the quotidian (11.4.13)

Quotidian: daily, usual or customary;
everyday; ordinary; commonplace

Ready for church.
Dog training.
Dog bathing.
Dog carrying.

How To Eat A November Apple 
1. Take a kitchen stool, sharp knife, and apple out to the yard. 
2. Sit on the stool and use the sharp knife to eat the apple.       
3. Grin.                                                                                   
The little tree has to come down.
It’s a silver maple instead of the red maple we thought we ordered,
and is therefore a dangerously breakable tree.
I am marginally crushed.

Still life: Crayons in Setting Sun OR Dirty Jar on Cluttered Desk in Setting Sun. 
Take your pick.
Dividing the spoils.
(We had a Jogger, a K’ekchi’ Girl, a Black Cat That Disappears Into The Night, and Harry Potter.)
No leftovers: Sunday potluck cakes.
and a sprinkling of chopped peanut butter cups to top it all off)
The Grandmother-Grandaughter Dealy-o: 
you talk to me in Spanish for ten minutes and I’ll go on a bike ride with you.
We’ve jumped on the Khan Academy boat.


  • Eric M

    I will second the opinion that it isn't a silver maple. The shape is wrong and so are the leaves. If I had a tree with all those different colors I would guard it. We have a Japanese red maple (and a another young volunteer tree if you really want it) and I won't replace it with another when it goes. They are a non-native invasive species.

  • Shelah N

    Are you positive that is a Silver Maple? It sure doesn't look like it to me, they normally don't get any red in the Fall, just sort of a dull, nondescript yellow tan. And the leaves don't look fine/delicate enough either, are they quite silvery on the underneath side? – beautiful in the wind. And the bark is too smooth, but that could be because it is so young, full grown trees are quite 'shaggy'. Maybe it is just the picture. Sure is the prettiest Silver Maple I have ever seen.

    • Natalie

      I agree with Shelah. We had a silver maple right outside our bedroom window which I used to look at every morning ("used to" b/c we cut it down due to the breakage/near the house). Never had any orange/red on it. The leaves (yellow/brown which Shelah described) definitely weren't anything to talk about in the fall. Your pictured tree is stunning compared to our old silver maple.

  • karen

    We use Khan Academy. I am currently reviewing my own abilities in Math. I'm happy to report I am much more mentally flexible than I was when I was a child. Ahhhhhhhh.

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