Too bad I’m not up to letter F – this post title would be ideal. I am, however, putting the ABCs back on the shelf for today, in order to concentrate on my fragments.
Weather: It’s been crazy this week! We went through very mild days to freezing cold and today it’s snowing. Nothing is lying too heavily, but the flakes are falling. It will stay cold, with only a slight warming next week. It’s also windy again – I can see entire tree limbs swaying, not just the little twig branches. My time outside today will be brief.
Outside Shower: When we lived at the shore all summer in my younger days, we had a full shower outside. I’m not talking about the spray used to wash off sand. This was a fully enclosed shower. We’d have our clothes ready in the dressing room, and we’d enjoy a true shower after the beach. Nowadays, when I say outside shower, I’m referring to my actions. I’m having more difficulty getting out of the shower, and I’ve been calling my husband to assist me. Ours is a tub and shower combo, which I want to keep, but I need help. We have an accessible one with the guest room because it used to my mother’s when she lived here. I just don’t feel like doing the walking to the other end of the hall, dragging my clothes with me. So, if my husband isn’t home, and when I think I’ll have trouble, I’ve been taking a shower outside of the tub. It makes a mess, but I don’t panic when my leg won’t move.
If When we move, I plan to have a fully
Creature: This “thing” that got into the crawl space is definitely not a squirrel. I’m thinking raccoon because of the heaviness of its movements. It can go from the area above my head here in the den, and get to the far storage areas of the attic. My boys were horrified when I told them about it, and they’re planning to check the roof and siding to determine the critter’s means of entrance and exit. Then, they’ll fix it and help to clean the crawl areas. I can’t wait!
More Brokenness: Our refrigerator broke yesterday. The repairman needs a part, but it won’t be in stock for a few days. This one isn’t that old – we got it right before I stopped working in ’08. I don’t want to buy a new one, so I’m hoping this gets fixed soon. The freezer is fine, so we could save many items. The others are in two ice coolers surrounded by ice packs. What an awful way to live!
Grammar: I was asked about passive voice last week, and I thought I’d talk about it today.
A verb is in active voice when it expresses an action performed by its subject. A verb is in passive voice when the action is performed upon its subject.
The coach instructed us. [The subject performs the action.]
We were instructed by the coach. [The subject receives the action.]
Only transitive verbs (those that can take objects) can be used in passive voice.
The author provides helpful diagrams. [active]
Helpful diagrams are provided by the author. [passive]
Sometimes, the subject in such a case can be omitted entirely.
Helpful hints are provided.
The passive verb is always a phrase that includes a form of the verb be and the past participle of the main verb.
The passive voice puts emphasis on the person or thing receiving the action rather than the one performing it. This passive construction can be overused, and it weakens writing.
Passive voice should be avoided whenever possible. [LOL]