Monday, December 28, 2009
Some Advice For Your House And Home...!
With the up coming New Year, it's time for all of us to consider a number of things.
We are all looking forward to the cleaning, the re-arranging, the redecorating and all the things associated with the end of the Christmas season, right?
During this time, we might be aware that there are a lot of "Old Wives" tales and advice about the home. It's always interesting to look back at some of these, and sometimes we may find a nugget or two of true wisdom in them.
Some of these you may have heard in some fashion or another, some of them you may not know! Take a look...
* Scatter Solomon's seal on the floor to banish serpents and venomous creatures from the room.
* To protect your house from lightning, gather hazel tree branches on Palm Sunday and keep them in water.
* Add caraway seeds to chicken feed to keep poultry from wandering. Feed the seeds to homing pigeons to help them find their way back.
* Stuff fennel in your keyhole or hang it over your door to protect against witches.
* Never carry a hoe into the house. If you do so by mistake, carry it out again, walking backward to avoid bad luck.
* Never walk under a ladder, which is Satan's territory. If you must do it, cross your fingers or make the sign of the fig (closed fist, with thumb between index and middle fingers).
* If you give a steel blade to a friend, make the recipient pay you a penny to avoid cutting the friendship.
* Never give a knife as a housewarming present, or your new neighbor will become an enemy.
* Never pound a nail after sundown, or you will wake the tree gods.
* Nail an evergreen branch to new rafters to bring good luck. An empty hornets' nest, hung high, also will bring good luck to a house of any age.
* When you move to a new house, always enter first with a loaf of bread and a new broom. Never bring an old broom into the house.
I don't really know if there is any truth in any of these old tales, but they sure are fun to read, don't you think?
Now, my friends, let's get some coffee and retire to the kitchen...always the warmest place in the house!