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The other day I actually heard myself say, “She is as slow as molasses in January!” My grandmother used to always use this expression, although I’m pretty certain she wasn’t talking about me. I was, after all, the apple of her eye.

Still, I was surprised to hear those words ooze from my mouth. Slow as molasses? Do kids and teens use this expression anymore? Do they even know what it means? I got some funny looks when I recently said it.

And all I really wanted was for one of them to hurry up!

This is right about the time I asked a young mother how her “little pumpkin” was doing. I was asking about her baby boy. He’s fine, by the way. A real cutie pie.

See, there I go again. I know October is in full swing and I have fall cooking on my mind, but this is getting ridiculous. Summer was just peachy, but my mind has obviously moved on to other things.

My mother, like her mother before her, has always used all sorts of corny idioms and phrases – and we all know that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

In my family, for as long as I can remember, anyone under the age of 10 often had a “pie” attached to the end of his or her name, as a term of endearment from a doting aunt or grandparent. Yes, I was called “Susie-pie” many, many times.

A friend of mine has another favorite: Her husband talks about “going for the low-hanging fruit” – meaning going for what’s right there and convenient, the easy way.

She also recalls how her parents used the expression “apple polishing,” which she tells me means the same as “buttering up” someone, such as a teacher or a boss.

We’ll leave it at that, so as not to upset the apple cart.

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If you’re looking for a reason to get out of the house this weekend, here’s a fun – and educational – idea: the East Aurora Bungalow Tour of six village homes plus the Knox Summer Estate at Knox Farm State Park takes place Sunday. It’s all part of the Roycroft Arts and Crafts Conference weekend.

The self-guided tour, which begins at the Power House on the Roycroft Campus, runs between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $25, will be available the day of the tour.

Two lectures also are scheduled Sunday morning. Landscape architect Dean Gowen will present “The Roycroft Landscape” at 10:15 a.m. Paul Duchscherer – author, television personality and interior designer – will present “Home in the Garden” at 11:30 a.m. The conference also coincides with East Aurora’s “Well Crafted Weekend.” For details and ticket information on these and other lectures and events, visit the RCC website at www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com. Or call the Copper Shop Gallery, 655-0261.

Before heading out, you’ll want to make sure everything is in apple-pie order.

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