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Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek- Matutinal Monday

1 Oct

ma·tu·ti·nal\ˌma-chu̇-ˈtī-nəl; mə-ˈtüt-nəl, -ˈtyüt-, -ˈtü-tə-nəl, -ˈtyü-\
: of, relating to, or occurring in the morning : early
ma·tu·ti·nal·ly adverb
Origin: Late Latin matutinalis, from Latin matutinus — more at matinee.
First use: circa 1656

Why does Monday appear so fast? I had a lovely matutinal Monday. ( Wow! That’s a weird word.) Another busy week. Octoberfest on the Square in McKinney, friendship and fun. Life is good,



Tocsin Tuesday

25 Sep

Every test successfully met is rewarded by some growth in intuitive knowledge, strengthening of character, or initiation into a higher consciousness. – Paul Brunton, The Notebooks of Paul Brunton
Never ignore your inner voice, that little feeling that warns you when something isn’t right. We all have that internal tocsin to keep us from harm. I’m glad I listen to mine.
Another new word for me.
1 : an alarm bell or the ringing of it
2 : a warning signal
the tocsin rang out, warning us of the approaching tornado
noted that a sudden drop in a student’s grades may be a tocsin of a serious personal problem
Origin: Middle French toquassen, from Old Occitan tocasenh, from tocar to touch, ring a bell (from Vulgar Latin *toccare) + senh sign, bell, from Medieval Latin & Latin signum; Medieval Latin, bell, from Late Latin, ringing of a bell, from Latin, mark, sign — more at touch, sign.
First use: 1586
Synonyms: flag, signal


Surfeit Sunday

23 Sep

The best way to win against the intolerable is to tolerate them, for this they have seldom dealt with. Your indulgence may soften their malice and open their eyes to more honorable ways.
Bryant H. McGill
Another new word for me. SURFEIT. I’m already familiar with a plethora of vocabulary words, but I guess there’s always room for one more. The surfeit may enhance my writing skills.

I had a lovely morning on the Square, visiting with friends at Sweet Spot and Snug. It was a pleasantly cool morning (for Texas). The rest of the day, well, it was totally unproductive. I’ll start getting serious tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day.
1 : an overabundant supply : excess
2 : an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something (as food or drink)
3 : disgust caused by excess
Origin: Middle English surfet, from Anglo-French, from surfaire to overdo, from sur- + faire to do, from Latin facere — more at do.
First use: 14th century
Synonyms: bellyful, fat, overabundance, overage, overflow, overkill, overmuch, overplus, oversupply, plethora, plus, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, excess, surplus, surplusage
Antonyms: deficiency, deficit, insufficiency, undersupply


Sagacious Saturday

22 Sep

We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; men of discernment deal only with the present moment.
My fascination with expanding my vocabulary has led me to another interesting word.

sa·ga·cious\sə-ˈgā-shəs, si-\
1 obsolete : keen in sense perception
2a : of keen and farsighted penetration and judgment : discerning
b : caused by or indicating acute discernment
synonyms see shrewd
Origin: Latin sagac-, sagax, from sagire to perceive keenly; akin to Latin sagus prophetic — more at seek.
First use: 1607
Synonyms: discerning, insightful, perceptive, prudent, wise, sage, sapient
Antonyms: unperceptive, unwise
I am attempting to sagaciously gage my actions. Some fretful feelings from the past almost caused me to act foolishly, but a discerning heart caressed me back into the present moment. In other words, I almost did something stupid and talked myself out of it. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? So, instead, I am focussing on some of the fun, positive things I’ve done lately.

Thursday, I baked brownies for my tennis team’s home match. Even though I haven’t been able to play for a while, I went to watch, bring my famous brownies, and have lunch with the team. Fun! When I bake, I always make extra to share, so I stopped by Fire Station #5 around dinner time with a batch of brownies for the guys. Always warmly received.

Firefighter Simmons said, “Well, thank you, Luv, ” in the cutest Aussie accent.
Friday, I got my new car and spent time with my senior artist friends, sharing a pizza and conversation.
Today, I spent a wonderful morning with my writing friends at Sweet Spot Bakery, lunch at Snug, and a quiet evening at home. Notre Dame beat Michigan State 17-13, so it was a pretty good day.

I am still writing what I am grateful every day. This morning, I started out my day grateful for a sweet email I received from my friend Linda. She asked how I was doing, telling me about her vacation, and suggesting we get together soon. So, my many friendships are the main source of my gratitude lately. It’s been a pretty good week, hasn’t it?


Fribble Friday

21 Sep

“A man with a scant vocabulary will almost certainly be a weak thinker. The richer and more copious one’s vocabulary and the greater one’s awareness of fine distinctions and subtle nuances of meaning, the more fertile and precise is likely to be one’s thinking. Knowledge of things and knowledge of the words for them grow together. If you do not know the words, you can hardly know the thing.”
― Henry Hazlitt, Thinking as a Science
What did Henry just say? He probably is saying, the more words you know, the better you can express yourself. I am a big fan of vocabulary. I love to learn new words, but I’ve never heard of the word “fribble.” Have you? I didn’t think so. So don’t fribble away your day, add this to your vocabulary.
transitive verb
: to trifle or fool away. Intransitive verb
1 : trifle
2 obsolete : dodder
Other forms: frib·bled; frib·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\
Origin: origin unknown.
First use: 1633
Synonyms: doodle, fool around, fiddle (around), goof (around), hang about [British], kick around, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle
: a frivolous person, thing, or idea
frib·ble adjective
Today, I fribbled away most the day, but I did accomplish one thing…I bought a new car. I was quite proud of myself, researching, negotiating and haggling like the “big boys.” Buying a new car is always scary. Did I get the best deal? Did I get taken advantage of? By the time I was finished, I think I did OK. But, it really doesn’t matter one way or the other. I have a beautiful new red Honda Odyssey. Who cares? I’m happy!
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale


Theme Song Thursday: I love Jeopardy!

23 May

Question: What does Toni do all day instead of writing, artwork, cleaning, and cooking?

Answer: Watch Jeopardy, Alex.

My afternoon ritual consists of a cup of tea and watch recorded episodes of Jeopardy. I was so proud of myself because I was 3 for 3 in guessing the final Jeopardy question correctly. Granted, I usually miss 75% of the regular questions, but man… I’m good at the final. See how you do.

Category: Civil War… I just guessed on this one, but a good guess. Hum the theme song to yourself now.

Category: Art world. I’ll admit, I took an educated guess with my limited Spanish vocab. Hum……

Category: American women. Now, I bet all of you get this one, so wager all your money. I didn’t even guess. More humming…

Now that you have made your wagers, I will tell you the correct answers. Lets see if you were 3 for 3 also. I’m sure you were.
First: Tennessee- I just tried to think of a long wide state.
Second: Bull Fighting- I thought maybe a toro was in there somehow.
Third: Rosa Parks- She wasn’t going to move to the back of the bus. You go, girl!

Don’t I live an exciting life? That was rhetorical. You know I do.