Wednesday, October 23, 2019

I Like Thursday #80

Welcome to my 80th post for I Like Thursday.  Each Thursday LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color encourages us to share things that we like for the week.  Throw a little positive out into the universe.

I like that my daughter and her boyfriend installed a new light for my bedroom.  I actually feel a little girly.

I was afraid to take the old light out, old house fear is real! (That is a whole other blog post!!!)  The ceiling is plaster and I learned recently that they used to cover the plaster in muslin.  When it cracked they would just put up a strip to cover it.  My bedroom ceiling is scary.

Here it is lit.  I love how bright it makes my bedroom.

I planted Zinnias.  I had a couple show up.  Imagine my surprise as I wandered to the back of the house to put up water hoses for the winter and I spied all these flowers.

We have had a couple of light frosts enough to knock some of the color out of the spent blooms.

There were only a couple of weeds to pull in this bed.  I bent over to look and spied something bright ruby red.

Wild strawberries growing!  Isn't that a sweet surprise?

I saw an article recently about Lost Words.  Per Amazon:

In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary ― widely used in schools around the world ― was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions ― the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual ― became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world.
Ten years later, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set out to make a “spell book” that will conjure back twenty of these lost words, and the beings they name, from acorn to wren. By the magic of word and paint, they sought to summon these words again into the voices, stories, and dreams of children and adults alike, and to celebrate the wonder and importance of everyday nature. The Lost Words is that book ― a work that has already cast its extraordinary spell on hundreds of thousands of people and begun a grass-roots movement to re-wild childhood across Britain, Europe, and North America.

I bought the book for a grandson for Christmas.

You can learn more here.  Lost Words
Finally my book recommendation for the week is Deadly Grind by Victoria Hamilton.  Now I may be a bit biased because it takes place in a fictional town in Michigan.  Victoria Hamilton has a couple of other books that I have read, and each series is new, exciting, and different.
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  2. Beautiful bedroom light! I'm shocked about the lost words. Thank you for sharing. mary

  3. I was also shocked about the lost words - and they're all nature words! I love the book that you found. It will make a sweet gift for your grandson! I'll have to check out that book!

  4. Hi Colette! The Lost Words . . . WOWEE. I am shocked over some of the words that were dropped, first of all. I'm going to check out that book and the coffee one as well. I adore reading new series. And the wild strawberry is SO cool. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Lost words . I am at a loss for words to that. How sad. Nice light and wild strawberries,yum. Makes great jam if you can forage enough

  6. That is a neat ceiling light. That lost words is sad! They're all great words.

  7. Pretty light! I have one of those old houses, too! Lovely flowers! I don’t Garden much anymore. Between the poor soil here and being right on the ocean, I gave up. I was gifted that book last winter! It’s pretty awesome. I’ve read all of Victoria's books (at least all I could get from the library online). Great post!

  8. Yes, your light is very girly and fun!
    But I'm in shock over that lost word phenomenon...acorn???Yikes. I must talk about this in a post too. Thanks for writing about it and I will be noting that book!

  9. I love your new light!! So pretty and feminine! My house has plaster walls and ceilings, too. We only have a couple of cracks, but nothing major. Who would have thought to add muslin over them to hide them! So odd!!

    Acorn is a lost word?? Dandelion is a lost word?? Wow!! That's crazy!!

  10. That light fixture is great! I love sparkly light fixtures and so does my niece. I think it will be one of her Christmas presents from me this year.... The story of that Lost words book is simultaneously sad and really cool-- Makes me want to get out hiking with the kids this weekend!

  11. I love your new light! And the story behind the Lost Words book is interesting - sad to see how the world is changing. Your Chihuahua block from your previous post is gorgeous!

  12. That light fixture is so pretty! The Lost Words story is so sad! Can't we stop it from happening?? That book looks great! I'll check it out!


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