Monday, August 2, 2010

Out with you, Home again, A new room

1. The weeds are no match for me today. I have the rain-soaked ground as my ally.
2. I sit on the front stoop* waiting for their return. As they drive up, Tess opens her window and gives a big wave.
3. The room is put back together, freshly painted, everything scrubbed clean. I feel greatly rewarded for the four days of work.

*stoop (stp)
n. Chiefly Northeastern U.S.
A small porch, platform, or staircase leading to the entrance of a house or building.
Regional Note: Originally brought to the Hudson Valley of New York by settlers from the Netherlands, a few items of Dutch vocabulary have survived there from colonial times until the present. Stoop, "a small porch," comes from Dutch stoep; this word is now in general use in the Northeast and is probably spreading.


  1. I hope your painting did not result in sore appendages! I did not know stoop was a Dutch word.

  2. Anita- nope, no elbow macaroni!