Friday, October 31, 2008

Raven Rock NC

Reflections of the Cape Fear

Bits of Nature

Sunlight in the trees.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mimi Writes.......: BlogBlast For Peace Is Here ~ November 6, 2008 (How To Get Your Peace Globe!)

Mimi Writes.......: BlogBlast For Peace Is Here ~ November 6, 2008 (How To Get Your Peace Globe!)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fact Or Fiction?

I ran across this little tidbit from my friend pennybuckets over on tagfoot, who received it in an email. With permission, I am sharing this with you.... true or not it is an enjoyable read! Thank you pennybuckets.

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:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet 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 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.

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.

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.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, dirt poor. The wealthy had the slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so 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 wood was placed in the entrance way. 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 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 the 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 could, 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 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.

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.

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking alon g 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 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 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.

And that's the truth. Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

Halvor Moorshead over at History magazine has a different take on the situation of the 1500's. Not being a historian, I just found it enjoyable... you make the decision. Fact or Fiction?

A day in nature...

A day in nature.....

My son, Kyle

My best friend, Vickie

A lost dog rescued, and returned to his owner.
Thank goodness this dog had a tag with a current phone #

Found along the path....

turtle returned to the river!

Babbling Brook

A moment of rest along the way.

More babbling brook...

Ok more babbling brook...

Enough already with the *^&%**@#$

Lovely stairs to climb

Ok one more babbling brook!

If you are ever in Raleigh NC, I highly recommend taking a stroll through one or more of the fantastic hiking, biking and riding paths at Umstead Park. We had a very enjoyable day.
(Y'all are lucky.... I forgot my camera... these were all taken on my cell phone!)