelopes.
Directions for making dancing dragon and lion puppets here.
Read about Chinese New Year customs and traditions.
How to make a Lucky Money envelope.
More red envelope directions, and a lesson plan here.
Drinking: Hot chocolate. A shameless bribe. Anyone who cut out and decorated a dragon or lion head got a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. Loving husband makes our chocolate mix, sweet and chocolate-y with just a hint of cayenne. I love being married to a man who cooks.
Reading: Linnets and Valerians, Elizabeth Goudge. We've misplaced Swallows and Amazons. I know it will turn up someday, but for now we've got to move on. I remember sitting drowsy on the arm of the worn rocker while my mother read Linnets and Valerians.
Watching: A National Geographic show. Dangerous African animals. We're studying Africa this winter, for both geography and science. We saw hippo teeth, lions stalking, and several species of snakes.
That's it. It was a laid-back do-nothing day. Some days are like that. Life is good.