Your Personal Homeschooling Lesson

I got up this morning to do a little downward dog in the family room, only to discover a little outward skunk wandering around on the deck.

Holy Skunk

Take note that picture was taken BEHIND the safety of a glass door.

I flew up the stairs to snag Ava out of bed. Wake my child on purpose? Am I insane? I knew she’d love it though and I didn’t want her to miss it. She’d have been up shortly anyway. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

We got back downstairs to see there wasn’t just one but TWO!

Two Skunks

And one very cautious cat.

I swear I could read the cat’s mind at that very moment.

Don't Move

Don’t. Move.

Yes sometimes the sandbox cover gets left off. No the cats don’t use it as their personal toilet facility. I just pray to god those skunks aren’t litter trained.

I’ve recently been keeping a large compost bucket on the deck to help keep the fruit flies population to ZERO in the kitchen, but apparently it attracted a different sort of critter. On to Plan B with the fruit fly issue. We actually got to watch him stand on his hind legs and try to get the lid off the bucket, but he couldn’t do it.

Skunks are generally nocturnal, as we’ve come to learn. Zak has spotted skunks in the compost pile in the back, but usually at dusk or at night. They’re good for the compost and generally don’t come very near the house so we don’t mind them. It’s been a great opportunity for learning about skunks and the role they play in the food chain too.

And in case you haven’t already guessed, moving the compost bucket off the deck is the next thing on my list of things to do this morning. Lesson learned.

Once our morning excitement quieted down and the skunks moved on, I finished up about 40 minutes of yoga and got to work on some green juice.

Enjoyed on the deck, without the skunks.

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The other newest critter in our life was pretty busy too. I put the leaf in there last night just before bed!

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Yowza. Eric Carle isn’t joking around with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

We’ve been learning about monarch butterflies here, among other sites. While of course we don’t know exactly how old our little buddy was when we found him, Monarch caterpillars take about two weeks to become fully-grown. Now we know. Now you know too.

I hope you enjoyed your homeschool lesson this morning. You’re welcome.

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13 Responses

  1. but he was STILL HUNGRY!

    Eric Carle is a fav in our home! PLUS we are loving your caterpillar adventures!

    the SKUNKS and the kitty!!!! HYSTERICAL!

    what a fun morning (and educational too)

  2. That is sooooooo exciting!!! A skunk!?!?! When we lived in San Diego there were a lot of skunks at this time of year. My husband (BF at the time) use to carry around a broom. He called it his “Skunk Stick.” He would claim he would use it on a skunk if it tried to spray him! Whatever! We still refer to brooms as skunk sticks to this day!!
    -A

  3. Dave got a kick out of Minnie sitting there between your two visitors!

  4. Haha…love the look on the kittie’s face. The skunks on the other hand don’t seem to mind his presence there at all. šŸ˜€

    The caterpillar is adorable! I used to have a fascination with them, and I remember when I was small and managed to “capture” one. Only I had no idea what to feed him, so it’s a good thing he managed to escape. šŸ˜‰

  5. i would have crapped my pants had i saw those – way to turn it into a learning experience šŸ™‚

    my fave book growing up: the very hungry caterpillar. good call.

  6. I think those skunks are cool!!! Yes, I would not want to be Minnie at that particular moment (haha) but they are just really neat animals. Stinky, but neat.

    That is one very hungry caterpillar. Wow. Now that book makes much more sense to me. (haha)

  7. Awww! What cute little critters šŸ˜€ Thank goodness your cat was a smart cookie and layed low…ha!

    That caterpiller is so vibrant and cute šŸ˜‰

    And thanks for the homeschool lesson for sure!

  8. I had a pet skunk and they’re actually quite friendly once you get their scent glands removed! Actually, one of my favorite pets next to a dog šŸ˜‰

  9. Your cat is smarter than my mom. Haha. She approached a mama skunk and her babies making kissing noises at them. The mama started hissing. Luckily, my mom didn’t get sprayed, but that’s too funny! I love the captions you put on your pictures.

  10. I love the skunk pictures! And you are an awesome mom to wake up a sleeping child to share the moment… šŸ˜‰

    Love your caterpillar and Eric Carle’s book… I read that book SOOOO many times to the teenager when he was little. But somehow we lost it. So when I was pregnant with the toddler, the teenager actually bought it for his unborn brother…

  11. there’s national geographic happening in your backyard!!! crazy!

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