What’s in a Name 5th December.

Sadje is our host for the Sunday Poser and this week asks
When I started my blog in 2013, I had no idea which direction it would take. I was careful not to use names in my posts, and people began to address me as Pen, Pens or Pensitivity.
I did a post on how I came to be named and amended my About page and Gravatar introduction accordingly. Now everyone knows me as Di.

As for Pensitivity101, that sort of came about as a play on words, as I was always considered someone who was a little sensitive (to moods and people) and thought a lot, deeply, and would often contemplate space as I mused and mulled over one thing or another.

According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, Pensive is defined as thinking in a quiet way, often with a serious expression on your face.
This picture was taken in April 2015, overlooking the Malvern Hills.

Who was to know that eighteen months later I would have lost almost three stones in weight and be facing my first encounter with breast cancer .

There is an irony to my blog title though which I have just found out today actually.
If you read my post about how I came to be called Diana, this should raise a smile!


Pensive was a bright chestnut Thoroughbred racehorse that in 1944 won the first two legs of the U.S. Triple Crown. Pensive also began only the second sire line “hat trick” in the Kentucky Derby, as his son Ponder won the 1949 Derby, and Ponder’s son Needles won the 1956 edition. Wikipedia

Needles won in the year I was born.
Maybe I should have been called after the horse!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to What’s in a Name 5th December.

  1. Sadje says:

    I knew your blog name was named after Pensive and that your name is Di. I didnโ€™t knew the back story to name Diana. Thanks for sharing! Lucky for you that you werenโ€™t named after the horse! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  2. I love both names, Di/Diana and Pensitivity101. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Steve Tanham says:

    Lovely, Di. Informative and amusing!

  4. I’m going to read the way you got your name “Diana” next, but the post was fascinating. I knew you were “Di”, and I’ve heard bits and pieces of how “Pensivity” came to be too, but not the whole thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. ghostmmnc says:

    Very cool to read about how you got your name and your blog’s name. Names have always interested me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. murisopsis says:

    Very cool! My name is a mashup of muris (of or about mice) and opsis (meaning sight) thus mouse vision!

  7. Carol anne says:

    that is a cool story about how you came to have pensitivity101 as your blog name! I did wonder about that! Lol!

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