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Around our house back in the 70’s each family member played a key role in a young persons life.  Grandpa was the story teller, Grandma taught you to sew, cook, and knit.  Brothers taught you to pee standing up. Fathers taught you to be strong and not whiny.  Mothers taught you wisdom, idioms, how to be a better person, and the direction to go in life.  Mom knew her idioms and I always thought she could just pull them out of a hat because each time a situation arose she had an idiom for it.

Back in January I blogged about  idioms and the many she used to say, off the top of my head and the best I could remember but I forgot about this one – A bad start means a good finish.

For two months now I have been attempting to paint a mural on the gift shop wall and just couldn’t get started.  “I can’t paint,”  I could only draw a broken wheel with missing spokes.  So it was hard for me to attempt this challenge.  The French Gardener and I went out for supper one night 3 weeks ago and I turned the place mat over and decided to sketch out the wall mural. That place mat has been hanging on the wall this past 3 weeks and yesterday I got it done.  Surprised by the finish and today the gridwal gets assembled and everyone is saying don’t cover it up.

Here is my bad start to a good finish.

The place mat on the wall

The finished wall

There is a painted East Coast down the left side where we will put all our beachcombing finds from our big trip. The French Gardener is going to place small shelves where we can place little treasure.

What is PEI without a lighthouse

This is a section I really like

One of our favourite memories was in Provincetown.  We beachcombed all day up to the point and then joined in the Spooky Bear Event Street Party in Provincetown.

I am about to reach into the unfinished project jar and select the next one.  Do you have a project your are working on or need to finish? Perhaps something you started and just can’t get back at it to get it finished?  Let me know I’d love to read about it.

xo cindy


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When I hear someone use idioms my mind automatically falls back to my mom. She used idioms in every conversation that I remember, she knew them all. I don’t think I could list as many as she said but there is a good chance that Google could help with that.

The idiom “give them an inch and they’ll take a mile” is used to compare letting a person do someone once and they may take advantage of you for 3 or 4 times. An example of this would be letting your grand-daughter sit and eat at her little table once and each meal after she has to sit there or she just isn’t hungry. Usually it is with adults who know better but this was also a good example.

Ok, so let me try and remember a few she said, and I’m sure my sister in law could come on board with more.

  • Don’t count your chickens before they hatch – don’t rely on something until your sure of it.
  • If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another – when we did one thing wrong it followed by another then another.
  • You Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds You – don’t hurt anyone who tries to help you.
  • You’re Barking Up The Wrong Tree – when we did something wrong.
  • Rise and Shine – time to get out of bed and get ready for work/school.
  • You’re driving me up the wall – when my brother and I irritated and annoyed her.
  • The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall – if a bully was bigger and stronger than you and you were picked on at school she said this, I think because they might suffer the consequences harder for being bigger.
  • Sick As A Dog – you had to be throwing up to be sick as a dog.
  • It Takes Two To Tango – when my brother and I got into a fight, we were always both wrong.
  • You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover – it isn’t what people do on the outside it is who they are on the inside that counts.
  • A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned – don’t spend a cent and it is added to what is earned.
  • Never Cry Wolf – if you were crying because you were hurt it better not be a false alarm when I get there.
  • Like a chicken with its head cut off – I have never witnessed this but my brother and I would preform this chicken dance I think, lol. I’ll have to ask him about this one.

    My dad had only one, maybe he needed only one it was:

  • You’re The Little Spoke and I’m the Big Wheel.
    Ya, those were the good old days. I guess mother was the one who taught us most of life’s lessons.

    From Nothing Becomes Something; I’m not sure about this but I think it is making something out of nothing.

    A Dime a Dozen – this is in reference to plenty to be found. Sea glass is not plenty anymore.

    How about you, do you use any idoms? Do you have a favourite that you use all the time?

    I love reminiscing and the word. xo, cindy


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