Monday, May 20, 2013

The F Word, Used Properly

My son said "freaking" this morning.  I'm not using that as a euphemism for the real 'F' word.  "Freaking" is actually what he said.  I've been told that "freaking" is not a bad word.  Wait until it comes out of your kid's mouth.  It sounds pretty bad.

He was telling me about a video game.  As a mother of two boys obsessed with video games, this is what I heard:  I killed blah blah dragons blah. Fire arrows blah kill kill kill. Blah.  Then he said, "I tried to kill the blah blah, and it was so freakingly hard." 

Freakingly?  He said freakingly.  Of course he did.  Because in that sentence, the word is used as an adverb, and freakingly would be correct. 

I love my potty mouthed grammar genius.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Five Corners of Sky

I have lived in north Idaho for two months.  Long enough to figure out that it is called "north" Idaho, not "northern" Idaho, as I had been doing.   But not long enough to figure out if the "N" should be capitalized.  Is it considered the name of the place, or just an adjective?

People often mention what a beautiful place this is, and it is that.  Trees, mountains, high plains, lakes.  Lots of lakes.  But what I like most about this place is the sky.

These were all taken in the same week.  With my phone.  The only editing I have done is to crop them.  This my friends is just the sky in north Idaho.

Sunset over the Wal-mart parking lot.

From my back door.

From my street corner.  It was hailing on me when I took this.
Over my back fence.