Seems like my most popular posts are those that feature the pups. My three adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

Seren started Rally obedience class last week, tonight is the second class. Last week he was a wild child — bouncing off the walls, barking, wanting to jump at and play with the other dogs. But once in the ring practicing the commands, he was great. Hmm, could it be because there are food treats involved in doing as told? 😉 Anyway, he may turn out to be my first Rally little champ, if he continues to do well enough to eventually compete.

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But he does not like being kept on leash on the porch, when he wants to run and play.

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The three darlings: Seren, Fancy and Faolan (on couch in den).

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Aah, Aquarium

I’d been thinking about having an aquarium in my home office, I find them stress-reducing. But not in the budget. Then I started going through stuff, planning a yard sale for next spring. And lo and behold, there was the 10-gallon tank, complete with filter and heater, that hasn’t been used since we moved 13 years ago. So yes, it still cost a small bit to buy fish and fish food and various stuff, but much less than buying the equipment itself. I already had the rocks and plants. Colorful inexpensive small fishies and a few snails. I really want more snails.

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And then, the smaller plastic (not as nice as but much cheaper than glass) tank was 75% off at Petsmart. So now three angelfish inhabit that, along with some porcelain fish I had packed away.

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Ah, relaxation.

Fun Word Facts

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

“Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand and “lollipop” with the right.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.

The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.

The words racecar, kayak and level are palindromes—they are spelled the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.

There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: abstemious and facetious.

“Typewriter” is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the typewriter keyboard.

Letter Quiz Fun

(No cheating by looking down at the answers first!)

What English word contains:

  1. All five vowels and the letter Y [2 words]
  2. The vowels a-e-i-o-u once and only once, in alphabetical order [2 words]
  3. The vowels a-e-i-o-u once and only once, in reverse alphabetical order [3 words]
  4. Sixteen letters, but only one vowel is used (repeatedly)
  5. Nine letters but only one vowel
  6. Seven letters but no vowel
  7. The letter “i” seven times
  8. Three sets of twin letters, all together

Answers:

  1. unquestionably, revolutionary; 2. abstemious, facetious; 3. uncomplimentary, unnoticeably, subcontinental; 4. strengthlessness; 5. strengths; 6. rhythms; 7. indivisibilities; 8. bookkeeper

Writers on Books

A room without books is like a body without a soul.  ~  Cicero

When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.  ~  Desiderius Erasmus

Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.  ~  Gene Fowler

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.  ~  Robert Frost

I suppose I am a born novelist, for the things I imagine are more vital and vivid to me than the things I remember.  ~  Ellen Glasgow

Easy reading is damned hard writing.  ~  Nathaniel Hawthorne

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice…  ~  Gilbert Highet

A book is a gift you can open again and again.  ~  Garrison Keillor

Only one hour in the normal day is more pleasurable than the hour spent in bed with a book before going to sleep, and that is the hour spent in bed with a book after being called in the morning.  ~  Rose Macaulay

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.  ~  Groucho Marx

In literature, as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.  ~  Andre Maurois

Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.  ~  Kathleen Norris

There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.  ~  Red Smith

Writing a book just might be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, besides trying to get laid in college.  ~  Howard Stern

My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine—everybody drinks water.  ~  Mark Twain

New Words

Our language constantly evolves. New words come into being, or existing terms acquire different meanings. And alas, sometimes grammatical or spelling errors become so common and entrenched that they are “accepted”. (NO, don’t do this! Defend clear communication by maintaining language clarity.)

Anyway…each year, the major dictionary companies compile changes. Merriam-Webster.com has just released its list of over 250 new or expanded-meaning words or multiword terms. Wow, it took them until now to add ransomware, troll, sriracha?

Check out the list at:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/new-words-in-the-dictionary-sep-2017

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