Monday, June 19, 2006

New patio furniture, BBQ, and The Word Of The Day

The BBQ was alot of fun and busy Saturday.  It was funny how the men and women separated into groups lol but that is normal.  It was nice to see Kathy and her family, we haven't really seen them or talked since around Christmas.  Nancy & Bob are the sweetest ppl you will ever meet and I am glad they came.  I wish I could of sat and visited more with everyone but I was busy busy being hostess.  It was exhilarating showing off my new home and the oohh's and awws and complements from my friends and family.  But Next time I think we will shoot for just one or two families at a time lol. Audra was nice enough to take most of these snap shots for me but I did take the ones of the storm rolling by and Josh's big smile. 

Friday we had searched out for a patio set for this BBQ.  It was very frustrating.  If we found a set we liked it was too expensive and didn't come with an umbrella or if we found a set with in reason it did not come with enough chairs.  We opted to get these chairs from HomeDepo for $22 each and the canopy from Wal-Mart for around $80.  We will get a table or another set later when we can afford it but still this is nice.  We have seating and shade, that is what is important!

And that brings us to Word Of The Day:  I will aestivate most of the summer in my back yard lounging on the gift my husband gave me for our 10th anniversary.

• aestivate •

Pronunciation: es-tê-vayt • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Verb, intransitive

Meaning: 1. Spend the summer, to summer somewhere. 2. To spend the summer in a dormant state (antonym of hibernate). Bears hibernate through the winter to avoid the seasonal severity; desert amphibians aestivate in the summer for the same reason.

Notes: You may, if it pleases you, omit the initial A in today's Good Word: estivate is as good as aestivate. The ae ligature (æ) is a hold-over from Latin, probably indicating the same pronunciation as the A in bat ([bæt] in our pronunciation guide). The act of aestivating is aestivation and a more Latiny adjective for adjectival summer or summery is aestival. Aestival also forms a seasonal group with hibernal "winter(y)", autumnal "fall(-like)", and vernal "spring(-like)".

In Play: Does summer in the phrase, "I summer on the Côte d'Azur," strike you as beneath the dignity of Côte d'Azur—and the amount of money you spend there? Then try, "I aestivate each year on the Côte d'Azur" and impress your friends even more. If your school is out for the summer but you are the only one of your clique without a job, impress them with, "I will be aestivating this summer." Of course, unless you can aestivate on the Côte d'Azur, you should keep looking for a job.

Word History: Today's Good Word comes from Latin aestivare "to summer somewhere" from aestas "summer" with the same root as aestus "heat". Akin to Sanskrit inddhe "it ignites", Greek aithos "fire", and Old High German eiten "to heat", which gave Modern German Hitze "heat." The same Proto-Germanic root that produced German Hitze came up heat in English. (Speaking of which, we hope Katy Brezger keeps up the heat on finding words like today's for our Good Word series.)


  1. I love the chairs!  You should be able to find a table to match them without any trouble since they're neutral.

    I'm glad the BBQ turned out to be a winner.  I'm always nervous when we have people coming over but then when it's all over with I always wonder what was I so worried about?

    Great pics - thanks for sharing.


  2. I love those canopies.  Wish I had room for one.  

  3. It looks like a great place to spend family time this summer. I love the canpoy and the chairs. Congratulations on the new stuff.
    Take Care,

  4. hello friend love the pics thanks for sharing wow is your back yard huge ride on mower in your future lol looks like everyone had a noice time and how big is valentine getting she is a cute dog bet the klids have lots of fun with her huh i am glad you had some friends and family over i so miss that being here with no one we have a nice canopy too we drug it all the way here from calif and our laen chairs and table and i know what you mean about being so expansive or not enough chairs or what ever have a great week God bless kelley