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Saturday, March 24, 2012

"Horsefeathers"

Horse Feathers or horsefeathers - Means rubbish, nonsense, silly. It is attributed to comic-strip artist and writer, William Morgan "Billy" de Beck who did the Barney Google comic strip which frequently featured dialogues with a horse - his sidekick Spark Plug.

He also created a short cartoon film called Horsefeathers, which appeared in US cinemas in 1928. There was a film by the Marx Brothers' in 1932 called Horse Feathers, in which Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho Marx) is unwisely appointed as the president of Huxley College.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Brett And Matthew Spring Time

Brett and his little cousin, Matthew, were enjoying the Spring sunshine in their little playhouse.

Brett Fishing

Brett went fishing with his cousins. He's especially close to his little cousin, Matthew, who is closest in age.

Family Recipe Friday - Country Fried Steak

Family Recipe Friday is a weekly blog prompt from Geneabloggers.com

Country Fried Steak

1 ½ lbs cubed steak
½ cup Italian salad dressing
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup all-purpose flour
salt and pepper

Cut cubed steak into individual-sized portion in a large bowl. Pour the Italian dressing over the steak pieces and toss well. Place the flour in a plastic bag or dish. Add steak pieces and coat well. In a heavy skillet, heat the oil. Fry the steak pieces in oil, turning to brown both sides. Fry the steak approximately 2 mins more per side or until golden brown crust has formed. Before serving, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over mashed potatoes. Makes 3 servings.

Source: 2003 Stroller Cookbook, We cook country fried steak all the time.

Friday Funny - Womanless Wedding

Friday Funny is a weekly prompt from Geneabloggers.com .

This photo is one of my Daddy, Avery Huneycutt, in high school dressed up for a "Womanless Wedding". Dad is on the left. The man on the right is his brother-in-law, Cecil Bob West. Uncle Cecil was married to Dad's sister, Ruth Huneycutt West. Mom said communities would do this sort of thing for fun all the time. I think it's hilarious!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Cotton Pickin'"


"Cotton pickin'" - "Keep your cotton pickin' hands to your self", "Bless your cotton pickin' heart" (also "Bless your pea pickin' heart). Refers to the harsh and hard work of picking cotton. The rough pods pricked your hands and left them bleeding until they became calloused and horny. Those hands represented hard work and was used as a disparaging term (in the first ex. ) as though they were too poor and had to pick their own cotton; or, a term of endearment (in the second ex.) as in they're such hard workers.

Another term that Southerners used was "Pickaninny". This refered to a child who was too young to "pick any cotton" as in they weren't "picking any" cotton. It was usually referring to black babies and toddlers because you had to be pretty young to not be put to work, see the photos!





Notice the baby in the basket of cotton.


"High cotton" - "He's living in high cotton" means he's got it easy. Cutting high cotton was easier because it meant not stooping and bending over.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"Mad As A Hatter"

Mad As A Hatter - "The Journal of the American Medical Association" (vol. 155, no. 3). Mercury used to be used in the manufacture of felt hats, so hatters, or hat makers, would come into contact with this poisonous metal a lot. Unfortunately, the effect of such exposure may lead to mercury poisoning, one of the symptoms of which is insanity.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Catch 22"

"Catch 22" - Situations are such that solving one part of a problem only creates another problem. The title of Joseph Heller's novel, written in 1953 and published in 1961 was "Catch-22". The case of John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces bombardier, who wishes to be grounded from combat flight but this will only happen if he is evaluated by the squadron's flight surgeon and found "unfit to fly." The plot was a paradox presented as the trap that confined members of the US Air Force. The 'catch' was that, by applying for exemption from highly dangerous bombing missions on the grounds of insanity, the applicant proved himself to be sane (after all, that's what any sane person would do). If anyone applied to fly they would be considered insane. Either way; sane or insane, they were sent on the missions. Damned if you and damned if you don't.

"Dog Days Of Summer"



"Dog days of summer" - I always thought it meant the hottest days where the dogs hid under the house, dug a depression to get to the cool earth and panted. They would hardly come out from under the house even if a stranger came up. I was wrong! The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, in close proximity to the sun was responsible for the hot weather. Of course, this corresponds with our hottest months of July and August. The Romans considered Sirius to be the "Dog Star" because it is the brightest star in the constellation "Canis Major" (Large Dog). Sirius is also the brightest star in the night sky. The Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that the star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather. Dog Days were popularly believed to be an evil time "the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies." according to Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813 - Wikipedia

Sunday, March 18, 2012

25 Ways to Recycle Wooden Crates

I did a Google search on how to re-use wooden crates.

Again, I wasn't disappointed in the plethora of ideas that people have in recylcing wooden crates. I particularly loved the ideas of putting wheels on them. Thank you to all those clever people who share with the public.






































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