Hidey-ho and happy Wednesday, everyone =) !! Seems Spring wants to be winter in my area. It's been a bit cold and I still need my electric blanket. The daffodils are peaking through, though, and things are looking a little bit greener.
Saturday's "Up Close" picture seemed hard until I added the second picture, then three readers guessed it correctly!! The first correct guesser was Chuck from Dribble by Chuck. I had the biggest chuckle at what he wrote. This was his guess:
" Gad... a brass tube resting on a wooden block. Two discs, very corroded, and the end one very decorative, good gosh. What the heck. some kind of kitchen implement judging by the corroded disc...but what. The discs must rotate, but not on the brass tube... All right, this time I guess an antique kelidoscope... Cant wait to see more... I have a suspicion that I wont know what it is even when I see all of it."
Yes, it is an antique, or vintage kaleidoscope. I should have polished it before I took a picture of it. Does anyone know how to polish brass? Ramblin' Man Rich and Roberta from Bert's World also guessed the picture correctly! Good job, guys!! Here is your blue ribbon, Chuck!:
I found this kaleidoscope at a local thrift store that I volunteer at. I got it for $15... half price off of $30! I was looking up vintage kaleidoscopes on ebay yesterday and couldn't find any that looked similar to this one. I found some that were just brass tubes for $99. I couldn't find any that had the stained glass wheels. Interesting. When I look through this at the light it is incredible. I wish I could show you pictures of the inside! The second wheel behind the colored wheel has textured glass without color. You can "set" the kaleidoscope either on a color or a texture. I have a love of glass and art, so this was a nice find. I can sit with this for long periods of time and just stare into it. I really do need to clean it up, though. So, DOES anyone know how to clean brass?
So, today is Wednesday and time for "Wordplay". If anyone has any suggestions for future Wordplays put your suggestions in the comments section or send me an email. I will give you credit! I have a couple of questions for you guys today...
1. In the English language, we make most of our words plural by adding an "s" or an "es". There is one word, and only one that we makeplural by adding an "en". Can you name it? hint: no it is NOT children, that is an "ren".
2. There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous". Can you name them?
Put your answers in the comments section or send them to me in an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
I'm a gal with chronic pain and illness who has been forced to live life slowly. I appreciate this pace. I've learned to notice small joys and smell the flowers along the way =). Come in and say hello...