Winter Solstice in my hand digital art collage via LaWhimsy
Musings and Mutterings

Winter Solstice Wishes To You

Winter Solstice marks the night of longest hour and darkest light. Yet in this time so cold and bleak, lights still twinkle and hope runs deep. For now the days shall begin once more to lengthen and we will again know a sun restored. To all who gather and celebrate, a toast I raise to… Continue reading Winter Solstice Wishes To You


An Autumn Post Gathering and Equinox Delights

Another year, another seasonal shift, and another glorious Autumnal Equinox to celebrate! The air has already begun to shift and there have been many signs of Autumn already showing up all around. Many trees have started to change into their fiery Fall colors and the sounds of dying leaves scuttling about the ground when a… Continue reading An Autumn Post Gathering and Equinox Delights

running faucet for lenitive bath gif via LaWhimsy by giphy
Word Nerd

Word Nerd: Lenitive

Lenitive means the softening of pain or sorrow. Lenitive derives from the Latin lenire (to soften or soothe) - fun fact lenire also gave us the word lenient which originally meant relieving pain or stress. Lenitive also carries the obsolete meaning of a laxative (in medical terms). Personally I enjoy the word lenitive when using it… Continue reading Word Nerd: Lenitive

blithe beauty the definition of a joyous disposition via LaWhimsy
Word Nerd

Word Nerd: Blithe

Blithe is such a joyful word and it means one who has a blissful, ecstatic disposition. Blithe has taken on a second, not so positive meaning, which is one who shows a casual and cheerful indifference. I don't particularly care for that definition of blithe and prefer to use the word to mean overly joyful… Continue reading Word Nerd: Blithe

nacarat sunset burning bright via LaWhimsy
Word Nerd

Word Nerd: Nacarat

Nacarat is a red-orange color, sometimes pale, sometimes bright, sometimes both (things can be both pale and bright!). Nacarat can also refer to fabric that is dyed such a shade. Nacarat is the burning color of a sunset and the pale, flaming shades the sky dims to as night closes in. Autumn leaves, ripening pumpkins… Continue reading Word Nerd: Nacarat

filipendulous state of soul or hanging by a thread via LaWhimsy
Word Nerd

Word Nerd: Filipendulous

Filipendulous means to be strung or suspended by a thread. So hanging by a thread could also be described as filipendulous. Filipendulous is made up of the words fili (thread) and pendulous (suspended so as to swing freely). I have often heard the phrase hanging on by a thread (or some variation or other of… Continue reading Word Nerd: Filipendulous