There’s An App for That

This app is amazing. It’s made for all ages and it’s so versatile depending on the age using it. The graphics are stunning. Full HD. It comes complete with surround sound and 360 degree views. It doesn’t require wifi, bluetooth, and doesn’t use battery life. Actually, it’ll recharge your battery wirelessly.

The best part is the more we use the app the healthier we become. There’s no need to monitor screen time with this app. The app will adapt itself to the user. What the user does within it’s parameters it will remember for the next time you come back to it. The more you use it, the more it remembers. Its privacy policy is incredible, too. It won’t share any of your information. NONE of it!

The best part is that it’s free! Of course, there are some in-app purchases, but they will directly effect how you use the app.

Just this afternoon, Crash and Bang used the app after school until supper. After supper they were right back into the app. Boy were they cranky when I told them it was time to get ready for bed. They weren’t done with the app, yet.

This app you ask? I can’t link to it, but I can tell you it’s called Outside. We are finally into the season of but-it’s-still-light-outside! The temperature also reached above 10 C. The neighbor’s boys were outside, too. So this app is perfectly suited to multiplayer modes. It can accommodate however many players you can find to play.

While the boys used the app to play and run and imagine and build, I used the app for gardening. I love getting my hands dirty. And dirt smells divine. I also used my shovel to turn the soil. Because this is Canada, six inches down was still frozen!

Let it go! Let it go! Can’t hold me back any more…

Use the app. Use it often.

What do you use the app for?

A Whale of a Tail

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Day 5 of 7 days. 7 Black and White Photos of your life. No people or explanation.
Thanks A Momma’s View for nominating me for this challenge!


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Photo ©DW

While I didn’t actually see the tails of the whales yesterday, I did see the whales they were attached to. I also saw plenty of dolphin tail!

Remember last year when I kayaked with the whales? I caught a crab with my GoPro, too. The humpbacks are back as are the Atlantic white sided dolphins, too. They were gone when I went out with my kayak last year. They were here in full force this year! They are stunningly amazing creatures. I was so happy to get out with them. I really hope we get some more calm days soon so that DW can join me next time.

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Photo ©DW

Yep. I was that close. They swam right under my kayak. Next time I’ll try to get some underwater shots of them, too.

Here’s the video montage of my whole trip. That’s the DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) that I talk to. There was concern that the humpbacks may have been tangled in something because they hadn’t shown their fluke as in previous years. The DFO was kind enough to explain it to me the reason why…

O is for… #atozchallenge

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Please stop reading this.

Off. Like the insect repellent. But not. Though, where we go, Off might be required. Because where we go is off the hook! (slang for awesome, if you’re not up to date on 8 year old slang)

When life gets crazy, as it often does when you’re stuck in the house with the same people for days on end, it’s time to get out,  unplug, unwind, and go off the grid.

It’s drug free. It’s all natural. Organic.
There’s no wi-fi. It’s not scent free, either.

It’s outside.

When the boys have nothing better to do than bug, irk, annoy, irritate and sit on each other, out they go. Out there, the possibilities are endless.

  • Climb trees
  • Splash in the creek (they found $20 splashing back there once)
  • Dig in the dirt
  • Hunt lions
  • Explore the rainforest
  • Slay dragons

Outside is where the sports happen, too. A game of catch. A 2 player baseball game. Soccer. Frisbee golf. If it’s summertime there will be trampolining. This is just the backyard.

If we’re ambitious, you’ll find us on our bikes. Lucky Bang gets to ride in the “chariot” (the bike trailer). Unfortunately, Crash outgrew his last bike, so he now needs a new one. Before he outgrew it we’d normally ride about four miles. He amazingly did 8 one day.

Attitudes change when we’re outside. Like a 9th inning, game winning homerun, happiness reigns. Smiles rule. Excitment overflows. It might be the fresh air. That highly oxygenated outside air is so much richer than that stale, motionless indoor brand. Maybe it’s the sunshine. A common side effect of elevated vitamin D levels causes euphoria, silliness, laughter and cartwheels.

There’s another reason people outside are significantly happier than the indoor species. Dirt. It’s not just dirty, it’s healthy. Don’t be afraid of the word bacteria. Like humans, there are good ones and bad ones. The good ones help a neighbor or digest food. The bad ones don’t use a turn signal or cause diarrhea.

Recent research shows that Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacteria found in soil, has been found to trigger the release of seratonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. ~HealingLandscapes.org

Like I said, stop reading this. Go outside, get dirty, breathe in that fresh air, soak in the vitamin D and get happy!

We’ll meetcha in the yard!

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We Hit the Trails

This morning started when Crash and his friend, who was here for a sleepover, woke up at 5:30 am. Ugh. They didn’t go to sleep until sometime between 10:30 and 11 the night before! Oh well. I seriously can’t wait until Crash decides that sleep is actually a good thing. But that’s for another post.

Anyway, by 7:30, Bang was also up and all three hooligans were fed and were looking to go outside. But the sun wasn’t even up, yet! And it was only 7 degrees! (they were in shorts and t-shirts) So I got them dressed properly and I took them to watch it come up. They were bored at first. Then the first glimpse of the sun came peeking through and they thought it was pretty neat.

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Later that afternoon, after Crash’s friend had gone home (which was a bit sad because he’s moving away next Monday night) Crash and Bang were bored and the only thing they could find to do was pick fights with each other. Instead of strangling both of them, I took them for a hike for an hour and half. Immediately upon entering the woods the bickering and fighting and screaming and stomping stopped. I know this was a pleasant relief for DW whom we left at home to relax.

There were bridges to be crossed (no Trolls were hiding under any of them). There were trees to see (none of which resembled Treebeard). There were streams to throw rocks in and stairs to climb and benches for sitting on. There were sticks to be carried (to fend off the dragons) and leaves to be collected and mud to stomp through (shoes need to be washed now. You told me so, DW!) There were squirrels to hear and watch. There was a dog and it’s owner to stop and chat with. There were pictures to be taken…

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It felt good to be out on the trails. The air was cool and quiet. No one was on anyone else’s last nerve. While there aren’t as many deciduous trees as I’d like, not as much vibrant fall color with all the loblolly pines, it was still colorful, bright, and full of October.