Friday, October 24, 2008

Rainy Sunday

I love this picture. It reminds me of a Koosh ball. It also looks like flowers you would see Dr. Suess put in his books. The colors are almost unreal, but believe me this was not altered.

It's raining cats and dogs today! Why do we say that phrase anyway? Anybody know? Our English is riddled with all sorts of crazy phrases that we seem to carry on for no particular reason other than it sticks in your mind as something you heard one time or more often at some point in your childhood. My mother said all kinds of wacky phrases that I really couldn't put a logical reason to. Like these:

"For Pete's Sake"

"For Crying In the Sink"

"Were you raised in a Barn?"

"For the Love of Pete"

"Honest Sakes" - This was my Grandmother's favorite phrase

"Come Hell or High Water"

"The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease" - This was my Father-In-Law's phrase

"One Man's Junk is Another Man's Treasure" - This was also my Father-In-Law's phrase
I am sure you can think of so many more that you've heard or even caught yourself saying. Sometimes a phrase will slip out and I'll think "why did I say that?", and there's no going back once it's out there, you've proved how old you are. Luckily, these phrases won't be passed to my son, he's never said anything remotely close to a cliche/catch phrase.
If you have a great old catch phrase, then please send it to me. I am thinking of making a collage/quilt out of some phrases.
We have a mole problem in our yard. He is just making a mess! I think we've tried everything to get rid of him, including pouring urine down his tunnels. We have tried drowning him, although it's nearly always wet here anyway, so he is immune to that anyway. We bought a trap that didn't work at all. He actually dragged it down further and buried it. Maybe he thought it would make a great decorative piece in his comfy home? The sonic pulse contraptions work, but you need probably a dozen of them to line the entire perimeter of the yard. He has just worked his way around them. My husband thinks it's funny. I think HE'S funny. So, here we are at an impass. What to do now? No, we won't be blowing holes in the ground like the "Caddyshack" movie.
Time to throw away the rotten pumpkins and start on something Christmassy! Have a wonderful autumn day! :o)


Sharon said...

Love that flower - what a gorgeous color! Is that an English daisy?

Speaking of crazy phrases, when my son was three, he put his teddy bear in the coat closet and then stood there and asked the bear "How do you like them apples??" I have no idea where he got that phrase! And what the heck does it mean?? I don't think he's ever said it again either.

Oh, and about the mole, my son (now grown up and also having mole problems) swears by bubble gum. It apparently clogs their little system, if you get my drift. (Oooo, there's another one!)

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

great pic, sorry about the rain and good luck getting rid of the varmint.

Pat said...

I once taught English as a Second Language to foreign-born adults. You haven't lived until you've tried to explain some of our wacky sayings to foreigners!!! We used to have a lot of fun with it, though, as they'd tell me what they THOUGHT the sayings meant (and some even drew funny photos to go with them) and then we talked about what they REALLY meant. We had many laughs with it.

Cascade Lily said...

'For crying in the sink'! Love it - hadn't heard that one before :)

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