Wednesday, October 17, 2007








Howdy there folks! I'm praying this day finds you well. It seems so strange to wake up and it's still pitch dark outside my window – the time has not changed yet, its coming later than usual this year. I think thats messing some peoples clocks up – my body and mind are ready but it is just not the day yet. How bout you? Do you like it when the time goes forward or back, or does it throw you off?

I've a few more rope elements to share in the next several days, so be sure to check back. Is there anything you would like to see in rope? Just leave me a comment ON MY BLOG ONLY and I'll do my bestest!



BINGO MADNESS!

Woo Woo! Bingo - Amy's having BIN-GO neener neener. I think its non-smoking, though when she's thinking real hard I can smell smoke emenating from my screen... at any rate, you have a date for Friday night. I don't know ALL the details, but you can get them by visiting Amy's Blog and she'll fill you in on the details... here's what she has to say:

Friday is a big day for our Week of Madness! The challenges begin, some great designer grab bags go into the shop for just $2 (but worth so much more!) and most importantly my Fall Madness Bingo chat is happening!!! Make sure you swing by and grab a bingo card from the forum and fill it out prior to chat.




My sister sent me a cool email a while ago, which I fully intended on blogging, but it got lost along the way. My last blog entry brought it to mind when I wrote about decorating a pie crust. It was the phrase 'upper crust' which brought it to mind. Well, you'll see as follows:


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 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 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."


(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 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 "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 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."


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 "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 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 that History was boring!!!!


Thanks for this so interesting story Sis – it certainly brings home how we take our comforts for granted!



7 comments:

  1. I LOOOOOOVE your blog!!! i sat here and read all the history facts to my DH and by its end, we both sat and went, "Wow" :D Thanks soo much for all you do and share!! HUGS Have a WONDERFUL day!

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  2. Thank you! The DigiFree freebie search engine is about to list this blog post at digifree.blogspot.com

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  3. Good Morning Barb:)
    I love your rope designs..how clever.:)Thank you so much:)
    It was fun reading about the 1500's again.I had read these a while back..but forgotten some of them.No wonder people didn't live that long back then..nine day old porridge??LOL
    Hope you are having a wonderful day so far..if you are up yet..it is starting to get darker here too in the mornings and when evening gets here.... I think it is bed time and I look at the clock and it's only nine thirty.Cool..back to the puter for some more blogging or designing.hehe

    Hugs,
    Valinda

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  4. Hi, thanks for the rope words! I'd love to see some fun things like "Wahoo", "Yeehaw", "Whoa", "Giddyup", even some words like "saddle", "boots", "horseshoes", etc.

    Thanks again for your work!!!

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  5. Hi Barb,
    Love the rope alpha! I'm working on a Richter heritage album for my sister inlaw, and what a find!

    Since you're doing requests I would love some rope frames!

    My daughter asks if your enjoying the rain, she has been singing all day " rain rain go away" of course rain is always welcome here in our neck of the woods!

    Take care, hugs....Lucy

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  6. It's quite different the life of the common people in those times than the kind of history they teach in school, and certainly it gives a more interesting perspective as to how much things have change since then. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, it's one of the things that makes your blog so interesting. :)

    The rope elements are terrific, thanks so much for them, I was thinking perhaps some knots for some sea-themed layouts, if you had the time. :)

    Best wishes. :O)

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  7. Good morning again Barb:)
    Just stopped by to say hi and see if you had another blog up yet...Nope.!:)

    Hope you have a wonderful day to day!!

    Hugs,
    Valinda

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