Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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The sun is shining brightly from a deep blue sky on another winter day, although it is cold and frost is lingering on the hills and meadows. It has been an extremely mild winter so far, with patches of green grass in the meadow where the cows still graze.

There is much greenness in the woods even in winter. Dry, brown leaves cover the forest floor, and most of the trees lift bare, naked branches skyward. However, on the banks above the creek, ferns spread great clumps of green overhanging the...

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To test or not to test...that is the question? NOT to testing...that is the answer. Homeschooling your children is like parenting one child. Take it from me, an only child, when something broke in the house the jig was pretty much up! My mother didn’t have to line up six kids and conduct an inquisition to catch the culprit.

When you are teaching your child what a fraction is and what a fraction is capable of doing, you will discover quite quickly if your child struggles with converting an...

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The woven heart quilt pattern.

On Valentine’s Day people’s minds turn to romantic love: Flowers, cards, candlelight dinner and a night of romance is how many couples celebrate. On a cold, dark February night it’s nice to cuddle up with that someone special you love.

Hearts are the heart of the Valentine celebration. How two separate hearts journey to beat as one is at the heart of many a romantic story. How the couple met, their first impressions of each other, the incremental steps that lead them to the realization that...

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Winter has opened February’s door with icy fingers and allowed snow and frigid winds to enter our hills. We shiver under the onslaught of cold wind that lowers our freezing temperatures even lower with a wind chill factor, and we long for warmer weather.

So many songbirds, especially lovely red cardinals, crowd the feeder that it is push and shove, while the smaller birds drop to the ground beneath, content to feed on the fallen seeds. Two huge blackbirds (must be ravens; they are as big as...

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I had forgotten what it was like to have small children around the house when we promised our daughter we would watch her three children for a week. We were really excited. They live about 14 hours away, so we don’t see them as often as we would like.

The day finally arrived when we met her to pick up the children. They excitedly ran to meet us, yelling, “Gampa! Gamma!” The youngest, Luke, only 18 months old, yelled as loud as the others, though I’m sure he had no idea why he was saying...

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Windy Wilson was cruising around the other day, in search of an audience, but the cold drove him indoors...at the elementary school cafeteria.

“What’s that you say? Coldest you ever been? Well, kids, let me tell you somethin’ about cold!

“When I was just a tad, we was comin’ off what they used to call an Ice Age, you know. Thassa fact. It was so cold back then we had to use special thermometers to see how cold it was. Mixed anti-freeze in with the mercury or it wouldn’t work. If you had a...

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