Friday, October 29, 2010

Sylvan, I really didn't know

sylvan, SILL-vun

DEFINITION: adjective
1a : living or located in the woods or forest b : of, relating to, or characteristic of the woods or forest
2a : made, shaped, or formed of woods or trees b : abounding in woods, groves, or trees : wooded

How could I NOT KNOW what this word meant.  Trees are like Gods to me.  One of my favorite sayings, and I'm not sure where it comes from..
climb a tree
it will get you
closer to heaven

Do you remember when you were a kid.  I think we lived in the trees.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

WORD: farraginous .... a challenge to find a photo to match!

: consisting of a confused mixture : formed of various materials in no fixed order or arrangement

EXAMPLE: The large box at the hotel’s lost and found desk contained a farraginous assortment of hats, umbrellas, cell phones, and other personal items."

Another example;  the plastic container of bits & pieces that Gladys collected from the parking lot of the school she works at.  To see exactly what she does with this stuff check out her blog!

I think I like it better sorted into like objects... but then, that's me :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

LOVE this word of the day: GIMCRACK

Word of the Day

: a showy object of little use or value : gewgaw

On a day trip to Coombs one fall weekend Sweetie bought me this hand made ceramic wind catcher from a wonderful co-op gallery.  I love the message.  BE
Geegaws, tchotchkes, dust catchers... whatever you call them we seem to fill our houses, offices, our lives with them. Why do we collect the things we do?  I think my answer is to have tangible proof of a memory. Let's face it... our memories do fade, even disappear over time.  The sight of a precious momento brings me back to the time, place, even person for just a little while. And I like that. Of course there are also the things we collect just because they make us smile.  This gekko flower frog ** how-to-use-flower-frogs ** has never been in water.  I just like the way he looks on leaves from my favorite maple tree along side a couple of unusual rocks. And yes, I remember exactly where I picked them up too :)

The sight of a funky teapot purchased on a weekend gettaway with a life long friend brings me right back to Port Townsend, Washington where we spent a great weekend wandering through the artsy Victorian Seaport on the Olympic Peninsula. 

I find these water globes, a Christmas present from Sweetie (he knows how much I love glass) aren't really that effective in keeping my plants alive... but they sure look pretty grouped together in front of a window!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

mushroom, a truffled hut

The mushroom is the elf of plants,
At evening it is not;
At morning in a truffled hut
It stops upon a spot
 ~except of poem by Emily Dickenson

Definition of MUSHROOM

1a : an enlarged complex aboveground fleshy fruiting body of a fungus (as a basidiomycete) that consists typically of a stem bearing a pileus; especially : one that is edible
Definition of PILEUS

1[Latin] : a pointed or close-fitting cap worn by ancient Romans

2: the convex, concave, or flattened spore-bearing structure of some basidiomycetes that is attached superiorly to the stem and typically is expanded with gills or pores on the underside —called also cap.

I prefer to think of mushrooms in a more romantic sense, such as the phenomenom the Fairy Ring.  I noticed my mushrooms hadn't completed the ring, more like a Fairy Arc.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

fall foliage

  • foliage

1: a representation of leaves, flowers, and branches for architectural ornamentation

 2: the aggregate of leaves of one or more plants

 3: a cluster of leaves, flowers, and branches

 EXAMPLE: The autumn foliage is often a resplendent display of reds, oranges, and yellows.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The falling leaves

The falling leaves drift by the window 
The autumn leaves of red and gold 

English lyrics by johnny mercer, 
Music by joseph kosma