Thursday, March 15, 2012

She'll plant some seeds. The seeds will grow, The flowers bloom, Their beauty just the thing she needs.

About a month ago, Heather and I traveled down to Ogden to visit the Treehouse Museum there. We joined Eden, Heidi, and several other friends.


The Treehouse Museum is hands down, my very favorite of all the children's museums I've experienced. Interesting, spacious, with a huge variety of opportunities, I don't know that it could be improved. A post will be coming soon with more photos of the whole experience. However, today's post is all about a 15 minute segment of time that Heather spent there.

In the Garden.

Heather is no stranger to gardens.  How could she be?  Every spring, summer, and fall, she and Grandma Cantwell spend hours upon hours each Monday and Wednesday working and playing together in grandma's garden.  So, when she spied a quiet (deserted) garden area, she bee-lined it over there and got right to work.




What's that you say?

You want to see more????

Well, okay.


5 points for the name of the song
2 points for the name of the musical

other points awarded by whim


Harmony said...

Secret Garden?

Harmony said...

Guessed while waiting for votes to be counted at my caucus. :)

Charlotte said...

Yes! Just got home (from the caucus), headed to bed. I'll tally points in the morning, but yes, it's Secret Garden.

Jeri said...

i just got home too and though I have never seen the musical - I was going to guess secret garden. WHat else could it be, or course.

One of my all time favorite books. I read it at least once a year. My favorite garden at Thanksgiving point gardens is "the secret garden."

Harmony said...

I've seen a community production in Layton that was wonderful. Also read the book last year at Jeri's and Charlotte's recommendation. Loved it! So uplifting!

Still at my caucus. Sigh.

Mom C said...

A Bit of Earth, uncle Archie is singing about Mary when she asks if she can have a garden. I love this musical. I think the score is incredible, the music is just lush and the story line is interesting. Michael Ballam was Archie in the UFO production. I also saw it at SUU which is were I fell in love with the music. USF also has put it on. Archie kinda forgets who Mary is and is stuck on his dead wife,Lily so in this song you aren't really sure who he is singing to or about.
I'm also just home for our caucus mtg. I was relected as chair and a state delegate. We had nearly 60 , 2 years ago we had maybe 20. I thought our meeting went pretty good. Thank you for attending your meetings, in the scheme of things it really matters that you are there and that you vote. Thank you, thank you for caring enough to go.

Mom C said...

Now I read your post. Lisa Blodgett, remember her from SUU, has told me more than once(while Visiting teaching) that the Treehouse Museum is her favorite of any museum. She will take her kids all the way from Cedar for a special treat or vacation. She also says the Dinosaur Park is amazing.

Harmony said...

As a first time caucus-goer, 7-10:30 was a long, drawn-out meeting, but interesting and worth it. I do feel like I did my civic duty. We had about 150 people compared to the 25 or so they said they normally get.

My kids like the Treehouse okay, but the two oldest were spoiled by the incredible children's museum we lived near in Cincinnati. I think the dinosaur park in Ogden is fun too, but it was just too scary for my toddlers and preschoolers, so we haven't been there in a few years. All of my boys have had to grow out of being afraid of animals, so dinosaurs were just too much. We have nice, non-threatening fish at home.

Harmony said...

I've spent a few of this week's sunshiney hours pruning bushes and grapevines, and I have a sunburn to prove it. Love getting out in the yard and garden in the spring! And I love how the garden is symbolic of Mary's and Colin's awakening in the book.

Harmony said...

The Secret Garden was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Here are my two favorite quotes from the book.

"One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts--just mere thoughts--are as powerful as electric batteries--as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live."

"Much more surprising things can happen to any one who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in one place. 'Where, you tend a rose, my lad, A thistle cannot grow.'"

Mom C said...

Love those 2 quotes.
THe first time Kaylee saw the backyard at the white house she called it her secret garden. It really was a wild, overgrown place and mysterious. It is no longer the same place. Dad mowed, cut down trees, weeded and let the sun in. He pruned the dead wood and we now have a very useable garden. In my mind I call it our cancer garden because that was where Dad worked when he just didn't feel like doing anything.

Charlotte said...

Harmony: 2 points for guessing the musical first, 1 point for being first on the board. 1 point for reading the book this past year. Another point for being the latest MMM attendee at your caucus. (Local politics in Utah County can get pretty intense from what I've heard. Not so much in Cache Valley--until you start talking about water fluoride, that is.) Another point for working in your own (not-so-secret) garden this week. Two points for those two awesome quotes.

Total: 7

Jeri: 2 points for reading "The Secret Garden" once per year. Have you ever listened to the soundtrack to the musical? Seriously, if you haven't, you should. I'll lend it to you.

Mom: 5 points for the song title, 1 point for knowing who sings it, 2 points for all that other fascinating info on Secret Garden.

Total points: 7

FYI, our caucus had 125 this time, up from 80 two years ago (I wasn't one of the 80). I helped count the votes for our county and state delegate votes (I AM an accountant, after all), our precinct officers were elected by acclamation (which--whenever I hear that I picture everyone voting with JAZZ HANDS), so no counting was needed.

Eric wants us to buy fish, or some kind of pet frog that he's researched on-line. I had about given in (knowing that I'll be the one feeding this fish/frog eventually, and not wanting that death on my head--I can barely remember to keep the plants watered!)around Christmas time, but we went with the toy kitchen instead. :)

Harmony said...

I don't know about frogs, but feeding fish once a day isn't so bad. They die every year or so even when you do feed them, and it's not hard to enjoy them while still staying emotionally detached. Just make sure you don't get tank cleaning duties on top of feeding. Fair division of labor and all, you know.

Oh, and I think I should have 8 points, not 7.

Charlotte said...

Indeed. I've added one to your total. Thanks for keeping me honest.

Carol said...

Well, I missed this post because I was outside and Home Depot planning our new garden space! I'm creating a series of quite raised beds (probably about 4 feet tall in total) because it is easier for all of us to work in them -but especially Auntie M. How ironic - or was I just getting the vibe?

We're quite excited as we will have 5, 4X4 raised beds. 2 will be placed in the shadier area and the other 3 will be in pretty sunny spot. I figured out the costs while we were at Home Depot last night and bought a cute book that has a bench and a little birdhouse looking thing to store handy things we'll need in our garden.

I'll also mention that last summer we bought 2 lions for the garden that didn't get placed because we just couldn't get the garden completed. So, we'll even have a couple of guardians for our space. (Can you tell I'm a little excited?)

We had our caucus here in Colorado last month. I am a county delegate, so I will be attending the county assembly tomorrow. It is funny how I can be 500 miles away and still 'tuned in' by doing similar activities. Just hoping for some whim points here.

Thanks to Charlotte for this fun place to check in and to all of you for participating in your government. It really means a lot to me personally!

Harmony said...

I'm afraid Jeff and I do not have a big enough lead to overcome Melissa. Especially if she decides that the exact thing she needs to do to recover from Youth Conference is sit and veg in front of her computer all day. :-)

deutschlehrer said...

Harmony and I seem to have separate gardens in the same space. Harmony does the flowers and the grape vines. I spent a good portion of my spring break pruning our two apple trees. My other crop are my garlic plants. I take a sort of twisted old person pleasure that our dinner tonight featured home-made pita bread (if you have never baked pita bread, you have never eaten pita bread, unless you have been to Greece), with home-made taziki sauce made from home-grown garlic (which I braided and hung in our store room), and home-made yogurt. . .well it was half home-made and half store bought, because I burnt the milk the other day while I was trying to fix a hose to water my garlic.

Anyway, the resulting gyros were amazing. Harmony made humus also using rosemary and garlic from our quasi-secret garden.

fixing a leaking hose and faucet almost sent me into rehab. Since I live in Utah county, I am mostly there already.

deutschlehrer said...

Here is a link to the pita recipe I use. You should try it. It is actually really easy, and watching it "pop" is a blast.

Mom C said...

Thanks Jeff, you reminded me that I wanted to start garlic last year. When I went to find it in Cedar, no luck at all, someone suggested I just buy a head from the grocery store, pull it apart and plant but that it was really a fall plant, not a spring one. So I realize I forgot to fall plant and I'm again really wanting to get some garlic going.
Dad mentioned I should get the broccoli planted. Again, first I have to find the starts. I did see that we have Swiss chard, green onions and spinach coming up.

Charlotte said...

Carol: a point for missing the post while you were out planning your new garden space! Another point for having lions to put IN the garden space.

Harmony: No points, but you and Jeff DO have quite an impressive lead. I wish you all the best, but you definitely have a formidable opponent in Melissa, for sure.

Jeff: A point for having your own secret garden as well. (I'm going to have to look into that whole garlic thing). Another point for the rehab joke, that was pretty funny. Two points for the pita bread recipe, 'cuz I will DEFINITELY be checking that out!

Mom: a point for having some plants poking out of the ground. Is Swiss Chard a perrenial, or did you plant it last year?

deutschlehrer said...

Mom C,

Yup, Garlic should be planted around Thanksgiving, maybe a little earlier. I just bought my garlic from the store and planted each clove about 2 inches apart and an inch or so down. If the tops start to blossom, cut them off, or the heads won't grow large.

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