My first look at the meaning of the RDP word for the day left me outraged. It was “skookum — evil spirit, monster.” Paired with a picture of a Yeti? No! This is not to be born!
I objected but then I did more research and I’m good with this from Wikipedia. “Skookum is a Chinook Jargon word that has historical use in the Pacific Northwest. It has a range of meanings, commonly associated with an English translation of “strong” or “monstrous”. The word can mean “strong”, “greatest”, “powerful”, “ultimate”, or “brave”. Something can be skookum, meaning “strong” or “monstrously significant”. When used in reference to another person, e.g., “he’s skookum”, it conveys connotations of reliability or a monstrous nature, as well as strength, size or hard-working.”
That was a monstrous relief (ha ha). After all, my dog is Polar Bear Yeti T. Dog and my car has a Yeti climbing on the rear window. And here in Colorado? I can’t remember NOT hearing about sightings of Big Foot, Sasquatch, and the Yeti. All the words connected with “Skookum” describe both my dog and my car perfectly.
No news here in the Back of Beyond. Life goes on (grazie a dio). I’m feeling that I might be nearing the end of my blogging life, but it’s such a lovely way to spend the first hour in my morning. It still has not snowed. I will be watering the garden and cleaning things up out there in the next few days. I hauled Bear’s destroyed red chair out to the trash. I’m getting a folding door for the studio so it’ll work better as a bedroom when it has to. I had to order it from Home Depot in Durango, CO. Elizabeth and Bob are going over the mountain today for doctor’s appointments, and, as Bob is going to install the door, they’re going to Home Depot to make sure the door is good. Bob’s brother will bring it over the mountains next week. Otherwise? It costs more to have it delivered than it cost to buy. That’s life on the frontier. I am not complaining about the comparative dullness of daily life. The last couple of years has taught me that’s something to be grateful for and savor.
I’ve also been restocking my Etsy Store. I’m not sure I’ll be attempting to sell paintings there, but I have added a couple of drawings and new notecards.