A to Z Reasons to Smile - "X"

Each day this month I'll be sharing a list of things corresponding to the alphabet letter of the day that encourage and uplift me, the little things that make smile. I hope you'll join me, and maybe add some of your own in the comments! 
Xanthous Dream by Peter Doonis
"X" Things That Make Me Smile... 

Xanthous Things - They always make me smile!  Xanthous is the name given to the bright egg-yolk shade of yellow you see in the flower photographed above.  To me, xanthous equates with sunshine and joy. I love it!

Xi - Why does this word make me smile?  It's not because it is the fourteenth letter of the Greek alphabet, it's not because in the capitalized form of XI it is the Roman numeral representing the number eleven, it's because it's an extremely handy word to play in Words With Friends when you draw an X and want to avoided getting stuck with those ten points! :-)

Xeme - An xeme is a wonderful little split-tailed gull.  Where would you find them? Near the beach of course!

Xacto knives - I love these awesome artist's tools with chiseled points and razor sharp edges that enable delicate cuts when you are crafting, sculpting or painting.

X-rays - I think that x-rays are fascinating, and I love the opportunity to view my own.  It's like getting to view yourself inside out, though I do find all that void space inside my skull a bit troubling! ;-)

Xeriscaping -  Landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water, and it's something that's so important here in West Texas where we still see individuals and businesses expending huge amounts of ground water to maintain lush green lawns in a climate that wasn't designed to sustain them.  I love green grass, but I love having drinking water for our future even more.  When I see a yard or business front that has been creatively xeriscaped to be attractive and welcoming it makes me smile because they care!

Xerox machines - Ok, we all know what a Xerox machine is, but did you know that it was named for the xerographic process that makes those copies we print by the hundreds and thousands in our offices every day?  The capability of these machines is awesome, and I'm not sure how we would function without them.  I'm sure you're all aware of some pretty creative things have been photocopied from time to time!

Xigua - Most of us eat a slice of xigua now and then.  What is it?  Xigua is the Chinese name for round watermelons. :-)

Xanadu - Historically, this was the original capital city of the Kublai Kahn's dynasty in China.  Some of us know it better as the setting for Orson Wells novel Citizen Kane which is alleged to have been based on William Randolph Hurst and the famous Hurst Castle located in California. To many, Xanadu brings to mind a place of over the top opulence.

Xenophiles - I must admit to being a xenophile.  In fact I've been once since I was quite young.  I admire others who share this predisposition. What is a xenophile?  Google it! :-))
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  1. All good things, and excellent! You did well with a letter i find difficult sometimes.

  2. I'm learning numerous new words starting with X today. I didn't know there were so many wonderful words.

  3. Xi is a popular female name in China. .. pronounced zow....e.g. xi lin is zow lin.

    My living room is that yellow color

  4. Well, I learned a lot. Of the ten words, I only knew four of them.

  5. Far better to be a xenophile than a xenophobe. Embracing our differences and learning from others is one sure way of that peace and understanding can be achieved.


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