Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Why and Because

1. WHY?
Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left?
When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left.  Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right. And that's where women's buttons have remained since.
2. WHY?
Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help?
This comes from the French word ‘m'aidez’ - meaning 'help me' - and it is pronounced, approximately, 'mayday'.
3. WHY?
Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'?
In France, where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf', which is French for 'the egg'.  When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans mispronounced it to 'love'.
4. WHY?
Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses?
In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.
5. WHY?
Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called passing the buck'?
In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal.  If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would 'pass the buck' to the next player.
6. WHY?
Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
In earlier times, it used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host's glass with his own.
7. WHY?
Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight'?
Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer 'in the limelight' was the center of attention.
8. WHY?
Why is someone, who is feeling great, 'on cloud nine'?
Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.
9. WHY?
In golf, where did the term 'caddie' come from?
When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scottish game 'golf'. He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and, when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it into caddie.
10. WHY?
Why are many coin collection jar banks shaped like pigs?
Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of dense orange clay called 'pygg'. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as 'pygg banks'.  When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig and it caught on.


Today's funny :o)


Flowers, flowers and....

...... MORE flowers!

Kinda like irises.....    :o)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Walks better than I do.....

It REALLY does!!!!

Now if they could only do the dishes.....

Ooops! They CAN:

Today's funny :o)

Happy Birthday to......

.... the one AND only Charlie!!!!!!!!!

Six years ago today, he hatched in my hand!


Charlie now:

Out of all the roosters that have been here,  I'm so glad I picked Charlie to stay!

Happy, Happy Birthday Charlie!!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Easy Listening for a Sunday Afternoon

Jimmy Durante

Us older folks remember this one! Enjoy!

 "Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are." 


Saturday, May 20, 2017

At the Hop!

Dale and Grace!

Dale & Grace

Dale & Grace cracked the top forty twice in the 60's. The two Southerners took one of their songs all the way to number one not long after they had met each other.
Grace Broussard was born in 1939 in Prairieville, Louisiana and Dale Houston was born the following year in Seminary, Mississippi. Dale was the son of a minister and grew up with the music he heard in church, singing and playing piano. His family moved from Seminary to Collins, Mississippi, then to Ferriday, Louisiana and eventually to Baton Rouge. By the time he was in his teens, Dale knew that he wanted to make music his career.
He recorded a song titled Lonely Man that dented the top 100 nationally and brought him to the attention of Sam Montel, a local record producer in Baton Rouge. Montel signed Dale as a songwriter. A Cajun band from nearby Prairieville headed by Van Broussard found its way to Montel's studio, and the singer in the band was Van's sister Grace.
Dale and Grace worked together for the first time in 1963. At the end of their first recording session together, they recorded I'm Leaving It Up To You on the Michelle label -- one that Sam Montel had named for his daughter. Sam sent it to a disk jockey in Houston and the record was an immediate hit there. It was re-released a short time later on Sam's national label, Montel. It entered the national charts in October, 1963 and began to soar. Dale and Grace joined Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars and began to tour almost immediately.
As their record became more and more popular across the United States, their tour stopped in Dallas, where President Kennedy was scheduled to visit. Dale and Grace stood along the motorcade route with Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland, Jimmy Clanton and others from the Caravan of Stars and waved as Kennedy's motorcade passed by. By the time it had travelled another three blocks, some gunshots were fired in the distance from an office building along the motorcade route. A few hours later they learned that those were the shots that ended the life of the assassinated President. That same week, the number one song on the chart was Dale & Grace's I'm Leaving It Up To You. The following week, Thanksgiving found them having dinner at Dick Clark's house in Philadelphia. They appeared on Clark's American Bandstand television program.
The duo recorded a follow-up hit, Stop And Think It Over, which reached number eight early in 1964. Then the British Invasion hit the shores of America, and pop music began to change drastically. Dale & Grace disbanded their act in 1965.
Dale Houston complained of stomach pains and experienced congestive heart failure; he checked into a hospital in Seminary, Mississippi, where he had been born, and passed away on September 27, 2007.
I'm Leaving It Up To You has been a favorite of male-female duos ever since it left the charts in 1964, and has been recorded by artists such as Sonny & Cher and Donny and Marie Osmond, among others. Donny and Marie brought it back to the top ten in 1974. Dale and Grace performed, together and separately, off and on in the intervening years. In the 90's they were inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and the Texas Music Hall of Fame.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Night Steam

Found a super-duper good one for tonight!

Mallet  type #225:

The Challenger 3985:

The UP 9000:

And even a song about the UP9000!

UP 9000 ~ A Man and A Train ~ Marty Robbins

Published on Apr 5, 2015
A video dedicated to the Steam Engine UP 9000 Series operated once by Union Pacific. Pictures of different Locomotives in the series (copyright by the holders) and with real sound from UP 9009 running in Nebraska 1954 (copyright Don Stack / ) and Music file overplayed (copyright Marty Robbins). The only surviving Locomotive in this series # 9000 you can luckily find in California / Pomona at ,,, I hope you can enjoy. The whole video project is dedicated to my wonderful friend Marianne!


Today's Funny :o)


Blabbermouth Charlie

He is making so much noise lately - don't know what's got into him!!!!!

The iris have started to bloom!!!!

Hubby watered the lawn and the gang is in heaven - all the bugs came up!

The fireplace is done for the season and the ash pit is covered over. Yay! No more soot!!!

Charlie in the middle of his harem:

Guess where his new love nest is....


Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Going to take a few days off - but just couldn't pass this one up!

Baby's First Bacon. video of a baby eating bacon for the first time 


Monday, May 15, 2017

How 'bout some tap dancing???

Eleanor Powell & Fred Astaire "Begin the Beguine" Tap Dancing

Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell - Broadway Melody of 1940, the second half of the "Begin the Beguine" number. The first half was a tango, formal jacket and long white dress, the kind of stuff Fred did with all his partners, except that he didn't have to cover for Eleanor Powell or maneuver fancy steps around her. She could dance as well as he did.

And the second half was this-no fancy dress, no fuss, the two of them dancing side by side, full-length shot and one long, unbroken take. He tapped a combination, she echoed it, snapping the steps out in precision time, he did another, she answered, neither of them looking at the other, each of them intent on the music.

Not intent. Wrong word. There was no concentration in them at all, no effort, they might have made up the whole routine just now as they stepped onto the polished floor, improvising as they went.

They tapped, turning, and Eleanor danced Fred back across the floor, facing him now but still not looking at him, her steps reflections of his, and then they were side by side again, swinging into a tap cadenza, their feet and the swirling skirt and the fake stars reflected in the polished floor, in the screens.

Eleanor swung into a turn, not looking at Fred, not having to, the turn perfectly matched to his, and they were side by side again, tapping in counterpoint, their hands almost touching. Fred tapped out a ripple, and Eleanor repeated it, and glanced sideways over her shoulder and smiled at him, a smile of awareness and complicity and utter joy.

Today's funny :o)

H/T to Wild River!!


Quiet in Coopville?


When the girls lay an egg they usually cackle a wee bit. That is normal for a hen to do.

BUT Charlie does too!

I have no idea why he does this - maybe he should start handing out cigars instead!

I like this rooster. It's always quiet!

The gang waiting to get out:

 If I only let  Maude, Wilma, Betty and Charlie go in the yard, Thelma and Louise have learned to fly over the gate and join them. They don't come when they are called like the others yet, so I have to chase them all over the yard. It is NOT a pretty sight......

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Special Day

For every woman who has wiped away a tear,

Kissed a boo-boo and made it better,

Held a child  when they were frightened,

Showed them the wonders of the sky in the morning,

And late at night,

Told them they were loved - even when they were naughty,

And hugged them close to your heart,

Thank you and Happy Mother's Day!!


I miss you, Mom...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

At the Hop!

The Capris!

There's a Moon Out Tonight

There's a (moon out tonight) whoa-oh-oh ooh
Let's go strollin'
There's a (girl in my heart) whoa-oh-oh ooh
Whose heart I've stolen
There's a moon out tonight (whoa-oh-oh ooh)
Let's go strollin' through the park (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)

There's a (glow in my heart) whoa-oh-oh ooh
I never felt before
There's a (girl at my side) whoa-oh-oh ooh
That I adore
There's a glow in my heart I never felt before (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)

Oh darlin'
Where have you been?
I've been longin' for you all my life

Whoa-uh-oh baby I never felt this way before
I guess it's because there's a moon out tonight

There's a (glow in my heart) whoa-oh-oh ooh
I never felt before
There's a (girl at my side) whoa-oh-oh ooh
That I adore
There's glow in my heart
I guess it's because

There's a moon out tonight
Moon out tonight
Moon out tonight
Moon out tonight
There's a moon out tonight