Time for Grandma Camp

It has been a very hot and dry summer, but there has been fun.  My grandchildren from near and those from far have all stopped by for some Grandma Camp action.

When we have Grandma Camp, we always start the day by going to the public library – sometimes by car and sometimes by mass transit.  This time we visited a library, but it was not the large brick and mortar one.  This was a neighborhood “little library.”

Are you familiar with the little free library movement?   http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/

Their mission is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide.  To build a sense of community as people share skills, creativity and wisdom across the generations.  To build more than 2,510 libraries around the world.

They offer kits and building plans so folks can set up their own free little library.

The little library a few block from my home is not housed in one of these designed little structures.  It is the Free Mini Library, housed in an insulated cooler.  It rests next to the street in front of a home.  There are two little tree stumps for browsers to sit upon as they look at the books.  There are books for adults and for children.  The premise is – leave a book; take a book.

I have picked up a mystery story for myself and I have taken my grandchildren to pick out books to read at my house.  Of course, we leave a book for each book we take.


What a great idea.  After seeing the library, one of my sons plans to set up a library in his front yard for the neighborhood to use.

A walk on a sunny summer day means that you are hot and sweaty when you return.  We had the perfect remedy for this.  We made strawberry popsicles before we left and enjoyed one when we returned.  These are so fresh and tasty that I’ll probably make them even when the children are not visiting.

I altered a bit a recipe that I found on the internet to make this fruity treat.

1 cup of cut up strawberries

1/2 cup water

3 tablespoons sugar or less if the strawberries are really sweet

a couple of squeezes of lime juice.

Put all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the mixture is smooth.  Pour into popsicle molds and put into the freezer.

An enjoyable treat for all ages.

One of my grandsons usually has a “bucket list” when he comes for Grandma Camp.  Sometimes it is “things Grandma never let’s us do” or “can we do this again this year.”  Can we paint the driveway? We have done it before, but he and his sister wanted to do it again so we did.  On the day of camp it was extremely warm and the driveway was in the blazing sun so I suggested they paint the front porch.

The children donned their hand-me-down black tee shirts from a grandpa to keep the “paint” off their clothes and they divided the front porch into – my space and your space.  A yellow chalk line was drawn down the middle of the porch.  We mixed up 4 bowls of “paint.”

The recipe for driveway paint is simple:  1/3 cup of cornstarch, 1/3  cup of water, and food coloring.  Stir the mixture until it is smooth.

Armed with a handful of sponge paint brushes, the painters set off to work on their creations.  My grandson who is a devotee of Star Wars decided that he would paint a solar system.  He added some space ships shooting at the invaders.

My granddaughter’s painting showed her on a giraffe, her favorite animal.  She also included one of her brother with a tiger, his favorite, and of course, there was one of me with a cat.

A rain shower, yes, unbelievable during this drought, but a rain shower washed away the collection of animals.  The space craft are still battling on my front porch.

More tales of Grandma Camp to come next week – a lemonade stand and Park Quest.

Thank you for stopping by Grandma in the Mailbox.  I hope you return next week to read other adventures we had in Grandma Camp.



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