The twist is that I just spent over a week cruising the coast of Alaska with its long summer days – sunset was after 11:40pm and sunrise was approximately 4:20am. I only saw the sun set once.
Still, you never could tell. Especially when it came to family. You thought you were done with someone, and they’d reappear when you least expected to see them. (p. 142)
The Probable Future
by Alice Hoffman
Toronto: Doubleday, 2003
I do believe I will be dealing with family issues until the day I die. Don’t we all? The picture, above, is from my trip to Scotland – my paternal grandfather’s ancestral home. I didn’t get close to where he lived but here is the capital city of Edinburgh and I know that my grandfather walked these streets at least at one point in his life. This is why I would time travel – to meet my ancestors and know them before they knew me.
The picture is for the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life.
The possibilities are endless.
To play. To have fun. To enjoy. To play.
When did I last laugh?
To begin anew.
Sea. What kind of emotions does the sea or ocean make you feel? Do you remember the first time you went in the water? Had a wave crash on you? Felt the sand burn your feet? Do you feel more peaceful around water? Do you hate the beach? What’s the most interesting thing about the sea for you?
I was being artsy here, trying to portray the vastness and calmness of the sea. We can only ever see just such a small portion of the sea. I prefer lakes because one can float and still keep the shoreline in view. I have a complicated relationship with large bodies of water.
Perhaps some summer, I’ll tell you why.
This week, I am posting two photos for two different challenges.
The first challenge is “words” over at Photo Friday.
The second challenge is “create” over at WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge.
Enjoy and I’ll see you next week!
I use a point and shoot camera; usually set on automatic with no flash. The first picture is from my trip to Scotland and the second was taken around my neighbourhood.
I am a very amateur photographer.
My advice to the women’s clubs of [the World] is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias.
~James McNeill Whistler
Remember to work for equal rights always and not just on International Womens’ Day, March 8th.
Words, words, words; words are some of my favourite things.
Words elicit laughter:
Words tell us what you believe in:
This post is for Weekly Geeks: 2011 – 9 which is titled, “That word we never use.“
This week’s challenge has four parts:
1 – I would like to make you all parents and send you over to Save The Word.org to look at all the words that are either not being used enough or are due for a cull probably within the next couple of years. Adopt a word.
As you can see in the photo above, the word I adopted was gelicide which is a noun. It means a frost and is used in the following sentence so that you all can get a sense of what gelicide means.
Those poor garden gnomes – they’ll die from gelicide if we don’t bring them inside.
I encourage you all to rush over and adopt a word – it was a fun and rewarding experience.
2 – What is your pet peeve word? – The word that makes you grind your teeth with either it’s over use or being used out of context.
I have no pet peeve word per say but grit my teeth every time some one misuses the plural, that is, they write sister’s when they mean sisters.
3 – What is a word you adore, or a word that you feel is not used enough. Irrespective of meaning or even era it’s a word that you just love.
The word I adore I have not been able to find in any dictionary. That word is sundelightful – I fell in love with it the minute I read it in a book. I wish I could link to the book but it’s been decades since I discovered the word and forgot the referenced book.
4 – Lastly what is your opinion on word culling or the rise in “text speak” that’s happening now.
I’m in favour of words so I have no problem with new and evolving languages. I wish I was better at learning languages as I love to pepper my speech with foreign words but will only do so if I can explain the foreign word or phrase that I am using.
Words, words, words: I love words. When I went back to school in my thirties (shh – I’m old, aged, ancient, decrepit, experienced, mature, geriatric, antique) I discovered the multi-volume print edition of the OED. I could spend hours sitting and exploring all the words stored within. This is something I covet; I want to own the print version of the OED. Does anyone have a spare $1, 595.00 + (today’s price) that they do not need and could give to me?
I am watching the Grinch; the orginal, the best, and will answer the following Christmas meme from Words from a Bohemian Mom at http://bohemiansinglemom.blogspot.com. The clipart is also from her site.
1. Do you celebrate Christmas? Yule? Winter’s Solstice? Hanukkah? All of them?
I primarily celebrate the Solstice. I celebrate Christmas with my biological family to honour their traditions. I celebrate the Orthodox Christmas in January because of where I work.
2. Name your favourite X-mas movie.
My favorite holiday movie is The Nightmare before Christmas and I always watch parts of It’s A Wonderful Life when I catch it on TV.
3. Your best X-mas present ever?
My baby doll. Her name is Marie (which is my middle name). I was around three when I got her. I don’t remember that Christmas but I have a picture and the look on that little girl’s face says it all. She got exactly what she needed. Marie sleeps in my living room, in the cradle my grandfather (my mom’s dad) made for her, and she stills has the two outfits she came with. My nephew had fun dressing and undressing her this summer when he spent a day at my (mostly) toy-free home.
4. Do you bake cookies? Or buy them?
The Grinch is stealing the last can of who hash ;-) and lying to little Cyndi Lou Who, who is not more than two – which is why the recent movie didn’t work for me. Cyndi Lou Who was too old!
I bake cookies. Mostly from scratch, but also from a tube. I bought frozen tubes of cookie dough when a co-worker was doing a fundraiser. When I am at my mom’s next week, I will bake about four batches of chocolate chip cookies, six dozen each. I will freeze them so that she has a steady supply of cookies and this will get the cookie making urge out of my system until Easter.
5. How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa?
I’m not sure I ever really believed. I don’t remember writing letters to Santa though there were presents from him under our tree. We were poor; I think I knew I couldn’t ever ask for what I really wanted. Especially if it were expensive. (I want someone to give me books, or the library like the one the Beast gave to Belle).
6. Your favourite X-mas food?
Mashed potatoes and gravy. I can’t make gravy. If I could I would have it every day!
7. Your favourite holiday tradition?
Watching the Grinch. Which I own on VHS, so I could watch it anytime but I like to wait until it is on CBC. This year I couldn’t wait so I watched my tape on Saturday, followed by The Nightmare Before Christmas, and now tonight the Grinch is on CBC. So twice in three days. Yeah!
8. Giving gifts or getting them?
I don’t really do either. I don’t need anything and all my sibling restrict their gift giving to immediate family. I stopped buying presents, except for my parents, years ago. I do send my youngest nephew something small, by snail mail, about every month and if I see something I think the bigger ones, including my siblings, would like I send it, when I find it, during the year, if I have the money.
I tag….anyone who would like to participate. Leave me or the Boho Mom a link in our comments.
Thanks. I may or may not blog next week, it depends if I can get internet. If not, I’ll blog around the 28th or 29th. Happy Holidays whatever you may celebrate.