Jack’s Walk

It’s been either snowing or raining all day and it feels as if the weather’s been like this for weeks. Today at the park I took note that the small creek that feeds the duck pond is running quite high, so perhaps it’s not just my imagination that the weather has been wet. My German grandmother had a word for cold, wet, nasty weather like this. It was oozelish. I know that isn’t the right way to spell it, but I never learned to speak German and that’s the closest I can come phonetically. If anyone can help me with this word I’d be grateful because today it’s the best word I can think of to describe the day. Oozelish.

High Creek

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  1. Ice Swimmer says

    There’s a subtle beauty to this, spring light filtering through the clouds and rain and all the meltwater in the brook.

  2. voyager says

    Thanks, Ice Swimmer.

    Marcus, Jack is wearing his winter Wookie coat. I don’t think he even notices the weather.

  3. says

    I don’t think he even notices the weather.

    My boys always seemed to appreciate the rain because it meant mud and they loved mud.

  4. regen says

    The word seems to be “üselig”. It is rather common in the area around Düsseldorf.

  5. voyager says

    Giliell, my Oma was from a place called Rheydt.

    regan -- thank you. I’ve wondered about that for years.

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