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Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 A - Z Challenge - W

W    Things We Appreciate

Wisteria in bloom flows in lustrous sprigs of periwinkle blue, or white, pink, and vivid purple too, that can be formed into bonsai plants or trailed around decorative fencing and patio walls. On its own in the wild, this hardy perennial can live as long as 100 years. 

Located in the rugged Daniel Boone National Forest, Cumberland Falls is a major attraction for tourists visiting Cumberland Falls State Resort Park (Corbin, Kentucky). Its 68 ft. cascades have earned the nickname “Little Niagara” and it is the only site in the Western Hemisphere where Moonbows are regularly visible. 

Wildlife Crossings – Bridging the gap between roads and Wildlife habitats. 

Wild West Writers:

I have to applaud our Weathermen and women. It’s a tough job. For instance, when a weatherman from our neighboring city noticed that the temperatures on the screen behind him read in the thousands one blazing afternoon, he decided to play it off with “I’m not authorized to tell you to evacuate, but I suggest you just get out!”
Happy W Day!

Any thoughts? Can you add to the list of things we appreciate that begin with the letter W?


  1. Hi, diedre!

    What? It's "W" day already? Wow, Where oh Where has April gone? :)

    I love the scent of Wisteria. Mrs. Shady planted some in our main garden bed. It catches the eye and the nose. The Pocono Mountains were only a couple of hours away by car from where I lived the first half of my life. The area boasted impressive waterfalls. I'll never forget the constant din of water falling upon rocks. I would love to visit Cumberland Falls and for the first time see a moonbow.

    At the start of the 1970s when I began my broadcast career, local television news was much less challenging and sophisticated than it is today. Anybody could be placed in front of the camera and become a local TV weatherman or weather girl. That included me. I did a weather show weekday mornings, even though I had no experience and almost no training as a meteorologist, having only completed one course on the subject at college. At that same TV station, another weather guy did his entire show wearing a set of moose antlers. Today the highly trained and knowledgeable men and women who bring us the weather are called meteorologists and, occasional bloopers aside, the weather segment is taken much more seriously.

    Have a Wonderful "W" day, dear friend diedre!

    1. Hi Shady!

      April really has been a whirlwind of a month! And now it's the Final Countdown.

      Sounds like growing up in such natural splendor would be all a kid could wish for ;-)

      What an impressive resume you have, my friend!

      The best thing about our weatherman story is the laughter that allowed us to forget (for a short time) the oppressive heat. In all honesty, the weather segment is my favorite of the entire newscast ;-)
      Somehow the term 'Meteorologist' makes me think they intend to announce an incoming ball of flame, but it certainly eliminates the need for gender recognition. Of course, Moose antlers is a whole other animal ;-)

      Happy day to you, dear Shady!

  2. Hi Diedre - love wisteria ... and this week thought about the wind that doesn't blow ... amazing up here - fairly still. Winkles, Witches, weddings ... and so it goes - cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary!

      Wow, the absence of wind truly is a wonder. But we've been having more than our share lately.

      Ha! As I read this I'm wearing a shirt that says "Wrinkled is not one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up"
      Witches and Weddings - somehow there's a connection, I think. Spells?
      Your comments are such a delight!

  3. Before I started reading I set the tone by playing Dan Fogelberg's "Wisteria" and then I read through those things appreciated.

    I've probably been to Cumberland Falls. I've been to Corbin a few times. There are so many waterfalls that I've seen in my years. I can never tire of watching a waterfall.

    Thanks for prompting my listen to Fogelberg. That took me back to another time.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi Lee!

      As I hadn't heard it, I just played Fogelberg's song. I can't thank you enough for the introduction! I swear, even the chattering birds on the patio this morning, paused to listen.
      Thank you!


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