I have decided to put this blog on hiatus for awhile. There is just too much going on and I need to focus on my business right now. Hopefully I will be back posting personal content here again soon.

In the meantime, please visit my other blog (there is a giveaway going on right now).




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Monday word of the week – Neologism

From dictionary.reference.com:




1. a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase.
2. the introduction or use of new words or new senses of existing words.
3. a new doctrine, especially a new interpretation of sacred writings.
4. Psychiatry. a new word, often consisting of a combination of other words, that is understood only by the speaker: occurring most often in the speech of schizophrenics.
1790–1800;  < French néologisme.  

A diffused neologism is a word that a lot of people know and use, but hasn’t become common or mainstream or recognized as a word yet.

In this day and age of rapid technology development and social media, it doesn’t seem to take too long for new words to become mainstream. In fact, every year a new list of words and phrases is presented to the public as being deemed mainstream enough to be added to the dictionary.

I think that twins often use their own language that nobody else knows and understands, thus they would be using neologisms.

Often siblings or best friends have their own words that they understand but nobody else does.

I remember when my daughter was learning to talk, and she made up words for stuff all the time. She knew what the word meant, and I, as her mother, usually knew what the word meant, but it was tough on other people (like babysitters) who were trying to figure out what she was talking about. She clearly thought she was communicating exactly what she meant, but she was using her own little language for it, and nobody else knew what she was talking about. I bet lots of kids do this when they are first learning to talk.

And let’s face it….making up words is fun to do. What neologisms can you create this week?



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Monday word of the week – Enervate

The word of the week is Enervate – n·er·vate

From Freedictionary.com:  en·er·vat·eden·er·vat·ingen·er·vates

1. To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of: “the luxury which enervates and destroys nations” (Henry David Thoreau).
2. Medicine To remove a nerve or part of a nerve.
adj. (-nûrvt)

Deprived of strength; debilitated.

ener·vation n.
ener·vative adj.
ener·vator n.
Usage Note: Sometimes people mistakenly use enervate to mean “to invigorate” or “to excite” by assuming that this word is a close cousin of the verb energize. In fact enervate does not come from the same source as energize (Greek energos, “active”). It comes from Latin nervus, “sinew.” Thus enervate means “to cause to become ‘out of muscle’,” that is, “to weaken or deplete of strength.”


From yourdictionary.com:

Enervate is defined as to weaken or take away physical, mental or moral strength.

An example of enervate is when a medication causes a person to lose their physical strength.


I must admit that my first inclination when seeing the word was to think it was similar to energize, but that is wrong. This is one of those words where you think you can figure out what it means because it sounds like something else, but then you find out you are wrong. It is always good to look up those questionable words to be sure.


From scrabblefinder.com:

The definition of enervate, the meaning of the word Enervate:

Is enervate a scrabble word? Yes!

  • v. – Weaken mentally or morally
  • v. – Disturb the composure of

Enervate is worth 11 points in Scrabble, and 13 points in Words with Friends

There are 8 letters in enervate: A E E E N R T V

Have fun using this word this week.


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Monday word of the week – Orthography

Monday word of the week – Orthography – the art or study of correct spelling according to established usage.


From Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Definition of ORTHOGRAPHY

a : the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage

b : the representation of the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols

: a part of language study that deals with letters and spelling


Middle English ortografie, from Anglo-French, from Latinorthographia, from Greek, from orth- + graphein to write.  First Known Use: 15th century.


From scrabblefinder.com:

Is orthography a scrabble word? Yes!

  • n. – A method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols

Orthography is worth 23 points in Scrabble, and 22 points in Words with Friends

There are 11 letters in orthography: A G H H O O P R R T Y

While it seems that Orthography is just a fancy word for spelling, that isn’t exactly correct. Orthography includes more than just spelling. It is really the systems of a language and also includes the  punctuation, capitalization, sequencing, hyphenating, etc, AND spelling. So spelling is just a section of Orthography. Good to know!




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Monday word of the week – Amanuensis

This week’s word of the week is amanuensis. I don’t know where I saw it, but I wrote it down on a note that I found in my purse. But now that I look it up, I like it!





A literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts.
scribe – clerk – secretary – scrivener – copyist

From Merriam-Webster:

plural aman·u·en·ses

Definition of AMANUENSIS

: one employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript

Examples of AMANUENSIS

  1. <thanks to the efforts of his dutiful amanuensis, copies of most of the author’s letters and unpublished manuscripts have been preserved>


Latin, from (servusa manu slave with secretarial duties

First Known Use: 1619


From scrabblefindinders.com

Is amanuenses a scrabble word? Yes!

Definition of Amanuenses

  • n. – Someone skilled in the transcription of speech (especially dictation)

Amanuenses is worth 12 points in Scrabble, and 16 points in Words with Friends

There are 10 letters in amanuenses: A A E E M N N S S U

A couple of the sources say literary or artistic assistant, but most just say someone who transcribes or takes dictation, a secretary. I like the idea of an artistic assistant. I wonder what kinds of things an artistic amanuensis would do for me? Hmmm….I think I have a list here somewhere. 🙂


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Struggling with 2 Blogs


As you may know, I have 2 blogs that I try to maintain (Life of Deb and Blue Twig Studio). It has slowly gotten more difficult to be as active on both of them as I would like to be. I have debated combining the 2 blogs into 1 blog, thinking that would help me stay more on top of it. However, the other blog is for my business (Blue Twig Studio) and is more focused on stuff that relates to the business and what I am doing in the business, etc. This blog can have stuff relating to my business, but mostly has stuff that is more personal. (Although that stuff has been what has been missing here lately.) I don’t want very much of the personal stuff on the business blog.

It occurs to me that balancing that work stuff with personal stuff (like my blog dilemma) is what many of us struggle with on a regular basis. How do we work hard on our business and do what needs to be done to make it thrive and be successful, yet still have time for our personal lives and families and friends? It is a constant balancing act.

Yet, I recently heard something that made me pause and think about how I am constantly juggling one or the other and not always having much luck doing so. The idea is that you can’t have that balance. It isn’t really possible. If you want to have a successful and thriving business, you need to spend more time and more effort and more thinking….on your business!!!! If you want to have more family time and a more nourishing relationship with your loved ones, you are going to have to bring that balance scale back the other way and spend more time and energy…..on your family!!!!! But you are not really going to be able to do both in a successful way. At least not without giving up your own self to do it.

And what if you have a third or a fourth very important thing in your life that you want to focus on and develop? Perhaps a passion for a hobby or a desire for learning or travel? How can you truly have the time and energy and dedication to all of those things and really do them justice? And still keep your own sanity? And keep that balance???? I know we have been told we can do it, but is it realistic? Is that why we have so much burn-out at work and in relationships? Is that we we are over-tired and over-stressed and struggling to get by?

It is important to decide what is the most important thing that you want Right Now! And that is where many of us falter. We just can’t make that choice. We do want it all (and haven’t we been told that we CAN have it all?) and we have a hard time deciding that one thing is more important than the other thing. How can we possibly choose? Sigh……

For now, I am keeping both blogs, but will really be focusing more on the Blue Twig Studio blog, as that is my business and my heart is truly in it, and it is needing my attention to grow and be successful. I will keep this more personal blog, but I won’t stress about having only one blog post a week most of the time. It’s OK. I have made my choice and because it is important to me and I am dedicated to making my business be successful, I am satisfied that I have made the correct choice. I understand that I can’t have that equal balance at this time. I know my family understands. Which is really quite liberating.

I am learning about balance and how it is not always the optimal thing for success. I am thinking that being unbalanced is the way to go. What do you think about this idea?



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Monday word of the week – Perfidious

This week’s Monday word of the week is Perfidious.

From vocabulary.com:

If someone accuses you of being perfidious, you should probably be offended — it means underhanded, treacherous, deceitful — even evil.

From freedictionary.com:

perfidious [pəˈfɪdɪəs]

adj   guilty, treacherous, or faithless; deceitful

From scrabblefinder.com:

Perfidious is worth 16 points in Scrabble, and 18 points in Words with Friends

There are 10 letters in perfidious: D E F I I O P R S U

Perfidious is not a rare word. You can see it in books or magazines occasionally. It sounds like one of those words from an old-fashioned crime novel. I think it is a fun word to use now and then.  Well, maybe fun isn’t the right word, but I still like it.


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Monday word of the week – Passementerie


: an ornamental edging or trimming (as tassels) made of braid, cord, gimp, beading, or metallic thread


French, from passement ornamental braid, from passer

First Known Use: 1794


I saw the word Passementerie in an on-line article about embellishments. Of course I love embellishments, so found the word interesting. I don’t think I have ever heard it before, or at least I didn’t pay attention to it.

Wikipedia has lots of info about it, not to mention a few more new words to learn. 🙂


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Passementerie or passementarie is the art of making elaborate trimmings or edgings (in French, passements) of applied braid, gold or silver cord, embroidery, colored silk, or beads for clothing or furnishing.

Styles of passementerie include the tassel and fringe  (applied, as opposed to integral), ornamental cords, galloons, pompons, rosettes, and gimps as other forms. Tassels, pompons, and rosettes are point ornaments, and the others are linear ornaments.

Passementerie worked in white linen
 thread is the origin of bobbin lace and passement is an early French word for lace.

Today, passementerie is used with clothing, such as the gold braid on military dress uniforms, and for decorating couture clothing and wedding gowns. They are also used in furniture trimming and some lampshades, draperies, fringes and tassels.



In the West, tassels were originally a series of windings of thread or string around a suspending string until the desired curvature was attained. Decades later, turned wooden moulds, which were either covered in simple wrappings or much more elaborate coverings called “satinings”, were used. This involved an intricate binding of bands of filament silk vertically around the mould by means of an internal “lacing” in the bore of the mould. A tassel is primarily an ornament, and was at first the casual termination of a cord to prevent unraveling with a knot. As time went on, various peoples developed variations on this.

In the 16th century, the Guild of Passementiers was created in France. In France practitioners of the art were called “passementiers”, and an  apprenticeship of seven years was required to become a master in one of the subdivisions of the guild.

The French widely exported their very artistic work, and at such low prices that no other nation developed a mature “trimmings” industry. Tassels and their associated forms changed style throughout the years, from the small and casual of Renaisssance designs, through the medium sizes and more staid designs of the Empire period, and to the Victorian Era with the largest and most elaborate.

Passementerie with clothing was for a long time reserved for the elites as a sign of social distinction among royalty, aristocracy, religious, and military. Since the 18th century, the use became obsolete with the simplification of clothing.

Some of the historic designs are returning today from European and American artisans.

Thanks to Wikipedia for such great information.

So how will you use this week’s word – passementerie?


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Monday word of the week – oojamaflip

This week’s word is oojamaflip. This was just one of those words in a book that I thought might be a made-up word. I read a lot of fantasy science fiction stuff, and there are always made up words in those books. But no – this is an actual word!

From collinsdictionary.com:


  1. (slang) a thing whose name is temporarily forgotten










The word has very little information about it on any of the sites I visited. It appears to be a derivative of ‘oojah’.

From freedictionary.com:

oojah, ooja-ka-pivoojiboo – An oojah or ooja-ka-piv or oojiboo is “a thing whose name one forgets, does not know, or prefers not to mention.”

Neither oojamaflip nor oojah are acceptable words for Scrabble. Too bad. How fun when somebody says what does that word mean? And you answer – it is a word for something that I have forgotten. 🙂

I hope you can throw this word into your conversation this week.


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Black & White ATCs

I belong to a local ATC trading group (ATC = Artist Trading Card). We meet once a month and trade ATCs. One month we have an assigned theme, the next month it is a free theme. We have a variety of skill levels as well as a variety of techniques and mediums. Lots of fun!

This month’s theme was Black & White. Being a CZT, of course I wanted to do Zentangle®. I decided to use the official Zentangle ATC tiles, because the paper is just so yummy to use. It is a nice weight and really holds the ink well. Never any smudging or smearing. Just perject!

I never like to do all of my ATCs exactly the same. Too boring for me. I try to vary my ATCs, no matter what the theme is. So each of my Zentangle ATCs is unique and different. Everyone will get to pick the one ATC that really speaks to them. 🙂

Enjoy the show!

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Some of these I liked better than others, but that is always the case. I also decided not to shade these (which I usually do), because I thought that I could take the leftover ones (if there are any left over) and add some color to them. What do you think?


If you are interested in learning more about Zentangle, please visit zentangle.com for more info. As a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) I also teach classes. Please contact me about attending classes at Blue Twig Studio, or doing a personal class in your home or office. You can also purchase official Zentangle supplies & books at Blue Twig Studio.

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