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Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Five: Fall Transformations



Here in my neck of the woods, rain is falling...a little uncharacteristic for August, but most welcome! It'll be hot and humid later, but a break in the heat is most welcome.

Also falling (especially into my driveway) are the fruits of the bois d'arc tree (also known as the Osage Orange). We call them "bowdarks" and enjoy bowling them down the driveway to the empty lot across the street. (Yes, I may be a redneck...)

Bois d'arc fruits are used only for: 1) making more trees and 2) eating by squirrels (if you have another use, please let me know!)

The wood of the bois d'arc tree, however, is very hard and very beautiful, and makes gorgeous items like the vase above. Such a lovely thing, from such an odd-looking source!

For this Friday's Five, share with us five transformations that the coming fall will bring your way.

Bonus: Give us your favorite activity that is made possible by the arrival of fall.

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56 comments:

  1. Mary Beth, thank you for this. I'm not sure if I will be able to play right away (my computer screen has been freezing at work), but what a great one!

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  2. Hey...I've heard that "bowdark" fruit (a rarity here in the Upper Midwest) kill cockroaches...and not by hitting the cockroaches with them. Any truth to that?

    Anyway...I am playing at my place ...where you can also read about furkid Cassie's close and stinky encounter this morning with a skunk, minutes before I had to leave for work.

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  3. After a four month blogging sabbatical...I am returning to the art of blogging.

    Here are my thoughts

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  4. Yay! It's late for me, but I'm still early in the comments. Here's my transformational play.

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  5. Being a new parent, Paul's words come to mind when considering this week's F5: "We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed."

    Okay, sorry, no more puns. Just a F5 post over at my place. BO BIG RED!

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  6. Here in East Texas I can't even begin to think of fall. It won't be here for another three months or so.

    As for the "Bowdark" fruit, there were several trees in the grassy area south of Selecman Auditorium at Perkins. I think they're gone now due to construction. Anyway, while talking on the phone to my wife or mom or whoever, I would regularly go and kick them into a huge mass in the middle of the field and stack them into a pyramid. Just for giggles. But I recommend doing so in a shoe with a hard toe area.

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  7. Here's a quickie from Washington State Fall.

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  8. Hey Mary Beth, this one was a thinker! I turned my thoughts ahead to fall here.

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  9. Thanks so much Mary Beth! I played here.

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  10. I'm in a weirdly reflective mood. I don't know if I'll play this F5 or not, but I did see "bowdark" fruit also known as "horse apples" yesterday. I hadn't seen any in many years and it brought back memories of my grandparents' backyard. As for uses, there was a brief craft trend in the 70's that involved slicing the fruit (very difficult, think chainsaw), drying the slices in the oven, shellacking them, and putting them on wire stems in a flower arrangements.

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  11. The weather in my area is already beginning to feel like fall. It's quite cool at night already. Fall's my favorite season... I do hope it doesn't mean an early winter though!

    Anyway, I played here!

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  12. I can hardly believe it's almost fall...but it is fun to think about. Here's my reflection.

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  13. I messed up my Friday Five (I actually accidently posted it here -- sorry, gang), but it's back at my place.

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  14. Well, darn, I was all set for a Friday Five on the Olympics....But it's nice to think about fall, my favorite season. And it's always nice to see some of the flora of another region.

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  15. That thing so lucks like a leauprachan's brain! I played late, but I did play!

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  16. here's mine, all about me this time. beautiful vase, Mary Beth, thanks (and maybe I need to return to regular blogging and blog-reading, too?!)...

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  17. Running out to see Clone Wars. Back later to catch up with you all. Meanwhile I "fell"here

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  18. okay, I finally got access to a good computer and played.

    I'm getting a new computer next week! (an almost fall transformation)

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  19. I played here after taking some time to think about it.

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  20. I finally remembered to check in on Friday so I can play. Here's my entry.

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  21. Thanks Mary Beth...this was a fun FF! I played at my place.

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  22. We've been given Osage Oranges and they repell spiders. We put them in our basement and it seemed to work. Wish we had more!

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  23. Bowdark usage update:

    So far we have:

    1) cockroach repeller (arrange around outside of house...
    2) floral arrangement accent
    3) spider repeller
    4) items to kick
    and
    5) leprechaun brain lookalike!

    ROFLOL...

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  24. Some very good responses this week. I played here.

    David

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  25. I fooled around in the future here... but obviously didn't successfully post here about my fooling around.

    Where is everybody today??? Buying school supplies?

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  26. Despite the fact that in Texas fall feels about a 1000 miles away in the middle of August I played

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  27. I have no clues about the "bowdark" since we called them "monkey balls" and no idea that they had such a pretty name!

    However, after a jaunt to the pool and beach (yes, I am on vacation, smirk, smirk) I did write about what's in store for me...

    A little late, but better than never...

    Just a little wave from the beach...
    Deb

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  28. Here's my late entry

    I've got lots going on this fall ... a move, new ministry and most importantly, first vows!

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  29. I played too!

    And, I'm not sure if it's the same thing, but I think my grandpa calls those hedgeballs, and he puts them in the garage to keep the bugs out too

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  30. The Scientist and his sister used to have bowdark wars out at their grandparents' farm. Don't you know those things must hurt when another kid throws one at you??

    I'm anticipating a change in seasons here.

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  31. Thank you for the reminder that fall is on the horizon!

    Better late than never - my play, including some very cute (if I may say so) pictures. Enjoy! :)

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  32. Had a busy day today and finally played with my dirt-filled fingernails and nicely planted garden.

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  33. Coming in late as usual, here is my contribution

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  35. Let's try this one more time:

    I didn't write up a f5, because I was lazy. BUT. I did let it inspire me BIG TIME in the writing of this week's sermon
    . Hope it makes sense, y'all.

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