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  2. Given that we've all been inside for a while, let's try making something - literally - of it. This week, we're going to get creative using... paper! Throughout your house, there are many paper products, so as long as the first step in your project is paper, anything goes! Create a paper sculpture, paper airplane, origami craft, a 3D paper craft, etc. Just to give you some ideas, here are a few links to spark your creativity: https://origami.wonderhowto.com/how-to/fold-unique-paper-sculpture-0135074/ https://www.stemlittleexplorers.com/en/toilet-roll-craft-cardboard-castle/ Share your creations below by April 30th, 11:59 PM HOL-time for 10 rubies! Alternatively, write a story where the plot starts with a single piece of paper in at least 80 words.
  3. Yesterday
  4. One thing I do at night before bed when I need to 'turn off' for the evening begins with laying flat (in a comfy position), taking a deep breath, and leave my eyes closed. From there, I focus on individual muscle groups, starting at my feet. I visualize the my muscles 'turning off' or becoming heavy, just letting all of the tension go. I just shift my focus from my feet, to my calves, to my thighs, etc., until I'm all the way up to my eyes. It just leaves me feeling heavy at the end, like I've really sunk into the bed. Sometimes I'll purposely tense up and then relax, instead of just visualizing the relaxation. When I focus my energy into purposely tensing up muscles before releasing them, I feel the release that much more strongly.
  5. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not exactly 'adventure girl'. The outdoors and I have a long habit of coexisting peacefully, an amiable but rather distant relationship. That being said, some of the most peaceful times I have ever experienced happened when I was taking a sabbatical from ignoring nature and actually embracing it. This was one of those times... I have always wanted to go to Irelanc, but have never had the monetary means to do so. So, if I could not go to Ireland, I would make Ireland come to me! I packed my bags and with my faithful companion, David (the hubby), set off for Maine. It wasn't Ireland exactly, but the rocky beaches and waves crashing against the cliffs would suffice for a good enough subsitute until I could afford the real thing. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. That morning, the weather was beautiful; not too hot and not too cold. After a quick but hearty breakfast at the local inn, we set off on a nature hike through the surrounding woods. There were three clearly marked paths, and being novices at this, we chose the easiest one. The scenery was breathtaking! The leaves were ablaze with autumn color and the sun filtering through the treetop canopy made them sparkle like a bunch of multi-colored jewels. I felt like I was in my own private enchanted forest, complete with handsome prince at my side. (Yes, that was corny..sorry, not sorry :) It wasn't long before the 'prince' and I realized that somehow we had wandered astray. The terrain, which had been relatively easy until now had gotten steadily more treacherous. Babbling brooks we had stepped across, had turned into rushing streams that were sometimes almost knee high. The scenery was still beautiful, but a wild sort of beauty instead of the carefully manicured lushness of before. We scrambled over jutting rocks and climbed over fallen logs..and I was loving every minute of it. The end of the 'trail' if you will, was certainly a fitting payoff. We had managed, somehow, to take the expert path, and ended up in a little cove right on the beach, complete with requisite rocky crag and crashing waves. My heart sand for joy...my pseudo Ireland was magnificent! It was exhilerating and yet I have never known such peace. I don't right ly now how to describe it, but I felt at 'home'. It's a walk I will never forget.
  6. Last week
  7. I definitely think Neville and Luna should have ended up together because that would have been really cute! Also, Dobby and Winky should have ended up together if Dobby had lived. I'm happy that Ginny and Harry ended up together because that whole relationship was so cute!
  8. I decided to take a walk around Diagon Alley because I like looking around Diagon Alley and also because my wand broke. First I went to the wand shop where I got a new wand that was called the Lightning Bolt Wand. It was the most powerful wand that they had and the most prettiest. I was walking around Diagon Alley with my pugs Mia and Max. While I was walking around Diagon Alley, I saw February and so I ran up to February and said, “Hey February. What are you doing here?” She said, “I was actually trying to find a Quidditch shop so I could get a Quidditch shirt.” I asked, “Can I come with you? I want to get a Quidditch shirt. Is there a Quidditch game tonight? I want to come if there is.” February said, “Sure you can come with me to get a shirt and there is a Quidditch game tonight. It's the Snake Cannons versus the Lion Claws (also known as Slytherin versus Gryffindor).” When we got to the Quidditch shop, I went up to the owner and asked if they could make me a special shirt with half lion and half snake. The owner said, “Ok. Come back in half an hour and I'll have it ready for you.” February said that she also wanted one. The background of the shirt was tie dye pattern. Then I also got a pair of shoes that had little broomsticks on them, which if I stomped them, they all had flashing colors. I also got some decorations because I was pretty sure it was going to be at the Slytherin Pitch. I knew that the decorating squad would probably have to decorate so I came back a little bit later and got a handful of shirts. Then, I went to the Slytherin Pitch and I gave shirts and broomstick shoes to everyone on the decorating squad and all the players. I gave all the players brand new broomsticks. Then, I helped decorate the Slytherin stands and the Syltherin side of the Pitch. Then, when the game was about to start and it was dark, all of the Slytherin side stomped their shoes and all the different colors started flashing on them. The Gryffindors had no idea what was flashing. After the game, we had a big party where both of the teams were hanging out and having a lot of fun. Mia and Max and me had an excellent adventure together.
  9. Going for a walk can really help if you’re struggling to focus or need a break. Taking time to appreciate the natural world, enjoying a change of scene and just getting moving are all immensely valuable if you need to recharge or step away from something for a bit. Even just taking a wander around your home might give you the change of pace you need. For this task, we’d like you to take a real or figurative walk. If you choose to go for an actual walk, then we’d like you to document it in 3 photographs; alternatively, you could describe three scenes or things you encountered on your walk (your descriptions combined together should be at least 80 words in total). If you’d like to go the figurative route, then tell us about a particularly memorable walk you’ve taken; alternatively, you could let your mind wander and take us on a fictional walk through your imagination. Whichever you choose, your response should be at least 80 words. You’ll earn 10 rubies if you post below by April 30th, 11:59 PM HOL-time. (Many apologies for the late post. I obviously came down with a bad case of spring fever and failed to notice that the page hadn't updated so it hadn't actually submitted :O. If anyone needs an extra 48 hours for this task at the end of the month, please chat to me about it.)
  10. Hannah looked around and spotted some snowdrop seeds that needed to be planted. She grabbed the seeds, then saw an empty planter bed, grabbed a shovel, and started shoveling little holes to put the seeds in. After planting them, Hannah watered them. Then, she ran up to Hogwarts and got some water and went back to the greenhouse and gave a cup to Aurelia and Lorainia. Then, she sat down on a bench she saw in the greenhouse.
  11. Lorainia is very excited that it's finally time for spring planting. She heads to the greenhouses because the professor has asked for help replanting. As she enters greenhouse 1, she sees that Aurelia and Hannah are already there. Lorainia greets them. Then she looks around to see what to start with. She puts on her gloves and starts very carefully replanting some honking daffodils that have out grown their pots.
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