What? Evil Spirit? I think NOT!

My first look at the meaning of the RDP word for the day left me outraged. It was “skookum — evil spirit, monster.” Paired with a picture of a Yeti? No! This is not to be born!

I objected but then I did more research and I’m good with this from Wikipedia. “Skookum is a Chinook Jargon word that has historical use in the Pacific Northwest. It has a range of meanings, commonly associated with an English translation of “strong” or “monstrous”. The word can mean “strong”, “greatest”, “powerful”, “ultimate”, or “brave”. Something can be skookum, meaning “strong” or “monstrously significant”. When used in reference to another person, e.g., “he’s skookum”, it conveys connotations of reliability or a monstrous nature, as well as strength, size or hard-working.”

That was a monstrous relief (ha ha). After all, my dog is Polar Bear Yeti T. Dog and my car has a Yeti climbing on the rear window. And here in Colorado? I can’t remember NOT hearing about sightings of Big Foot, Sasquatch, and the Yeti. All the words connected with “Skookum” describe both my dog and my car perfectly.

No news here in the Back of Beyond. Life goes on (grazie a dio). I’m feeling that I might be nearing the end of my blogging life, but it’s such a lovely way to spend the first hour in my morning. It still has not snowed. I will be watering the garden and cleaning things up out there in the next few days. I hauled Bear’s destroyed red chair out to the trash. I’m getting a folding door for the studio so it’ll work better as a bedroom when it has to. I had to order it from Home Depot in Durango, CO. Elizabeth and Bob are going over the mountain today for doctor’s appointments, and, as Bob is going to install the door, they’re going to Home Depot to make sure the door is good. Bob’s brother will bring it over the mountains next week. Otherwise? It costs more to have it delivered than it cost to buy. That’s life on the frontier. I am not complaining about the comparative dullness of daily life. The last couple of years has taught me that’s something to be grateful for and savor.

The Skookum Polar Bear Yeti T. Dog

I’ve also been restocking my Etsy Store. I’m not sure I’ll be attempting to sell paintings there, but I have added a couple of drawings and new notecards.

21 thoughts on “What? Evil Spirit? I think NOT!

  1. I was born and raised in the Pacific NW and I would never have slammed our beloved Sasquatch-LOL. I’m glad you enjoyed this prompt.

  2. Schools and city/county offices were all closed today due to ‘brutally cold’ temps last night (low 30’s) and the fact that rain AND ice were in the forecast. And that’s the news from a small Southern town that does not deal well with cold. 😂

    • Ha ha ha! I understand! if it got down to 40 in San Diego (which it did pretty often) everyone was aghast! Then, the rare times we had frost people talked about it for days and/or hours.

      • It was so funny to hear those weather alerts last night. Last time we had ‘brutally cold’ weather was Jan 2014 when it really did ice over and the roads were pretty bad. We lost power for several hours then, too. Office was closed for 3 days–and we didn’t have ‘work from home’ then. An unexpected vacation!! Amazing different reactions in different parts of the country.

        • I guess it depends on what’s “normal.” That blizzard last year in Texas? I had such a hard time feeling sympathy even though it was objectively awful. So many Texans come here in summer to escape Texas heat but they don’t hang around for winter. Then? Those poor folks had it delivered to their door.

      • It was brutally cold on the Tropic of Cancer at 40 degrees, rain, no heat, concrete buildings, windows that didn’t close well, etc. That’s how I learned how close to freezing 40 degrees actually is. Long underwear, turtleneck, wool sweater, padded silk jacket, wool hat. When it finally got up to 52 I learned that is a pretty OK temperature. 😀

      • If we went down to zero, I think the entire state of Florida would close down! Trash pick-up was going to be delayed today–until 10am–but it was never picked up all day. Cold weather…I have to laugh about it, too.

  3. I was very enthralled and delighted with the Yeti/Skookum discussion. But there was one sentence you slipped in there had shook me to my core – “I’m feeling that I might be nearing the end of my blogging life”!!! Martha I will be very sad if you disappear from my feed and I don’t get to find out what you name next summer’s Emperor Beans, or if Bear gets to have a good romp in some real snow, and how the folding doors look, or what becomes of the sky canvas that is poised waiting for inspiration (and additional pigments)… Don’t go!

    • ❤ I just don't have much to say at the moment! I think snow will change that. We're all (I mean everyone in my valley) feeling a little off-kilter this winter. Snow is in the forecast, the sky is gray, I dunno. I'm sure it's snowing right now in the high country but if it makes it down here to the fields? Bear's out there sending Bear Prayers to the Great God of Snow.

  4. In Idaho, there’s a Skookumchuck Creek and a recreational site named Skookumcuck, on the Salmon River, that I drove by frequently. I knew of an ultra trail running guy who went by the adopted name Skookumchuck. So it’s a not-uncommon name that adds on to Skookum. The skookum part means strong or powerful, add the chuck part and it means strong water, or rapids. Good words, both of them!

    Don’t stop blogging. Maybe not every day? Just don’t stop.

    • We just need snow. Desperately at this point. The world is kind of broken without it, not even kind of broken, it’s BROKEN. I’ll probably regain my inspiration if I wake up tomorrow and there’s white stuff on the ground 🙂

  5. I hope you don’t end your blogging life. I would miss you. I’ve been less diligent in mine. My routines have shifted in the last two years and I think we’re all a little bit tired. But, when I can get on my computer I am always looking forward to reading and chatting with my favourite bloggers, and you are one of them!

    • I think that was either an idle threat or an idle promise. This is such a habit for me, Bear and Teddy that we’d all be confused if I didn’t sit here with my coffee and write something. ❤ The good news this morning is I get to go out and shovel snow! I'm so happy! And so are Bear and Teddy. greetings to Ophelia.

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