Friday, April 24, 2015

V is for Velleity

You know how they say if you are really going to learn a new word, you need to use it. Well, a couple of years ago, I learned, velleity, a new-to-me word that I thought was great. I could see using it on a daily basis. However, that never seemed to happen after the first week, and I forgot it until recently. So I'm going to take a stab at it again.


Velleity---a noun that means to have a wish or desire to do something, but you are not interested in it enough to act on it.

--My desire to revamp the look of my blog was more of a velleity than a real plan.

--Velleity is what keeps me from cleaning up the pile on the bed in the guest room.

Can you think of a way that you could use velleity in a sentence?

But wait, there's more.
Here's how you say velleity.

U is for Use it Up

This cold has knocked me for a loop and I don't seem to able to write many coherent thoughts. Today was first going to be Unexpected results, then Underwear, then an Update. But after three attempts with only a few words and a lot of screen staring, I decided it was best to go the simple way and share with you one of my favorite sayings on a cross stitch I did several years ago.

I am going to finish this A-Z Challenge one way or another. Only five more letters ago and time to look around at what else I can take a picture of because we all know, "A picture is worth a thousand words."

Thursday, April 23, 2015

T is for Today

Today is going to be filled with...

Tissues, Throat lozenges, and Tea.
Turns out that it wasn't allergies after all. 
I have a Terrible cold. :(

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

S is for Second Look

How lucky is this? S falls on Wednesday, my regular Second Look day. I've had to be creative with my letters to work a Second Look in each week, but this week it was easy as pie. Thank goodness, because A-Z blogging fatigue is starting to set in.

For new visitors to this blog, you can check out my Second Look tab, but basically I explore my yard each week, to see what is going on. During this, I am hoping to see the flowers and not the weeds and see what the critters are up to and not the grass that needs to be mowed. So without further ado, here are some things I saw this week during a Second Look.

The peach tree seems to have a fair amount of blooms on it this year.

Different varieties of daffodils continue to bloom. At first glance these two kinds look the same, but notice the difference in their bells.  The daffodils in the next three pictures are new this week also.


Daffodil ( Bonus points if you can find the spider on the bloom.)


Grape hyacinth

The bluebird almost finished a nest this week.

Red-bellied woodpecker

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R is for Reading

or What I'm reading now
or What's on my nightstand

I think that I am like many and read several books at the same time. I like to have one for every mood. Well, maybe not every mood, but I do like to have a few to choose from depending on what strikes my fancy at any one point in time. Or maybe what I'm trying to say is I can't always make up my mind. Or I don't know. Maybe I'm saying its time to look at the books. In the post that is.

Currently on my nightstand:

From bottom up:

A Gardener's Weather Bible by Sally Roth
I have not seen a book quite like this before. It describes different kinds of weather systems, how they form, and how to garden in them.  For example, there's a chapter on wind that starts with wind currents around the earth, how storms form, etc. and then moves on to how to build a wind break for your garden. I am finding it quite interesting reading.

Off the Beaten Path--Utah by Michael Rutter
This is one of the areas we're considering for our next vacation. I think the rest of the books on this subject are downstairs.

Why Did The Chicken Cross the World? by Andrew Lawler
This is a book that Wally gave me because he said it was my kind of book. And I think he was right. The book looks at the evolution of the chicken with a historical perspective. It is really quite fascinating and I had no idea how important chickens have been throughout time. I've learned some really interesting facts from it. Too bad, I can't remember any to share with you right now.

The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lankester Brisley
These are read aloud stories about a little girl's everyday life with her friends and her family. I first heard about these books from Sarah at Everyday Life on a Shoestring. And one day out of the blue, they showed up in the mail from her. :) When I want a very pleasant, calm story to go to sleep by, I read from Milly-Molly-Mandy. I've also shared them with some of my younger friends.

A bit of trivia about Milly-Molly-Mandy. This is from a comment I found on Amazon by the author's granddaughter.
This book has been a staple in my family for generations, as I am the great-grandaughter of the author! I am thrilled to be sharing it with my OWN child. What a pleasure it is to see these wholesome tales (based on the adventures of JLB's daughter (my grandmother) as a young girl in Holland) stand the test of time. I would highly recommend these stories. Milly Molly Mandy was originally published on the Children's Pages of the Christian Science Monitor in 1925. It was assumed by many readers that the stories take place in England, because of the book's first mass publishing in Great Britain. I am very proud of my Dutch heritage (as well as my famous relative), & wanted to be sure the readers knew where the stories originated from.

Before the Poison by Peter Robinson
This is a mystery in which Chris, who is grieving the death of his wife, decides to get away from it all and buys a large house back in England where he grew up.  Sixty years ago, a man died there and his wife was convicted and hanged for the murder. Chris becomes curious (obsessed as other's see it) to find out what really happened and if the wife did indeed commit murder. This book is for my book club and I haven't quite finished. If you've read it, don't tell me the ending.

The Best of Archie Comics featuring Betty & Veronica
When I saw this book, I was feeling a bit of nostalgia, so I checked it out to read. I didn't realize it, but they've been writing Archie comics since the 1940's so I imagine that there are a lot more people out there who read Archie comics in their youth besides me. In addition to the comics, different writers comment on the comics and the stories that have been told with Betty and Veronica. I am enjoying my trip down memory lane, but does any one else wonder what Betty and Veronica see in Archie? Also, I've wondered this for a while. When did comic books become graphic novels?

Maybe next time, I'll show the pile of library books that are in the den. :)