Thursday, October 30, 2014

Folk Saying: Crow

Yes, I know these are not crows, but I have been dying to use this photo!
Taken by Kimberly Burnette-Dean 10/28/14

Have you ever heard the saying, "I've got a crow to pick with you?" My dad used it all of the time and I also have heard many other people use it too. He used to say that to me if I had forgotten to do something or did something wrong. For example, I would come into the room and he would say "I've got a crow to pick with you!"  Then he might follow that up with I forgot to pick him up some Pepsi the last time I went to the grocery store. Basically, he was saying that he had a complaint against me. If you have ever heard someone say "I've got a bone to pick with you", it means the same thing.

I finally found this in The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898), page 254): on the Internet Archive.

 "I must pluck a crow with you; I have a crow to pick with you. 
I am displeased with you, and must call you to account.
 I have a small complaint to make against you. 
In Howell’s proverbs (1659) we find the following, 
“I have a goose to pluck with you,” used in the same sense." (p. 254)

Have you ever heard or used this saying?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Memphis Belle: A Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress


 I was sitting outside my house on September 1 and heard a loud rumble in the sky. When I looked up I saw the beautiful Memphis Belle flying directly toward my house!  OH NO! My camera was INSIDE. When I am sitting outside, I almost always have my camera with me. Dang. I ran in and picked up the camera and was able to catch this photo as it flew back towards the airport. I waited and waited for it to fly back by again, but it never did.


I later found out that it was going to be back at the Roanoke airport on September 6 & 7 for tours and rides. It must be amazing to fly in it, but the cost for flights was $450.  A bit beyond what I have to spend! Plus, I have to work both of those days.

 While at work on September 6, I kept on hearing a loud rumble. Finally, I went outside and the Memphis Belle was flying over the library.  Fortunately, I almost always have my camera with me at work, so I ran indoors and grabbed my camera. 

Such a beautiful machine and to think about all of the history that it has seen. 

 I love that you can see the glass nose so well in this photo.

 A beautiful plane!

To read more about The Memphis Belle go to: 

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rain Crows

Have you ever heard a rain crow? When I was growing up, my Grandpa Burnette told me that any time that you can hear a rain crow calling, it will rain later on that day or night.

For years, I thought that a rain crow is what it was really called. One day I commented to a co-worker about a rain crow that was calling.  He looked at me a bit strangely and asked me what I was talking about.  I told him to listen a minute and I would tell him when I heard it again. He then told me that it was a yellow-billed cuckoo!

Listen for the rain crow.  You are guaranteed that it will rain when you hear one!

Visit this link to hear the rain crow.

I posted about rain crows and other rain signs a couple of years ago here.

For other folk sayings and beliefs, click on "Folk Sayings" & "Folk Beliefs" under the Topics Cloud in the right hand column.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

A Beautiful Spring Day!

Great day for drying alpaca fiber!  Ozzy is supervising.
What a gorgeous spring day to sit outside!
Ozzy strolling around
Virginia Dogwood and Redbud Trees blooming in the woods
Baby Maple Leaves
Ornamental Cherry Tree
Virginia Dogwood
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Wool Roving for Sale!

Just listed new hand-dyed wool roving for sale!
  Click here for more details and ordering information.

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