He who thanks but with the lips, thanks but in part; The
full, the true Thanksgiving comes from the heart."
-J. A. Shedd
Happy Sunday all my journal buddies! Wow, Thanksgiving is in four days! I just realized that. I thought I had a little more time. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! I don't think I'm doing anything special with family this year. I may just spend it with my boyfriend at my home. The last few years I went to Krissy and John's, but with John being so ill, I think I will just stay home. I am not someone who likes to cook a big meal (or even a small one... LOL) too often, so we may have to go out and hunt down a Thanksgiving meal. I don't know. We shall see.
Time for "Wordplay"! I thought I would talk about mnemonics today. I have used mnemonics a lot in my lifetime as I have had memory problems from my Chiari Malformation and my shunt. Mnemonics is defined (from Merriam Webster) as a technique for improving the memory. I think that definition sounds too simple, but that is what it says. Mnemonic is defined as: (n) a mnemonic device or code. If I am out and need a few things from the store, I will often take the first letters of the few things I need and form a mnemonic code from them. For example, if I need bananas, oranges and soup, I will take the b, the o, and the s and come up with BOS and then think of the word BOSS perhaps and then picture a boss in my head. It doesn't have to be perfect. I just have to remember it. I do this in pictures, too. If I need cat food, hamburger, laundry detergent, and a certain magazine I might picture my cat sitting on the washing machine eating a hamburger and reading a magazine. It works! I am familiar with two very famous mnemonic codes off the top of my head right now. The first one is ROY G. BIV. This represents the colors of the rainbow in order - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The second is My very educated mother just served us nine pickles. These are the planets in our solar system in order. Now that Pluto is no longer a planet, I guess we have to knock the pickles off. LOL I will change it to, My very educated mother just served us nachos! We don't get served nine anything anymore. LOL So, do you know any famous mnemonics? Any obscure ones? Do you have any of your own personal mnemonic codes that you have made up to help yourself? If not, can you think of one now? Let us know in the comments section! If you do this as an entry in your own journal, please come back and leave your entry URL so we can have a look see!
I will be doing the Monday Morning Question and listing the Photo Scavenger Hunt participants as well as a Hunt subject tomorrow because Krissy will be busy at the hospital with John. I hope you all can come back tomorrow morning and see the postings! If you can't, do have a blessed and safe holiday week! Hugs, Val xox
"Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are
consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes.
This is not a coincidence."
- Erma Bombeck