There’s a constant thump on our roof in the fall - an all hours thunder; rumbles, bumps, a blunder as apples fall from their tree. These apples aren’t pretty or tasty, just loud. I stomped outside this afternoon to see how many more there could possibly be and found this fellow smiling contentedly into the weak late autumn sun. I hope he hangs on for awhile.
DARE has four full pages of apple entries. From apple haw to appleknock and of course apple pandowdy. But my favorite is an expression from North Brooklyn, circa 1934. Everything is Apple! means everything is okay.
Thanks to the Chippewa Valley Book Festival for hosting me last weekend.
Thank you, Putnam School, for this fabulous welcome, including LeRoy's doghouse on the library door.
And cheers to the Eau Claire Humane Society and the volunteers who brought animals to the Petspectives event on Saturday. We learned about these adoptable creatures, heard LeRoy's tale, and wrote stories from the perspective of pets.
Lois the dog stole my heart, but I couldn't bring her back to Iowa. Surely someone in Wisconsin must have a home for this sweet as pie hound and these adorable twin kittens.
Spectacle is one of those words that’s simply fun to say and brings to mind rambunctious antics or unexpected delights. Don’t make a spectacle of yourself, your mother says. So secretly (or not so secretly) you wish to be, in the words of Chambers: a sight, especially one that is impressive, wonderful, ridiculous.
It makes sense then, that eye glasses are also called spectacles. I stopped for ice cream in Grand Marais, MN recently and while I was disappointed to find the shop closed, discovering this envelope exchange taped to the window nearly made up for it.
Dandelion comes from the 15th century french dent de lion or lion's tooth because of the shape of its leaves but call it by any of these if you'd like: arnica, blow weed, butterflower, butterweed, carrot plant, china lettuce, coffee cup, dandy, down-head, fluff-weed, fortune-teller, grandaddy's whiskers, gray-haired grandmother, hawkbit, Irish daisy, little captain, one o'clock, puffball, puffweed, wine blossom, wine weed, yard flower.
This down-head was spied at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.