23-Q by Beverly

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Another week and another letter. The letter this week is Q – a letter that can be a challenge.

I chose quill – which most know as the sharp barbed hair on a porcupine or a hedgehog. It is a defense mechanism that is often a painful reminder to dogs especially, who get too close and curious, to a porcupine.

Many years ago, I took a quill basketry course – to create a small  cedar basket, using dyed quills to decorate it with. I chose the trillium for the lid, which is Ontario’s official flower.

It was a definite challenge to create the basket and took a week of work to make it. But using the quills was fun and not as difficult as I thought it would be. I was proud of the result.

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Quill can also mean a writing instrument. Originally a feather’s tip was sharpened and dipped in ink. Now, a pen may be inserted in the hollow shaft of the feather. We used one at our wedding.

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Here is my art tag for this week:

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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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23-E by Beverly

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This week at ABC Wednesday, E gets centre stage.

E is for Earth – the only planet we have, the third planet from the sun.

I always marveled when I saw photos of the planet taken from space. The blues, the greens were breathtaking. But the Earth is in trouble – and it can be seen from space. Fires are burning all over, volcanoes are spewing ash and lava.

The tag I created shows what our relationship should be:

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Native Americans have a stronger saying in the same vein:

 We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

 

For too long, people have taken and plundered the earth. Even now governments are refusing to do what is right and protect the land, the resources, the animals because of money and lobbyists.

Ghandi recognized this greed:

Earth provides enough for every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.

Many scientists warn there is a point when we will not be able to rescue our earth – and it is fast approaching. Too little is being done, almost too late.

 

April 22 is Earth Day but really, one day a year to celebrate Earth isn’t enough. We should be celebrating Earth Day every day!

What will you do to help Earth?

 

23-B by Beverly

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This week at ABC Wednesday, the letter of focus is B.

B is for Ballet and ballet shoes.

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As a young girl, I took ballet lessons, even took part in a ballet recital. I was terrible and really was never graceful. I can remember hiding after my brother let me off one day, so that I wouldn’t have to go to a lesson.

I wore little slippers, nothing like the ballet slippers that ballerinas use to go en pointe.

I felt the quote fit the torture many ballerinas must go through – the hours of practice, the pain, the bruises, the intense discipline.

Yet, when you watch a ballet, you cannot help but be enthralled by the effortless beauty of the ballerinas., their skill,  and their passion.

22-W by Beverly

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W is for Weddings

A I worked on an art challenge for Sunday Postcard Art last week whose theme was “June Brides”, I thought about the two women and two weddings depicted in the card.

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I used photos of my mother and myself, on the day of our weddings – 52 years apart.

My mother’s wedding gown has a glorious long train and a veil that was borrowed.

My mother was only 21, embarking on a marriage to a widower with a young son. It would be a challenge at times. There would be four other children – two boys and two girls.

At age 50, I was marrying for the second time and I so wanted to look and feel like a princess.

We were blending two families – each of us with three children. We became a real “Brady” bunch.

There will be many weddings in the months ahead. My own daughter will marry in August and she has asked me to walk her down the aisle – what an honour.

May all these brides experience the “love, laughter and happily ever after” that I have.

 

 

22 S by Bevely

S is for Spring

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S is for Spring – which has finally made a permanent presence here in South Western Ontario. With  snow and ice late in April and still some frost warnings even last week, I despaired of ever seeing Spring.

But there are now flowers growing in gardens, magnolia trees blossoming and grass growing so long, it is needing its second mowing.

For me, spring means a farewell to winter finally and a time for warmer weather. Here’s a poem I wrote using a common form:

Here’s a tribute to spring as we say goodbye to winter:

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring
Goodbye to winter coats and boots
Hello to jackets and runners

Goodbye to frigid temperatures and snow
Hello to warmer weather and rain

Goodbye to slipping and sliding on ice
Hello to sloshing and stamping in rain puddles

Goodbye to furnaces and closed up houses
Hello to windows flung open

New life, green grass, mud and sun – welcome spring.

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Flowers though, are my true favourites. Here to provide a touch of beauty are a few flowers growing in our gardens.

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I was finally able to put out my hanging baskets and planters. Last to plant will be the tomatoes and peppers – maybe next week.

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But it does mean dandelions – I spend at least an hour today getting rid of them from our lawn. I am still sore!

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The days will get warmer, more flowers will bloom and summer will soon be here. I plan to enjoy Spring now that it has really arrived.

 

 

22-O by Beverly

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This week at ABC Wednesday, O gets centre stage.

O is for ONE and Opportunity – because it really only takes one opportunity to succeed.

This month I have been taking part in the A to Z April Blogging Challenge. For this challenge, I have been creating art tags, using stamps I have carved.

I carved the number one for O – and found two quotes I liked – therefor had to create 2 tags.

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When opportunity comes our way, we need to know how to recognize it.  There are many quotes referring to this:

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.
Milton Berle

Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.
Bobby Unser

Every day is a new opportunity.
Bob Feller

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas A. Edison

 

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill

Luck is where opportunity meets preparation.
Seneca

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.
William Arthur Ward

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
Helen Keller

 

 

 

22-L by Beverly

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This week at ABC Wednesday, L gets centre stage.

One of my favourite phrases, that I have hanging in my living room is based on “LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH” – something we all need to embrace.

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L is for LOVE – which is illustrated so well in the words of Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV):

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

 

We desperately need more love in this divisive world, especially love for our fellow man.

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Bertrand Russell reflected on this:

Christ said “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” and when asked “who is thy neighbour? went on to the parable of the Good Samaritan. If you wish to understand this parable as it was understood by his hearers, you should substitute “Germans and Japanese” for Samaritan. I fear my modern day Christians would resent such a substitution, because it would compel them to realize how far they have departed from the teachings of the founder of their religion.

We are each other’s neighbours – regardless of our skin colour, our religion, our sexual orientation. We need to accept and love each other – what a lovely world we could have if only we could do this.

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