Things Seen Lately: Olio

Notice: This post will be a digressive ramble. 

From time to time the ‘pile publishes a group of unrelated pictures, pictures of interest that don’t have a major unifying theme. The germ of this post started yesterday, when I walked into the bathroom and saw this:

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Light and shade at Frogside, February, 2018.

And when out for a walk with the dog, saw this:


The ghost on the back of the sign. Ransom Road, Falmouth MA, February 2018



The Ransom Road Ghost…with sparkles. 

Yes. “What?” I don’t know who did this, or why, but it’s nice that they did.

Back to Olio: Olio is not oleo. Oleo is fake butter, about which my dictionary says, “Margarine is an imitation butter spread used for flavoring, baking, and cooking. Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès created it in France in 1869 when responding to a challenge by Emperor Napoleon III to create a butter substitute from beef tallow for the armed forces and lower classes.”

More olio.

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Crosses on the Wall. Assisted Living Apartment, Falmouth MA.

I ate a clementine and a tangerine yesterday.

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Tangerine and Clementine. The Morning After. Falmouth, MA, February 2018.

More food: A banana flower.


Banana Flower. Zona Sur, Costa Rica. 

Last month, January, in washed-ashore, sand-covered (it had been very windy) pancake ice was a hole. We’re not at all sure how it got there.


Olio is a word you might know from crossword puzzles. Olio is a puzzle constructor’s friend. It’s been around for a while, but never in common use, except for a brief popularity spike just before the US Civil War. Why? I have no idea, but that’s what the Ngram says…

Ever use google’s “Ngram” feature to see a word’s frequency-of-use over time? Fascinating.

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To try this for yourself:


May the olio of your life be as a rich pat of fresh butter, melting fragrant and yellow through fresh vegetables or Sunday morning late-breakfast waffles.



One response to “Things Seen Lately: Olio

  1. The ice hole is most curious. It seems to be similar in construction to a hole in the main water line of my neighbors house, which developed (the hole) in the second summer that he went north, leaving me in charge. The escaping water produced quite a sink hole in the back yard. The hole had been worn from the inside of the plastic pipe. We figured that something got trapped in an area then water flow (or in the case of your pancake ice, wind), turned it round and round and drilled the hole.

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