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10,000,000 Stairs

Hello Richard, this is my first time on here. Finally, I want to be more than just a spectater. I am one of the daughters of Marie (Marcelle) Nadeau.

I might be able to help you out with your quackers, ducks I mean. Usually the drake or male is larger than the female, & sometimes their quacks are different than the females. I don't have ducks right now, but I did have

them. What kind of ducks do you have? Right now I have some chickens, peacocks, geese, guinea hens, & turkeys,& I love it.

Do you still have your rock collection? The last time I seen the collection was over 40 years ago. I remember going up these 10,000,000 stairs up to see your rock collection. Isn't it funny how some things stay with you. I also remember someone telling me never to play with firecrackers, if you know what I mean.

Diane Clark" <diclark@netcom.ca>

Interesting Stuff

(Where does the saying "Home Sweet Home" come from?)

Thought you might enjoy some of this: Life in the 1500s. This is really interesting (and TRUE!!)

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and were still smelling pretty good by June. However, they were starting to be fragrant, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers.

Baths equaled 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.

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 pets... dogs, cats and other small animals, mice, rats, 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." 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 really mess up your nice clean bed. So, they found if they made beds with big posts and hung a sheet over the top, it addressed that problem. Hence "those big 4 poster beds with canopies."

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors which would get slippery in the winter when wet. So they spread thresh on the floor and they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed at the entry way, hence a "thresh hold.

They cooked in the kitchen in a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They mostly ate vegetables and didn't 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 the stew had food in it that had been in there for a month. Hence the rhyme: peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

Sometimes they could obtain pork and would feel really special when that happened. When company came over, they would bring out some bacon and hang it to show it off. It was a sign of wealth and that a man "could really bring home the bacon," They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat".

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with a high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food. This happened most often with tomatoes, so they stopped eating tomatoes...for 400 years.

Most people didn't have pewter plates, but had trenchers-a piece of wood with the middle scooped out like a bowl. Trenchers were never washed and a lot of times worms got into the wood. After eating off wormy trenchers, they would get "trench mouth."

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."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock them 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 of holding a "wake."

England is old and small, and they started running out of places to bury people. So, they would dig up coffins and would take their bones to a house and reuse the grave. In reopening these coffins, one out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they thought they would tie a string on their wrist and 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 to listen for the bell. Hence on the "graveyard shift" they would know that someone was "saved by the bell" or he was a "dead ringer.

This is what The Dalai Lama has to say on the millennium, all it takes is a few seconds to read and think:

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back,  you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. No disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.  Don't bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Nicole Nemeth

My 60th Summer

It was a good summer for me and I was sorry to see it go. I’ve been very fortunate, I can truly say that all but four of my 60 summers have been good.

The summer of the new millenium brought several contacts with cousins and aunts and uncle. Besides the pleasant visits from Marcel and his family throughout the summer, Joann and George Newman started the season with a pleasant stay with us for a few days. The reunion on the occasion of Pauline’s 60th birthday brought contact with many family members. A breif visit to Bill and Lorraine’s camp at Spring Lake was enriching as well as a wonderful visit by Pauline and Giselle. Besides family, I had a wonderful visit from a friend of 35 years from India and his daughter.

My surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was beneficial (although far short of promises by the medical establishment) and has allowed me to resume some physical activity without pain. The potential for the new internet business has been more promissing and the summer foraging has been rewarding. It was fun to learn about new mushrooms as well. If every season were as pleasant as my summer, I could never complain. The remainder of the year (up to now) has been just as good and is highlighted by my visit to Rodrigue’s sugar house and my daughter’s (Katie) wedding.

I have given you a little snapshot of my summer. I would love to hear about yours.

Richard

I Believe (contributed by Nicole Nemeth--Author unknown)

I believe-that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I believe- that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I believe-that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I believe-that you can do something in an instantthat will give you heartache for life.

I believe- that it's taking me a long timeto become the person I want to be.

I believe-that you should always leave loved oneswith loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I believe-that you can keep going  long after you can't.

I believe-that we are responsible for what we do,no matter how we feel.

I believe-that either you control your attitudeor it controls you.

I believe-that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to takeits place.

I believe-that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done,  regardless of the consequences.

I believe-that money is a lousy way of keeping score.I believe-that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I believe-that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.

I believe- that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I believe-that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

I believe-that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

I believe-that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I believe-that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I believe- that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I believe-that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

I believe-that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever. I believe-that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I believe-that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.

I believe-that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you you will find the strength to help.

I believe-that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I believe-that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

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