My first picture books follow the adventures of a young okapi. If you don’t know, the okapi is a relative of the giraffe that lives in the rainforests of the Congo in Africa. They have a head similar to a horse, cloven hooves, zebra stripes on their legs, and a long, prehensile tongue that they use to grab leaves. Their tongue is nearly 18 inches long and they frequently lick their eyelids and ears as part of their grooming.
Okapis are secretive and shy. They are found together only when they mate and when a female has a calf.
Their only natural predators are leopards and humans. Habitat loss has reduced their wild population size to 10,000-40,000 and they are classified as endangered.
I decided to create illustrations of some of the events in my first book and post them here.
Hi Everyone! I felt that Mother’s Day was the perfect day to update you on my tomato DIY. My plants have grown and Nancy has given plenty away to her friends. We decided today was the day to transplant some into their big pots.
Now, we keep them watered, wait for them to bloom, and watch them grow some yummy tomatoes!
Hi everyone! Remember on March 1, I posted about my experiment to grow tomatoes from tomato slices? Well, I’m excited to report that – it works!
I planted the slices just like the video directed and then I went on vacation to the Grand Canyon. I left my pots with plastic covers over them to keep the soil moist and warm. When I came home and peeked under the plastic, there were a few seedlings popping up! Now there are bunches. When they grow a bit, I’ll have to thin them to just three plants in each pot. I’m keeping my hooves crossed that I keep doing things right! Has anyone else tried this yet? Let me know, please!
Hi everyone. Not every llama likes tomatoes, but I do! The above video from The Wannabe Homesteader site shows a simple way to start tomato plants from a sliced up tomato. I thought this would be a wonderful thing for children to try at home, with a parent’s help to slice the tomato!
So with the help of Nancy, I’m trying this and will update everyone on my success. If you try it too, please pass along your pictures.