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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lunch Time Visitor

The rain stopped for a couple of hours on Monday, and this guy dropped in for a two and a half hour visit.

I wanted to see him fly away but he sat so still for so long, and I was doing laundry.  He was more patient than I.  I don't know whether he eventually got a bite or had to go home hungry.

Yesterday I came home for lunch between classes and surprised a cardinal and a blue jay who were searching the lawn for tasty morsels.  I'm happy to be running a bird restaurant.  Our refusal to use any pesticides or herbicides means that our lawn is scrubby (and a large section of it is purple rather than green,) but the views are great!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Easy Ballerina Ornament

A simple craft for little girls!  Three chenille stems - one for body, one for arms, one for legs - and a skirt made of ribbon.  The original  had a skirt made of crepe paper which might be easier than ribbon, but the body was made of wire twisted and covered with white floral tape, more suitable for older girls.

Mine (dark days make for bad photos - maybe I'll get a better one later.)


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Blankets - and more - for Preemies!

Today I saw some Great Escapers at a GSEM Alumnae Event where we made fleece blankets, photo mounts and ornaments to be donated to NICUs via Project Sweet Peas.  Over 80 Girl Scouts aged 21 months to - well, the top range is privileged info - gathered at the Great Hall at Cedar Hill under the auspices of the GSEM Alumnae Committee today.  Last week we were at Rice Moody and there's one more, next week at Mass Maritime. 

We've made 42 blankets and too many ornaments and photo mounts to count!  If you want to help out next week, here's the skinny:

November 23, 1 – 3 PM (RSVP by November 18)
The Beachmoor at Mass. Maritime Academy
11 Buttermilk Way, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to attend, and we encourage you to bring a friend! Alumnae, please
consider bringing a current girl member of Girl Scouts to "Fall For Service!" Please RSVP to or call 857-453-5329. Thank you for your RSVP (so they can have enough supplies!)

And I invited a bunch of people to join us at GE next fall, so I hope to see you in September!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Where's Your Camp Home?

Great Escape, of course, is held at Camp Wabasso.  A great place for winter sports, as well.

It used to be at Camp Favorite, on Cape Cod.  That's where my daughter first learned to sail.  A fabulous place to take troops in the spring/early summer.

I went to Cedar Hill, as did my daughter and generations of other girls.  Can't count how many troops I've taken there as a leader/encampment director.

Maybe you float your boat at Camp Runels?

Which one of our GSEM camps is your home?  Virginia, Edith Read, Winnetaska, WIP? Rice Moody or Maude Eaton? Menotomy?  Somewhere to dream about as the snow starts to fly....

(thanks to the GSEM Waltham Store for lending me these shirts, which BTW are on sale for just $5 next week....)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Camporee 2016

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts has started planning for a Camporee in Fall 2016.  I know that may seem far away, but when you are planning an event for 2000 people, that time will pass quickly.

Fluke has a blog post over on the Camp Runels page with photos from 2012.  Here's one just for fun!

If you want to get involved, there is a discovery meeting on Thursday, November 13 at 7 PM at Camp Cedar Hill and we'd love to have you come find out more. To RSVP or to find out more information, drop Jill an email at - hope to see you there!