Day 33: Coyotes & Chrysanthemums

Caught the moon rise around 2 this morning. It was just coming up at the horizon and it was a Harvest Moon crescent. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was a huge, orange, crescent. Beautiful.

Don’t remember if the coyote chorus was before or after my moon sighting. Three out of the past 4 nights, they’ve gathered in our yard to set up their Glee Club! What a sound! They all howl, yelp, yip, and bark at once so it’s hard to tell how many of them are out there. I’ve never gotten up to watch their performance.

I started thinking about how to describe the sound a pack of coyotes makes. Ululation? Onomatopoeia? I think ululation, because onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like the sound it describes. Buzz, for instance. But let me be sure. I’ll check and be right back.

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Yep. Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the sound it represents. Like “zip.”

Ululation is a long, wavering, high-pitched sound resembling the howl of a dog or wolf with a trilling quality.

There, done. Our involuntary vocabulary lesson for today!

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So of course, since it’s the middle of the night and I’m wide awake, I start thinking of words that imitate the sound they represent. Slush? Slam? Snap? Crackle? Pop? And then since that got kind of boring, I started on homonyms. You can never finish with homonyms however, so I went back to sleep.

Had our first frost last night. This morning is wonderfully sunny with a clear blue sky. Lots to do today: bake an apple pie, plant some mums, dig potatoes, make cabbage rolls! Calling them cabbage rolls is a little misleading because they’re actually hamburger, cabbage, and onion in a roll that you bake. Like a Runza, only better!

Taking a little vaca this coming week, so depending on time, I may leave those of you who read these things hanging for a bit. But I’ll be back and we’ll pick up where we left off. In the meantime, celebrate every day for all it’s worth.

Remember – life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.

Cheers! C

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