Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Spring Everyone!!!

I just love spring and today is the first day. Its like a new beginning and a fresh start. I love the budding flowers and warm breezes. Another thing that I love is in the evening when you here the spring peepers and the lonesome sound of a whiper-whil. Its also time to get some spring cleaning done hanging things out to dry and getting all of the dust out. This weekend is supposed to be a little cool but very nice. Get out and enjoy!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Good Sunday evening to everyone!!!
Well I will have to say that this weekend has been a wet one. Hayli is feeling better, still a little cough but I have wiped everything down with Clorox hoping to kill any leftover germs. Yesterday we went to Lori's at Not Forgotten Farm and visited with her and Felicia. Those two should have there own show they keep me laughing and I just love them. I came home and made potato soup and some good crusty bread. yummy!!! Today I woke up and read the new country sampler and the Mercantile Magazine that I bought at Lori's those are two great magazines. Today after lunch Hayli and I went to The High School here in Nelson to watch a play, put on by the high school drama club "The Wedding Singer". They did a fantastic job. Hannah Lori's daughter was in the play and she was great. Those kids really do have allot of talent way to go!!! Well back to work tomorrow and I will post some new pic's soon on some things that I have been working on until then take care.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I found these interesting facts on the Pickled Pepper Patch and I thought you all might enjoy the read.

* LIFE IN THE 1500'S *

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.

Beds used to consist just of a frame & matress. The matress was not held by a box spring and boards, but instead heavy ropes were tied across the frame of the bed to hold the matress in place. So, each night before a person would lay in bed, they had to take a hand hewn wooden winder and tighten the strings of the bed so it wouldn't sag throughout the night. Hence the saying, Sleep tight.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor.

The wealthy had 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 entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold.

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.

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 whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the drinkers 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 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.

Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The week is over and my baby is starting to feel a little better. I plan on getting busy this weekend with a few projects. I am in search of the instructions on how to make a paper clay doll. If anyone knows please let me know. I hope everyones week has gone well.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hey Guys,
Well its Tuesday evening and I wish I could say that my daughter Hayli is alot better but, thats not the case she has improved some but this flu has definately taken its toll on her. I took her to the Dr. yesterday and the flu seems to be what she has. With her not being able to speak very well because, of the extremely sore throat I gave her a litte pot and a wooden spoon to beat on when she needed me. OMG!!!!!! what was I thinking??? I think she must have been a drumer in a former life. Bless her heart I just want her to feel better soon.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Good Sunday evening to everyone!!
I hope everyone has had a great weekend it certainly has been beautiful. Unfortunatly I have been in the house all weekend long. My daughter Hayli is very sick. I think it is a flu bug which many have had but I became a little more worried than normal today because I have been trying to get her 102.9 temp to come down. Not much time for much esle. I has been nice feeling the warm breeze coming through the window though. I cant wait until these temps are the norm. Im getting my husband to put up a clothes line because I really miss the smell of sheets that have been hung out on the line to dry. Well wishes to everyone and I hope all have a good week.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Well I got very pleasant surprise this evening. When I got home there was a package from Julie at "Country Girl at Heart". Inside was a beautiful wallhanging that is much prettier in person. I just love it and cant wait to hang it. Thanks Julie.
This weekend is going to be so nice I cant wait for warmer temperatures. Hayli has her first softball scrimage of the season. Warmer weather is on the way. I have been working on a rug hooking project every night this week and I cant wait to show you the finished project. I hope everyone is having a great week.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Yay me!!! I finally got a few things listed that need to find a new home. I hope you find something that you like and I will keep working and post new things. I am pretty excited about the expected snowfall. One nice snow before spring would be great. I hope everyone has a great day.