Monthly Archives: April 2012

Don’t nosh before a barbeque…

I guess if you’re going to nosh before a great summer barbeque, berries would be the best choice!

nosh \ nosh \

1. To snack or eat between meals.
2. To snack on.
1. A snack.

Origin: Nosh stems from the Yiddish word nashn from the German word meaning “to nibble.” It entered English in the 1950s.

A hidden treasure right here in our own community.

We made a quick decision the other day, to hang a right.  We were coming home from a day-date (1st 3D movie, ever), when it just seems appropriate for a stroll in the vineyard.  Spring has by far, got to be the best time of year for photos because of the feelings of new beginnings and renewed freshness.

The timing was great, for some fresh pictures to add to the JillCards, LLC archives, for new creations!  When you live so close to such wonderful attractions, it’s easy to forget what’s right in your own back yard!


Whether you enjoy wine or not, it is absolutely beautiful. Thanks Wollersheim Winery (Sauk City, WI).


Sure to be a barnburner…

Last year’s Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson’s sponsored MDA ride was so much fun! This year’s ride is sure to be a barnburner! Hope you can make it, this year!

barnburner \ BAHRN-bur-ner \ , noun;
1. Something that is highly exciting or impressive.
2. Chiefly Pennsylvania. A wooden friction match.
3. (Initial capital letter) A member of the progressive faction in the Democratic party in New York State 1845–52.

Origin: Barnburner is an Americanism that was first observed in the 1830s. It referred to the practice of burning down a barn to get rid of rats.

Oh, the germinal idea…

The germinal idea can be anything that gets your creative juices flowing. It can be a place, a person, an odd event.
– James N. Frey, The Key

germinal \ JUR-muh-nl \ , adjective;
1. Being in the earliest stage of development.
2. Of or pertaining to a germ or germs.
3. Of the nature of a germ or germ cell.

Origin: Germinal is derived from the Latin word germen meaning “sprout, bud.”

Coincidence? Maybe…

“Everyone you meet is not just a coincidence but destiny. Leave something wonderful to those who pass by your life,
so they will find it hard to erase you from their heart”!

Some people may call me too obtuse….

Some people may call me too obtuse, but I don’t care. Give me the serenity of a cool brook and a warm day, and I’m as content as I’d ever want to be.

obtuse \ uhb-TOOS \ , adjective;
1. Not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect.
2. Not sharp, acute, or pointed; blunt in form.
3. (Of a leaf, petal, etc.) rounded at the extremity.
4. Indistinctly felt or perceived, as pain or sound.

Origin: Obtuse comes from the Latin word tundere which meant “to beat” and the prefix ob- meaning “against” because it referred to the process of beating metal until it was dull.

We were young & w/o a care….

We were young and without a care; we we were curious and carefree. It’s no wonder we had been given the agnomen of “foot loose & fancy free”! I miss those days….

agnomen \ag-NOH-muhn\ , noun:
1. A nickname.
2. An additional, fourth name given to a person by the ancient Romans in allusion to some achievement or other circumstance, as “Africanus” in “Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus.”

Origin: Agnomen comes from the Latin tradition of adding a fourth nickname to someone’s given name. Ag- is a variation of the prefix ad- meaning “to” or “near.” Nomen means “name.”

A true Milwaukee Brewers’ Fan…

We cannot investigate the bona fides of the Milwaukee Brewers. If you are a TRUE fan, you will rely solely on their deduction!

bona fides \ BOH-nah FEE-des \, noun;
1. Good faith; the state of being exactly as claims or appearances indicate.
2. (Sometimes italics) (used with a plural verb) the official papers, documents, or other items that prove authenticity, legitimacy, etc., as of a person or enterprise; credentials.

Origin: Originally bona fide , bona fides was accidentally pluralized by the 1830s and subsequently was used as a synonym for credentials.

a reconnoiter…of the “good ‘ole days”…

Upon further reconnoiter, I must admit that these were the “good ‘ole days”!

reconnoiter \ ree-kuh-NOI-ter \ , verb;
1. To make an inspection or observation.
2. To inspect, observe, or survey (the enemy, the enemy’s strength or position, a region, etc.) in order to gain information for military purposes.
3. To examine or survey a region or area for engineering, geological, or other purposes.

Origin: Reconnoiter comes from the French word reconnoître meaning “to explore.”

Ahhh…the irriguous fields….

Every year, at the beginning of Spring, nothing exceeds the luxuriant greens of the irriguous fields!
irriguous \ ih-RIG-yoo-uhs \ , adjective;
1. well-watered, as land.
1645–55;  < Latin irriguus,  equivalent to irrig ( āre ) to wet ( see irrigate) + -uus  deverbal adj. suffix
Hyde’s Mill in Wisconsin, 2008
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