Posts Tagged 'Maryland'

Buckeye butterfly

Buckeye butterfly by rjknits
Buckeye butterfly, a photo by rjknits on Flickr.

I’ve been seeing more and more butterflies. I’ve seen monarchs, and a couple of other species. But this one was the only one ready for its closeup. 🙂

Utilitarianism and Green

charles-st-minaretThe color green was popular, back before my Grandmother removed the paint and refinished the family antiques. (Anyone who watches the Antiques Roadshow knows that’s a no-no, but my attitude is — it wasn’t as though it was “antique” when she first owned it.) I can’t quite figure out if the color green was a fad in the Victorian era, or if people from later eras wanted an inexpensive, tough paint color to use to decorate their houses’ exterior woodwork.

On the streets of Baltimore, there’s a lot of green trim. It goes well with the red/orange brick houses you find throughout the city, so it seems to dress up and soften the brick. This is a great image to keep in mind when selecting colors that go with burnt orange. What do you think?

Green Like Ireland

White fence, green fields, blue sky on a changeable spring day

White fence, green fields, blue sky on a changeable spring day

This farm shocked me with its pleasant March green field, after a day of talking with family who were driving into the snows of Wisconsin or were dodging hail the size of golf balls. In March, when the scales between winter and spring can tip either way, I’ll drink in any vista with green that I can get, even if it’s on a cold, raw day with threat of torrential downpours. [This was shot on Sunday, north near Bel Air, MD. And all that came into my brain was snippets of Walt Whitman poetry. Pure joy.]

Linguistic Oddities

Do you know what the following words mean:

  • clabberation
  • sweat cakes

I heard both of these on the radio in Maryland (which many people in the state refer to as “Merlin”), and my mind boggled.

“Clabberation” does not have anything to do with clabber girls [and biscuits] or calibration, but instead was being used by someone from the VA Hospitals to describe the sort of teamwork needed to ensure our current returning veterans get the level of care needed from different departments. (Collaboration)

“Sweat cakes” are what you put out for wild birds like woodpeckers and chickadees in winter, on sale at a high end garden center in the suburbs… and yes, the garden center paid for the ad copy and didn’t notice or didn’t care about this pronunciation by the actress who was trying to sound like a very upperclass British person. (Suet cakes) Note, at this link people apparently _want_ sweat cakes, so maybe the garden center should market to them. (Just kidding….)

It isn’t a foreign language, but there are days when it’s harder to follow, because familiar words surface in a kind of odd linguistic stew. Today on a classical radio station (possibly from Virginia or Washington), I heard musical pieces by the composers Batch and Mossert.