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Wannaskan Almanac for Saturday, July 7th

Hello and welcome to the Wannaskan Almanac for Saturday, July 7th!

Summer Vacation Week #6 was a plethora of Ps!

Now that the Taskmaster has returned to our residence, it’s all about Projects at our house.

Patio doors – We kicked off  Project Week of Ps with new patio doors. Hubby was out bright and early prepping the doors then painting them with Cabot Spar varnish. We hope to install them today.

Podlaha – We initiated Project Switcheroo (See below for the Kid Version of this mini-adventure) by pulling up the old carpet in the girls’ bedroom. Super pumped, I thrilled in getting that stuff out of there, rolling up the carpet, the padding, yanking staples from the subfloor, vacuuming all the dust and crud, and removing the trim. Good times, folks. Good times.

Purchases – Monday hubby bought me a brand new sander and I finished sanding all the trim in one evening.

Peníze – The Kindergartner has her eye on a LEGO Elsa’s Magic Palace, so we came up with a financial plan for her. It stated with "Lucie’s Lemonade" stand (with frozen berries) which brought in a whopping $11! A big thank you to everyone who supported our little entrepreneur and a special shout out to our Floe's Subdivision neighbors. (Note: She got the idea from the book Froggy’s Lemonade Stand) She pooled her profits with her savings and we negotiated a deal in which she would earn $1/day doing specific kitchen chores until she earned the balance of the cost: $40. When she heard 40 days, she said, “That will take forever!” However, when I explained that 40 was the number of days until her youngest brother’s next birthday and her trip to Czech Republic, she thought that sounded much shorter.

Pool – We finally pulled out the big kiddie pool from when our first crew of kids were toddlers. This big rubber blue and white oasis sat up on the shelf in the garage for at least six years. Admittedly, I tried to pawn it off on my daycare neighbor, but my family was all like, Why would you do that? We have toddlers! So we blew it up and my family was right; what was I thinking? We’ve enjoyed a daily splash ever since. It needs to be pumped up every few days, but other than that, the pool has fared pretty well on that garage shelf all those years.

Parade – For the 4th of July, we took a break from the projects and biked to town to celebrate our patriotism by attending the parade. (Okay, truthfully, for the littles, it was all about the candy.) Middle Child was on the Lego League float celebrating Warbotics' and Lego the Woods' big wins from this past season, appropriate for the parade’s theme: It’s Been A Gold Medal Year. My favorite floats were The Cow in the Corn (This year’s Corn Maze theme) and a bonafide Tow Mater.

Parthenon – We’ve been binge watching the Science channel as a family and this week we learned how the Parthenon was built and how its managed to triumph, untoppable despite 2,500 years and countless earthquakes.

Postely a Peřiny– The beds and feather duvets got aired out, fluffed, plumped and placed in their respective new bedrooms.

Pasta salad – Confession: I haven’t done much cooking since summer began. Appetites dwindled as temps increased. Fruits and vegetables, smoothies, smoothie popsicles, ice cream and grilling outdoors has sufficed. However, here’s a lovely pasta salad I did make on the 4th of July. Boil one box of rotini pasta, toss it in a big bowl and add vegetables, meats, cheese  and spices to your liking. Here’s what I threw in mine: pepperoni, red onion finely chopped, a clove of minced garlic, sliced black olives, cubed cucumbers, tomatoes, olive oil, basil, Mediterranean crumbled feta. For the dressing, I used a short cut of Italian dressing, salt and pepper, but you could also try 1 Tbsp. vinegar and some sugar mixed in 1 c. water according to personal preference for that acidic/sweetness ratio.

Pick-Up – Our oldest two camper kids returned on Thursday from Laketrails. When they stepped off the bus, at first I didn’t recognize them! Deeply tanned, peeling skin, more freckles. The oldest, who spent 18 days up there, described it as being “on a cloud.”  When we got settled into the car, she asked, “What happened while I was gone, because the last time I went to Laketrails, like two people died.” Initially, she didn’t believe that we’d replaced the bedroom floor. But given that two people apparently died last year, anything's possible, so really, this big change in her milieu shouldn’t have been a surprise.

Párky– Thursday night we cooked hot dogs and brats over the fire and ate them Czech style with pieces of bread and sections of onion with a good Bohemian lager brewed by hubby.

Park Rapids – Friday, we headed south to drop off the oldest at John Paul II camp where she will be on Service Team. She also drove, practicing those driving skills in hopes of passing her driver’s test next week Friday. Prayers, please. ("Three times a charm," is how the saying goes, right?)

Park – After the drop-off the rest of the crew and I popped into a park along the way to swim a bit before heading home in time for play practice. Seussical the Musical debuts on Wednesday, July 25th.

Písanka – Lucie continued to practice her české psaní in her Czech exercise book.

Fun Facts from the Kids

"Hey, did you know it's impossible to fold a paper in half more than 8 times?" he asked as he tested his hypothesis.

The Big Switcheroo

Hi, it’s David again! In today’s post, I’m going to write about the big switch in our house. It all started with my brother and sister going to Laketrails. Last week when I was in the play Pinocchio, my brother went to Laketrails and the week before that, my sister left.
            Then the work started. It began with emptying the girls' room. We took everything out of the room. Everything. Out of the girls’ room and into my room; making it a storage room. Then came moving the bunk bed. We were about to move it when my mom decided to change the floor from carpet to laminate flooring. That was big news. That meant we had to rip the twenty-year-old carpet out of the room and install our leftover laminate flooring from three years ago.
 We ripped the carpet, padding and the tacks from the room leaving the plywood floor and the old trimming. We inserted the flooring, sanded and varnished the trimming till all there was left to do was put everything back including moving the bunk bed into the girls' room. So, on Wednesday night, me and my dad dismantled the bed to pieces and then built it back up in the girls’ room.
Now the room was finished, but the switch wasn’t. I had planned to move my brother’s desk to the corner of the room and we had just gotten a new mattress from a friend. We moved the desk, I got the mattress, and the beds were moved around, which got new bedding. So, after a long week of moving stuff around, we got through it and are now getting used to the new big change.

P.S. I got my first computer and wrote this entry on Microsoft Word 2016. On my computer.

On This Day

Historic Highlights (credits)

1991 - Brioni Declaration is signed
The agreement was signed by Slovenia, Croatia, and Yugoslavia on the Brioni islands in Croatia. The agreement marked the end of hostilities that began with the Slovenian War of Independence. Also known as the Ten Day War, the conflict began after Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia.

1985 - Boris Becker becomes the youngest person to win Wimbledon at age 17
The German tennis player beat American Kevin Curren.
(I totally remember Boris Becker and his red hair. He was so tall! Or maybe I'm confusing him with actor, Kevin McKidd, aka Owen from Grey's Anatomy. Hey, if they ever make a movie about Boris, McKidd could play the role. A quick google search tells me a documentary about Becker, Der Spieler, was made in 2017.)

1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court
Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, O'Connor is the first woman to be appointed to the highest court in the United States.
(I totally remember this, too. She was practically a household name. "You, too, can become a U.S. Supreme Court judge!" So now, as an adult, I wonder, if I remember this momentous occasion that happened when I was only 6 years old, how did I miss Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Again, I googled, and I now I know why. She was appointed on August 10th, 1993. On that date (or right around there) I was embarking on the greatest adventure of my life which was to be an AFS exchange student for one year in Flemish Belgium. P.S. There's a movie about her, too, RBG, released in 2018.

1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Alaska Statehood Act into law
Under the law, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States of America on January 3, 1959. (I wasn't born yet, but this is a fun fact my kids have shared with me several times over.)

1947 Rosewell UFO sighting

An object crashed into a ranch near Rosewell, New Mexico raising speculations that the object was an extraterrestrial spacecraft containing alien life forms. (Which we're reminded of in countless episodes of that UFO program on cable.)

Happy Birthday to You!🎶 

1940 - Ringo Starr, British singer-songwriter, musician, actor

1933-David McCullough, American historian, author

1907- Robert A. Heinlein, American writer

1906 - Satchel Paige, American baseball player

1860- Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer

And in case this post failed to provide amusement, at least you get a Czech P-words vocabulary takeaway. Make it a great Saturday, peeps!


Czech vocabulary
české - Czech (adj.)
podlaha - floor
peníze - money
postel - bed
peřina - duvet
párky (párek, singular) - hot dogs,sausages, klobasa, brats, etc
písanka - copybook, exercise book
psaní - writing


  1. Wowza! What a busy week you've all had. Couldn't help but notice how many P words crept their way into your text. Was fund finding them. With all this activity, no wonder you feel challenged to find time for your "happy place." On the other hand, sounds like things were pretty upbeat with all your Purposeful Projects and Parental Protection during all that change. Cheers! JP Savage

  2. It was fun thinking of all these P words. Of course, I had the advantage of two languages to add some zip. If I stay engaged in the moment - I'm always in a happy place. :)


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