Friday, February 26, 2010

An Introduction

It's very difficult to think up a good first line to a blog.  In fact, though my good friend Kathryn and I set up this blog a few days ago, we haven't posted a single thing until now, because we - or at least I - couldn't figure out how it should all begin.

I did consider, momentarily, cannibalizing Jane Austen's most famous opening line, but discarded the notion in deference to good taste.  And to poor Jane, who must roll in her grave like a whirling dervish, the way people take liberties with her brilliance.

Good taste (getting back to the point) is hopefully what we'll demonstrate here, most of the time.  As titled, this blog is really a way for Kathryn and I to share with you, our dear readers (numbering, at the moment, just the two of us.  And maybe our husbands.  Maybe) all the things we find charming, lovely, exciting, and blissful. There may also be some other intriguing things tossed in as well. The word "pretty," is defined as follows, by the Webster online dictionary:

Main Entry: 1pret·ty

Pronunciation: \ˈpri-tē, ˈpər- also ˈpru̇-\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): pret·ti·er; pret·ti·est
Etymology: Middle English praty, prety, from Old English prættig tricky, from prætt trick; akin to Old Norse prettr trick
Date: before 12th century

1 a : artful, clever b : pat, apt
2 a : pleasing by delicacy or grace b : having conventionally accepted elements of beauty c : appearing or sounding pleasant or nice but lacking strength, force, manliness, purpose, or intensity
3 a : miserable, terrible b chiefly Scottish : stout
4 : moderately large : considerable
5 : easy to enjoy : pleasant —usually used in negative constructions
synonyms see beautiful

What an interesting word, don't you think?  Rather more than meets the eye.  Which hopefully, this blog will be as well.

Welcome.  And thank you for reading.