August 13th, 2019

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I F Terramagne

That's as close as I can come to writing it with standard letters.

Fernweh (German) is a deep, intense longing for a distant land -- like being homesick for somewhere you've never actually been. Fearn is the Ogham letter for F (also V), meaning the alder tree; that's an ancient Irish writing system. In local-America, Unicode provides only a horizontal version, but in Terramagne it's written vertically for this purpose. European alder leaves have a heart shape. "I F Ireland." means "I fernweh Ireland." That can also be written with an alder leaf, just as "love" is often written with a heart symbol. Similarly, the two can be combined, placing the symbol inside the leaf.  It's a cross-cultural pun.  And now I wish I had a T-shirt that says "I F Terramagne."
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Poem: "Only by Moving Forward"

This poem is spillover from the May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "14 Balance" square in my 4-30-19 card for the Tarot Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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The Highwomen

Once upon a time, there was a band called The Highwaymen, with a rather dippy theme song.  And then some women got together in The Highwomen, and did it much better.  \o/  

Also, it's a little slice of Terramagne, if you're wondering what their Country-Western stuff sounds like.  Every once in a while I find a tidbit of it here. 
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How to Simplify Fashion

Someone mentioned having difficulty with fashion choices, especially color matching. I've done a lot of research on this due to some Terramagne stores working a lot better than here, and characters having different and distinctive tastes. So I listed some ways to make life easier if you find clothing choices a chore instead of a joy ...

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Tuesday Yardening

Today was partly cloudy, warm and muggy. We got a good rain last night, though. :D

Round One, I fed birds.

Round Two, I walked around the yard looking at things. A pink-and-white gladiolus is blooming in the septic garden. A scarlet one is about to open under the telephone pole. Several sunflowers are open in the prairie garden. One has bronze petals.

Something has eaten the leaves off the top third of my tricolor beech tree. I noticed two distinctive cocoons hanging from its twigs, wrapped in leaves.  I thought about picking them off to smash.  But I wondered what was in them. 

So I came back in to do some research. It turns out that beech trees make terrific habitat. Here is one list of moth species that eat the leaves. From the appearance, I suspect promethea or polyphemus moth. The cocoons look a lot like this. It's not cecropia: too small and covered in leaves. Probably not luna: too narrow.  Here are some ways to attract moths to your garden.

I have a thoroughly chewed $100 specimen tree.  It's still doing fine, and the buds have already set for next year's leaves.  I'm not going to pick off the cocoons and smash them.

FIRST research, THEN decide what to do about bugs in the garden.