Learn the Meanings

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & Sold to the tannery…….if you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor”
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot……they “didn’t have a pot to piss in” & were the lowest of the low. 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 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell . …… . 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 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: 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 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.

Guess what!

Every time someone says ‘Guess what!’ I always tell them the rules to the game. I have three guesses and you can’t tell me what, until I either get it wrong or one of them is correct!

So think of the guesses that would come on this one.


Guesses as followed

  1. You saw a pink elephant riding on a purple pony, while carrying a rainbow umbrella and using a fairy as a hair clip on the way home? No?
  2. You sat down on the couch when you made it home, forgot that you had hid a tiger in the cuff of your jeans and it scratched you? No? OKAY! 1 more to go.
  3. You went to the kitchen to get a cup of water and when you turned on the water, oil came out instead? No?

Now, it is your turn. What?

Ah, so yes I am back! My computer crashed 3 months ago and I have just been able to get a new one! So welcome back Mother0fMany!

Try the guess what game. See how it works for you.

Happy Monday

Happy Monday everyone.

God has touched me in ways that I haven’t even discovered yet. I bet he has done the same for you. The ways I have seen are so endearing that they have taken my breath away many times over.

He gave me an amazing heart warming man in my life, 4 beautiful children, parents that loved me and an extended family that makes it all complete. He has given me so much more. I used to say it was more than I deserved until I sat down with a preacher and they told me this:

You deserve EVERYTHING God has given you. If you didn’t, you would not have it. The more you pray and give, the more you shall get. He believes in giving of the heart and soul. God is fair. If you love, then you will be loved. If you give, then you will be given too. Life is fair as long as you have the lord in it. Without him it will be hard. Believe and share.

So today I am giving to you. I am giving you my prayer and friendship. May god watch over you with all his mighty on this Monday.

In all Honesty:

I have been working for 17 weeks straight with pretty much not a day off. I have been either researching, traveling, seminars or doing web meetings to get a major up and coming psych hospital off the ground in Washington.


When I am not working, I am taking care to make sure my son’s home school program is correct and that he has all that he needs throughout the week. If I am in Washington, I webcam to help him with any problem through school. I am an on the spot kind of woman 24/7. I am teaching my daughters to drive, too. I have also continued my volunteer work at the VFW, Cancer Society, and the Prisons that need a program for transforming women that have been abused. I also am constantly traveling my daughters to work while coaching them on a daily lifestyle. Then we have my husband. I have been making multiple doctor’s appointments, fighting with his job to get workers compensation started, getting medical leave done on insurance, trying to get him enrolled in a college and fighting with him over it all.

Then in July, our car was totalled. That was a nightmare waiting to happen. I have never had to negotiate a car rental for a month, a payment option for someone totalling my vehicle and deal with 4 insurance brokers at the same time.

So after doing work today, I was thinking of heading to the gym. And that is when my husband turns to me from watching Netflix and said ‘What are you fixing for dinner?’

I think, I took a pause and then smiled. My husband backed away from the smile. I then burst into…..

You are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine……

youaremysunshinebrigtweb-320x400 (1)

He then backed up and looked at the kids and said

‘We are making mama dinner. Don’t question it! She is going to the gym and will come home to something good.’

And I did.

You Can Hate Me Now


You can hate me now. You have my permission. I am not an ecofriendly type of person. I recycle when I remember and more to the point of when I have time or ability. It cost me money to recycle in the area that I live. There is not a city organized ‘Green’ crew for here. And if we want to go ‘Green’ then it will cost either massive going out of the way or money for us. We drive the highway and to go to the plant availability. It is 11 miles going the other way. So that is dipping into my wallet.

I don’t look for makeup that hasn’t been tested on animals. Yes, I know this is sad to think about but I look for what can save me a little money. If I find that my makeup wasn’t tested on animals, I feel happy. I just can’t expense the energy to look into it before I buy it. I mean I am standing at the makeup counter with cash in hand.

I read the ‘Green Tips’ off and on. I am signed into a lot of these pages but when reality hits I don’t remember them. Don’t judge me. Just go ahead and hate me. It is ok. I am not happy with myself sometimes too. Just yesterday I was reading about ‘Green Tips’ on better Halloween outfits and decorations. So do you think I will go tomorrow and put it into my ideas on how to scare the snot out of the surrounding kids in the neighborhood? Probably not.

Earth Day? Ummm, yeah like that is a really a day? I know that it is preserved to give us a reason to get to know our ‘Green’ side but do I know when it is? Nope. Not at all. I believe God put it here for us. I just don’t know how to take care of it. I learned how with my kids and I am still learning with earth. I planted a tree one year for Arbor Day. The next year it died. I mow over that spot and remember the moment and backbreaking labor it took to dig that hole. Doubt I will ever do that one again.

Then, there is the admissions test to be done on my car every year. I am so proud of my city to put this into effect. To be honest, I moan and groan about getting it done yearly when I go to get a new tag. The price is not exuberant but that $9 I spend to get it done could get my family 2 more gallons of milk.

I could never be one of these people to save rain water. I envision trashcans with drainage pipes coming down into them. Then massive ponds or puddles of water surrounding each area. And then there is the stagnant water that comes into play. Mosquitoes scare me and they LOVE biting me.

They say swap out bulbs for energy efficient CFL’s. Have you seen the price of these bulbs? Have you done the personal study of how long they last? If one blows a week later, it is enough of a difference to make you crouch down in the shower, under a spray of water and cry. And here we are into my other water saving plan. NADA! I don’t have one. I drink my water from a bottle and refill it daily 8 or 9 times. That is a green way right? But I throw it away the next morning and get a new one. So, poof, that goes out the window of ‘Green’.

Park your car. Spend the day walking or biking to the places you need to go. If you are heading somewhere that is a bit far. Try public transportation! Can I say NO too many times? I hate walking unless it is on a treadmill. Me? Bike? Have you ever seen a whale get on two wheels to go up a hill? Fish out of water here! Public transportation….Can we say my car smells better than feet and farts. Yes I tried it once and learned that it was better for me and anyone else on the bus that I either stay home or take my car. I love people from afar but when I carpool I don’t want to have to wait on them.I want the convenience and availability at hand. How American am I?

They say it is so economical to make your recycled paper into ‘New’ paper. Save a tree! Have you EVER tried writing on the ‘New’ recycled paper? Have you seen the mess it makes to make new paper? I have! I will not ever do this again! It was a paper fail x 1000.

I am just me. I am a clean yard, non-recycling, minivan driving, makeup wearing mama. Sorry if it offends anyone. Okay I am not sorry really. I work for me and mine. I work hard. But don’t have the energy or money to put more effort into it. Want to pay for me to recycle? I will do it then, maybe. It is $67 every 3 months here. Just beyond my reach program.

I am happy if you recycle enough for both of us! Big pat on the back enough to make you choke!

Take control

I grew up to respect my elders. It wasn’t from a brief slap in the back of the head or a swat on the tail. It was because they respected me. My grandfather would take me fishing and talk to me for hours. My mother would read to me and teach me right and wrong. My Nana always had a gentle hand when I was around. There was not anything disrespectful towards me to where I respected them.

In knowing that, I will tell you this. My mom, grandfather, and Nana would have blistered my behind if I ever thought about doing what the students in Valdosta did to that flag. My grandfather, father, brother-in-law, father-in-law, son and family friends fought for the right to fly our flag with pride. They have given us the right to be able to have a free nation. Yes, they also fought for the right for those ‘idiots’ to desecrate that same flag. But I want you to understand that that flag is older than they are and deserves respect too. It is just that simple. If you wouldn’t walk on your grandparents, mother, father, sister, brother or friends just stop because you SHOULD NOT walk on our flag. It is old and has seen many more battles than you would ever want to see. Give it freedom to fly and show a lot of respect.

A little livid over this occurrence and feel that the motion to walk on a flag should be taken out of our actions. If you don’t like what is happening in our government then do something about it the right way. VOTE. Take control. Do it the right way.

4 Years Ago


4 years ago: a tornado took out many homes, businesses and churches. It killed many hopes and homes for us to rebuild. But we got out and formed new buildings and memories.

I remember sitting at the table with the candles lit and laughing with my kids over what we saw in the shadows that formed off the fire. I also remember starting the grill at 5:30 in the morning so that breakfast was fixed, bath water was started and our day began. We slept with the doors open to have some kind of cooling system throughout the night. My husband and I took turns sleeping so that we were awake with the door open. I also remember teaching my children about meatloaf burgers on the grill and sun tea that was drank with a passion. They still claim that it was the best burger and tea ever. That time was rough but we made the best of it. We shared our meal with our neighbor when the electricity went out and worried over our oldest son that had moved out 6 months before.

My family was thankful that I stock toiletries, food and household needs. They used to tease me for being overly prepared but at this time I didn’t get one teasing moment. They appreciated my stocking ability. The only thing we ran out of was ice to keep our eggs and milk cold. We even had enough to share with our town needs.

We grew ideas on how to live without things and gained in knowledge when we learned we were strong enough to get us through it all.

Mouthwatering Meatloaf Burgers

  • Meatloaf Burgers
  • 1+1/2 pounds ground beef (can use lean or ground chuck)
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce (can substitute ¾ cup ketchup)
  • ½ cup quick oats or cracker crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ⅓ cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat while you prepare the meatloaf.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with hands until well mixed. Form into 4 doughnut shaped patties.
  3. Place in heated skillet and brown on both sides, about 5-7 minutes per side. Add 1 cup water to skillet and continue cooking until juices run clear, about 5 minutes or so.
Serve on your favorite buns. Preferably topped with ketchup and slaw. Enjoy!