I Smell a Meme

So, Goodbear and I were discussing smells yesterday, and we thought a smell meme — a smeme? — might be fun. Goodbear designed a nice straightforward one, and answered it on her blog. Now it’s my turn.

PS my computer is ailing. It is excruciatingly slow. No photos today, then, and as few words as possible, because I get confused when I type something and watch it form on the page several seconds later.


1. List five smells you love.

  1. Cloves. I sneak them into my cooking whenever possible.
  2. Rosemary. Sometimes I open the spice bottle just for a whiff.
  3. Cedar groves. They smell deep green, with a light orange tang.
  4. Hay. Haylofts smell warm, dry, and soothing.
  5. Fresh sawdust or wood shavings. Mmmmm…

2. List five smells you don’t like.

  1. The wind blowing from the direction of a pig farm.
  2. Some kind of food processing plant, I’ve never discovered what, but it smells like burning rotten tomatoes.
  3. The tar-melting machine when workers are sealing a flat roof.
  4. Public washroom deodorizers.
  5. Vase water when the flower stems start to go slimy.


Anybody else wanna give this a whirl? Alyson, Gina, Almostgotit, Livingisdetail, are any of you up for it?

9 Responses to I Smell a Meme

  1. goodbear says:

    oh! i hate stinky flower water! i should have said that!

  2. I used to love the smell of gasoline. How weird is that?

  3. lavenderbay says:

    At first, Goodbear, I was thinking of the classroom aquarium in the aftermath of a visit to the creek. There wasn’t even a bubbler; you don’t even want to try to imagine it.

    Me too, Urban Thought! I thought of it after posting the meme. Spilled gas has a nice sweet smell, as well as pretty rainbow patterns.

  4. hello lavenderbay its dennis the vizsla dog hay mmmmmmm pig farm wind ware can i git me sum of that???? ok bye

  5. lavenderbay says:

    I guess through a natural gas pipeline, Dennis?

  6. almostgotit says:

    Oooh, STINKY FLOWER WATER! That is on my WORST list, too. I’ll try to get to this one, Lavenderbay… thanks for thinking of me! (or are you saying I’m smelly?!?)

  7. lavenderbay says:

    No, Almostgotit, I was in no way asking for my blogfriends to give the last item on my second list a whirl. I really must be more careful in my self editing. (Mind you, had the referent been “stinky flower water”, mightn’t I have used the verb “swirl” rather than “whirl” ? )

  8. Loved smells (in no particular order of preference): Vanilla; cinnamon; lavender; gardenia; garlic being sauteed.

    Disliked smells: Excrement; rotten eggs; ammonia; sour milk; and oh yes — definitely the slimy flower vase water.

    P.S. to Urban Thought — When my kids were little, they always used to roll down the car windows when we stopped at a gas station to fill up. Eventually they confided that they liked the smell!

  9. lavenderbay says:

    Eeeeeeeewwwwww, rotten eggs! How could I have forgotten? I once briefly lived somewhere where the tapwater smelled of sulphur. Yuck!
    Frying garlic, on the other hand… mmmmmmmm… Is it lunchtime yet?

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