Name Calling

I learned some new words today, Vlogger and Plogger.

There is very little likelihood I will ever become a Vlogger. After all, I am only a borderline Blogger, as I consider my writing in this online personal journal to be just that, writing in an online personal journal.

I will though, suspend disbelief to call myself a Blogger, so as to make a case for calling myself a Plogger; not using the same definitions that I found when searching the term Plogger, which were:
a podcasting blogger
or a political blogger. Then there is the software called Plogger.

I am using the term Plogger defined as: a blogger who includes pictures or images with their blog entries. Get it, the P in pictures is used instead of the B in blogger, so you have Plogger. Oh so very clever, these new spins on language, sophisticated aren’t they! So being a borderline Blogger, I am also a borderline Plogger.

What is it with people these days, where everything has to have some sort of pseudo-clever name, to define things that are easily described with a simple adjective. No wonder so many people in the public eye take to name calling with such ease, they seem equally busy trying to call themselves names.

I think I will call this penchant for calling oneself names as the “Linnaeus Syndrome”. As far as I know, you heard that term here first. I seem to have come down with it myself!

I had a lovely chat with Terra this morning. She heats her house primarily with wood, and has an oil furnace to supplement the wood heat. It has been a long winter for Terra and Lares as well. Heating with wood when everyone in the household works outside the home is very challenging indeed. They do have a heat pump, and soon they will be able to supplement the wood heat with the heat pump rather than the oil furnace. Where we are a heat pump would not work very well, as the winter temperature here is too cold for economic operation of units. We have at least four whole months where the temperature rarely rises above -10C, and is very often below -20C.

Winter is settling in again. It snowed all day here, and gusts of wind were quite strong at times. It will be cold tonight, -21C, and cold again tomorrow night, -25C. After that who knows, but I certainly have my fingers crossed that we get warmer days soon! Of course, with it being so cold, we need three firings a day and need to stay close to home to keep the heating system operative.

Were I to indulge in name calling, there are certain environmental conditions that would figure prominently as the objects of my clever and withering pejoratives. However, rather than name calling, I depend upon description to shame the weather into good behaviour. Like name calling, my descriptions are entirely ineffective in bringing about the desired change.

When Attila got home from work today he brought in most of the wood we need for tonight’s firing, and the first firing tomorrow morning.

So here it is, another Saturday night in the good old Canadian bush, enjoying a good old Canadian snowfall. The weather is about as much excitement as I can stand!

Worldly Distractions


Low minus 21.
Date: 7:17 PM EDT Saturday 15 March 2014
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 101.8 kPa
Visibility: 16 km
Temperature: -7.6°C
Dewpoint: -12.4°C
Humidity: 69%
Wind: WNW 24 gust 35 km/h
Wind Chill: -16


“When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.”
Alice Hoffman

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Reenie Beanie

Ummmm, I made up a word the other day: lunaticking. I’m surprised I didn’t come up with it sooner – years ago – to describe some of my days. I can’t recall exactly, but I think I wrote to someone after I posted my rant… and lunaticking just looked right.

Okay. So I finally went to a conversion website so I can REALLY understand the lunaticking winter you’re having. Good heavens. You will not like my next post.


Reenie, lunaticking is a great word to describe this past winter, LOL! If your next post is about how wonderful the weather is where you are, then bring it on. Whatever weather to the south of us, that is warm and springlike, will probably soon be heading north for the sumer!

Tom McCubbin

Sorry to hear the weather isn’t warming up much in Burranada!


Burranada!!!! LOVE IT! Belly laughs on a frigid Sunday morning are good for the soul! Thanks Tom.