Owly is defined two ways... The first definition in The Oxford English Dictionary describes "owly" as a word used for someone who resembles an owl in her ability to sustain unblinking calm and peace.
Second definition: Cranky, irritable, with a moody disposition...
Did you know there are two meanings of this wonderful and descriptive word? The Word Detective, (do you know this fantastic being?) describes the history of "Owly" in such a way, that it makes one picture everyone sitting by the fire, discussing colloquial terms of the mid-nineteenth century. I love it! Now most of you who know me daily, in person, know I am the first definition, usually. Lately, with coming down yesterday with a whopper head cold, I think I have crossed the line to the second definition. Smile. I drew this darling owl queen, because, goodness, what I wouldn't give for a huge vat of tea and a big long sleep today only to wake in the quiet of evening when all are sleeping to hunt for words and swirls and the books that put a sparkle back in my eye! I just finished The Replacement and am now reading, A.S. Byatt's The Children's Book. Next, I am moving on to Clockwork Angel and then, Leviathan. I figure if I feed myself enough pages, eventually, I will be right as rain. Right? Right, as rain, yes, that's it! The snow came in velvet cloaks all last night and there is nothing to do but lay by the fire with the kiddos and get better. So, this owly gal is going to hibernate during the day and read all night and embrace her owly ways.
Drawing by Amy Sperry Faldet