My Estate

Doesn’t that title make me sound old?  And dying?  And surrounded by conniving relatives who just want my money?

Well, I’m not that old yet, not in imminent danger of dying (that I know of), and I don’t have enough money for my relatives to be conniving.

But?  I do have “property in land and tenements” (well, okay, only one tenement), and that, according to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary (definition 4b), means I have an estate.  Unless, of course, you actually do have to have tenements, not just a tenement, in which case I don’t have an estate, but today I’m playing Rich and Important and saying I have an estate (just go with it).  And it is a truth universally acknowledged that every estate must be in want of a name.  You know, something like Twelve Oaks, Netherfield Park, Manderly, or Southfork.


When we first bought our estate (the one property we looked at which was flood free in the midst of a whole lot of flooding) out in the middle of nowhere (where there are allegedly no flood plains (planes?)),  I told my husband we needed to name it.  I joked that I was going to have a a big arch built over our driveway with the name Four Flat Acres on it.  This would be because we have four acres, and all the land around here is very flat (not counting, of course, the little swell around the circumference of our pond).

I’m not actually going to have an archway built (*snort* that would look goofy out here), but I do think we need to name our little estate.  I’m looking for something meaningful, perhaps literary, but not too blatantly aspiring, and I need your help.

So far, the only thing I’ve come up with is



Luckily the flooding yesterday wasn’t as bad as it was a few weeks ago, and there were no whitecaps this time, but geesh!  What is up with the water?  I mean, besides the water itself?  But, still, none of it is in the house, so I’m not going to complain too much.  And?  We didn’t have any tornados touch down like Radiator Springs did, so that is also a plus.

Anyway, I don’t think the husband would appreciate me sticking a sign out front declaring our property is called Styx or Water World or Triton’s Park, so if you come up with something better, let me know.

And George, if you’re out there, even Tewt the Newt is getting tired of all the water.

12 thoughts on “My Estate

  1. I don’t get the water either. We had to be in the great city of F. yesterday and were shocked at the flooding they had. We had an appt we could not miss and took the truck though were still going through waters way too high to be driving through (high enough to float a few logs!) I can’t imagine living with all that and then expecting more today/tomorrow.

    As far as a name, I’m not the person to ask Give me fabric and I can make something. Even paper, or other “material”…words though, tend to escapte me. You could always fancy up the spelling a little more and I bet no one around there would get it. Call it The Schtix…of course, then people would think the new (you haven’t lived there 5 years yet, still new) neighbors are changing their last name. Might be a good way to screen telemarketers and locals that have a complaint about something.


  2. Hahaha! Styx is hilarious! It kind of has a double meaning, too, which is neat- “Styx: A river in Hades,” AND “Styx, We live in the.” I also love Deanne’s idea of “The Schtix.” So funny. Someday, you’ll have to email me and divulge your location. I’m dying to know where all this beauty and excitement takes place. I promise not to show up in your yard and stalk you, unless you’d want me to.

    I’ve christened my own little corner of Hades “Withering Heights.” It fits.


  3. Styx…hah. I am laughing. (And not just because of fangirlish, irrational devotion to Tommy Shaw (guitarist for the band Styx) – but also because…well, because that’s just some funny stuff.

    How about “Neptune’s Loam”? “Neptune’s Expanse”?

    In lawschool, we always referred to estates as “Greenacre”, “Whiteacre” and “Blackacre”. I suppose you could go with “Blueacre”? Or “Soggyacre”…”Spongeacre”?


  4. Christina

    OOOh, I love thinking up names! Not saying I’m particularly good at it, but you asked so here goes…

    Hidden Waters
    Tewt’s Basin
    Soaking Trees

    See,I told you, not very good. But it was fun anyway. 🙂


  5. Well, there’s Radiation Sink, Three Dog Night, the Vietican Academy, Twilight Waters, or several other just-as-cheesy ideas. Good luck, and be sure to tell us the winner!


  6. I am out of creative ideas- I am fond of Saturacres. Now we just need to come up a slogan or a song. I am humming Oklahoma, trying to come up with some lyrics. Saaaaturacres, where the floods come….like I said, I am out of creative ideas.


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