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Olfactory White

November 24, 2012

I've gone to my farm in Kentucky for the weekend. It's a great place to relax, do a little hard physical labor, and forget about the rest of the world. If you don't have such a place, I highly suggest you get one.

In the meantime, a new smell has been discovered.

J. Peterman

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November 24, 2012 12:47 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. That's if you can find a scented rose these days. The horrible hybrids that rose growers have evolved may be disease resistant but have no fragrance. I prefer the old fashioned varieties, greenfly, blackspot and all.
A 'white smell' akin to 'white noise' - what an odd idea! What is so bad about smells?

November 24, 2012 2:06 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Failed in the get back to sleep attempt, dreaming of NODOUR, a wondrous aerosol spray to upgrade the blandness of our environment. Bad smells are good! They warn us and inform us - do not eat these leftovers, change the baby's bum (or Granny's) clean the drains, this carton of milk has gone 'off', these socks need to go in the wash, the dog (or you) needs a bath, the factory or farm down the road is emitting noxious odours, not to mention the emissions from the exhaust pipes of every vehicle on the planet. Bad smells talk to us. We have, or should have, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in our homes to keep us safe. We need that whiff of danger. Good smells are good, too! Newly bathed babies, the smell of two day old puppies or kittens or lambs, the smell of walking into a stable with fresh straw bedding and fresh horse-poo (really!), coffee, bacon cooking, bread cooking, garlic ..... bed linen dried on the clothes line for all of a breezy sunny day and put back on the bed. Rain on dry earth, flowers, fruit. Second hand bookshops, leather ... there has to be lots more. I would hate to live in a NODOUR world.

November 24, 2012 6:01 AM
First-comFirst-review onthebuckle said...

Hazel- your NODOUR world sounds like a Lord Of The Rings place... or wasn't it Thomas the Tank Engine on the island of Nodour? I have a friend who really does live in a "NODOUR world" , having lost virtually all his sense of smell through a nose injury at an early age. No good or bad in that world! Now THAT is olfactory white in my book.

November 24, 2012 6:03 AM
First-comFirst-review onthebuckle said...

I think I am going to paint the inside of my barn Olfactory White and see what happens.

November 24, 2012 6:08 AM
First-comFirst-review onthebuckle said...

Olfactory White... new band that combines ALL music styles and instruments into a sound that is...  "bland?" Olfactory White- the bland jam band... 

November 24, 2012 7:09 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

onthebuckle~ Your friend with no sense of smell - does this affect the taste of food? If so, how dreary!
While you are painting the inside of the barn, enjoy the clean, fresh aroma.
I never thought about it - does red paint smell different to white paint?

November 24, 2012 8:13 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoFirst-review magicangel said...

Hazel Leese-nice trip you took me on, picturing all those good and bad smells. Yes, we have those for many reasons. I enjoyed your post. Onthe buckle--I think if your friend cannot smell things, it would indeed not get his saliva glands working to prepare for food. What a shame.

November 24, 2012 8:16 AM
Steam_train 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoFirst-video mbailey said...

Smells can be good. yes, but some smells I could live without.  I get Migraines and I know that there are some smells that can trigger them.  Like heavy perfume or car exhaust. 

I'd definitely want to be able to smell something like a gas leak though...  

November 24, 2012 8:17 AM
First-comFirst-review onthebuckle said...

Hazel- I am laughing after coming in from the barn and seeing that it is just you and me on the foreign exchange of morning wit and wisdom!  Yes, my friend has impaired sense of taste (not when it comes to choosing friends, of course) which has made his diet rather bland no matter what he chooses.  And back to Olfactory White... We were sitting out on the terrace at dawn, enjoying the view of the mountain and the chill air with gorgeous rosy clouds (the "rosy fingers of dawn" that feature in the beginning of many a Greek legend.)Well, the clouds thickened and the first very few flakes of snow of the season came drifting down.I could only think "Olfactory White" snow.  Olfactory white snow on the island of NODOUR.  In my cocoa. 

November 24, 2012 8:24 AM
First-comFirst-review onthebuckle said...

Sorry- magicangel and mbailey! In the time it took to write my last comment, you two popped up so good morning to you. Yes, magicangel, the impaired sense of smell does affect the enthusiasm for food. On the upside- he has always been slim and trim, so like most things in life, there is always another aspect to view. I know that you understand that with your healing art. What one person considers to be "bad", another considers it to be a blessing.

November 24, 2012 9:48 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

It seems to me that the sense of smell is one of our latent early warning systems---"Meat smell bad, no eat carcass on highway."  "Glass smell funny, no drink from glass with paintbrush in it."  Isn't it why they add an odor to natural gas?  " you smell something?  Open the windows and don't light a match."   ******Oenophiles are well known (true oenophiles, anyway) for their ability to pick up on many compounds in a sniff of a glass, and the same is true for the "nose" of the perfumier.  In fact, there was a book several years back "Perfume"--with a character who was driven by his savant like nose.

November 24, 2012 9:49 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

I had the self-discipline not to give my daughter money to shop the mall's "Black Friday" sales. Promotional devices encourage consumption at one of her favorite stores. They use psychology & science to create instinctive "lizard brain" reflex behavior. Background music. Colors & trendy art. Scents in the air. A spot where parents can sit in comfy furniture and drink designer flavor coffees or flavored bottled water reading magazines designed to lull the mind into thinking that somehow all of the conspicuous consumption will not impact January family finances. Aaarrrggghhh!!!

November 24, 2012 10:09 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

I am driving into the mountains of East Tennessee, the home of my youth to perform the funeral service for my Aunt Jackie today; the fun aunt who roared up in her GTO in a miniskirt and boots and long black locks blowing in the breeze. With Walden Ridge behind me and Norris Lake below me, her body will be laid to rest there but she will be somewhere out there with the Scottish and Irish poets laughing among the stars the Alzheimer's of the last decade a mere bump in her celestial journey.

November 24, 2012 10:33 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

magicangel~ Get yourself a plant called FEVERFEW - not sure of the latin name. It's only 1ft tall, bushy with little white daisy-like flowers. It will grow in a heap of rubble, no need to be nice to it, and it seeds itself, so lots of baby Feverfew plants. Eat one leaf from the plant every day without fail. No messin' around, just one little raw leaf a day. Those who know these things say it fixes migraines. Interesting that you associate certain smells with the onset of an episode of the dreaded headache etc. A friend of mine has epilepsy and is warned of a siezure by the smell of rotten eggs. I saw an item on TV about dogs being trained as companions for people with epilespy to use those cold wet noses to forewarn of 'fits.'

November 24, 2012 10:55 AM
270752_10150312062190804_7175723_n 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Graygoose said...

This makes me think of how smell relates to our finances in the cattle industry. A couple years ago, we were required to fill out a survey for the EPA that monitored how much methane gas was being produced by our cattle in the feedyard. There was an actual formula that basically summed up just how much a cow farts! And get this, if we DIDN'T fill out the survey and turn it in by the required date, we could be fined $25,000.00 PER DAY. I was inclined to blame Oprah and her fancy little roadtrip for this ridiculousness. Seriously, as if PEOPLE don't produce a hell of a lot of gas themselves. As a matter of fact, the odor Oprah was bitching about was probably the "water reclamation/sewer plant" rather than a feed lot. Anyway, I'll get off my soap box first thing this morning. And light a nice scented candle to elevate my mood. Y'all have a nice day!

November 24, 2012 11:02 AM
First-com Tawny Pippitt said...

Dear HAZEL - as always your observations are spot on - prodding and provoking and
evoking, as well. I was never so aware of smells as when I was pregnant. Unfortunately, almost all aromas, scents, odors were too much for my over-sensitive self - morning sickness 24/7! The good part about this, aside from my very wonderful son, was the taste of water. I loved it. Water tasted better than anything before or since - better than any other beverage. I will never forget it. How marvelous it all is!

November 24, 2012 11:35 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

Years ago I had a bout with Bell's Palsy...thankfully not a long one...and one of the effects was no sense of smell or taste. Terrible! And my poor family suffered as I cooked with 497 cloves of garlicc in an effort to taste cravings did not go away but there was no way to satisfy them. That is when I discovered how serious my caffiene addiction is! I couldn't stand the feel of coffee in my mouth but was wilting dramatically...took to drinking mass quantities of coca cola with a straw loving the feel of the carbonation. summed it all up beautifully...we do need the bad smells as well as the good ones.

November 24, 2012 11:35 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

TOMMY--big hug to you and your Aunt who was lucky to have a nephew like you.

November 24, 2012 12:21 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Lighting a vanilla scented candle for TT's aunt Jackie and all the great memories of her....Performing a funeral or memorial service is such a fine gift to give the family.

Hazel - Thanks for the list of smells/odors/scents for a quick trip down memory lane! Hope you are feeling better and getting back in good health soon.

Usually, this time of year, I like the cinnamon and apple spice candles, the smell of the fireplace burning dry hardwood, and the scents out of the oven of the sage dressing and giblet gravy being warmed up.

Today we had a cold front go through, so are dealing with 30's in the am, but warming up to 50's, then freezing again tonight, tomorrow, and into Monday before it warms up to 60/40's again. Now, it is clear and sunny, but windy and cold. Staying in, making fire, reading. Nice down time after the hubbub of company and hours in the kitchen.

"White" smells? That would be all the time when I am not smelling something evocative, I guess. Just wondering if all the funds spent on that study were worth the "new" information. Is that a wise use of resources? Does it add to the expanse of human knowledge that is useful and beneficial? Not impressed.

November 24, 2012 2:11 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

The fireplace! I used to hide little stacks of apple tree prunings, Eucalyptus prunings and bunches of dried herbs that had been hanging around for too long as a special olfactory treat for that cozy had a bath, in my dressing gown and PJ's drinking cocoa by the fire while reading 'just one more chapter' of my book. Heaven.

November 24, 2012 2:23 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Didn't TT's very short description of Aunt Jackie make us all fall in love with her? Sure the loving kindness of this Village was with you today, Tommy.

November 24, 2012 2:27 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

watching my dog's nose 'wriggle' from side to side, I think there is a definate directional ability to his incredable sense of smell. But my joke of elevators smelling different to midgets and children is not always greeted by laughing...

November 24, 2012 5:45 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

I do believe that the early dialogue between Hazel and onthebuckle captured the essencevof the topic and squeezed the very best out of it......

So I will only make the observation that a scentless world would take all of the fun out of breaking wind in a most convincing manner in small places where escape is not possible.....such as releasing a gagger just as you leave a crowded elevator an instant before the doors snap shut behind you.

My boss, who was a prankster of great reknown, did that to a group of our colleges at a hotel we were all staying at during a conference, and you could hear the screams and pounding on the door for at least two floors.

Sorry. It's the best I have to offer.

November 24, 2012 5:48 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Without scent,many of the shelves in my memory warehouse would probably be vacant. The one's that gladdened my heart as well as those that broke it. Vthat would be tragic for anyone I think.

Peace out

November 24, 2012 6:07 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

PL*** I've remarked before on your poetic turn of phrase..............."shelves in memory warehouse......gladdened my heart, as well as...broke it....."  Oh! PL......You are a Poet, no doubt about it!  I'll be you only need a cheap wine and your words to woo a woman.............

November 24, 2012 6:24 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Carol, your kind words are up there with the 'nicest things ever said about me'. And I thank you.

In all honesty, it would probally require a lot of expensive wine disguised with a cheap label and much, much, more for me to woo...... Maybe a basket full of puppies would help my cause.

You made me smile....thanks again!

November 24, 2012 7:09 PM
First-comFirst-review onthebuckle said...

Tommy-  Your vision of your Aunt Jackie is so fine, so sweet and so beautiful. May she continue to inspire you from another place. There's a candle burning here for you and your family.

November 24, 2012 7:35 PM
First-comFirst-review onthebuckle said...

Carol-  your earlier comment- "meat smell bad, no eat carcass on highway" sounds just like a quote from one of the Hank The Cowdog books.  Hank The Cowdog on audio book is just about the most fun ,silly and politically incorrect thing you can listen to in a car- especially if kids are present. And how many kid's books do you know that have vultures as comic characters in them? (Yes, you know about my tame Black Vultures. I promise I will get a photo of them posted soon!)  I wonder if you could mix up Olfactory White for a vulture?! And what would Herodotus think?

November 24, 2012 8:41 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Tommy, your Aunt sounds like she was quite the gal. Memories of her will surely continue to brighten your days. I hope she is at peace.

November 25, 2012 12:23 AM
M 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Penn said...

A cheap wine by any other name would smell as sweet. --will and penn

November 25, 2012 7:23 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Thanks all. Being in a hospital room near the end, one can smell death. Babies smell like life. We have senses we are taught to unlearn. I refuse to participate. Food is another way to smell the essence of life. Prayer is giving thanks not only for the good we are about to receive but the aroma. In the OT when the lamb was sacrificed it was the aroma that was sacred and in it the sweet smell of forgiveness. This experiment is revealing a natural universal law.

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