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July 26th: Happy Boxing Day in July! Love, the Flower Children

Hello floglanders and happy Boxing Day in July to you! Earlier this summer, all of us at town hall decided that we wanted to celebrate Christmas in July; however, it snuck up on us very quickly. We all forgot that we wanted to celebrate, so yesterday when we realized that Christmas in July had came and went, we agreed upon celebrating similarly on Boxing Day in July. And oh what a festive day it has been.

You know that warm feeling that the winter holidays bring into the homes and the hearts of so many? Well we felt that on Christmas (Boxing Day) in July too. Except it was a literal warm feeling all over our bodies as it was tremendously humid today. We completed our last pollinator observations, which was bittersweet much like a questionable Christmas cut-out cookie. And oh the carols! After observations, more progress was made on the aphid addition and exclusion experiment, which involves persuading the aphids to add to plants by singing to them, or at least choir director Abby says that works.

After lunch, we all worked together and measured in p1. It might be that holiday feeling in the air, but searching for basal plants along rows really felt like looking for the perfect Christmas tree. But alas, the perfect tree was already erected in town hall.

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Our tree adorned with snowflakes and a musty garland that we also found in the basement.

Yes, we found an artificial tree in the basement and decorated it with artisan snow flakes crafted from only the finest old magazines and catalogues. And those gifts you see under that tree not just for show, this isn’t Macy’s!

Yesterday, secret santa names were pulled and we all found items around town hall and in the field today to bestow upon some lucky person. Various personalized gifts were exchanged including: a rotating light, a Rubik’s pyramid, a crusty almond, some caramels, a “new” bag of beans, a paper machete cow, an origami venus fly trap, a single packet of  Taco Bell diablo hot sauce, oregano seeds, and Alyson’s field pouch!

But the real gift was a spirited game of Christmas in July Farkle and a family dinner of veggie burgers. Happy Boxing day in July to all and to all a goodnight.

Alyson received her own field pouch from Scotty boy! Equipped with a paper cup for when she is thirsty, a paper fan for when she is hot, and a mosquito swatter for those pesky buggers!

Alyson received her own field pouch from Scotty boy! Equipped with a paper cup for when she is thirsty, a paper fan for when she is hot, and a mosquito swatter for those pesky buggers!

Will receiving his rotating light from Abby (surprise!)

Will receiving his rotating light from Abby (surprise!)

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