Such a Self-piteous Start to Her Saturday

Made-up Word of the Day: Self-piteous.

Defined: A belief system that that goes something like this: “Nobody loves me, it’s not fair, and it ain’t never gettin’ no better, and this stinkin’ day is going to last for and ever.”

Here's the letter "s" in sign language...snapped a shot mid-snuggle

For example: So, it’s Saturday. She woke in a Surly and Self-piteous State. Hand to forehead, She Sneeked a peek at just one of her aSsignmentS.

So tempted to Slump into Said Self-piteous Situation, She firSt made a place Setting at the table in hope for Several Sumptous seconds of Sendentary Salve.

“So it goeS” She Said with a Smirk.

Letter O: Yes Dear, You are my “O”nlYest One

Made up “O” Word of the Day: (“o” is my favorite letter of the alphabet, hands down…so it was hard to pick, but based on some cute antics with our two dogs fighting for attention with my son and I, here’s what he helped me pick:)


Definition: Assurance from a loved one that there is, absolutely and postively no way to replace the unique love that comes from that person (or critter for that matter).

Real Life Example: The two dogs fought for the mom’s attention so hard that by the end of the day, she had to pull each one aside to assure each guy that he is her OnlYest one because they have that special something that no one else does. (Wiping my brow…honestly, how DO I get myself into these things?)

Monday A-Z post: “N” is for Nincompoop

This challenge is wearing me out...can't find my "n" photos. Here is a noodle instead. The sign "n" is just like "m," but with your thumb between the middle and ring finger.

Made up word of the day(n or adj): Nincompoop

Definition: A goofy or inept person or animal…or an inept way of handling things that is often sort of funny.

Preview of the letter "o"!

Example: The boy was trying to not be a nincompoop when he was learning how to do the sign language alphabet, but the crazy puppy was a ginormous distraction.

“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.

DingDangDoodle! A-Z April Blogging Challenge

The sign language letter "d" from the front...

...and the sign language "d" from the back.

Made up word of the day:


DingDangDoodleDefinition: Another way of saying, “Oh, heck.”

Eg: She fought morning traffic and finally got the puppy to the vet for shots and a nail trimming, and saw the door sign which said “cash only.” What else could she say besides, “DingDangDoodle” ?

Worried Wednesday: Vulnerable in Aisle Nine

In mass this morning I was trying to come up with an analogy about regret and how cluttered our life can become, which in turn stands in the way of experiencing joy.

After a bit, our puppy came to mind. My youngest son and I enjoy many things about little Paul, but what makes us laugh most is his commitment to being a thief. The driving force behind his gathering of funny items is all about the theft, as he tends to take his booty to his pen and lay among these items with a limited amount of chewing.

If you’ve ever watched a Dauchund run, you can imagine how funny it is to watch him make a run to his pen on his stubby little legs. The click-clack of his nails on the wooden floor completes the experience. The items that he has gathered include shoes of course, along with the usual: socks. Who would guess that his favorite steal would be undies (eww, sorry). He also snags up pen and pencils, which I suppose supports my joke that he and our other dog have day jobs as journalists. Other interesting objects of Paul’s eye have been a refrigerator magnet, a ball of aluminum foil, and on four different occasions, the contents of my knitting bag – needles and all. As a matter of fact, when I’m knitting he sits near me just waiting for me to get up for a potty break and goes in for the kill as soon as I walk away. The funniest robbery was when I found my wallet and all of its contents in his pen, with a credit card laying about as if he had just ordered a crate full of chews in my name.

And how this relates to Lent and Ash Wednesday? In his sermon, the priest commented on how odd it is that we hear a reading in which Jesus encourages us to be private with our prayers and good works, yet how can we be private when we have big smudges of ash on our foreheads for the remainder of the day? Perhaps, he mentioned, when we catch a look at ourselves in a mirror or a window reflection we might be reminded that along with needing to be truthful that we are vulnerable to temptation, as Christians we are called to help tidy up the mess that others make with their own lives.

Just as I clear Paul’s little pen of things that don’t belong, we can take comfort in the oddity of the ashes that we are in part advertising a need: “Yo, vulnerable in aisle nine!”

And, like Paul, there is every chance that my feet will pad toward temptation of some sort as often as his little claws click toward some item left unwatched.

So, there we have it. Here we go.