Q = Quiet QuickQuack in the Quad Cities

A quiet day in the Quad-Cities for a snapshot of the letter "q" in sign language. It's an easy one. Try it!

Made Up Word of the Day: QuickQuack

Definition: When two people have a very brief exchange of a word or two, or an animal sound.

For Example:

They must have been in a mood for a QuickQuack, because when she passed him in the hallway and simply said “Bananna,” he said: “Split.”


At the playground they worked hard to pump their swings to an equal height. They were sitting in opposite directions on the seats. This was great because when they passed each other they would trade animal sounds like: “quack,” “honk,” or “bleet.” It was a satisfying QuickQuack.


“Mahna”Stands for “m” of Course!

Made up “M” word of the day…

Mahna (v.) : To get up off your duff and dance, sing, groove and generally take yourself and the world less seriously for a minimum of a minute or two.

Eg: What fool could watch the Muppets, during any point in their history as premier entertainers, without getting his or her “Mahna Mahna” groove on for at least a short while?

“J” : Ahhh, My Puppy is Jumbling the yarn again!

Start here to make a sign language "j," and trace a small "j" in the air. Presto! You have now silently said, "j"!

Made Up Word of the Day: (this is probably a real word in the dictionary, but please indulge me and my head ache as I pretend that I just made it up. thanks.) Jumbling (v)

Defined as:

1: Mussing up

2: Tanglfying

3:Twisting into oblivion

4:Sneaking away from the crime scene very quietly while carrying a mess of loot

For Example: She spent many hours learning to knit two stitches, and pearl two stitches, and her first project was a bit loopy. The puppy, cute though he was, ended up in dark trouble when she found her knitting project in a mess, not once, not twice, but three times after the pup was caught jumbling the scarf to his crate.

Don’t Peek Until Thursday! Blogging from A-Z: The Letter “E”


Another sign language "e" for those who need a neck roll to the left.

(This post is meant for Thursday April 5, when I will be on the road!)


Made up word of the day: EggCited

Definition: A moment during Holy Week when it occurs to the Easter Bunny that coffee will soon come in the form of marshmallow eggs (hopefully delivered in those cool fake egg cartons, IMHO).

Eg:The mom with a baby in a pumpkin seat, a toddler in the shopping cart, and the preschooler laying on the floor of the cereal aisle, closed her eyes, and imagined her EggCited children on Easter day.

A-Z Blogging Roadblock #1

Okay, looks like what I agreed to with a writing challenge that I signed up for is to post on my blog every day but Sundays in April – not a problem, exceeeeept…this week I won’t have computer access for several days, so, just a heads up that I will be posting several

“no peeky!”


(stretches knuckles)


Here eye go!


Like it or Not, You are Joining me on the April A-Z Challenge

You know, at first when I started seeing contests and challenges for writers, especially blogging, I phsawed them. Over my shoulder I mumbled, “too old and famous thank you very much.”

Then, I noticed that I was in my monkey sparkle pajamas and alone in my office. Good reason to reconsider!

So – I signed up for the April A-Z Blogging 2012 Challenge because I liked the graphics of their web page. Check the page out here if you like.

I didn’t really pay attention to what I was agreeing to, and here we are: April has clearly sprung!

I mentioned on Thursday that my IRL (“in real life”) calendar has suddenly morphed, so here is how I’m looking at this experiment.

I’d like this to be more of a photo blog and I’m drawn to the idea of using the sign language alphabet. My thought, for now, is to post two photos for each letter: what each letter looks like to the speaker (the person doing the signing) and what it looks like to the listener (the person doing the listening/watching).

Back in one of my days, I was a sign language interpreter, and this will be a fun challenge to give a coffee boost to that part of my past.

Here Goes!