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Word of the Day
They forgot to refer back to my beloved limpet, so I have remedied their callous disregard, because I did not forget that one of the definitions of said faithful limpet was "a small open caisson", a brand new word to me, although with my early onset old-timer's setting in many things might start appearing brand new. Perhaps they can use my cranium for a
caisson (ksn, -sn)
1. A watertight chamber open at the bottom and containing air under pressure, used to carry out construction work under water.
2. A large box open at the top and one side, designed to fit against the side of a ship and used to repair damaged hulls under water. [Which is where the limpet comes in!]
3. A watertight float filled with air, used to raise sunken ships. See also camel2
4. A watertight structure placed across the entrance of a lock, basin, dry dock, etc, to exclude water from it.
5. A horse-drawn vehicle, usually two-wheeled, used to carry artillery ammunition and coffins at military funerals
6. An ammunition chest.
[French, from Old French, alteration influenced by caisse, chest, of casson, large box, from Italian cassone, augmentative of cassa, box, from Latin capsa.]
I suppose I could, in an effort to alienate my audience [there she goes again, ed.], work one into the World's Worst Novel. I do remember Mythbusters trying to and possibly succeeding in [Yes!] raising a sunken boat with ping pong balls, so I guess they were each mini-caissons, and when Dan needs to either raise his boat, repair her hull, or blow up a lock, we will know, vocabularally speaking, where to turn.
Song of Day
Just too caisson needing to avoid:
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I am not sure when grief councillors got invented, but it seemed to happen sometime during my teenage hood. Something horrible would happen and on top of the usual aftermath a horde of professionals, whose careers depend on lengthening the grief response, would descend on the hapless survivors. The good that has come from this is the recognition that the horrors we witness do not leave us, and for some become demons that cannot be tamed. And one must learn from the past, however bitterly painful. Why am I being so cheerful? Because I was thinking this morning about poor Robin … Continue reading
I know my troubles are like a hill of beans compared to many people’s, but I had been somewhat manically determined to get to the cottage and stay there, seule moi, and after my brief hiatus and with the considerable help of friends and fambly, got back up for a night and closed up more properly [properlier, ed.?] and slapped some stain on the visible posts and fascia. Painting around the screen is going to take some painstaking paint staining [hubby kept complaining mentioning that the stain seemed very paint-like and I kept responding that the label said it was … Continue reading
First it rained and it rained and it rained. But it is amazing what you can find under 50 years’ worth of detritus. My dad painted the orange painting on the left and the one you can’t see beside it. [Never put up photo's or pictures you like with thumbtacks, framed in paper frames. Your daughter will come along and pull them all out, taking hours, only to burn their faded and curled remains.] 7 body bags of refuse and a massive bonfire revealed this piece of heaven and once it got cold I slept in here and hung a … Continue reading
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In no particular order, and all from around Penetang. The camera did not roam to Go Home as the trip was short and busy. But I am beginning to get that camera itch again, and can only hope, like the ducks below to get mine in a row, so I can get in a row … boat and go find me some ducks to shoot. Nature’s infinity pool! Some big ass boulders reminding us that we are standing on the Canadian Shield. Where’s Waldo? There’s Waldo. My hideaway, hidden away: Spiders, everywhere, doing their job: This was actually dawn, and … Continue reading
I was actually away from the interwebz and even the cell phone failed to roam [thank Woden!] all the way to the gorgeous Go Home Bay:
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I couldn’t have said it better myself! I read this remarkable article [with tears of laughter [actually, I was there, ed.] clouding my already cloudy vision] all the way to the end, and if you would like to protect your anthology from the ravages of aging I suggest you do too. Without more ado, and with thanks to the internet and computer assisted translation, I bring you this marvellous disquisition on the virtues of cantankerous tea, the rust-oleum paint for your outdoor phototypesetting machine as it were: Important Fine fettle Benefits En route to Cantankerous Tea Inasmuch as thousands of years, the … Continue reading