Wednesday, January 9, 2019

ABC Wednesday Again? Sure, Why Not!


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A is for...

come on, you know you want to say apples, unless you want to sing "Alligators All Around", like I do right now!


but that's only because I saw it posted somewhere recently, and didn't play the video, so the chorus has been ringing in my head, and this seemed the perfect opportunity to listen to it.  I've been thinking about doing another round of ABC Wednesday for awhile, and now that's it's back around to 'A' (I've been watching it), I jumped right in, completely unprepared.  but as I mentioned above, a great many of us 50-something Americans think 'apple' when someone says 'A is for', and to follow on the theme started by Roger, who is hosting this round, I thought I'd take us back to The Unused Portion's humble beginnings:

Good to the Core!

aww!  if that isn't my little monkey about to take a bite out of that Empire Apple!  back when he was still just a mini-Vermonter, trying to figure out how to get along in NY, even if Mama did work at an apple orchard.  and that t-shirt...it was a dress on him for years, but once he grew into it, he grew right out of it.  it's long gone, now...this picture was taken the summer before he started kindergarten, when The Unused Portion was 4 months old.  now he's about halfway through his first year of high school, and this blog has been active for 10 years running!

so, the history of this blog and ABC Wednesday is that I first jumped in in September of 2012, on the letter 'I', skipped 'Q', and made it all the way to 'W' before I gave up.  in 2015, I gave 'A' & 'B' a go, but didn't go any further until 2016, when right around this time, I started another round on 'A', in which I commemorated the recent death of David Bowie, and that was the end of it.  until now.  so in the interest of getting this entry into the linkup before there's 4000 people in there, that's all I'm going to post, and start thinking up something for next week!

*and Roger's post isn't about apples, after all - it's about Alaska.  I guess it's the intro post he writes for the ABC Wednesday site that was about apples.  he says his favorite is the Macoun, which I always pronounced "ma-COON", but when I worked at Soons Orchard, Mr. Soons said it "ma-COW-an", and it was his farm (through his daddy and grand-daddy), so that's how I said it, too.  I'm not sure about a favorite...the boy ate an Empire a day back then, so I was always flush with those, but I also liked the Gala, Winesap, Braeburn, Cameo, and Jonagolds!  not working on an orchard, you kind of have to take what you can get, and at my local store, that tends to be Galas and Honeycrisp.  I'm a bit biased against the Honeycrisp, though, so I never buy them!  how do you like them apples?

15 comments:

  1. I like them apples quite well. :-) That alligators is a cute song. I like G for giggles.

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    1. yes - it was written by Carole King! it's a classic, for sure.

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  2. What a cutie he is eating that apple ~ great post for A ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. thank you! he was such a doll back then...little boys can be the sweetest.

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  3. Being of a certain age and growing up in a place where the only apples are the ones in the produce section, for the longest time I thought red delicious and granny smith were the only apples you could get, so red delicious it was. Now the apple of my childhood seems to have fallen out of favor, and even I usually choose a gala, though it still makes me feel somehow disloyal!

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    1. I totally hear that! people are loyal to their favorites, and it's true that most folks don't know the variety of apples available because stores limit their selections. the red delicious definitely isn't as popular as it once was, and while it used to be my favorite, too (for lack of better options), I've found that other varieties are more satisfying to my needs!

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  4. Apples come to the mind as soon as someone says 'A'. Well in our place some apples are used in cooking too, it gives a mild tangy flavour.

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    1. well, now, that 'mild tangy flavor' depends on what kind of apples you use...we always suggested several different varieties for several different dishes, such as softer apples for sauce, and firmer apples for pie. for instance, a good mix of apples for pie include Idared or Northern Spy mixed with ginger gold or Jonagold. yum!

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  5. Mr. Soons got it right. Empires are our family favorite too. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. he was a pretty smart guy, and one of the best ones I've worked for!

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  6. Yes, some use the intro as their post, but I'm a contrary sort, I suppose! Welcome back! BTW, I also wrote about Bowie on 5 Jan 2019

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    1. thanks! let's see how far I get this time... David Bowie was born, and died in January - I feel like he's visiting with us right now. : )

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  7. Mama PJ,

    I've not heard this little ditty before but it's rather a catch tune. :) I have to admit i thought of apple, but for someone reason I thought I had sketched a basket full of apples for the April A to Z Challenge last year. It wasn't until today that I realized that I used it in my Cathy Chats segment from last year. Oh well...I'm pretty sure I did a post on apples somewhere along my 9 year blogging journey. Cute post. It's great meeting you and having you aboard the ABCWednesday hop again! ;)

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    1. lol - yeah, apples are a pretty common 'A' theme! thanks for stopping in, and I look forward to seeing you around ~

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  8. apples.. alligators all around .. alliterations :)
    i have not heard that before but as far as apples go, i love them all

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