Monday, July 29, 2013

Word of the Day

I came across an unfamiliar word today in a book I was reading so I looked it up. One of the meanings (B) doesn't seem to be totally accurate in my situation, to what I experience. When I'm talking and the "right word" won't come in the statement I'm making, I become determined to use exactly THAT word - the one I can't remember. Later on the word comes to me. It always does. Do you believe that I have neurological impairment or is it just "old age?" This happens quite often! I have lethological moments!

Here are a few of my research results:

M. H. Forsyth writes,
"There is, dear reader, a precise word for not being able to remember the precise word: lethologica. This was sometime a paradox, but next time you misplace the mot juste, comfort yourself with the fact that you are simply having a lethological moment. 
  Lethologica was invented by Carl Jung and is simply a combination of lethe - forgetfulness - and logica- wordy. In Greek mythology there was a river of forgetfulness in the underworld called Lethe. When you bathed in Lethe you forgot everything and were washed in sweet oblivion."
A.  LETHOLOGICA: The inability to remember a word or put your finger on the right word.

B.  Lethologica is a condition in which someone cannot remember words, key phrases, and names. This results in an inability to express or articulate thoughts, which can be extremely frustrating for the patient. This condition is believed to be psychological in origin, although there is some evidence that there is a neurological component as well. There are no treatments, although some patients can develop coping skills which help them manage their memory loss.

The key feature of lethologica is that it is temporary. The patient has not forgotten the information forever, experiencing instead momentary forgetting and confusion which make it hard to speak or convey key information. The duration of the temporary memory loss can vary, depending on the patient and the setting. Bouts of lethologica seem to be brought on by stress, including stress from being in a tense social situation, as well as intense physical exercise.

Some people may experience secondary symptoms in addition to lethologica. As they try to remember the thing that they cannot bring to mind, they may smack their lips or make other movements with the mouth. Likewise, some patients experience trouble swallowing. Different triggers can lead to a spell of forgetfulness, depending on the patient.

The temporal lobe is the area of the brain which appears to be involved in lethologica. Responding to stress is a psychological aspect; responding to exercise, however, is physiological, suggesting that multiple systems may be at play. Some patients also experience neurological impairment, as for example in the cranial nerves.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Flowers Gone Wild

I took one of my shots of a lacy hydrangea and experimented with many of the ways I knew of, how to make crazy creations.
This is the one I started with...
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#1 Then I made several variations...





Then I made collages with the 5 variations

#1 Collage

Made a collage with 4 collages 

(Are you following me?)

#2 Collage

#3 Collage

Then I stitched the first 5 variations into three different panoramas and made this collage. 

Were you expecting real flower pictures? 


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Three Months Later..

Some of us remember my mystery bean story and the last installment was posted on April 28, 2013.
click on link to refresh memory Bean Moving Day
Now, I won't bore you with another dragged-out lengthy story, BUT...

Something wonderful has happened after something sad had happened. You see, it snowed here the very day after we left and bean #1 died. A neighbor had promised to water it once in a while, but she looked at it after the snow, and it was dead. Dead! d... e... a... d.

On July 6, when we returned from being away for two months, a new bean sprout popped up in the SAME POT that the first one grew from during the month of April. 

I had planted three. When only one sprouted, I assumed the other two were not going to germinate. The first bean was grown in the house. 
The 2nd one came out of hiding in the very same pot exactly 3 months later and is flourishing.  Yippee!

I had taken the pot back out of the ground and set it in the carport. When I went to empty it I saw the sprout. It is now three weeks old and, hopefully, will live to produce - outdoors. Lessons learned: Nature knows best. Don't plant bean seeds in the house in April.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Time Wasting #2

For some reason I have no inclination to write so I'm just wasting more time experimenting with photos.

This time I used a photo and played almost all day with "Bootz" and the textures and options available on the (free) site for doing this activity.

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Now I've discovered that I can overlay textures of my own over one of my photos and so I sit here, trying to improve my skills at "texturing."

I have just put some of them over a flower photo of choice. I have many flower photos and think each one would have different results.

Sometimes they come out OK, sometimes with horrible results, but I keep on and am almost obsessed with trying out different things. I really like only one of these.

Then I used a friend's photos and made MORE!
I didn't use my own textures here.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Time Waster

I'll bet that I'm the biggest time waster you will ever know! BUT I'm contented and well, so don't worry - I'm just being a show off, as usual!

This is how I spent my morning today.

Granddaughter on New Pony

Wet Lily needed a Grasshopper

Bench in SC by Pool

Just a Lily Made into Cloth

 Waterpainted Lily


Down and Out

Dina's Sunflowers

Dina's Sunflowers v2