Daily Archives: October 4, 2012

That Time of Year

That Time of Year

Every year about this time I read the story by Truman Capote entitled A Christmas Memory. ┬áNow, for most people “Fruitcake Weather” happens at the end of November or in early December. For me, it strikes after the third or fourth “cool” wave, when it seems it is harder and harder for the sun to accomplish the task of warming the morning after a nights chill.

This year, for me, it’s Fruitcake weather now. This is always a good thing. However, I don’t make fruitcake. I might, if I liked it, knew how to make it, or knew anyone that would enjoy getting one. But, since all of those are negative, I don’t.

However, there is something I make every year, without fail, and it happens to be this time of the year. So, before I even get out of bed, I know the day has come. It’s Gak weather.

What? You may ask, is Gak? Simple, it’s a home made science experiment, activity, toy, and all around good time.

The materials are inexpensive, and I happen to have them on hand always. The process is low key and simple enough to make with even the tiniest of hands. And the finished product is fun for everyone, even adults love this stuff.

Without further ado…Gak!


  • 8 oz. White Glue (Elmer’s Glue-All, or generic is fine as well)
  • Borax (a powdered laundry booster product found on the laundry soap aisle)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Plastic cup (8 oz size works well)
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Food coloring (the spice of life)
  • Water (warmer the better)
  • Paper towel
  • Zipper-lock bag (for storing your finished product)
  • Water (Warm water works best)
  • Optional: Glow in the paint from the hobby store, found in the section for fabric paint)