Monday, November 22, 2010

Let It Snow!

It probably won't amount to much, but we've had more snow today than we did all last winter. 
Isn't it lovely?

D2 has a good crop coming in.

Watch out for brain freeze, Caterpillar!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


     We have had our energetic Scoot with us for ten whole years, and he hasn't slowed down yet!  The sun came out yesterday, appropriately for a boy who was born in the desert, and he had a pretty good birthday.  Here he is with his Spectacular Orange Cake.  He enhanced its plain appearance by diagramming a soccer field in the icing, and arranging the candles into a team.  He couldn't wait for the candles to sparkle, so excited was he to blow them out and eat.  And it was awfully tasty.

     Scoot is a warm-hearted boy, and he likes to keep his body warm, too.  These gifts from Grandma and Grandpa G should help!

     And, in case you were wondering, that is an orca hat he is wearing.  I made it out of fleece in a fit of creativity, and he likes it more than I hoped he would.  So it was a busy day for me, but very gratifying.

You've grown so much, Scoot!
Have a great year!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dictionary Moment: Epizeuxis

Epizeuxis is a rhetorical technique in which a word is repeated emphatically or vehemently.  I ran across this term in the SOED several months ago, but didn't quite know what to do with it.  It has come back to me, though, in this election season.  After all, who uses rhetoric more than politicians?  I haven't been to any rallies where this might occur, but the multitude of campaign signs on the roadside strikes me as visual epizeuxis.  Please, get out there and vote for someone who will clean up the government, so someone else can clean up the signs.

In our domestic setting, epizeuxis often involves words like "no" and "get up" and "let's go."  What words do you repeat emphatically?  Are you persuasive?