Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Word of the Week Wednesday

Hello Wednesday Raviolis.  Today's word is one of grandma-ma's favorite.  It is a big sounding word with four syllables and when you say it out loud it can sound very mysterious.  So, the word of the week is:


That is a big word.   So big that I will break it down as the ear hears it - sar  cof  a  guess. 

Now, a sarcophagus is a funeral receptacle for a body that is most commonly carved or cut from stone. The word is from Greek origin meaning flesh eating because sarcophagi (more then one) were originally carved from limestone which was thought to decompose the flesh of the dead bodies inside it.

Limestone sarcophagus with Egyptian carvings all around it.  It looks very heavy.

The gold, inner sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen.  King Tut's burial tomb was so lavish with many golden tombs, statues and other items.  This inner sarcophagus of gold was inside a stone one.  Can you imagine the look of the archaeologists when they removed the stone cover from the stone sarcophagus and this beautiful golden sarcophagus was inside?

This is a middle English limestone sarcophagus.  It has very deep carvings of knights around it.  I think it would be a fun school project to build or create a sarcophagus out of clay.
How will you use the word sarcophagus in three sentences today?  This may be a tough one.  Here is grandma-ma's first sentence:

It takes many years to carve a sarcophagus out of limestone. Have a wonderful Wednesday my ravs and enjoy this interesting word.  Grandma-ma and Grampy love you.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Monkey riding on a pig

Hello Saturday raviolis. Just found this video and thought you might enjoy it. It is a little, baby monkey who likes to ride on the back of a baby pig.

I bet you will be singing "Baby money, baby monkey...riding on a pig baby monkey. Love you all. Grandma-ma

Friday, September 24, 2010

Video stars

Happy Friday my raviolis.  Check out this fun video with unique video stars.  Look for two things, one a happy dog called popcorn and then a quick visit by a goat.

Everyone looks like they are having fun.  Have a wonderful Friday.  Love Grandma-ma

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Look who came to visit Aunt Renee

Aunt Renee has a visitor at her office.  This visitor's name is Suzy.  Suzy likes to walk around the outside of the office building and peek into the windows to see what everyone is doing.

Suzy is a nosy little turkey. 

Hi Aunt Renee!

Come outside and play with me.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Can you guess what these are?

Hello my wonderful ravs.  I found some amazing photos of tiny sculptures using a very unique medium to carve tiny statues.  Do you know what this is made out of?

Here is a hint.  You probably have a box of these.  They come in lots of beautiful colors.  Did you guess?  Do you know what they are carved out of?

Yes you are correct if you guessed crayons.  How amazing are these tiny sculptures of people and pets?  This artist had a lot of patience and probably had to keep ice near their hands to cool them down so the heat from their fingers would not make the crayons soft and melty.

These look like tiny totem poles to grandma-ma.

I think they are neat.  Have a wonderful day my ravs.  Grandma-ma

Friday, September 17, 2010

Feel good Friday

Hello my friday raviolis.  Everyone loves Friday and so do these happy doggies.  Just sit back and enjoy this wonderful video of dogs and families.  If you have a speaker, turn it on because the music is nice too.

In the middle of this video there is a diving doggie.  Grandma-ma is very impressed as he chases a pool ring with a friend.  Have a lovely day, my ravs.  Grandma-ma

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Word of the Week Wednesday

Hello my word of the week ravs.  Today's word is a feel good word. It is:


Cheer means a lightness of spirits or mood; gaiety or joy.  A source of joy or happiness. It also means a shout of approval, encouragement or congratulations.

You have seen "cheerleaders" at sporting events.  These girls and boys shout and encourage and sing and do lots of fancy tricks.  They are fun to watch and they make whatever sport you are playing or watching fun.

Here is a picture of an Army Cheerleader.  Do you know who this is?

I think she looks mighty cute in her cheer leading outfit.

Did you know that Aunt Renee and Grandma-ma were cheerleaders when they were in high school?  Ask you mom or dad if they were cheerleaders and leave a comment to say if they were.   Be sure to use the word cheer in three sentences today.  Here is my first sentence:

When Lili performed her winning gymnastics routine, everyone gave her a big cheer!

Yea Lili!!!!

Have a "cheery" day my raviolis.  Grandma-ma and Grampy love you.

Monday, September 13, 2010

A Visitor

Hello my raviolis.  Look who came to visit Grampy and Grandma-ma.  Why it was a neighborhood squirrel.  Grandma-ma went to sit out on the deck and saw this squirrel with a pinecone in his mouth.  He was trying to decide which way to take his pinecone to his nest.  He looked at me and then started to twitch his tail.

Look how close he is to the entrance of our deck.
If I had laid peanuts out, he would have come on to the deck and into the house.  Can't have squirrels in the house though...Kota would lose his mind.  Kota does not like tree rats in his house.

Have a squirrely day my ravs.  Love grandma-ma.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Word of the Week Wednesday

It's Wednesday, my ravs and it's time for Word of the Week.  Today's word is a delicious one.  It is:


Yes, cupcake and everyone loves a cupcake.

Don't these look yummy?  What is your favorite color in this display?

Grandma-ma likes dark chocolate with the pretty aqua blue icing topped off with mouse knuckles. (sprinkles)

No, these are not hamburgers.  Look closely and you will see that these are actually cupcakes.  What fun it would be to have these at a party.

You don't have to use a cupcake pan or liners to bake cupcakes.  When Jason and Aaron were little, I used to bake cupcake batter in ice cream cones.  You then top with your favorite frosting and you have a cupcake on the go.

Here is grandma-ma's first sentence using the word, "cupcake."

My favorite cupcake is made from chocolate batter and chocolate buttercream frosting.  So my happy ravs, the next time you want to make cupcakes, try using ice cream cones to hold the batter.  You will enjoy eating a cone cupcake. Love to all.  Grandma-ma

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Dancing dog

Hello my Tuesday Raviolis.  Check out this dancing dog...he really has the moves.
Can Squirt or Diesel dance like this?  Kota doesn't dance...he just eats and chases squirrels.  Have a happy dance day.  Grandma-ma loves you.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

First Day of Kindergarten

Hello my raviolis. Today is a very special day for a very special 5-cheese ravioli.  Today is her first day at Kindergarten. 

What wonderful things she will learn, what new friends she will make, what fun activities she will participate in.  I wish I was going to Kindergarten with her. 

Aurora raviolis remember Kindergarten when they were 5 years old.  Now that you are older, can you share a favorite thing about when you were in Kindergarten with Kit Kat? 

Have a wonderful day my raviolis and remember, Grandma-ma loves you all. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Word of the Week Wednesday

Hello my Wednesday raviolis.  Fall is just around the corner and this means late summer and fall football games.  Yea!  I love to watch school football...more than pro. The players are more intense and always enjoy learning how the game is played.  So today's word of the week is:


Why receiver you say? 

Well, there are many fun positions in football, but receiver is one of those "glory" positions that I like to watch.  Visually, to watch a receiver start making fast tracks down a football field, running full bore for yards and then lifting their hands into the air to capture that flying pigskin, catching it and then landing for either major downs or a touchdown is exciting.  This is when the spectators will jump from their seats, hands waving and voices shouting, GO GO GO!!!!

A receiver is a mad runner.  Like a jackrabbit, they hop and run and scatter all over the field avoiding tackles with their fancy footwork.  It is fun to watch.

Here is grandma-ma's first sentence using the word receiver:

I understand that a certain ravioli was asked to be a receiver on his football team; I hope he learns to enjoy the position because grandma-ma wants to hear how fast he runs.  Have a wonderful Wednesday my ravs.  Grandma-ma loves you.