My boys think I am cool because I can catch a frog. I'll take it because I know one day I will be the most uncool person in the world. It's funny the things that can increase your status, no one found it interesting that I learned how to boil the perfect hard boiled egg today (more on this later). First we started with tadpole collecting;
and now we have new pets. I'm not sure how long we will keep these, they have been transferred to a fish bowl and we are changing the water with new pond water every few days. If any start looking like they can't thrive in our bowl, they will be put back.
I enjoy looking at them while washing dishes, until the day I noticed that something was hatching in the water. Mosquito? Any ideas? I know, gross.
This weekend we went on a nature walk and found frogs along the water. I promised them we would come back and catch one to keep overnight. They are not easy to catch, and I was getting performance anxiety, but we caught one;
One huge Bullfrog; which are becoming a problem out here because they eat everything, including the cuter smaller frogs.
I talked them into returning the frog after they got to hold it once. We didn't have an aquarium set up and it would be cruel to leave it in the bucket overnight. I've learned from our experience with the tadpole by mail disaster, that frogs can get sick from whatever touches their skin - your hands should be clean, all buckets free from any chemical residue (new is better), and chlorinated water is bad for them - use distilled. They released the frog back into the pond and I was proud that they understood why.
I want them to be kids who are not afraid of bugs or getting some swamp water on them to catch a frog...I think we are on the right path.
The hard boiled egg that is not green. Maybe I am the last person to learn this, but I read this in a cookbook today, tried it and was impressed: place the eggs in cold water, covered 1-2 inches, when the water begins to boil cover the pan and reduce the heat for 30 seconds, then turn off the heat and let sit covered for 13 minutes. Run under cold tap water for 5 minutes, then put a small crack in each egg, return to cold water for another 5 minutes and peel.