Happy Friday, y’all! I hope you’ve had a fabulous week. It’s passed in a rather busy blur at my house. I’m not even sure what we did Monday other than typical school stuff.
Tuesday was “turtle release day.” A week or so ago, Josh found an Eastern box turtle in the yard. He really wanted to keep it, but we knew that wasn’t a good idea. We settled for observing it for awhile before putting it back where he found it.
We learned that he was a male, which you can tell by the eye color. Males have red-rimmed eyes and females have dark eyes. We also learned that they are primarily carnivores, eating slugs, snails, and worms. When people try to keep them in captivity, they tend to feed the turtles a more plant-based diet like lettuce and fruits. They’ll eat those things, but that’s not really what they’d eat in the wild.
The weather was super-nice most of the time the turtle was visiting, so I’d put him on our screened-in deck so he’d have plenty of room to move without any danger of getting hurt. I figured he had his shell to protect him from curious dogs and cats.
What I didn’t expect was for our dog Peanut to become so enraptured by the turtle. I always knew exactly where the turtle was by looking for Peanut, who never tried to hurt the turtle, but always stayed right with him.
At night, we brought the turtle inside and kept him in an aquarium in the living room. Peanut would lay beside the couch the entire time – unless someone approached the tank. Then, he’d get up and go stand between the intruder and the tank. Depending on his general tolerance of the intruder, Peanut would either watch his or her every move intently, whine, or growl.
Peanut is more tolerant of me, so I just got the intense stare. He’s less tolerant of Megan, so he growled at her. As soon as the intruder walked away, Peanut would go back to his spot beside the couch until the next person dared to approach the turtle tank. Weird animal.
Tuesday was also new ‘do day for Megan and me.
On Wednesday, we went back to the Kennesaw Museum of History and Holocaust Education for this month’s homeschool day. Our favorite activity was on the topic of Navajo Code Talkers. We were given a copy of the code and got to practice deciphering encrypted messages.
We also enjoyed hearing the first-hand account of life on the front-line from a 96-year-old WWII veteran.
Thursday was a busy day of catching up and today looks like another busy one – except we don’t have our government co-op class. As much as I enjoy it, I love having an unexpected day off.
And next week is my weekend moms’ retreat with friends. I can’t believe it’s finally here! I can’t wait!
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