[krahy-oh-fil-ik] adjective preferring or thriving at low temperatures. When talking about plans for tomorrow, I said to a friend, “Oh tomorrow afternoon will be 24 degrees, so that’s not bad.” He said, “Imagine if your Florida friends heard you say that.” “Ha! Good point. And I really mean it, 24 isn’t bad.” Am I cryophilic Idahoan? Nah. I wouldn’t say IContinue reading “cryophilic.”


[kyoo-pid-i-tee] noun eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice. My favorite things lately are the opposite of cupidity.  For instance, I realized I can plug my vacuum in in the living room and the cord reaches the kitchen and every inch of the bedroom. My new life goal is to always live in a place small enough for this toContinue reading “cupidity.”


[ker-floo-ee] adverb, go kerflooey to cease functioning, especially suddenly and completely fall apart; fail. I don’t wake up easily. Alarms make my skin crawl. So I’m thankful for an evening job. I wake up because my body feels ready for it at 9:00, knowing there’s fresh snow everywhere. I get out of bed, start boiling the water, and get a fire going by the time theContinue reading “kerflooey.”


[per-uh-puh–tet-ik] adjective walking or traveling about; itinerant. (initial capital letter) of or relating to Aristotle, who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceum of ancient Athens. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Aristotelian school of philosophy. noun a person who walks or travels about. (initial capital letter) a member of the Aristotelian school. I have a friend in Idaho named Hannah. You might know her as “the girl in Beth’s photos with the nice behind.” We’ve been skate skiing and snowshoeing together and I seem to always take photos of her tush surrounded by beauty. They turn outContinue reading “peripatetic.”


[ahy-ren-ik, ahy-ree-nik] adjective tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory. Ketchum is an irenic town. This is a wonderful word to describe it. People leave their cars unlocked with their keys sitting in the console. The first time I went to the Laundromutt (laundry and dog grooming in one), the owner helped me out with my clothes. I said,Continue reading “irenic.”


[gam-buh l] verb (used without object), gamboled, gamboling or (especially British) gambolled, gambolling. to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic. noun a skipping or frisking about; frolic. I spent an hour sitting at an old fashioned school desk staring out the window at the infectious gamboling in my front yard. Kids dressed like Ralphy from The Christmas Story climbed into a wagon and jumped into the two feet of snow, twirled around with their hands inContinue reading “gambol.”


[spoo-nuh-riz-uh m] noun the transposition of initial or other sounds of words, usually by accident, as in a blushing crow for a crushing blow. Dord of the way! The fow is snalling and I bapped on my stroots and walked to Barstucks for a cup of coffee, a Bristmas Chlend. Mmm. Up to twelve inches are expected and I’m going to have to sluy a bed! A bright sled red.


[pen-i-trey-lee-uh] plural noun the innermost parts or recesses of a place or thing. the most private or secret things. I know in the social media world, we tend to present the happy and stunning moments and leave out the frustrating penetralia. We can look at someone’s Facebook page and think nothing ever goes wrong for them. Snowy walks and smiling dogs and UF Gator orange sunsets. We don’t want toContinue reading “penetralia.”


[oh-nee-uh–mey-nee-uh, –meyn-yuh] noun an uncontrollable desire to buy things. On Black Friday, I received the sweetest gift from a regular customer at the saloon. It’s not so much that he felt extreme oniomania, but that he is a caring man who worries about my winter inexperience. Claudio is from a small island in Spain and his accent sounds like warmContinue reading “oniomania.”


[sluhg–uh-bed] a lazy person who stays in bed long after the usual time for arising. I think it’s ironic that the word of the day a few days ago was indefatigable (incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring) and I typed this and got tired mid word: “Oh, to be indefatigable! I happen to think fatigue is a tre” And now I’m choosing to write about slugabed instead. I do not want to beContinue reading “slugabed.”