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A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO EXPLAIN DEATH?


A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I'm afraid to die.  Tell me what lies on the other side."

Very quietly the Doctor said, "I don't know"

"You don't know? But you're a Christian man and don't know what's on the other s ide?

The doctor was holding the handle of the door, and on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining. And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my Dog?  He's never been  in this room before. He didn't know what was inside.  He knew nothing except that  his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.

I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing. . . . I know my Master is there and that is enough."

You can trust God today that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.
He is the one that's piloting your ship and ordering your footsteps, and 
when our journey here is over and our work is done, and it's time for us to go home, He will be there waiting for us, along with loved ones and friends.


  IN THE OLDEN DAYS . . .

Once in awhile it’s fun to think about where some of our “old sayings” really came from. Think about these how things really  were “in the olden days.”


Back in the 1500’s 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. 

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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!" 

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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." 

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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. 

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The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. 

 Hence the saying, "Dirt poor."

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The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery In the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the 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. 

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In those “olden 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." 

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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."

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They would cut off a little to share with guests, and would then
all sit around and chew the fat.

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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.  

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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.” 

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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; "holding a wake." 

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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."

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And that's the truth.
 

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And where did "Made from scratch" come from? 

"From Scratch" was a figure of speech that literally meant (originally) starting a race from a line scratched in the dirt. Eventually, it leached into pugilism (boxing), cricket (British baseball), and golf. It meant pretty much the same thing in those sports.

Starting with nothing to one's advantage. Over the centuries, technology created short cuts to everything including cooking, and the meaning (when applied to preparing food) was used to indicate that a particular item or an entire meal was made from ingredients that were found in one's pantry. In other words, not made from a mix, or ready to cook.

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MIND YOUR P'S AND Q'S..........Another origin comes from English pubs and taverns of the 17th century.  Bartenders would keep a watch on the alcohol consumption of the patrons; keeping an eye on the pints and quarts that were consumed. As a reminder to the patrons, the bartender would recommend they "mind their Ps and Qs."

This may also have been a reminder to bartenders not to confuse the two units, written as "p" and "q" on the tally slate.