July 11, 2013

THURSDAY, JULY 11th, 2013 - "Having more money dosen"t make you happier. I have 50 million dollars but I'm just as happy as I was when I had 48 million". Arnold Schwarzenegger

SUNDAY, JULY 14th, 2013 - Join us for morning worship at 10:00 am - Rev. Matt McKay leading. We will celebrate communion.

SUMMER FESTIVITIES: The Leslieville Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 9:00 - 2:00 at Jonathan Ashbridge Park - south side of Queen just west of Coxwell. AND the Leslieville Flea Market is open on the third Sunday of every month through until October. You can find it "behind the Duke" south of Queen on Leslie. A collection of vendors selling unique and interesting items.

The Rotary group is offering Senior Movies at the Fox. Free to Seniors, July 25th the movie is MAD. Refreshments at 10:00 am movie at 10:30. I am not sure if this is a regular Thursday event.

NOTE: The work on the old/new windows is moving along. Susan Kopulos and I are ready to begin work on the two "Burning Bush" windows for the Glen Manor windows. One of the "banners" under the burning bush had to be replaced and it was picked up this past week. So the work can begin and now we just have to pay for it. It's going to be great!


In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not 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 stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.!

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So, they would dig up coffins and take the bones to a bone-house and reuse the grave. When opening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive - so they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, 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 (the graveyard shift) to listen for the bell; thus, someone, could be, "saved by the bell" or was considered "a dead ringer."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers 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 to see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of "holding a wake".

Have a good week - MB