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pennies, cranberries

I had some Canadian pennies that, technically, I shouldn't try to use here. (Actually, I'm sure no one cares much. In addition to Canadian pennies, I've got English half-penny coins and euro penny coins that I've gotten in change.) So, I decided to flatten them on the train tracks this past Tuesday. (Don't worry: there are no known cases of pennies on the tracks derailing trains.) At 4:10 pm, I heard the train whistle, so I went out with the healing angel to see if I could collect my flattened coins.

I only recovered one:

One for the tracks
One for the train
That left one
That still remained

It was extra shiny in a thin circle all around the edge: like the bright sliver of new moon that cradles the old moon--which I saw later that night, with clouds racing by it.


Since my sister and I often made necklaces of cranberries as kids--theoretically to drape on the turkey as it was cooking for Thanksgiving, but really we'd end up wearing them ourselves--I think of cranberries as being beads. Beautiful bright red beads that, nevertheless, you can cook with.

Mama, why are you unstringing your necklace?
Don't ask questions, child
But why are you adding them to the soup?
Didn't I just say not to ask questions? Now bring this cup of tea to our guest.
Mama, are you going to serve him soup with your beads in it?
Take the man his tea!
I am, but I just--



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Nov. 28th, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
Where did the myth about pennies and trains come from?

I remember a Pete and Pete episode in which Little Pete wants to recharge his lucky penny by letting a train run it over but Bus Driver Stu convinces him the train will derail, so he goes to get it back.
Nov. 28th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know! I think people definitely want to discourage kids from putting things on tracks, and (according to Snopes) larger items on tracks have derailed trains--but not coins.
Nov. 28th, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
'I saw the new moon late yestreen
With the old moon in her arm;
And if we go to sea, master,
I fear we'll come to harm.'

(from 'Sir Patrick Spens')

Sign of a storm, is that!
Nov. 28th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
And we did in fact have a storm!
Nov. 28th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
There y' go then! :o)

Weather lore is often surprisingly accurate.
Nov. 28th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
We used to make cranberry & popcorn garlands for the Yule tree. After the holiday, we'd drape them on trees outside for the birds.
Nov. 28th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
We did that a couple of times too--it's fun, it's nice for the animals, and then you have the added fun of watching them.

(oops, wrong icon)

Edited at 2014-11-28 05:29 pm (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
Lovely, in so many ways. :)

Dev and I still string cranberries (and popcorn) to drape our outdoor trees and feed our birds and squirrels. The birds make us smile and the squirrels entertain the pups.
Nov. 28th, 2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
I've only actually hung them out for the birds and squirrels once or twice, but I've enjoyed making necklaces lots of times.
Nov. 28th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
A bit like Cleopatra dissolving pearls in wine she served. But tastier and less profligate.
Nov. 28th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
Definitely tastier! ... though maybe not so calcium rich? ... But there are more accessible forms of calcium!
Nov. 28th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC)
Lovely photos!
Nov. 29th, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
Very glad you enjoyed them :-)
Nov. 28th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, cranberries.

Mmmm, RR flattened coins.


Nov. 29th, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
Next up, a cranberry sandwich between flattened pennies.
Nov. 29th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
Ohhh. With silver colored crust? Heaven.
Nov. 29th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
You just reminded me that there's cranberry tea in the cupboard, and I'm thirsty. *drops beads in a cup*

ETA: I've always liked finding squashed pennies in the road.

Edited at 2014-11-29 12:06 am (UTC)
Nov. 29th, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
Now maybe what we should be doing is seeing what sort of tea we can brew from squashed pennies!
Nov. 29th, 2014 04:50 am (UTC)
One for the tracks
One for the train
That left one
That still remained

Nov. 29th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
Why let the lack of a traditional, situationally appropriate nursery rhyme interfere with posting one?
Nov. 29th, 2014 08:01 am (UTC)
*beams at you*

I remember thinking cranberries looked like beads. I should have tried stringing them.
Nov. 29th, 2014 01:38 pm (UTC)
it would be a very fun thing for you to do with your littlies, maybe?
Nov. 29th, 2014 12:34 pm (UTC)
Interesting metallurgy experiments you do on your walks.
I hope your penny didn't come from here.
Nov. 29th, 2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
And interfere with such a noble clock's mechanism?? Never!

(That is *very* cool about them being used to make adjustments)

Edited at 2014-11-29 01:38 pm (UTC)
Dec. 1st, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
that mama...ouch!
Dec. 2nd, 2014 01:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, in my head there was a whole backstory, but with just that portion, she's pretty rotten.
Dec. 2nd, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
Well, I think I've sounded like that mom on more than one occasion, so let's just call her human and give her a pass. ;)
Dec. 2nd, 2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too. It's a deal :-)
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