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A GREAT IDEA! PLEASE SIGN AND FORWARD this petition to build a Wildlife Overpass for the Salt River Wild Horses!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 | Filed under Handy Tips

This is a GREAT idea!  Wildlife overpasses are so important to allow the natural migratory paths for so many animals.

We humans build things… and often forget about the natural life around.

Today, we have an opportunity to help the Salt River Wild Horses – and, hopefully, more animals in the future.

Please sign petition here to ask for a Wildlife Bridge for the Salt River Wild Horses!

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We, the undersigned citizens, urge you to work with federal, state and local authorities for the immediate and urgent construction of a wildlife overpass in the Coon Bluff/Bush Highway area over Flag Hill in the Tonto National Forest. This overpass is necessary to protect the safety of the public and wild horses and other wildlife living within the Forest.

Wildlife overpasses have been effective in protecting wildlife and reducing vehicular collisions in the United States and across the world, including in Arizona. The financial investment in the construction of wildlife overpasses in other areas has been recovered within several years through drastically reduced wildlife-vehicle collisions resulting in cost savings for the government and the private sector (such as the insurance industry).

Without an overpass, the famed Salt River wild horses, who are an important ecotourism resource for the area, will lose access to 40 percent of their habitat on the south side of Bush Highway. This area provides critical seasonal migratory habitat and forage that is a crucial part of the Salt River horses’ diet.

The State of Arizona has taken a strong stand in support of protecting the Salt River wild horses, who are beloved by citizens worldwide. State law protects these iconic wild horses in the habitat where they have historically lived along the lower Salt River.

We urge you to support the construction of a wildlife overpass over Bush Highway in the Tonto National Forest, as it is critical to protecting public safety and ensuring the well-being of the Salt River wild horses as intended under state law.

Thank you for your consideration.


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Ever wonder how certain expressions made it into our lexicon? “Throw the Baby out with the bathwater…” A perfect read for a Sunday!

Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | Filed under Handy Tips

I found this article on a FB page called THE FARMACY.  I had always wondered how we came to have these expressions in our language!   I found this to be a fun read.  Perfect for a Sunday!

The Farmacy   January 7 at 7:41 PM ·
People used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor”. But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot. They “didn’t have a pot to piss in”.
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of 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 cats and other small animals (mice, 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 mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, “Dirt poor.” The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

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.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

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 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 and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening 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.

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