Monday word of the week – judder

I found another word to share – judder.


jud·der (jdr)

intr.v. jud·dered, jud·der·ing, jud·ders

To shake rapidly or spasmodically; vibrate conspicuously: “Edith would watch her wrestling with words, her thin little body juddering with the effort to unlock them” (Anita Brookner).

A rapid or spasmodic shaking.


From Merriam-Webster dictionary:

chiefly British

: to vibrate with intensity – The engine stalled and kept juddering — Roy Spicer

Examples of JUDDER

  1. <the engine began to judder alarmingly just a few miles outside of Brighton>

Origin of JUDDER

probably alteration of shudderFirst Known Use: 1931



Is judder a scrabble word? Yes!

  • v. – Shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively

Judder is worth 15 points in Scrabble, and 18 points in Words with Friends

There are 6 letters in judder: D D E J R U

This is a word that seems fun and makes me smile. 🙂

The challenge is to use it in polite conversation this week? I’ll bet you can!


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Monday word of the week – exiguous

This week’s word is exiguous. I noted it when I was recently reading The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. I didn’t write down the quote though. I keep forgetting that part. 🙂



/ɪgˈzɪgyuəs, ɪkˈsɪg-/  [ig-zig-yoo-uhs, ik-sig-]


scanty; meager; small; slender: exiguous income.

Origin: 1645–55;  < Latin exiguus  scanty in measure or number, small, equivalent to exig ( ere ) (see exigent) + -uus  deverbal adj. suffix



Exiguous is worth 16 points in Scrabble, and 19 points in Words with Friends

There are 8 letters in exiguous: E G I O S U U X

Another new word for you to use this week. I challenge you to sneak it into your conversation. 🙂


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Favorite Quotes

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell

I love this quote, but have to say it scares me. It is a difficult thing to just ‘let go’. We cling to what we already have, what we already know, what we are comfortable with. Even if we know better. Even if we want more.

When we keep clinging to our old life (out of fear usually) we can’t move forward. We can’t grow. We can’t blossom. We can’t achieve all of our dreams. We become stuck.

But here’s the thing. You have to trust yourself to let go. Because there is that brief moment when you let go and leap, where you have to trust that you are going to land where you need to. When you are hanging in mid-air, so to speak, and anything can happen. That brief moment is scary, and that is why we don’t leap, but also why we have to leap. It is why we cling to our old life even when we REALLY are ready for the next stage.

I’m here to tell you to Trust yourself and Let Go and Leap……..and get the life you want!


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Monday Word of the Week – Celerity

Celerity – another word that I stumbled upon that I sort of knew the meaning of but wasn’t 100% sure about it. So I figure if I am uncertain, then so are others.

celerity [sɪˈlɛrɪtɪ]


rapidity; swiftness; speed

[from Old French celerite, from Latin celeritās, from celer swift]
  1. a rate that is rapid


Quote from Don Quixote by Cervantes, Miguel

But hardly had he tasted a morsel when the man with the wand touched the plate with it, and they took it away from before him with the utmost celerity


From Celerity is worth 13 points in Scrabble, and 14 points in Words with Friends

There are 8 letters in celerity: C E E I L R T Y

So, leave a comment below. I love hearing what you think.


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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love Zentangle by Deb Prewitt

Love Zentangle by Deb Prewitt

Take time to say I love you!

Be grateful for your family & friends!

Hug your dog!

Kiss your spouse!

Smile at your neighbor!

Say thank you!

Enjoy your day!

Breathe the fresh air!

Walk in the sunshine!

Be in the moment!

Love yourself!

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Monday Word of the Week – Abatis

Our word of the week is abatis. This is a word I ran across while reading a book this week, it was in a reference to war but it was difficult to figure out the meaning from the context. There just wan’t enough info provided. So I had to look it up. 🙂

1 Definition of Abatis

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary: The meaning of the word Abatis: : a defensive obstacle formed by felled trees with sharpened branches facing the enemy

Origin of abatis: French, from abattre to strike down, slaughter, from Old French abatre

First Known Use: 1766


From the Free On-line Dictionary:

an obstacle of felled trees (with trunk diameters of 15 cm or more) in a criss-cross pattern with their tops facing the enemy. Abatis were widely used as a foundation for building abatis lines along the frontiers of the Russian state in the 16th and 17th centuries.

In the 20th century abatis were used as obstacles against enemy infantry and cavalry. They were usually reinforced with barbed wire and mines and covered by fire.



I also found a site called, which seems a great place to find new words. I decided I could use it occasionally for the word of the week to give you some points for scrabble and words with friends. I know people are always looking for new words to use.

Is abatis a scrabble word? Yes!

  • n. – A line of defense consisting of a barrier of felled or live trees with branches (sharpened or with barbed wire entwined) pointed toward the enemy

Abatis is worth 8 points in Scrabble, and 9 points in Words with Friends

There are 6 letters in abatis: A A B I S T

What other games are there that you use new and unusual words for?

I’m not sure how I will weave this into conversation this week. 🙂 How about you?



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Working with Fabienne!

I’ve been working with Fabienne Fredrickson of Client Attraction recently, and I really love her work and her message and her programs. I’ve participated in a couple of them and  have learned so much. If you are in business for yourself or even if you work for somebody else but want to improve how you work, then I highly recommend looking at what Fabienne offers.

Her newest program is called Monetize Your Message and she is doing a mini-tour-stop over the next few weeks. If you would like to hear what she has to say, one of these mini tour stops is very affordable and a fabulous way to get to know if you have a good fit with her. Here is the link for the tour stops. 

If you want to just check out her website and just get to know her that way, here is the link. Fabienne offers a variety of programs and they are all super valuable and high content and you will come away with a ton of insight and content to use in your own business ventures. I’ve been able to use so much that I have learned from her, in my own business Blue Twig Studio. Of course, I am still learning and still working with her, but am loving all of it.  🙂



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Monday word of the week – Protean

Protean is a word I found that I wanted to investigate. Although it seemed familiar to me, I couldn’t really remember what it meant. So off I went to look it up.

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Definition of PROTEAN

: of or resembling Proteus in having a varied nature or ability to assume different forms
: displaying great diversity or variety
Examples of PROTEAN

  1. <a protean actor who is equally comfortable with light comedy and serious drama>

First Known Use of PROTEAN 1598

from Wikipedia

In Greek mythology, Proteus is an early sea-god, one of several deities whom Homer calls the “Old Man of the Sea”. Some who ascribe to him a specific domain call him the god of “elusive sea change,” which suggests the constantly changing nature of the sea or the liquid quality of water in general. He can foretell the future, but he will answer only to someone who is capable of capturing him. From this feature of Proteus comes the adjective protean, with the general meaning of “versatile”, “mutable”, “capable of assuming many forms”. “Protean” has positive connotations of flexibility, versatility and adaptability.

I’m sure I’ll notice this word more often now. It seems like a useful word to know.~Deb~

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A sick dog story

The past 2 weeks have been a bit trying around here. This last week I was sick for several days. I could hardly get out of bed. I practically slept around the clock for 3 1/2 days. And then it was over! Just as quickly as it arrived, it was gone. Which is the best way to be sick I guess. It didn’t linger and it wasn’t painful, I was just completely exhausted!

Perhaps I was just exhausted from dealing with one of my dogs being sick. The week before my little dog Mattie was acting a bit off. At first I thought she was acting a bit persnickety just because I had been out of town for a few days. She doesn’t like it when I am gone and she makes sure I know it whenever I come home from traveling. But it usually only lasts a day or two. This time it lasted longer. She was going out 4 or 5 times a night, which makes for a poor night of sleeping. But she was also needing to pee all the time, and often not even able to make it out to the yard, so she was having accidents in the house. She just couldn’t seem to make it to the door quick enough. She was also drinking a lot of water. And she was just acting not like herself. I thought she might have a urinary tract infection so I took her to the vet to get checked.

Apparently these symptoms are all similar for UTI, leukemia, or diabetes. They ran some tests on her, which of course did not make her very happy. But the tests showed she was diabetic. Apparently it isn’t that unusual for dogs to get diabetes. Canine diabetes has been on the rise in recent years and affects 1 in 160 dogs.  She also was developing cataracts and that can be directly related to the insulin levels.  She had also lost some weight recently and that can also be related to the diabetes. When you are just a little tiny dog, even a pound or two can make a big difference.

The first thing they did was give her an insulin shot to get her back regulated. Her numbers were off the chart, it was a wonder she wasn’t in a diabetic coma!  3 trips to the vet the first day, to spot check her and make sure the insulin was working, which it was. Then a trip to get a prescription filled for insulin and syringes. Then learning how to give Mattie shots. A couple more days of going to the vet for spot checks, and now I’m sure Mattie won’t want to go for a ride in the car anytime soon again. Every time she got in the car the past couple weeks she has had to go and get poked with needles. Poor little thing.

So now she is getting shots twice a day. The big thing is the idea that she can only eat twice a day, 12 hours apart. Absolutely nothing in between. She doesn’t like that at all! And I can’t blame her. It is hard for her to eat enough at one sitting to really fill her up for 12 hours, so she is usually starving by the time her next meal comes. It’s not the shots that she doesn’t like, it is the 12 hrs between meals that makes her upset. She can’t understand why I won’t feed her when she is hungry.

I’m also supposed to draw blood and test it for her regularly but I haven’t had much luck doing that yet. Mattie definitely doesn’t like that part at all and it is a 2-person job to do, so my hubby has to help hold her down and she is having none of that. We are working on being able to do that part ourselves, but for now she will have to go in to the vet periodically to get spot checked.

cute little Mattie

cute little Mattie

Our pets are part of our family, and when they aren’t doing well, it makes us feel miserable right along with them. We are adjusting to the new routine and happy that Mattie is doing much better. She doesn’t really like having her picture taken either, so she is much cuter in person than this photo indicates. 🙂

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Monday word of the week – miasma

I have been feeling under the weather the last few days. When you are sick you don’t always remember what day it is or what is on your to-do list for the day. So I’m here on Tuesday with your Monday word of the week. 🙂

I ran across the word miasma this week and although I was pretty sure I knew what it meant, it occurred to me that this was not a very common word and that there may be a lot of people who don’t know what it means.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary


: a vaporous exhalation formerly believed to cause disease; also: a heavy vaporous emanation or atmosphere <a miasma of tobacco smoke>
: an influence or atmosphere that tends to deplete or corrupt <freed from the miasma of poverty — Sir Arthur Bryant>; also: an atmosphere that obscures : fog

Oxford Dictionary


Pronunciation: /mɪˈazmə, mʌɪ-/

Definition of miasma

noun (plural miasmas)


  • an unpleasant or unhealthy smell or vapour: a miasma of stale alcohol hung around him

  • an oppressive or unpleasant atmosphere which surrounds or emanates from something: a miasma of despair rose from the black workshops





Pronunciation: /mɪəzˈmatɪk/


mid 17th century: from Greek, literally ‘defilement’, from miainein ‘pollute’


I was reading a book that used the word to describe something foul and evil and nasty. It is a word you find in horror novels or science fiction/fantasy novels; where there is a good vs evil theme going on. It’s not used so much in everyday conversation. I challenge you to find a way to use Miasma this week.


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