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Eggstravaganza

Posted: April 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Letters to T | Tags: Artwork, Favorite Things, Holidays | Comments Off

Whenever I have attempted to color eggs at this time of year, I have been lucky  if the results were this good.

Dyed eggs!

Other egg-dyers have a lot—and I mean A LOT—more time on their hands. Some have raised the bar for decorated eggs to stratospheric heights of eggcellence. Take a look at these beauties!

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These glorious jeweled eggsamples are my favorites. Why? Because they’re actually cakes and taste as sweet as they look!

Egg cakes!

 


Hidden treasure

Posted: April 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Beauty, Butterflies, Nature, Photography | Comments Off

Photographer Linden Gledhill isn’t content to capture butterflies and moths in all their glory. He aims his lens at the microscopic scales of their wings. The results are breathtaking.

Here’s Hypolimnas dexithea, or the Madagascar diadem. Hypolimnas dexitheaHypolimnas dexithea

This is Papilio lormieri, the Central Emperor Swallowtail.

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Here is Precis rhadama, or the Brush-footed Butterfly.

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And last, but not least—Argema mittrei, the Comet Moth.

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Find more of Linden Gledhill’s astounding microscopic photography here.

And look for hidden beauty around you today!


April Fool’s!

Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Fun, Important Questions | Comments Off

April Fool's!


Leapfrog … day three

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Games, Nature | Comments Off

This game of leapfrog could last until April. Just wake up the frog when it’s over!

Leapfrog? Snooze


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted: March 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Good luck, Holidays | Comments Off

What are people looking for at this time of year?

Two things, mainly.

LEPRECHAUNS and FOUR-LEAF CLOVER.

I have saved you from the hunt this time. You’re welcome!

May you always have…
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.

Lucky leprechauns!
Lucky four-leaf clover!

Snow giant

Posted: March 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Goals and Achievements, Snow, Winter | Comments Off

Winter is not over yet, and the cold white stuff is still falling from the sky. Plowing and shoveling only leads to unsightly lumps and piles. What’s a farmer in Gilman, Minnesota to do? What else but build a fifty-foot stunner of a snow person? Let’s hope this fearsome Frosty has come in peace!

Snow giant!


Grandpunks

Posted: March 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Curious Things, Fashion, Fun, Grandparents | Comments Off

Punk rock isn’t just for youngsters anymore. French designer Jean Paul Gaultier has included punk oldsters as models in a recent fashion show. What kid wouldn’t like to say, “Cool mohawk, Grandpa!” and “You’re so punk rock, Grandma!”

Mohawk Grandpa

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E is for Edgar

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Artwork, Books, Favorite Things, Writing | Comments Off

Edward Gorey

Happy birthday to one of my all-time favorite book illustrators, Edward Gorey! Mr. Gorey long ago passed from this world to the next, but his beautiful and strange drawings will live on as long as there is imagination, humor, and weirdness in the world.

Edward Gorey art


Food flags

Posted: February 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Cleverness, Flags, Food | Comments Off

This year, the Sydney International Food Festival featured national flags using foods each country is commonly associated with. Traveling is delicious when taste buds are tourists!

Italy flag

Italy: basil, pasta, and tomatoes

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India flag

 

India: curry chicken, rice, cheera thoran, and papadum wafer

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Lebanon flagLebanon: tomatoes, pita bread, and parsley

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Greece flagGreece: olives and feta cheese

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Great Britain flag

Great Britain: scone, cream, and jam

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France flagFrance: blue cheese, brie cheese, and red grapes

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And the USA? Hot dogs, ketchup, and mustard, of course!

USA food flag

 


Cool hedgehog!

Posted: January 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: Animals, Artwork, Winter | Comments Off

Hedgehogs are adorable. That’s my opinion—but it’s also a fact!

Adorable hedgehog

And they are small enough to fit in your hand.

Adorable hedgehog

Or both hands, if you have a matching pair!

Two adorable hedgehogs!

Every winter for the past 19 years, the Swedish town of Luleå has unveiled an ice animal sculpture by artist Hans Englund. This year’s impressive contribution is a 12-ton hedgie.

12-ton hedgie!

Made of ice and snow, this cool hedgehog will only last till the thaw of Spring. Until then, it rules!

Cool hedgehog!