All is not as it seems

Hello, Friday Fools! 

 

 

This week's Friday Tomfoolery is all about the animals. I noticed that A.Word.A.Day had horse-themed words this week. I wanted it to go on all week, but what's that saying? "Want in hand A..." (that one's been driving me nuts for years. I can never remember it--is anyone familiar with this? Please help me if you are.). At any rate, I'll take what I can get--there was "horse's mouth"; "caballine"; and "wheel horse." I'd add "gift horse," because I will not look the emoji gift horse in the mouth. Nope. Not doing it. Besides my little horse obsession, why do I bring this up? Well, how many sayings or verbal shenanigans do we use on a daily basis and don't think twice about doing it? 🤔 Well, okay, not spend a lot of time thinking about? Spend minimal amounts of time...😬

For example, I didn't realize how many western-isms I used before I started this blog and newsletter. It feels more conspicuous because I'm currently writing western. Kind of like when someone close to you is seriously ill and you keep using the word "dying" (I do use that a lot, which isn't the best)--suddenly you're hyper aware of the power of words and the humor might fade a bit for you. The "old-timey" phrases and words didn't feel as conspicuous when I used them before. While they are natural to me, it also gives me pause. I never thought about how "western" certain words sounded or how they actually were western. Seriously. We get in the car or are getting ready to leave and I say, "Let's ride!" And by the way, I now have an official teen driver..."I'm looking down the barrel" of new levels of parental anxiety--if I suddenly go gray you'll know why. Flanders, our senior dog, "moseys along." "Get along little doggie," we say to him when he won't come in the house right away (I'd call that a sudden case of doggie deafness). I don't "cotton" to things. I get my "dander" up. Then I "squawk" at my family, especially if I have a feeling there's a "fox in the hen house," when something's rotten in the state of Denmark. I know the last one doesn't "fit," but I like it so it stays. Think of it as some bonus Shakespeare for you.

Maybe not my best western examples, but there you have it. It's totally off the cuff like everything else here. I'm actually a little pleased with myself because that really was a stream of consciousness, speed-type moment with the lame western-isms. Just saying.

 

 

9 boxes each with a squirrel doing something different or expressing a different action

 

My energy levels this week has been a combination of anxious/suspicious-looking #7 squirrel with the exhaustion that comes with it (#5 ). It's draining being suspicious and anxious, or perhaps prepared for battle. Reference "driving teen" above--actually, he's a really good driver and I made him learn and test on a manual, so there's bonus points for that. I want to be #4, but it's still darn hot outside, so I became #8 asking "WHY?" to the sky gods. I had the look of #3 when I realized that I'm totally over myself, but then turned into #1 and #2 squirrels, respectively  not knowing what to do with myself. This morphed into me crossing my arms and being a pissy kitty (#6), then  giving it up for ice cream (#9). With that said, there'll be no dance references this week. (I bet you're breathing a collective sigh of relief).

With that--I hope you are well and that you find something funny, curious, or thought-provoking to brighten your days.

Take care!

~Ami

 

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