WEDNESDAY’S WORD: WINDFALL

WOOD PILE BARLEY DARTS JAN 2018

 

WINDFALL: Sudden good fortune.

The word windfall has an ancient past.  In medieval times, it was illegal for common folks to cut wood from forests.  It mattered not that one’s family was freezing to death.  At the time, all forests belonged to royalty.  However, if branches or trees were blown down by the wind, then the firewood could be collected and burned.  Hence, a windfall![1]

 

 

[1] (Garrison)

WEDNESDAY’S WORD: PERIPHERAL

SAANAN GOAT DOE BARLEY DARTS 2018

PERIPHERAL: Outer boundary or outlying surroundings.

Did you know that animals with horizontal and rectangular slits for pupils are most often prey animals?  Now, before you feel too sorry for them, just know that they have amazing field vision.  In fact, their peripheral vision is TEN TIMES that of predators with circular pupils.  Apparently, they have a 320 degree view, without any blind spots.  Alas, anyone who’s ever tried to catch a rogue goat has learned this the hard way!

WEDNESDAY’S WORD: ETHEREAL

ETHEREAL LIGHT WOODS BARLEY DARTS 2018

ETHEREAL: Delicate light that is unworldly.

WEDNESDAY’S WORD: NACREOUS

OVAL RUG MULITCOLORED BARLEY DARTS

NACREOUS: Having iridescent colors.

Oh, joy!  My rug is now clean and vibrant.  It was another one of my thrift-store finds.  While I knew it had seen brighter days, I had no idea it had so many colors.  They were buried beneath decades of dirt.  So, Keith and I decided to risk power washing the rug.  It was rejuvenated beyond my imagination.

OVAL RUG MULTICOLORED 2 BARLEY DARTS

However, I don’t recommend power washing all rugs.  Many could never withstand such pressure.  Fibers would shred, stitching would break, and colors would fade.  But, it worked for ours.  Now instead of a barn-boot mat, it will grace the floor in our future home.

 

 

WEDNESDAY’S WORD: CALICO

CAT CALICO MAMA 2017 BARLEY DARTS

CALICO: Multi-colored, tri-colored, or mottled.

Our calico cat has a naturally bobbed tail.  As the story goes, her bloodlines include wild American bobcat.  However, science has yet to prove whether or not wild bobcats cross with domestic felines.  Regardless, a few of our cat’s kittens continue to pass on this trait.

WEDNESDAY’S WORD: HERITAGE

HERITAGE COOKBOOK

HERITAGE: Birthright, reserved portion, tradition, or inheritance.

Usually, it’s parents and grandparents that gift a child with heritage.  However, this time HERITAGE was a gift from a first-born son to his mother.  My son, William gifted me this book for Christmas.  And I hope one day, my son inherits it back, wisely invested, richly used, and well loved.  In the meantime, I hope Sean Brock, chef and writer of this passionate and gratifying cookbook, and his own mother, reap seven times as much love as was sown into these pages.

WEDNESDAY’S WORD: COWCONGA

COWS TRIO CONGA 2017 BARLEY DARTS

Cowconga: The act of cattle following in conga-line fashion.  Yes, I made it up.  Or rather, I coined a new word.