Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Whether I should or shouldn't.... Today I'm ranting. All I want to know is this:


OMGosh... I have never had long hair. I haven't cut it - except to be trimmed in over 3 years. Just in the last month have I really gotten used to wearing it long and curly and it's such a relief after 59 years to look in the mirror and think "I really like my curly hair." 

Curly hair can get dry very easily. Then the ends get frizzy. So it's necessary to keep it trimmed. I've kind of been trimming it myself but decided I like the style so much, I'll find someone to do it. I asked numerous times - can she cut curly hair? Oh, yes, I was assured. She has curly hair herself.

Well - she sure can cut curly hair. She cut so much of mine off, I'm just sick. Oh, she left the length, bless her heart. She just layered it and layered it - too short. I wish I could see w/o my glasses. 

Ok. I'm done. It'll grow - a.g.a.i.n. 

Bless her heart.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wednesday Trivia!

Last week for Wednesday Wisdom I used a bit of Historical Trivia and I'm going to continue this for a few weeks.

"That will cost you an arm and a leg."  Meaning, something is very expensive or costing much more than it's worth. The origin? Well, apparently there is more than one idea about that!

"In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are 'limbs,' therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. hence the expression, 'okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg.' (artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint)" unknown

This information - apparently - is widely circulated. I usually try to check things out before I publish them and I did the same with this.  And found:

"This is one of those phrases for which it isn't difficult to come across a popular explanation. In this case the tale that is told is that portrait painters used to charge more for larger paintings and that a head and shoulders painting was the cheapest option, followed in price by one which included arms and finally the top of the range 'legs and all' portrait. As so often with popular etymologies, there's no truth in that story. Painters certainly did charge more for large pictures, but there's no evidence to suggest they did so by limb count. In any case the phrase is much more recent than the painting origin would suggest.
It is in fact an American phrase, coined sometime after WWII. The earliest citation I can find is from The Long Beach Independent, December 1949:
Food Editor Beulah Karney has more than 10 ideas for the homemaker who wants to say "Merry Christmas" and not have it cost her an arm and a leg.
'Arm' and 'leg' are used as examples of items that no one would consider selling other than at an enormous price. It is a grim reality that, around that time, there are many US newspaper reports of servicemen who lost an arm and a leg in the recent war. It is quite likely, although difficult to prove conclusively at this remove, that the phrase originated in reference to the high cost paid by those who suffered such amputations."   From "The Phrase Finder"

Our society is filled with Phrases that many of us have heard most of our lives! Some are so old the origin isn't always a 'sure thing'. But I think it's very interesting reading some of the History behind our Historical Trivia!

"Don't spend an arm and a leg shopping this week!"


Tuesday, March 6, 2012


I remember when you didn't have anything else to say or to talk about - you brought up the weather.

"The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it."  ~Patrick Young

When Holly lived in San Diego, I was told, "The easiest job in the world is to be a weather forecaster in San Diego. Everyday he/she says "It's very nice out today."

Well, now-days the weather is the interesting thing to talk about. (especially to avoid conversations about politics.)

Here it is - the first week in March and flowers are blooming, trees are budding - and maybe this isn't all that unusual for March, but this has been going on for a few weeks now. Tornadoes in places that have before only heard about tornadoes. Tornado one day - snow the next. Crazy weather.

 (I would have gotten more pictures and better pictures but TBW - as my friend Debra calls the Oklahoma Winds - is a staple in Kansas as well)

Weird weather patterns. It's a subject that can keep you talking for quite awhile. Avoid -  Romney, Santorum, Newt and Obama - talk about the other subject that is as inconsistent as politics.

Every man on the street will give you different reasons why -
  •  "global warming"
  •  "climate warming"
  •  "government interference" 
  •  "HAARP - high frequency active auroral research program" 
  •  "Jesus' soon return"
  •  "La Nina"
  •  "scientific"
  •  "spiritual"
  •  "the end of the world as we know it" 

Well, I usually just take one day at a time. I don't worry about what's coming because I do have a faith that will sustain me. 

BUT - I've decided every day I live is the end of the world as I know it. Look at the changes made everyday in this world. Our world improves every day. It also digresses every day. 

Each day is the end of the world as I've known it. 

Weather forecast for tonight:  dark.  ~George Carlin