Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Wildlife and words

Sunning turtle
It was an absolutely beautiful day today and we spent much of the afternoon working on small projects around the B&B that need to get done before the weather gets too cold. Rob worked on stacking our woodpile and Paula worked on touching up paint and caulk around the outside of the house. While working, it occurred to us that we were just like all of the chipmunks and squirrels that have been running around like crazy lately trying to get ready for the winter. Well, seems that not every creature may not be that concerned about winter coming.

Sunning lazily on a rock in the river was a turtle. We were busy busy and he was going nowhere fast (like a turtle ever goes anywhere fast) Sometimes you have to slow down and enjoy the weather and the scenery...who thought you could learn from a turtle :)

That was the wildlife, the words was actually just one word. "Monadnock". A regular guest of ours...and now friend of the family...sent us an email. She belongs to "A Word A Day" from wordsmith.org and recently the word of the day was "Monadnock". According to wordsmith:

PRONUNCIATION: (muh-NAD-nok)
MEANING: noun: An isolated hill or mountain that, having resisted erosion, rises above a plain.
ETYMOLOGY: After Mount Monadnock, a peak in New Hampshire, whose name in Algonquian means isolated mountain.

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