Thursday, August 20, 2009

Three for you today.. it's Thursday!

"Don't marry a man to reform him - that's what reform schools are for."

"Don't keep a man guessing too long, he's sure to find the answer somewhere else."

"Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can't figure out what from."

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."

"It's not the men in your life that matters, it's the life in your men."

"Save a boyfriend for a rainy day, and another, in case it doesn't rain."

"When women go wrong, men go right after them."
All from Mae West, 1893 - 1980


1~) I missed Mae's birthday on August 17th.. I guess I was battling the modem on that day..
No one knows for sure what year she was born since her stage name has different dates depending on what role she was playing at the time.. She was the highest paid woman in the world in 1935.. earning almost $481,000.. She was a very talented actress and writer.. she wrote or co-wrote almost all of her roles. Once writing a play called "SEX" for which she was arrested...she could have paid a fine and avoided jail but thinking it might be an adventure she chose jail.... she was racy and considered to be a bit too naughty for main stream back then. She was nothing like most women and she made sure everyone knew it... She made remarks both on stage and in life that had hidden sexual tones and double meanings.. She neither smoked nor drank... she believed in equality between men and women and is considered to be both an entertainment legend and an American legend. She earned a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.. Her star is located at 1560 Vine Street.


2~) An Acrostic Poem.


Life


Little moments; big ideas; grand schemes and flops!
Intimacies shared; secrets held; pennies saved in a box.
Friends laughing; enemies kept close; bills; brooms and Mops.
Every breath a different thing; a rose; a bird; or an Ox!

Written BY: Patricia Sawyer
8-20-2009


3~) a riddle-
Big as a biscuit, deep as a cup, even a river can’t fill it up. What is it?



I hoped and hoped for rain today.. Thunder and lightening circled around and around overhead covering the sky with a blanket of blackness... even now I can hear a distant rumble as the clouds roll away from us.. No rain so far for my garden.. I guess I'll water a little bit tomorrow morning..My newly planyed peas and beans are growing pretty fast.. we are hoping for one more late crop of veggies this year.. I still have empty jars..

I am so glad to have a modem that hasn't dropped off line even once today..I have caught up on my e-mails.. I was so happy I even read some of the ones that are always showing up in my spam folder.. I farmed a little in Farmville and worked at the factory in Yoville.. and played mafia wars on both facebook and myspace.. I wrote some poems and worked on a poetry class on Allpoetry.com.. I said I wasn't taking any more but I am fond of acrostic poems.. I shared one with you tonight.. It is for that class.. don't be fooled though.. those classes are hard.

I won 16th place in the poetry contests that I talked about a week or so ago.. the one where I submitted the poem called My Song... I was kinda sad till I realized that there was a gazillion entries... for the number of entries.. (thousands actually) 16th place was pretty good.. especially since I had never ever heard of that kind of poem.. ( a solfege) and wrote mine just off the top of my head.. Sometimes that's the best way to write..

Looking at the riddle I just realized that the answer may be hard for some of you modern folks.. the answer is actually rarely used any more and may be a complete mystery to many young people.. Maybe someone will be old enough to know what it is though.. Please leave me a comment if you know and even if you don't have a clue.. I'll be sure to let you know the answer tomorrow! Have a wonderful day!
Patsy





5 comments:

Anonymous said...

A sieve a funnel a tea strainer would do but I think what you want is the little tool I use on top of the small mouth jars when I'm pouring in my hot stewed tomatoes. I can't for the life of me remember it's name. Have a great Friday and weekend Patsy. I didn't know you were on myspace also. I'll have to get you added to mafia wars over there. ; )

Big Time said...

Anonymous, the word you are looking for is "Jar Funnel". Patsy, I am glad your modem is working good now. Congrats on the poetry contest. Love you! Reuben

clare_stjohns said...

Well all I can say is if your biscuits are as big as a jar funnel then you must be making "catheads". My answer would have been flour sifter.

PJ said...

interesting tidbits about mae west. i didn't know any of that.

your "life" poem is really quite good patsy! i honestly understand your poetry.

don't have a clue about the riddle, but i have one for you:

what goes up the chimney down but can't go down the chimney up?

this was asked of me when i was just a wee youngun, and it has stuck in my head ever since.

since i have been in california, i haven't seen hardly any rain. i miss the changing of the seasons also. soon...soon.

have a wonderful weekend my dear friend, much love to you!

Pblacksaw said...

Anon~ The correct answer was tea strainer.. People now days think a cup is a big thing.. cups used to be the size of a tea stainer.. I dug out an antique tea cup last night and measured.. The cup was a tiny bit rounder but the depth was right.

Big Time~ I have three Jar Funnels.. I used to have one that even had a strainer in it.. That one was used for canning Juices.. I guess to get any pulp or seeds that slipped by the first straining..

Clare~ I'd like to have me some cathead biscuits with some grits and ham and gravy.. I actually have a flour sifter almost that small.. or did I give it to some one? Hmmm..

PJ~ I liked Mae West.. she was way before her time though.. she was always considered a bad girl back then.. Now people would think she was fun! I have gotten a lot of comments about that poem.. I have it on a poetry sight as well as here.. everyone seems to identify with it.. one lady said she loved the fact that I included FLOPS! hahha My life has had a lot of flops! The answer to your riddle is an Umbrella.. I wanted to say smoke but I thought and thought and fed the chickens while I thought some more..then I cheated and did a search.. I love the internet! Who would believe that I can't type a word.. and ten years ago I couldn't turn a computer on...Now I can find out other folks personal stuff and get answers to lifelong questions... I can even look at places I will; never see.. cool!

I am glad that I had visitors today! have a great day!
Patsy