Explanation and Change

A while back when I changed the name of my blog from Web Abode to Interstitial Space, I probably meant to explain what the name means. I’m sure I meant to. The problem is that sometimes my memory really sucks. So I forgot. And all this time, folks have been wondering what the title means. Or, if not wondering, at least reading the title and not really caring what it means.

It does have a meaning. But the word “interstitial” caught my fancy first. Hubby and I were watching a show on television about extreme building engineering, or how stuff is made or something like that when I heard the term used. Hubby, being a plumbing engineer by trade (architects design buildings and plumbing engineers design the plumbing systems to make the buildings functional), was more than familiar with the term. He could even use it in a sentence.

Not a sentence like this: “My wife wastes her time on writes a blog called ToadMama’s Interstitial Space.”

A sentence like this: “Tell Bob to find the interstitial space above the number 12 operating suite to see if the installers remembered to connect the oxygen piping.”

Interstitial, like many words in the English language, has more than one meaning. So does interstitial space. BUT, if we’re talking about interstitial space as it relates to architecture, which is where I got the term, there’s a sort of easy to understand literal explanation with illustrations on Wikipedia – interstitial space (architecture). I’m using the term more loosely than literally. To me it’s just sort of an out-of-the-way place where all sorts of different stuff can appear. Or where a wide variety of topics can be discussed, various photographs shared, stories told, etc.

Does that make sense? I hope so, because this explanation is already WAY longer than I intended for it to be. Now for some fun stuff. Maybe “interesting” is a better term here.

Sign of the Times

STOP… if you like looking at pictures, do yourself a favor and click on each shot so you get to see the full view. The images look so much nicer when they fill the screen.

The leaves have begun changing colors already.  I’m not about to give you all of the scientific reasons behind why, when and how the leaves do this every year. I will tell you, however, that we’re a couple weeks ahead of schedule. I’ll also say that many trees and even a bunch of grasses are going right from green to brown. So if you do see any vibrant colors this Fall, it’ll be short-lived. Depending on where you are, of course.

Just in case, get out there and enjoy it while you can.

The Grass Ain't Getting Greener

If you can’t get out there, just come here every few days to look at my pictures. I LOVE watching the colors change.

Riotous Color

Even though Fall is my favorite time of year, I’m actually sort of sad to see it come so early. Because that means it’ll be short and not nearly as pretty as it has been in recent years.

Quiet in the Forest

You can’t tell in the picture, but that “quiet” log was pretty big. I’d guess it to be about nine feet long and two feet across. It was a stretch for me to get over it and I have pretty long legs.


I love meandering in the woods near dawn and dusk when the sun is cutting through the trees at an angle, which results in the selective lighting effect that I just love. Where some things are still in shadow while others get the sun’s full attention as it bursts through the trees.

My Favorite Tree Image of the Day

The next shot is the one I like best. The fallen maple leaf was stuck at the very end of a pine bough, waving gently in the breeze.


Lighting is important. And it isn’t always easy to get it right. Heck, it’s hardly ever EASY to get the light right. That’s where Photoshop and other image editing programs come in handy. Some shots need just a little bit of tweaking to really make things pop.

Cool Bug

Last but not least, I finally got a shot of this cool bug. I have no idea what it is. It sort of reminds me of a stink bug on steroids. I think it’s pretty neat looking. I’ve seen it, or other bugs like it, many times over the past couple of weeks, I just haven’t been able to get in a good position to catch a shot of it. The funny thing is, I’d never seen it from the top. So I had no idea it had such interesting color patterns around its rear end. I just liked how it looked quietly menacing as it sat nibbling away amongst multitudes of fornicating soldier beetles.

How many signs of Fall have you seen in your neck of the woods?

3 Replies to “Explanation and Change”

  1. Yesterday while I was walking, I was blown away by the flagrant RED of several maples already turning. UGH.

    btw – as soon as you posted it in a sentence, I totally remembered what it means. I’ve working in project management with a General Contractor for many years, I remember the lingo. I like it, it suits 🙂

  2. Hmmm. I thought for sure that you’d given some sort of explanation. So sure, in fact, that I spent the last 10 minutes going through your archives to find it…only to find that, nope, you hadn’t explained! 🙂 The closest you came was this.

  3. Thanks for checking, Shan. I was going to look, but was pretty sure I’d never explained. I sure couldn’t remember explaining. Not that that says a lot…

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