Weather and Words

I see that our prompt words today are FALLING, given us by Ragtag Daily Prompt, and NAIVE, from Word of the Day.

I’ve no problem responding to these, as snow started falling Sunday about 8pm — within a few hours we had a white blanket over our land — and I’m not naive enough to think this will soon disappear.

At first the snow was coming down more evenly, but later Sunday evening the wind picked up and we had near-blizzard conditions at times. We haven’t had much more snow, but yesterday’s and this morning’s weather continues with icy wind.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day is LACKADAISICAL, an interesting word for sure. At least I always thought it meant something like HAPHAZARD, or lacking plan, order, or direction. Like my approach to cleaning: do a bit here, a bit there, a bit now, a bit then. It’s what this weather makes me feel like being. 

However, reading the definition I see that lackadaisical has come down from an old English expression, “Alack a day.” A “Woe is me!” type phrase. More like when you haven’t got the heart to start some project. Or when ice, snow, and wind rob you of the spirit or zest to go strolling or frolicking outdoors.

Speaking of spirit and zest, are you aware that NaNoWriMo starts in only three days? At 11:59 on October 31 writers all over the world will be taking their place at their computer to zealously power out their first session. The more laid-back writers will wait until first thing in the morning to begin the month-long writing jag.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Are you gathering facts, working on your outline, plot and resolution? I always get enthused and enjoy the challenge of Nanowrimo, but this year I’ve decided to rather do my own marathon in November. I’m calling it ATCUSS: A Total Clean-Up of my Sewing Space. “Mend it, sew it, finish it, or out with it” will be my motto this month.

Unlike Nano participants, I set my own rules for ATCUSS and can start today. My sewing room tends to be a catch-all —“just until I can take care of this.” You know how that goes, right? Well, I’ve learned that having a cluttered work space is depressing and contributes to a lackadaisical approach to any project, so yesterday I took care of the clean laundry and ironing the sewing room been catching for the last two weeks.

If you’re doing NanoWriMo or some other special project this coming month, I do wish you the Passion, Fervor, Ardor, Enthusiasm and Zeal to establish and carry out your game plan. According to Merriam-Webster, these words ” mean intense emotion compelling action.” You can wish me the same as I begin my project.

10 thoughts on “Weather and Words

      1. Actually, I should. However, a lot of the space in my sewing area is full of Dan’s stuff–the son who moved to England. So I’m stuck with it until or unless he comes home and deals with it himself or we decide to rent a storage unit. That excuse works pretty well, right?

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  1. I love ATCUSS – and not just because CUSS is in it 😉 Great idea, Christine.
    I’m kinda sorta doing NaNo but with my own rules. I have about 28K written words so far on my stories (All short stories featuring Mick’s (mis)adventures and then some. I am more doing this for my boys for later on. They might even one day read them.

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    1. Glad you liked my invented acronym. It actually triggers a thought of Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird) which has nothing to do with sewing. Maybe you’d also be interested in it’s twin, ATCUBS: A total clean-up of book shelves. I could go on a roll with this. 🙂
      So far I’ve sewed a slipper seam and did two small mending jobs. Good for you for working on your story– or memoir. Yes, your boys will love it. But you may have to wait until they’re over forty for the thanks. 😉

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      1. Yes, I know Atticus.
        Bookshelves are another story. I did manage to purge 90% of my craft books – bought and never cracked open – but the others? A difficult task indeed.
        They might. And you’re right. Not before then, I am sure. 🙂

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