May 2007

Have you seen this one?

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because
The water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how
Things used to be. Here are some facts about

These are interesting…

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly
Bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by

However, they
were starting to smell, so brides carried a
of flowers to hide the body odor.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet
When getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
The man of
the house had the privilege of the nice clean
Then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children.
Last Of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty they could
Actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying,

Don’t throw the baby
Out with the Bath water…

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high,
With no wood Underneath. It was the only place for animals to
Warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs)
In the roof when it rained it became slippery and sometimes
animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying .
It’s raining cats and dogs.

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.
This posed a real problem in the bedroom where
And other
droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.
A bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some
That’s how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something
Other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy
Slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet,
they spread Thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their Footing.

As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you
Opened the door,
It would all start slipping outside. A piece of
Was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren’t you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen
With a big kettle
that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit
The fire and
added things to the pot. They ate mostly
And did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner,
Leaving leftovers in
the pot to get cold overnight and then start over
The next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there
For quite a while. Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas
porridge cold,
Peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them
Feel quite
Special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to
Show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man
Bring home the bacon.
They would cut off a little to share with
Guests and would
all sit around and chew the fat..

Those with money had plates! Made of pewter. Food
With high
Acid content caused some of the lead to leach
the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most
often with
tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, Tomatoes
were considered
Poisonous. Bread was divided according to status. Workers
The burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle,
guests got the top, or the upper crust.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The
combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple
Of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for
Dead and prepare
Them for burial. They were laid out on the
table for a couple of days and the family would gather around
And eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the
Custom of holding
a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running
Out of places to bury people. So they would dig up
Coffins and
would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the
Grave. When
reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were
Found to have
scratch marks on the inside and they realized
They had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the
wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through
the ground and t
ie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in
The graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for
The Bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was
considered a dead ringer.

And that’s the truth…Now, whoever said History
was boring !!



Tuesday, Eee-gis was adopted by a good man who loves black cats. After being abandoned by his last owners Eee-gis found his way into our back yard. It did not take him very long to warm his way into our hearts. He is a big sweet guy with a lot of personality and can sure carry on a long conversation. The California summer and winters, and the big tom cats were too hard on Eee-gis, so we had to find a home for him to live inside. With the kind help of the neighbors, they found a man who just lost his black cat. He took Eee-gis all the way to Petaluma today. The man took one look at Eee-gis and his heart melted. He was very grateful to have found another cool black cat.

A happy ending for a sweet guy. We will miss the heck out of you E-G.

Guess who was deemed the most popular person in the world by the Guinness book of world records?

Michael Jackson! Last night at the world music awards he was awarded the diamond award for having the most album sales for thriller, one of the greatest albums. I have yet to see any music star command as much dramatic attention as he does. He literally couldn’t sing we are the world at the awards ceremony because the crowd would not stop screaming. The camera panned to people screaming, crying and holding their heads in disbelief. While I am not that big of a fan I certainly do have an appreciation for good music, enjoy. O and once you get past have you seen my childhood its actually a pretty good compilation.

Wishing you a Safe and Happy Memorial Day

There is a pill now available for people who are compulsive shoppers (binge shoppers).  A compulsive shopper is someone who runs up thousands of dollars in dept.  For example the person would go to the hardware store and buy 100 or more screwdrivers and never use them. Kind of senseless shopping buying stuff just to buy.  It could be anything shoes, socks, clothes and etc.  Whew, I was worried I was a compulsive shopper, cause I go to Target every week.

I knew someone like that.  She had so much stuff.  She went and out and bought clothes and shoes like they were going out to style.  She hid them in the garage and in various areas of the house.  It got so bad that she could not park in the garage anymore, because it was so full of stuff.  She said she has boxes of clothes and shoes that she has never worn. She also did this with food too.  She has several freezers of food and lots of dry food goods.

Ladies and gents the magic pill for this ailment to help the compulsive shopper out is the anti-depressant citalopram, available as Cipramil.

What will those pharmaceutical companies think of next?  Hey maybe they can hand these pills out to congress, because they keep passing very expensive bills that is running our Country into more trillions of dollars into debt.

Happy birthday Big Sis, we were all blessed the day you were born.  You bring happiness, love, adventure and a strange twist of weirdness into our lives.
When you turned ten, you were so sad. I remember your explanation, “Now I am a two digit number, and I do not like that.”
Through out the years, I always knew what your favorite food to fix for your perfect birthday meal and dessert was, but the gift thing is so baffling.  As you get older the gift thing gets harder.
How does a mom convey how special her child is, if not for the simple words I love you?
Happy Birthday….


This could be my Weird Wednesday Post.  These two chickens live around the corner of the kitchen.  They always want to be involved in everything that goes on in the house.  They cannot stand to be around each other, but they cannot live without each other.  They are very neurotic. It took forever to get a good picture of them.  T-bird (gray) wanted to pose in the middle and kept inching over and Cricket (multi colored) wanted to monopolize the picture, a heated bird debate occurred and I yelled at them to just smile and say cheese.

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