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Friday, July 8, 2011

Paris Green -- No Rodents Seen

A Day in the Life: July 8th

(Aged 14)
Wea.                                           WED. JULY 8, 1896               Ther.

Worked all day.  Aunt Em is better.  Ma came home.  I paris greened grandma’s potatoes yesterday.  Grandma stayed all night here last night it is the first time she ever stayed all night here.*
Photo by Chris Goulet

(Aged 16)
Wea.                                             FRI. JULY 8, 1898               Ther.

Worked all day haying.  In eve went in swimming.

(Aged 17)
Wea.                                             SAT. JULY 8, 1899               Ther.

Rained all day.  I fixed a floor in the cupola on the barn + took the flag down by getting on the roof of the cupola.  Besides, picked off a load of hay in the A.M. In P.M. drew out all the straw + unloaded it in the barnyard got through at three o’clock P.M.  In eve went down to the burg with Leon Page. Got home at 10 o’clock.

(Aged 18)
Wea.                                              SUN. JULY 8, 1900                 Ther.

Slept in A.M. In P.M. took Alice out for a drive.  Got home at 1.45 A.M.

(Aged 19)
Wea.                                              MON. JULY 8, 1901                Ther.

Rained till about 3 o’clock then I went to mowing.

(Aged 20)
Wea.                                               TUE.  JULY 8, 1902             Ther.

Was sick all day. Gail mowed by hand and raked what we mowed yesterday.

(Aged 21)
Wea.                                              WED.  JULY 8, 1903                  Ther.



Editor's Note:  I had never heard of Paris Green before but there it is in Wikipedia.  I really like how Allen turns a noun into a verb.   Apparently, it takes the Paris part of its name from being used as a rat poison in the Parisian sewers and many Impressionists used it to make their green pigments too.  It goes on to say the arsenic in it directly affected the health of Cezanne, Monet and Van Gogh.  

Just yesterday, I was trying to describe my favorite green to my daughter and her friend.  I was stuck on "sea foam green" knowing that wasn't quite capturing it.  Then voila, here it is today, my favorite green--so deadly and yet such a lovely name.  My lexicon grows. 

*The first night grandma stays in the their new house "Valley Gate".


1 comment:

  1. Great post. Like you I'd never heard of Paris Green before. It's interesting to learn about the unusual materials that were used as pesticides many years ago.