E is for Emergency Flashers

Child 1 sat and passed his driving test last month. This is frightening in many ways. For starters he is still only 16 and even though he has had a broken leg in the past year and showed no interest in getting his permit for months after his 16th birthday he has still managed to…

S is for Sweet Onions and Shallots

There she weaves by night and day A magic web with colours gay. She has heard a whisper say, A curse is on her if she stay To look down to Camelot. She knows not what the curse may be, And so she weaveth steadily, And little other care hath she, The Lady of Shalott….

H is for Hooker and S is for Sideburn

Here are two men that I just recently learned about from Child 2: On the left is Ambrose Burnside. Burnside was a Civil War officer with a bit of a checkered career: at one point being conspired against (according to Wikipedia anyway) by the man on the right, Joseph Hooker. But that’s not what is…

A is for Aluminum

On Tuesday Child 2 found something I said so amusing that he had to get his phone out and record me. Seriously, that’s just wrong. Isn’t it?? Anyway the word in question, as you may have guessed, was Aluminum, because in Britain its not Aluminum, its Aluminium. To be clear: US English – Aluminum –…

H is for Homecoming

This weekend Mr T and I had plans to go to a local brew fest with some chums. Tickets bought. Date marked on calendar. Weather forecast – bearable. But it has all gone wrong. We have been derailed by this American thing called Homecoming. Homecoming is an event that takes place across the country in…