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U is for Umbrella, Underline, and Underwear

Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 25, 2016

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A Writer’s Playground–a place to find wordplay, writing prompts, reasons to celebrate, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart  “U is for Umbrella, Underline, and Underwear” by Linda Martin Andersen

This month I’m sharing photos and blog posts from A-Z.  I’m excited about trying something new.  I hope you’ll stop by often throughout the month.

Check out the participants for the April (2016) Challenge.  There are plenty to choose from http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

U is for Umbrella

Carter at Frisbee Camp by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016.

Carter at Frisbee Camp by Linda Martin Andersen. Copyright 2016.

Judging from the picture, a granddog deserves the best and gets it.  Frisbee even in the rain!  Thanks to Jane, my sister-in-law, for permission to post this one.

What umbrella stories come to mind for you?  Have you ever lost an umbrella?  Maybe they’ll show up in Heaven along with missing socks and keys.  Oh my, what a Lost and Found table that will be.  For more on a missing sock story, read here:  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/s-is-for-sock-squirrel-and-sanctuary/

U is for Underline

Have you ever sent a handwritten note with a word underlined several times.  Did each underlined row decrease in  length until it resulted in a triangle image?  See below:








In my opinion, it is easier to accomplish this on paper than on computer. And personally, I don’t find creating on the computer to be nearly as much fun as putting pen to paper.  Too much math and thinking involved. The sample above seems too rigid, too perfect.  Spontaneity is missing.  Where’s the fun?  Have you noticed writing activities that are more fun on paper than on computer?  What about doodling along the margins?  Others?

U is for Underwear

And no, I’m not posting a picture of MY underwear.  You were hoping I would?  I certainly hope not.  I posted a photo of my feet earlier.  See here, if you really want to.  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/t-is-for-tractor-turkey-and-thinking-on-your-feet/

That was my limit; so I draw the line on posting photos of my underwear.  Actually I drew the line(s) above.  😉

In December 2014,  I gave away a copy of Laura Gehl’s book One Giant Pair of Underwear, illustrated by Tom Lightenheld.  And so I’m reposting it as an underwear  photo.  Way cuter photo too!




What “U” words come to mind for you? I hope you’ll share why they’re special to you.

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

12 Responses to “U is for Umbrella, Underline, and Underwear”

  1. Ha,ha, you shouldn’t post a picture of your underwear 🙂

  2. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    You are delightful! Funny about the Underwear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Under Where?
    Under the boardwalk
    Under the covers

    Underground -Underground Railroad…Harriet Tubman…I think she’s going to be on the new twenty dollar bill.

    Wordplay – Word association – Fun.

    Enjoy your day!

    • Joan,
      I love your listing, especially jumping from under to other words with that word part. I loved hearing that Harriet Tubman may be on the new twenty dollar bill. I didn’t know that. I’m glad this post was fun and funny for you. How clever to go from underwear to under where. You have got it going on today! Thanks for playing.

  3. It’s rainy today, so I’d need an umbrella, but I’m not venturing outside today. Aw, no pics of your underwear? LOL But the delightful book link will do, Linda. Hugs

    • Tracy,
      Underwear wasn’t on my original list of “U” words, but I just had to add it. After all, kids love stories about underwear and potty humor. So glad you enjoyed this one. I’m glad your umbrella gets a rainy day off. That’s got to be rare. Thanks for playing.

  4. Undoubtedly, you are uniquely funny, Linda. That’s a very pretty Lab you’re playing Frisbee with. We had large, hard rubber cones, called King Kongs, we used throw for our Chocolate Lab, Dutch. He loved chasing them and couldn’t destroy them, but he would get distracted while playing fetch and take off with them into the woods. Hours later he’d return sans toy. We made up a story about archeologists finding them centuries from now and speculating what their use was. They looked like some kind of plumbing equipment.

    Dale and I played a golf course in Ireland that was right off the North Atlantic in the little town of Innisfree. When we got there the weather was overcast and misty, so I asked the woman in the pro shop, if was going to be a good day to play. “Ah,” she said, “it’s just a soft Irish day.” So we teed off and every 3rd hole a squall would whoosh in off the ocean, gusting 40 mph winds and pelting rain. Every trash can on every tee box had at least one defunct umbrella in it. On one hole, I was attempting to chip on to the raised green when a squall came in. It turn my umbrella inside out and, as Dale says, the wind turned me inside out. I said to my handsome devil, “This is NOT fun!” We still get a laugh out of that memory.

    Other U words that come to mind are: ubiquitous, umbrage, uphold, usurp and unctuous.

    • Sarah,
      I read your golf story to my husband. We both enjoyed it.

      I couldn’t help but think that if I’m funny, you’re hilarious. I wish I could see someone dig up your dog’s toys and try to figure out what they are. Both stories were a hoot! Thank you for sharing. Great “U” words, although even better stories!

  5. U is for unbelievably tired as we’re moving in, but also unmistakably thankful to the Lord for his direction!

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