whigmaleerie.

hwig-muh-LEER-ee, wig- noun 1: a whim; notion. 2: a whimsical or fanciful ornament or contrivance; gimmick. Friday was my one year Idahome anniversary. It was also the Lit Walk the library puts on, full of local authors and wine and cheese and a tour of downtown with activities and book readings. Cheryl, the owner ofContinue reading “whigmaleerie.”

towser.

[tou-zer] noun a big dog. Informal. a big, hearty person, especially one who is very energetic. One of my favorite people sent me an email with today’s word of the day and this note: “I am sure that Dictionary.com is reading Beth of Fresh Air….I had to laugh when I saw this!” I guess I have a bit to say about a certain big dog. A girlContinue reading “towser.”

hoi polloi.

[hoi puh–loi] plural noun the common people; the masses (often preceded by the). Sometimes it’s nice to embrace being one of the hoi polloi. It’s easier at times to just blend in, to put your earphones in and keep quiet while in an airport or on a plane. Flying is full of ups and downs. For me, not just geographically but emotionally, too, especially ifContinue reading “hoi polloi.”

wafflestompers.

[wof–uh l-stom-perz] Plural noun ankle boots with ridged soles, used especially for hiking. I feel very lucky to now have many people in my life who will strap on their wafflestompers and go on an adventure with me and my polar bear. About halfway through the hike, they start brainstorming about what they want for brunch. Waffles hopefully. Some place where breakfast is servedContinue reading “wafflestompers.”

cognomen.

noun, plural cognomens, cognomina [kog-nom–uh-nuh]  1. a surname. 2. any name, especially a nickname. On our way up a mountain, Pal pranced up to a tiny five-year-old gal. She squealed, “He’s the biggest dog I’ve ever seen!” His nose touched hers. She giggled and put her little hand on his huge head. I beamed like a proudContinue reading “cognomen.”

renascent.

[ri-nas–uh nt, –ney-suh nt] adjective being reborn; springing again into being or vigor. The warmth of the first day of spring feels renascent and Pal can feel the vigor as much as I can. There’s a pep in his step that increases my pep exponentially. I shed layers maybe prematurely because the breeze is still cool. My skin soaks up the warmth ofContinue reading “renascent.”

bonhomie.

[bon-uh–mee, bon–uh-mee; French baw-naw-mee] noun frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner; friendliness; geniality. Frank and simple good-heartedness. I type this out and just sit and stare at it with a smile. It warms the cockles (as Trish would say). Frank and simple. Not overanalyzed, not complicated, just old-fashioned good-heartedness. Assuming the best about people. Letting benefit defeat doubt. Holding doors, buying coffees, shoveling snowyContinue reading “bonhomie.”

cryophilic.

[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.”

cupidity.

[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.”