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Friday, March 16, 2012

"Like A Bull In A China Shop"


‎"Like a bull in a china shop" - A clumsy person who accidentally breaks everything around them; to act awkwardly; a person with no tact who upsets others or upsets plans; a phrase that suggested uncontrolled and uncaring actions with disastrous results. Since the fine porcelain known as china was not introduced into Europe until the 16th century and was not manufactured there until the 18th century, the notion of a bull in a china shop is fairly recent. "The extraordinary spectacle of a Bull in a China Shop afforded great entertainment; and an artificial elephant introduced, was welcomed with loud plaudits." - The London Review and Literary Journal, Jan. 1812, reporting a performance of a pantomime called The White Cat, or Harlequin in Fairy Land. It was also recorded in Frederick Marryat's novel, Jacob Faithful (1834).  The famous American publicist and press agent Jim Moran, who in January 1940 led a bull through a New York City china shop as a publicity stunt. The bull didn’t damage anything, but some china was broken when a bystander backed into a table while getting out of the way. Other languages use a simile like that but it's usually with an elephant.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"Cutting Off Your Nose To Spite Your Face"


"Cutting off your nose to spite your face" - is a warning against acting out of pique or revenge that hurts you more than the other; self destructive anger. It seems to have first appeared around 1200 as a Latin proverb cited by Peter of Blois, a French poet of the day. The phrase then crops up a bit later in a history of France, written in the mid-17th century, attributed to a courtier who supposedly used it to deter King Henry IV from destroying Paris to punish the occupants' low opinion of his rule. It may be associated with the numerous legends of pious women disfiguring themselves in order to protect their virginity. These cases include Saint Eusebia, Saint Ebba, Saint Oda of Hainault and Saint Margaret of Hungary. The most famous of these cases was that of Æbbe the Younger, the Mother Superior of the monastery of Coldingham. In 867 AD, Viking pirates from Zealand and Uppsala landed in Scotland. When news of the raid reached Saint Ebba, she gathered her nuns together and urged them to disfigure themselves, so that they might be unappealing to the Vikings and avoid rape. She cut off her nose and upper lip, and the nuns proceeded to do the same. The Viking raiders were so disgusted that they burned the entire building to the ground anyway.

"Living High On The Hog"

They are "living high on the hog." The tastiest parts of a hog are its upper parts. If you're living high on the hog, you've got the best part of the pig or the best part of life.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"Grinning Like A Mule Eating Briers!"

I have really enjoyed looking up the origins of phrases and sayings. I especially like the Southern phrases. My family and I use them all the time. I'm sure you use many of the same phrases. I began to do Google searches to try and find the origins of some of these and it's been interesting and fun. I thought I would share my new interest with you.

The first one is one my mother-in-law used recently: "She was grinning like a mule eating briers."



"Grinning like a mule eating briers" - means grinning from ear to ear, displaying all your teeth, much like a mule eating briars would look.

The first American mules were produced in Virginia by George Washington, who bred a jackass recieved as a gift from the king of Spain to some of his draft mares. The mule proved ideal for southern farm life, being sure-footed, cheap to feed, great stamina and had a long life. (They are, of course, also strong on stubbornness with a tendency to become dangerous when aggravated.) They cannot reproduce themselves as they are a hybrid animal. Almost all mules are sired by jacks, but when a horse is the male parent the offspring is called a "henny" or "hinny." In their heyday in the South, prior to about 1950, mules provided farm labor, transportation and assistance in hunting, especially the kinds involving thick timber and hounds. The largest plantations bred and raised their own mules; but the more usual practice was to buy them as adults raised mainly in Tennessee, Missouri, and Kentucky, often in sizes for special use -- the largest for hauling timber or for work on the big sugar and rice plantations, the smallest for mine duty and pack-animal service in the mountains. The most common type was the general-purpose "cotton mule" that grew to between a half-ton and fourteen hundred pounds.

There are many other "mule" references in commonly used phrases.
"Stubborn as a mule"
"Has a kick like a mule" (as in "That gun has a kick like a mule.")
"Makes enough money to burn a wet mule"
"Has forty acres and a mule" - This one refers to the short-lived policy, during the last stages of the American Civil War in 1865, of providing farmable land to former slaves who had become free as a result of the advance of the Union armies into the territory previously controlled by the Confederacy, particularly after Major General's William Tecumseh Sherman's "March to the Sea." Forty acres is a standard size for a rural family plot, square mile, under the Public Land Survey System used on land settled after 1785. The combination of a 40 acre plot and a mule was widely recognized as providing a sound start for a family farm. During the final months of the Civil War, tens of thousands of freed slaves left their plantations to follow General William T. Sherman's victorious Union Army troops across Georgia and the Carolinas. In January 1865, in an effort to address the issues caused by this growing number of refugees. This made for a really sticky problem. These former slaves needed and wanted protection from the Union troops. They were afraid to stay in the South without their protection. But the military was greatly hampered by the logistics of protecting and feeding this swarm of refugees. They couldn't conduct a war and military manouevers and supply their own needs while worrying about this drift of needy humanity. General Sherman even tried to leave them behind by crossing rivers quickly and hoping the refugees couldn't follow. Finally he issued Special Field Order Number 15, a temporary plan. The Special Field Order was never intended to reflect an official policy of the United States government with regards to all former slaves and were issued "throughout the campaign to assure the harmony of action in the area of operations". By June 1865, around 10,000 freed slaves settled on 400,000 acres in Georgia and South Carolina taken from original (white) owners. The former slaves saw this as a chance to start their own farms and provide for their families after years of servitude. But, the original owners were not happy with this, as you can imagine. What if it were land you had bought, paid for and worked only to have it confiscated and given to someone for free? After the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, his successor, President Andrew Johnson, revoked Sherman's Orders and returned the land to its previous white owners. Because of this, the phrase "40 acres and a mule" has come to represent the failure of Reconstruction policies in restoring to black Americans the fruits of their labor. The phrase is meant to indicate enough to get started and provide for yourself.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Cowboy Beans

Sharon's Cowboy Beans

3 cups dry Pinto Beans
1 lb ground Beef
Salt and Pepper
1 chopped Onion
1 chopped Tomato
3/4 cup Ketchup
3/4 cup BBQ Sauce
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cajun Seasoning

Rinse pinto beans and place in crockpot. Place ground beef in crockpot. Add enough water to cover and for beans to soak up. Add all other ingredients. Turn crockpot on High and let cook for at least 6 hours. Halfway through stir beans and break apart the hamburger meat. Serve with soda crackers, cornbread or Texas Toast. Optional: adding cheese to your bowl of cowboy beans.

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Fishing Trip

Stan's brother, Kenny, invited his sons and brothers to a fishing trip on Lake Murray. Evans couldn't go because he's still recuperating from his fall in November and he is having surgery today. But Aaron and Logan, Stan and Donnie got to go with Kenny. Thank you, Kenny, for giving them such a great day!





Aaron and Logan





Kenny and Logan































Logan with the fish he caught!







Donnie









Stan



Donnie and Aaron



Stan with the fish he caught.





Aaron takes a break.





Donnie with the fish he caught.









Stan holding the fish he caught.


50 Ways To Recycle Wooden Pallets

I got on the Internet and did a Google search to find ideas recycling wooden pallets. I found some wonderful ideas! People are so imaginative and clever and they are using wooden pallets in such unusual ways. If you've been looking for ways to reuse pallets, look no further than these 50 ideas. Thanks to all the people who come up with these clever ideas and share them with the public!

First, what are wooden pallets? They are rough cut wooden squares. On these squares are stacked boxes of merchandise that can be moved around in batches by forklifts.

If you can get free pallets, then re-using the pallets in a constructive way is wonderful.














Use for a trellis to train your vegetables on.



I love this mobile chicken coop.

























This lattice made of wooden pallets makes for a much needed shade for the sun side of this house.










From Miscellaneous I
























Wooden pallets make a great compost bin.






























And here is an extra idea!



Warning: Some pallets may have wood treated with chemicals which could be dangerous to your health.

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