23-N by Beverly

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Welcome once again to ABC Wednesday, where each week we focus on a new letter and share our choices for that letter.

This week N is the star.   My choice – N is for Nail.

Nails can be several things:

Nouns:

Finger- and toenails. They can be shaped, coloured and cut. They can also reveal signs of illness.

After having my nails shellacked for my daughter’s wedding, I had the shellack removed – which left my lovely nails brittle and easily broken. Now I am trying to grow them back again.  (It was most definitely worth it tho, as it was a wonderful day, a wonderful wedding)

 

Nails can also be what builders use to build and create with.

My son just finished rebuilding our back porch, including the stairs and without nails it would have been a most challenging task.

 

Verbs:

To nail someone means to catch them in the act of usually doing something wrong.

To nail it means to get something right.

 

There are many notable “nail“idioms we use:

hard as nails

nail-biter

hit the nail on the head

fight tooth and nail

final nail in the coffin

a bed of nails

spit nails

 

Here’s my art tag with the stamp I carved for nail:

 

 

23-K by Beverly

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A new week and the next letter in our 23rd jaunt through the alphabet. K is the star this week.

K is for Kite. 

Who hasn’t flown a kite when young – whether store-bought or made by hand. What fun it was to race across a field with your kite trailing behind, with the hopes it would soar above you.

A beautiful poem by Kimmers gives a perfect description of flying kites. Here are the first four lines:

colors floating in the blue
as laughing children pull on string
rising and falling and billowing and swaying
to the rhythms of the wind…

 

Here is my art tag in response to “kite

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23-H by Beverly

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This week at ABC Wednesday, H is our letter of focus.

H is for Hook

There are several meanings for Hook:

-a bent or curved piece of metal used to catch or pull in fish

-a bent metal used for crochet

-the course of a ball that deviates from straight

-a short blow by a boxer, with a circular motion

-a device used by a writer to draw in readers

 

There are several phrases we use with hook:

-by hook or by crook (by any means)

-off the hook (out of trouble

 

I created a fishing hook to accompany this quote by Ovid:

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