Let's zetetic* the Phrontistery

Wel­come to Z-day…the final day of Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nes­bitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) begin­ning with the des­ig­nated letter are selected and illus­trate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here. This week is Y week so that means we only have one more week left in this round.

Let’s get unusual.

zaftig: having a full; rounded figure.
There are a lot of zaftig little birds running around looking for food after our recent snow. They have eaten every sunflower kernel in the three feeders I have out for them. Fortunately the suet cakes are still hanging in there…if the squirrels don’t rip them out of the cages.

zeme: Caribbean idol or totem.
Moving from the frigid Plains to the balmy Caribbean we find the Mayan god of rain, Chaac (also spelled Chac or Chaahk). With his serpentine ax, Chaac strikes the clouds and produces thunder and rain. This is a frieze from the Mayan seaport of Tulum. It’s a “descending god” on one of the buildings. Is it Chaac? Who knows. Most of his face is missing.

ziggurat: Mesopotamian step pyramid.
Perhaps the most famous step pyramid is the one at Chichen Itza, in the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula. Chichen Itza was a Mayan community 700-900AD. When the Central Mexican Toltecs arrived  in the area, they did a little architectural redecorating. The original Mayan temple lies underneath the Pyramid of Kukulcan. A breathtaking structure, the pyramid stands 79 feet tall with 91 steps on 4 sides. The final step is the top, totaling 365 steps…one for each day of the solar year. Since the Mayans were heavy into astronomy, the pyramid is designed to capture the “dying sun” on the spring and autumn equinoxes and make it appear that a snake deity is descending from the top, down the stairs to give the priest information for the coming season.

zetetic: proceeding by inquiry; a search or investigation.

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A little knowledge can be dangerous

It happened at 11:53pm.

I was feeling all smug about tweaking some theme settings…I added new photos to my header, made the header size bigger and added a nifty fade transition. I moved on to fritzing with some html code and that’s when I found out how little I know.

For it was at 11:53pm when I started messing with the code in my comment.php file when…POOF…the ability to comment on any post simply up and disappeared. Gone. Vanished.

I don’t know what I deleted to cause such a catastrophic event, but it was evidently something very important.

And I am NOT a coder.

So I did what any panic-stricken print designer would do.

I asked Google.

Because Google knows everything.

And she didn’t disappoint.

She returned back a plethora of options from which to choose, and I located another blog that was kind enough to post the entire code sequence for my theme. He must have known I was coming.

Problem solved in less than 5 minutes.

Now I’m going to bed where I can’t do any more damage.

In trouble? Call a Yale.

Wel­come to Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nes­bitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) begin­ning with the des­ig­nated letter are selected and illus­trate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here. This week is Y week so that means we only have one more week left in this round.

Let’s get unusual.

Photo credit: Daves Mythical Creatures & Places

yale: a creature found in European mythology. I found many descriptions but most describe it as an antelope-like creature the size of a horse or hippo, with two long horns and the jaws of a boar with tusks. One horn points forward and the other backward. It has the the tail of an elephant, lion or goat.

In ancient Eastern mythology, the yale is said to be able to cure the broken hearts of young maidens without asking for anything in return. It’s power is invoked against evil spirits.

The yale’s long horns can move if necessary during a fight. If the first one is broken or damaged, the second can be brought forward to continue the fight. Both horns can be used at once to fight from any direction. The yale represents proud defense in medieval bestiaries and heraldry.

Yales were used by John, Duke of Bedford, by England’s Beaufort family and the British Royal Family. Yales are on the roof of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, and one appears over the gateways of Margaret Beaufort’s Cambridge’s Christ’s College and St. John’s College.

Oddly enough, the creature does not appear on the Yale University coat of arms or in other school heraldry. The school’s mascot is a bulldog. However, it does appear above the gateway to Yale’s Davenport College, and in the president of the university’s banner that is displayed during commencements.

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A Xenial visit

Wel­come to Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nes­bitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) begin­ning with the des­ig­nated letter are selected and illus­trate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos of familiar things in my world. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here.

Let’s get unusual.

xanthometer: instrument for measuring color of sea or lake water.
Since I left my xanthometer at home last week, I had oh so much difficulty determining the color of the sea in Florida over Christmas.
Not.

xanthic: yellow; yellowish.
The sea foam was not *seafoam green* as bridal salons would have you believe in their color charts. Sea foam is an icky, dirty yellowish color. At least it is in Florida in December. When I took this shot, I really has no idea what I was going to use it for. Go figure.

xenial: of or concerning hospitality towards guests.
The Floridian was very xenial on our Christmas trip to see her. I think she felt sorry for her aged parents who drove 17 hours straight through and arrived at 7am Christmas Eve morning.

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I'm a bit Wellaway today

Wel­come to Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nes­bitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) begin­ning with the des­ig­nated letter are selected and illus­trate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos of familiar things in my world. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here.

Let’s get unusual.

wayment: lamentation; grief.
wellaway: expression of sorrow or lamentation.
Army Wife, Army Guy and Peanut are moving. If you follow me, you know that Army Wife and Peanut moved in with us January of 2009 when Army Guy was deployed to the most dangerous place on earth. When he returned to his family and to a dismal economy, they stayed with us to offset expenses while applying for Army Warrant Officer/Flight School. He’s been accepted and a new chapter in their life begins. While happy for them, part of my heart is leaving as well.

Needless to say, while they are packing their stuff, our house is in a state of:
whemmle: to overturn; to throw into a state of disorder; AND/OR
welter: to be in a state of turmoil or chaos.

welkin: the vault of the sky; firmament; heaven.
Stumbling through the kitchen at dumb-o-clock in the morning one Saturday last month, I saw this outside the window. One of the few sunrise shots I have. I’m amazed I was coherent enough to find the camera.

whiskerando. a whiskered person.
Peanut is two for two in seeing the most famous *whiskered person* in history. Since she’s more hesitant of people and those she doesn’t know, we wondered if we’d be successful this year. Turns out, we had nothing to worry about.

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I'm in need of some vril*

Wel­come to Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nes­bitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) begin­ning with the des­ig­nated letter are selected and illus­trate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos of familiar things in my world. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here.

Let’s get unusual.

virescent: greenish or becoming green.
The Magic Tree is a tree of  more than 30,000 lights, all colors, shapes and sizes, and Peanut was caught in a cloud of green lights. I hope to have a whole ‘nother post on this amazing site.

*vril: A fictional energy source.
I went to see Harry Potter &  The Deathly Hallows last week. While not as blatant as Star Wars, there are energy sources at play here that pit good against evil; friendship against empty relationships; selfless love against selfish gain. May the force be with you. I hope to do a post on this one as well.

vitellary: bright yellow
See the patch of vitellary feathers on this finch? Okay, I’m reaching with this one, only because I’m tired and running out of ideas for this meme.

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This meme has Ubiety*

Wel­come to Round 7 of ABC Wednesday. The meme was started by Mrs. Denise Nes­bitt, and people from all over the world come together to play and share their entries. Each week word(s) begin­ning with the des­ig­nated letter are selected and illus­trate through a photo, poem or prose. My twist on the meme is selecting unusual words and pairing them with photos of familiar things in my world. I’ll be pulling words from sources here, here and, of course, here.

Let’s get unusual.

Umber: An African wading bird related to the storks and herons.
Not exactly from Africa, but here’s a shot of her cousin, the blue heron. These were plentiful everywhere on our recent trip to see The Floridian.

Umbriferous: Casting or making a shade.
Sometimes the cast shadow made from a structure greatly impacts the original, especially when you’re shooting down from the top! I think the shadows made in these two photos are almost as impressive as the structures themselves.

St Augustine lighthouse; 165 feet tall.


St. Louis Gateway to the West Arch; 630 feet tall

*ubiety: location; state of being in a definite place at any given state in time; whereness; connection with a portion of space, all in every part, and not part by part; in a place part by part without excluding other objects.
Laymen’s terms: a 60s hippie, dippy, trippy philosophical concept.

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