Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Way We Talked - Try Using this Word in a Sentence

It is cold in Marietta, Georgia.
Not Chilly, but Cold.

So, I am working on all of my jobs with the heat going full blast
and too many layers of clothes on.

Unlike this woman:

I came up to my graphics studio to grab the old, falling-apart dictionary
that has been crumbling on my back bookshelf
to select some pages to put in a tea bath.

Then, I started focusing on the words on those pages
and my attention went 180 degrees from what I was supposed to be doing.

Did you know that in the 1800's, there was a word that meant
Wanton-ness or Friskiness??

The word is Petulcity.
I dare you to use that word in a coherent sentence at the next office party.....

How about this one:  Pezle Mezle.
Apparently that was the phrase in the 1800's that now means Pell-Mell.
I kind of like the way that Pezle Mezle feels in my mouth.  
I can see making use of Pezle Mezle during the Holidays, can't you?

And I leave you with this:  Pettifogulize.
This juicy word meant to "use petty and contemptible tricks or quibbles".
Of course, anyone who engages in such behavior is known as a Pettifogulizer.
Know anyone like that?

I think I prefer wanton friskiness.

I do know this old dictionary will go on my bedside table for some entertaining reading.
Saved from the tea bath...

Back to work; can't sit still too long at my desk or my toes will get frost bite!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

How To Loose Weight at Warp Speed

I'm serious.
Go pour a glass of water, and let me explain
while you slurp it down.

Water simply isn't on my radar screen.
To drink, that is.
My Dad had the same blank spot.

When I was little, after a pre-school checkup, my pediatrician told my Mom 
to wake me up for school with a glass of water in her hand 
and wait until I had drunk it down before leaving the room.
Chances were, that would be the last water I would drink that day.
Go figure.  I just never thought about drinking water.
Milk, orange juice, Nehi Strawberry or Peach and sweet tea were my faves,
with Mom's good coffee laced with lots of milk and sugar sometimes.
With that to choose from, why drink tasteless water?

Last year at my annual checkup, the doc told me to cut down on salt.
He said my face was puffy from too much salt and not enough water.

That reminded of my childhood, but only briefly.  
I forgot about it, and sprinkled my new favorite smoked salt on almost everything.
This year, he studied my face, looked at my BP and said abruptly,
"Stop eating salt.  Period."
And left the room.

So, okay.  I was already on a mission to increase my water intake, so I thought,
"What the heck.  I'll go for it."
I tripled my water intake, and started squeezing lemon juice on my food.
Almost same as salt, but surprisingly tastier.

One week later, I am down 6 pounds.
That's a lot of fluid.

With a jump start like that, I'm back on my sensible eating plan of 
"Calories in, calories out".
Don't eat more calories in a day than you can burn off.
Walk every day in the fresh air,
cut down on white stuff like rice and bread,
and enjoy zipping into those jeans hung in the back of the closet.

Just in time for cold weather and layered clothes.


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