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11/17/2014

DID YOU KNOW YOU NEEDED A TUNEUP?

      
 
Us  older  people need to learn  something new every day
 
Just  to keep the grey matter tuned up.
 
Below are a few facts to help you tune up.
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Where  did "Piss Poor" come from? Interesting Story.
 
They  used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot.
 
And  then once it was full it was taken and sold to the tannery...
 
If  you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor".
 
But  worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't
even afford to buy a  pot...
 
They  "didn't have a pot to piss in" and were
the lowest of the low.
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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 the 1500's
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Most  people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May,
 
And they still smelled pretty good by June. However,  since they were starting to  smell,
Brides  carried a bouquet of  flowers to hide the body odor.
 
Hence  the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
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Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.
 
The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water,
 
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 you could actually lose someone in it.
Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"
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Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.
 
It  was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals  (mice,  bugs) lived in the roof.
 
When  it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off  the  roof.
Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."
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There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.
This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings Could  mess  up your nice clean bed.
 
Hence,  a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.
 
That's  how canopy beds came into existence.
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The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.
 
Hence  the saying, "Dirt poor."
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The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery  In  the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the 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 wood was placed in the  entrance-way.
Hence:  a threshold.
 
 
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 vegetables  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."
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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 could, "bring home the bacon."
 
They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."
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Those with money had plates made of pewter.
 
Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing  lead  poisoning death.
 
This  happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were  considered poisonous.
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Bread was divided according to status..
 
Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle,
 
And guests got the top, or the "upper crust."
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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 kitchen 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; "holding a wake."
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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 tie 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."
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And that's the truth.
 
Now,  whoever said history was boring!!!
 
 
Smile,  it gives your face something to do!
 

     

11/04/2014

Lane's End


Jill Paterson is an excellent mystery author who lives in Australia
and uses Sydney for her settings. She writes in the classic manner of previous famous English mystery writers. She is meticulous in setting up her interesting characters, various plots,
and scenes you can easily envision.
 
“Lane’s End” is the fourth book in her Fitzjohn Mystery Series. I
have read all four of her interesting books and Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohns is always true to character…very thorough, detailed, likable, and persistent in getting all the perplexing clues investigated in a timely manner.

Lane’s End begins with the discovery of the body of a seemingly unknown elderly man at a cocktail party on the grounds of the renowned Sydney’s Observatory.The bludgeoned body is discovered by a caterer after the party ends and beside it lies a beautiful walking cane with the silver head of an eagle for a handle.
As CDI Fitzjohn and his partner begin questioning the shocked hosts who gave the party, the plot begins to thicken and widen. One of the hosts of the party, a “person of interest,”  dies suddenly that night from a heart attack and it complicates the investigation.
The clues eventually send the detectives to Lane’s End, a once majestic estate that has remained shuttered and unused for over 30 years due to the unsolved and mysterious death of the first wife of one of the hosts of the cocktail party. The heart attack victim.


 
“Lane’s End” is a well written mystery novel that will hold your interest until the surprising end. I recommend it to anyone who likes to read mystery novels that are page burners.

10/29/2014

Flowers That Look Like Something Else

The flowers below all have two things in common: They're beautiful, and they remind the human eye of something else entirely. 
                         These are stunning works of art by nature.
 
Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia)
 
Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
 
 
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)
 
Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria Elata)
 
Dancing Girls (Impatiens Bequaertii) 
 
Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrys bomybliflora)
 
Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)
 
Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina)
 
Snap Dragon Seed Pod (Antirrhinum)
 
Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major)
 
An orchid that looks remarkably like a tiger
 
Happy Alien (Calceolaria Uniflora)
 
And his friends...
 
Angel Orchid (Habenaria Grandifloriformis)
 
Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria Elata)
 
White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)
 
The Darth Vader (Aristolochia Salvadorensis)
 
An Orchid That Looks Like A Ballerina
 

NATURE IS AMAZING & ASTONISHING....                         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 

10/24/2014

What if.....?

 
We all have reason once in a while to ask, "What if things had happened differently? What if I had done something other than what I did? Would things have worked out better?"

Then I ask myself, "Better for who...better for me or better for them?" That's a hard question to answer. Actually, I usually find it impossible.

But as "they" say, hindsight is 20/20. I don't find it so in certain situations. I still puzzle at what might have been if that wasn't said...or this wasn't done.

I do know for certain I am my own worst critic. I beat myself up when things don't go the way I wish they had, thinking, "I should not have done that or I should have done it a different way."

When I can finally stop my mind from whirling around all the "what ifs" and let it focus on the present and all the blessings I have to be grateful for, the past becomes less bothersome. It's keeping it there I have problems with.
 

10/07/2014

Time To Reflect

I'm feeling brain-dead with no inspiration to write so I'm going to take a leave of absence from here to see if I can
figure out why. Not sure how long that will take.
It usually varies and has for ages.
I do truly appreciate all of you who visit
and come back again.

 

8/19/2014

QUESTIONS THAT WILL HAUNT YOU...:)

 


        Can you cry under water?


How important does a person
 have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered? 

Why do you have to 'put your two cents in'... but it's only a 'penny for your thoughts'?  Where's that extra penny going to?



Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity? 
Why does a round pizza come in a square box? 

What disease did cured ham actually have?
 

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
 

Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours?
 

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
 

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?
 

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
 

Why do doctors leave the room while you change?
 
They're going to see you naked anyway...
 

Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?
 

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
 

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?
 


If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat? 

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours?
 
They're both dogs!
 

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?
 

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
 

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
 

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
 

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?
 

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
 

Why, Why, Why


Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead? 


Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?


Why does someone
 believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?


Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection? 


Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?


Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?


Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
 

Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'? 


If people evolved from apes,
 
why are there still apes?


Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?


Is there ever a day that mattresses
 
are not on sale?


Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?


Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance? 


Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?


How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?
 


Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over? 

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?


And my FAVORITE......... 


The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons are suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.