Friday, June 30, 2006

Crown Vetch

Another roadside wildflower that I love is crown vetch.

It is often used to fight erosion.

I don't know why I like it so much except that it is such cheerful looking flower. For some reason it always makes me think of harlequins.

It also comes in yellow, but that seems to be far less common.

magnetic haiku (for Marty)

One Word - So Little Time [Canada]

"What do you mean you're going to Canada?" he sputtered, slamming his coffee mug on the table. "I'm sorry," I replied, "But my mind's made up. Nothing you can say or do is going to make me change my mind. It's the only place I can get decent Canadian Bacon."

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Seriously though, Marty, I know what we here in the States call Canadian Bacon. Do you have any such thing in Canada or is that just some American marketing gimic? Thanks for picking a challanging word for me. Your haiku will be up as soon as I can think of one! And happy Canada Day tomorrow!

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

Since has failed to update again, I am having another contest to pick a word for me to write about. So, once again, the first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize is that I will use your word and I will also write a haiku especially for you! (Yep - still poor.) I've got my sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Mini-Magnetic Haiku

I had almost forgotten that I had this. Isn't it cute?

Can you believe it even has a light inside? And the word tiles fit in the veggie drawer!

The reason I forgot about this set is that the tiles are so tiny I can barely handle them. I tried tweezers, but the tweezers are metal so the tiles stick to them. So, I won't be writing too much Mini-Magnetic Poetry. It's a neat little curiosity, though. I included one of the tiles from the original set to show the scale.

One Word - So Little Time [peppermint]

I watched the black and white cat rolling in the peppermint in my garden. He didn't seem to know that although it was related to catnip, the mint would not give him the same effect. Oh, well, he seems relaxed enough and at least he'll smell nice! If people can drink non-alcoholic beer, the kitty can roll in my peppermint.

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Since still has not updated, today I used the runner-up word from yesterday's contest. Thanks Bea!

The cat in this drabble used to roll in my friend's mint. It got to the point where she had to put some fencing over it to keep him out. It wasn't even her cat! The same cat came up to my car when I parked in front of her house once. When I opened the door, the cat jumped into my car! I had to open all the doors and the hatch back to get him out! Cute little guy, but if he were my cat I would name him Sticky Booger because he was just that hard to get rid of!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


Morning glories in

green livery run their race

up the chimney wall.


As I come in from

weeding the herb garden, my

hands smell of basil.

There's a new daylily in the family.

haiku - A Pot of Gold for Law Girl

I grab my shovel

and start walking. The rainbow

has to end somewhere.

One Word - So Little Time [stone]

I looked up at the clouds piled like lumps of gray stone. Suddenly I noticed a faint rainbow. I tried to capture it with my camera, but it was too ghostly. When I turned to go in, I saw in the distance to the East the other end of the rainbow!

* * * * * * *

We have a winner!

Thank you, Law Girl! I'll post a haiku for you as soon as I come up with one!

This actually just happened. I walked into the house from looking at the two distant ends of the rainbow and saw that you had chosen my word. I've never seen both ends of a rainbow before. It was really neat!

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

Okay, kids, here's your chance to pick what I write about. Since the folks at have not posted a new word today, I need one of you to choose a word for me. The first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize will be that I use your word and I will also write a haiku especially for you. Yeah I know, but what do you expect? I'm poor! I've got a sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!


(for Floots)

Want to be barefoot

in the highlands, feeling

nature between my toes!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


If only I'd had

the nerve to slip that waiter

my e-mail address...

* * * * * * *

(for Paperback Writer, Loki, Michelle, Grace, and Chowderhead!)


Sure, now the little

nagging voice inside my head

decides to play dumb!

Wild About Tiger Lilies

I have a passion
for the tiger lilies
that grow in profusion
along Pennsylvania's roads.

The ones people keep
in their gardens
are nice...too nice.
They are too deeply colored
too unrumpled
too cultivated.

Tiger lilies should be
Crayola orange
and surrounded by
crown vetch and sumac.
You should have to
climb over Jersey barriers
to pick them.

Tiger lilies should be wild!


The sweetest smile gives

way to bitterest tears at

the drop of a lie. (one word - so little time) [pane]


Raindrops meander down the window pane weaving paths in the dusty surface like tear tracks on a child's face. The reason for the hurt is often forgotten long before the evidence has been washed away. Storms pass quickly when one is young.

June 27, 2006 08:21 AM

Monday, June 26, 2006



finch on red brick kitchen sill.

Baby begs for food. (one word - so little time) [sketch]


I stared across the park at the beautiful woman bent to rinse something in the fountain. Watched the waterdroplets fly from the ends of her hair as she straigntened and flung it back over her shoulder with a head toss. If only I could pick up a pencil and sketch the lines of her body, freeze the glints of sunlight in those water drops, capture this moment in more than just words.

June 26, 2006 08:12 AM

Sunday, June 25, 2006


As darkness decends

I light candles to keep the

memories at bay.

I live nowhere near a nuclear power plant.

Okay, so yesterday's four petaled daylily was pretty bizarre, yeah? Imagine my surprise this morning when I looked out and saw this:

That's only two blossoms. Go ahead and take a moment to count petals. This daylily is the sibling of the four petaled version. They are offspring of the same parent bulb! Did this flower get the other's missing petals?

Oh, and in case anyone was wondering about the stamens, this one has eight, and three of them are conjoined.

I do plan to e-mail these photos to Phipps Conservatory to see if they can tell me how common an occurrence this is. (one word - so little time) [purple]


She breathed in the rich purple scent of the wine before opening her eyes and taking a mouthful. She pursed her lips and spat the very pricey vintage right in the eye of the pompous twit who had purchased it. His coin would not buy her.

June 25, 2006 09:10 AM (12:10 EST)

Saturday, June 24, 2006

magnetic haiku

A diversity of daylilies...

Mutations in nature never cease to fascinate me. I was, therefore, amazed to discover one on my desk this morning.

When I picked this stem of daylilies, only the normal six petaled one was open. This morning the second bud opened with only four petals.

That would be unusual in itself, but on the same stem with a normal one? I also noticed that the four petaled daylily has only five stamens instead of six.

I'll be interested to see what the third bud reveals. (one word - so little time) [locked]


The treasure I seek has been locked away deep within a vault so lofty, so deep, so dark and so secure that even its keeper cannot breach its secrets. The walls are thick and many layered. They are slick with the condensation of time and as familiar as my own heart.

June 24, 2006 05:44 PM

Friday, June 23, 2006

55 Fiction Friday

Iris stepped onto the train, fumbling in her pocket as she had every twenty minutes for three days. This was not going to work. Once she'd shut herself into an empty compartment, she pulled the key from her pocket. She tied the ribbon around her neck once more and slipped the key into her bodice.

[FIRST] [PREVIOUS] (to be continued...)

Friday's Feast

Feast Ninety-Nine


On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you like your job?

Out of all of my past jobs, it’s a 10. Out of potential jobs I’d say about a 7.


When was the last time you think you were lied to?

What time is it now?


Share some lyrics from one of your favorite songs.

The Poet and the painter casting shadows on the water --
as the sun plays on the infantry returning from the sea.
The do-er and the thinker: no allowance for the other --
as the failing light illuminates the mercenary's creed.
The home fire burning: the kettle almost boiling --
but the master of the house is far away.
The horses stamping -- their warm breath clouding
in the sharp and frosty morning of the day.
And the poet lifts his pen while the soldier sheaths his sword.

--Jethro Tull, “Thick As A Brick”

Main Course

What do you do/take when you are in pain?

Ibuprophen, tea, sleep, poetry but not necessarily in that order


Fill in the blanks: My __garden__ is very __joyful__.


Magnetic Poetry . . . It's A Living

Look, a horsey!

I drove past a nearby stable today. The horses didn't seem to mind the light rain that was falling. (one word - so little time) [blonde]


At first I thought the French lavender had been damaged by drought, but when I looked closer, I realized that it was actually variegated with blonde streaks through the serrated green leaves.

June 23, 2006 08:19 AM (11:19 EST)


I imagine you

in treetops above rather

than concrete and steel.

* * * * * * *
(for Samual Spade)

Thursday, June 22, 2006


Winged wolf of a storm

lunges swiftly in. I watch

cloudy muscles shift. (one word - so little time) [obscure]


She tried to obscure her face with her hair by lowering her gaze and hunching her shoulders subserviently. She slipped as unobtrusively as possible to the edge of the crowd and out of the room. Just as she thought she might get away with it, a strong hand closed around her shoulder.

June 22, 2006 08:21 AM (11:21 EST)

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Goodnight Sweetpeas!


4:30 AM

low sugar reaction brings

cookies to my lips


Fingers grasp the pen

as my mind loses its grip

on my conciousness.

* * * * * * *

The idea for this came to me as I was trying to drift off to sleep last night. My Muse has no concept of work schedules! (one word - so little time) [insult]


Adding injury to insult, she slapped him across the face. Her palm making a loud fish-belly smack on his cheek, wet from the drink she'd poured over him only a moment earlier. "I'll take that as a no," he sighed, mopping himself off with his handkerchief.

June 21, 2006 08:28 AM (11:28 EST) (one word - so little time) [flushed]


She was flushed with excitement. Her cheeks pink and her hair flying about her face as she laughed and ran after the tumbling herd of puppies. They were just at that stage where their back feet tended to overtake their front feet causing tiny puppy catastrophies that were easily righted by their eager little mistress.

June 21, 2006 04:57 AM (07:57 EST)
This was yesterday's OneWord. Their site was down until this morning.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

magnetic haiku

This one is for both gardeners & writers!

There's a new daylily blooming.

Ode To Magnetic Poetry

They're here! They're here!

One word of warning to those of you that are considering your first Magnetic Poetry kit. When it arrives, the words are connected in sheets. You have to break apart each one and stick it to your fridge (or whatever medium you use). That's over 400 words for the Poet Edition. Whew! Luckily before I was halfway through (Hint: start with the small boring words so that by the time your sick of snapping apart little magnets you've gotten to the interesting words.) the first poem had started to emerge, transforming something tedious into creative fun. I've only got the Poet Kit up so far. I wanted to write at least one poem with that before I add The Gardener Kit.

I've decided to devote my whole fridge front to Magnetic Poetry, except for my moodometer, of course.

One Word - So Little Time [tattoo]


I awoke to a horrible cacaphonic tattoo echoing through the treetops above me. It was Sam hammering a nail into the wood above my head. "Sorry, luv," he smirked, "Your hammock was working itself loose." He tossed the hammer into a nearby pack and sauntered off into the underbrush...

(Tuesday, June 20, 2006 15:55 EST)

Since seems to be out of commission today, my good frind Samual Spade was kind enough to suggest a word so I wouldn't go through withdrawl. Thanks, Sam!

haiku for children

I turn the wrapper

inside out and lick off my

melted candy bar.

Monday, June 19, 2006

magnetic haiku

Turns out I had one more left in me tonight!

Dad's daylilies continue to fascinate me!


The dog pants against

the backs of my knees. Got to

get these nylons off!

* * * * * * *

Days like today make me wonder about the far more numerous days when I have trouble dragging out even one haiku.


Goldfinch glints like a

supercharged ray of sunlight.

I don sunglasses.

* * * * * * *

They just keep comin' today, don't they?


I can see lions

gesturing in the clouds with

sun on their faces

* * * * * * *

Stuck in traffic, I

can tell those clouds would be great

fun to fly above.

* * * * * * *

You're right, PghGuy, the sun did come out! :-)


Early morning, I

open the blinds. Raindrops bounce

on daylily leaves.

* * * * * * *

I wrote this one before I left for work this morning.


Drive to work in the

rain, I don't mind. The garden

is getting watered.

* * * * * * *

Each time this happens

I find myself lost in old

thoughts of him again.

* * * * * * *

Wet tire tracks plough through

green fields of fallen tree buds

on the rain-black road.

* * * * * * *

I composed all three of these into my tape recorder on the way to work this morning. Then I polished them on my lunch break. There's nothing like a rainy day to inspire me. (one word - so little time) [urgent]


I have this urgent need to write. I've started to think in haiku. I count syllables all the time, whether a thought is profound or trivial. I carry a tape recorder with me for when I get ideas while driving.

June 19, 2006 08:09 AM (11:09 EST)

Sunday, June 18, 2006

haiku (for Bea)

This is for the splendiferous Bea! To hear what inspired this haiku, click [here]!

Incarnation or coincidence?

My mom used to make me Mickey Mouse pancakes when I was a kid. Tonight she made me a Mickey Mouse pork chop. This was a complete coincidence. Maybe I should have put it on eBay? Nah! It was delicious!

Garden Arrivals

I love finding tiny vegetables in my garden! (Yes I know the tomato is a fruit, but technically so is the pepper.) This will eventually be an orange bell pepper. Right now it's the size of a nickel.

This baby beefmaster tomato is the size of a quarter.


Something tumbled up

my windshield. Did I squash a

leaf or butterfly?

haiku for children

Stuffed animal found

lying on the sidewalk - are

you lost or outgrown? (one word - so little time) [lift]


I stepped into the lift and pressed the button for the top floor. Dragging my burden down the hallway, I reached the little stair. I dragged the heavy sack up the stairs and out onto the roof. The planters were already lined up and ready, packets of seeds waiting. Now that I had the dirt, this was going to be a magnificent rooftop garden!

June 18, 2006 01:22 PM (16:22 EST)

Saturday, June 17, 2006

I repotted my monster aloe plant today.

I also transferred this group to a larger planter.

Mom picked up this delightful little container garden. It came with one roma tomato plant as well as parsley, sage, rosemary (alas no thyme) :-( dill, basil, and oregano. I think it would be great for someone with limited space to garden. It could live quite well on a deck or in a really sunny apartment. It came with a tiny tomato cage which I replaced with a larger one.

And look! Of all the tomato plants in my care, this one has the first tomatoes! Way to go, little roma!

haiku for children

I pull on fuzzy

dryer-warm socks, skates for the

polished kitchen floor. (one word - so little time) [punch]


I picked up the punch and began making holes in the fabric. Holes to let in light and air. It's far too stuffy in here. I'd like to rip the curtain aside completely, but that would leave me feeling naked and exposed on the stage that I was thrust upon without choice or warning.

June 17, 2006 10:34 AM (13:34 EST)

Friday, June 16, 2006

Magnetic Poetry . . . Eternity Sleeps

I just ordered several new Magnetic Poetry sets. I had thought of combining the Poet edition with the Original to create a sort of Super-Mag-Poet set, but part of what makes it interresting is the limitation. It forces me to find diferent ways of expressing my thoughts, alternative wording. I still may add the Gardener kit to the Poet's edition!

We have a winner!

The very first of my Dad's sea of daylilies has blosomed! You can see that I come by my gardening genes honestly.


Asphalt - some words sound

dirty. This one is also

sticky and smelly. (one word - so little time) [free]


I was very lucky to be born free. It was only after that society began to shackle my ideas and my ideals. I grew up wanting to change the world, not be chained by it. The restraints are the closed minds of my peers and my so-called superiors.

June 16, 2006 08:36 AM (11:36 EST)

Friday's Feast

Feast Ninety-Eight

Appetizer: What is a word that you use that would not be considered common? I use a lot of uncommon words all of the time, but I have a list of words that are fun to say. It includes knickerbocker, credenza, kartoffelpuffer (a German potato pancake) and Antonio Banderas.

Soup: What theme of calendar do you have on your wall this year? *Sigh.* I haven’t gotten a theme calendar for home this year, but here at work I have a standard county issue on the wall. The county, for whom I work, prints their own.

Salad: Name 3 people you speak with by telephone a regular basis. Mom, Dad and Linda Harding (aka L.H.)

Main Course: If you could buy a new outfit for someone you know - who would it be and what would you purchase for them? I would buy my friend David an Inverness cloak.

Dessert: What is the last beverage you drank? Diet Pepsi

This is my first Friday Feast. Paperback Writer introduced me to them. I learn a lot of new things from her!

55 Fiction Friday

Iris fled the house as she had years before. This time she had the key! It bounced against her sternum as she ran, suspended from the ribbon hastily tied around her neck. It had been even more years since she had worn that ribbon. The same was true of the initials engraved on the key.

[FIRST] [PREVIOUS] (to be continued...)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

haiku for children

Bored, the Cherubim

are doodling dragons and

duckies in the clouds.

Go Green Pepper, Go Green Pepper, Go Green Pepper, Go!

(sung to the tune of the Speed Racer theme)

This little green pepper plant has impressed the heck out of me! Of all the tiny plants in my garden, this one has gone above and beyond! While all the other pepper plants have just started flowering, this one has 4 baby peppers on it! That'll do, Pepper, that'll do. (one word - so little time) [faces]


I often see faces in the clouds. I see many things, duckies, alligators, and dragons. Especially dragons. They are often found soaring over my house on their nimbus wings exhaling water vapor insdead of smoke, the embers they expell accented by sunset or sunrise.

June 15, 2006 08:14 AM (11:14 EST)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Apparently if

you are a sparrow, this tree

is the place to be!

I can spot 20 sparrows in this shot. How many can you find?

Click here to get a clue.

Happy International Webloggers' Day!

Happy International Webloggers' Day! Feliz Día Mundial de os blogueiros! C'est la journée Internationale des blogueurs! (one word - so little time) [emptiness]


The emptiness filled me as nothing ever had. I reached into the cold darkness and felt nothing press against the surface of my mind, not the outer surface, but the inner surface. It was then that I realized that the void did not surround me, it inhabited me.

June 14, 2006 08:14 AM (11:14 EST)