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Y is for Yikes!

In my search for an unusual word or two beginning with the letter Y, I discovered an incredible website:

http://phrontistery.info/y.html

In celebration of all things Y, I have opted to create a short vocabulary quiz – taking advantage of Mr. Stephen Chrisomalis‘ hard work and tremendous passion for words.

Please choose the correct definition of each word:

Yelm

  1. A 16th century crock used in cooking
  2. The deck area immediately below the helm of a ship
  3. A straight bundle of straw used for thatching

Yapness

  1. Noise
  2. Hunger
  3. Exhaustion

Yaffingale

  1. A traveling jester/commedien
  2. A green woodpecker
  3. A tool used by blacksmiths

Yex

  1. To hiccup, belch or spit
  2. To curse, defame or libel
  3. To damage, mar or deface

To determine your score, please visit The Phrontistery and find each word in the provided list, or scroll down.

 

Yelm

  1. A 16th century crock used in cooking
  2. The deck area immediately below the helm of a ship
  3. A straight bundle of straw used for thatching

Yapness

  1. Noise
  2. Hunger
  3. Exhaustion

Yaffingale

  1. A traveling jester/commedien
  2. A green woodpecker
  3. A tool used by blacksmiths

Yex

  1. To hiccup, belch or spit
  2. To curse, defame or libel
  3. To damage, mar or deface

So … how did you fare? Are you inspired to use one or more of these words as a vocabulary-bomb during casual conversation? Are you curious about Mr. Chrisomalis’ website and impatient to discover more words? Will you suggest your writers’ group visit his site when looking for unusual writing prompts?

Ahh – let the fun begin!

 

W is for Whitewater Canal Tunnel

Just a short stroll from South Miami Avenue in the Southwest Ohio town of Cleves is tucked an often overlooked piece of history: the Cincinnati – Whitewater Canal Tunnel.

Now a mere mere hint of what it once was and what it once promised for the region, this silt-filled tunnel had been used by canal boats for just thirteen years. Sold to the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Railroad in 1863, soon locomotives thundered through the often flooded tunnel until being abandoned in the late 1880s.

Built during the years of 1839 – 1843, the Whitewater Canal Tunnel linked Hagerstown and Connersville, Indiana to Harrison, Ohio before entering Lawrenceburg, Indiana, until reaching the mighty Ohio River.

http://www.indcanal.org/

One of twelve canal tunnels in the country at the time, today only four such tunnels remain. This nearly forgotten structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2014/03/24/problems-plagued-canal-projects/6833875/

http://www.northbendohio.org/CanalTunnel.html

http://www.cincinnati-transit.net/whitewater.html

 

 

 

S is for Sky

On this beautiful Earth Day, look up – the sky is always a work of art!

O is for Overlooked

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It happens to all of us – this overlooking, neglecting, ignoring. Life is too busy, time is too short.

But in the rush to accomplish and do and become, all too often we forget what made living so exciting and happy and fresh …

 

 

 

The overlooked might be funny …

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Might be lovely …

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Might be silly …

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Might be cool …

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Might be meaningful only to one person.

But still, very important.

C is for Cookies

Chocolate chip, sugar, pinwheel, gingerbread … there are so many different cookies to choose from when perusing a cookbook, walking into a bakery, or strolling through the local grocery store.

But the best experience might be quietly taking the lid from the cookie jar and grabbing one –  or one handful of – freshly baked, homemade cookies.

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One of over 3,000 cookie jars on display at Grannie’s Cookie Jars and Ice Cream Parlor.

 

Today, there are as many varieties of cookie jars as there are cookies. From utilitarian canisters to ornate, quirky or perplexing containers, somewhere there is the perfect cookie jar for everyone – and it is probably sitting on a shelf or snugged onto a counter at Grannie’s Cookie Jars and Ice Cream Parlor in Metamora, Indiana.

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Just the suggestion of cookies brings up happy memories: the warmth of the kitchen, the smell of baking cookies, that first melting taste … comfort food at its finest.

 

 

Still family owned, Grannie’s is an integral part of Metamora, a small canal town located in Southeastern Indiana. Open year round, this welcoming shop is the place for a refreshing cone, a hot cup of coffee, and friendly conversation.

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During the summer season, when the historic canal boat eases past the front door laden with tourists,  Grannie’s bustles with incredulous first-time visitors searching for the cookie jar of their childhood. They look and point, smile with the memory, then share stories of their grandmother’s kitchen with family and friends.

On sunshine bright weekends, couples and families fill the benches, patio chairs and picnic tables prettily located beneath the many shade trees along the banks of the canal. Walking through this friendly Midwest town, with a delicious ice cream cone of course, visitors remember to slow down, to stroll, to hold the hand of their sweetheart, their parent, their child. And enjoy.

A is for Athens

Well, the flavors of Athens -as in Athens, Greece. And what flavors they are!

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When planning your next visit to Harrison, Ohio, be sure to include a ravenous stop at The Big Greek Cafe. It’s a perfect choice for families, couples and even business meetings.

Dimitri Evangelou is that personable guy behind the counter. He also happens to be the owner, who describes his menu as ‘Greek comfort food’. Certainly there can be no doubt about that! Fragrant, delicious, and satisfying – it’s like hanging out in your mother’s kitchen just in time for dinner.

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As soon as you walk in the door, it’s obvious that you’ve come to a neighborhood place. Dimitri enjoys feeding people and has a knack for making them feel welcome. Whether picking up a carry-out lunch, or bringing family in for dinner, he knows many of his customers by name.

 

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For those folks new to the Big Greek Cafe, the menu is descriptive, but if that’s not enough information, the friendly people behind the counter are happy to answer questions about any entree, side dish or dessert.

 

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There’s always room for friends and family at The Big Greek Cafe – just come hungry!

 

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Good food made with love, heritage, and pride.

Sometimes it’s best just to admit it – no willpower can overpower the allure of that cake.

 

 

DH Athens GREEK Retail2And why not take a little bit of Athens home with you?

 

 

So come on in, have a seat, grab a fork, and close your eyes – your excursion to Athens is underway!

 

If We Were Having Coffee …

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If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I have a crazy-busy weekend ahead of me, but I stayed up all night watching old black and white classic (and not so classic) movies, so I am off to a groggy start.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that from what I’ve learned through the A2Z Challenge, I have decided to do things a little differently as far as blogging. I will post at least three times a week, once on my Creatzart blog – the photography site – and twice on Discovering Home –  including one post having to do with food or restaurants, since those posts were very well received.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I am still stuck on the artwork for the children’s book I’m writing. It is such a big part of the story, I do want to create/make/find the right visuals, even though I realize that if a traditional publisher picks this up, they will choose the artist.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I am not going to get much done on the history travel series this week since I am swamped with other tasks, jobs, errands, and life. I am looking forward to a few days spent on the back roads and in the silent basements of historical societies — but not this week, sadly enough.

And … if we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I really need to dash away, but that I love this concept and will spread the word! I learned about this weekend coffee share through Melissa Barker Simpson indirectly, and through Nerd in the Brain more directly, who learned about it through Part Time Monster absolutely directly!

If you are interested in joining, look over the blogs mentioned above, then please click here!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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