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Monday, November 25, 2013

Oooh boy! Are we in trouble?

  The next came from a friend off the internet:

"The English language
has some wonderfully anthropomorphic
collective nouns for the
various groups of animals.

We are all familiar with a
Herd of cows,


Flock of chickens,








School of fish








And a Gaggle of geese, and
A Pride of lions.







However, less widely known is:
A Murder of crows









(as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens),

An Exaltation of doves







And, presumably because they look so wise:
A Congress of owls.








Now consider a group of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious,
most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates.........


And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

Believe it or not
A Parliament"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Story About the Middle Finger

The story as told by my friend Mary -
My nephew, Jim asked his dad, " Dad,  what does it mean when someone puts up their middle finger?"
Wilfred said, "Well, son, let me explain what each finger means."
He held up his thumb and said, " When you put your thumb up you are trying to hitch a ride."
"What about the next finger, dad?" said Jim.
"Well son, the next finger is your pointing finger, " said his dad, " When you point at something that is the finger you use."
"The next finger.... oh, we will skip it for now but the next finger is when you get married that is your RING finger, " said the dad.
"The little finger is your 'pinky' and it sticks out at a tea party when you drink your tea!"
"That middle finger is the one after you've been married a few years, you raise it up, hit yourself on the forehead and say,'What the frick have I done? Then you have to hope you can laugh!"
DRAWINGS TO FOLLOW  :-)
 

Monday, November 18, 2013

An ENGLISH Rule of Contractions

 
WHEN YOU REMOVE A LETTER AND ADD AN APOSTROPHE (')  it is then a
  CONTRACTION:


I'm is short for I am. Take out letter a  Add apostrophe '  you've got 
contraction I'm but NOT letter "a"
 - EASY, PEASY!  SMILE. 

It's - another one! Short for It is.

The two words shorten from it and is into one word it's called a CONTRACTION
 
 

 Contractions I'm and It's
Other Contractions: they're short for they and are
we'll short for we will
 
Fill in spaces with contractions from underlined words :
1)  I am _____  a happy person.
2) It is ______ time to go to bed.
3) The dogs are happy. They are _______ having fun.
4) We will ________ go to bed shortly.
 
ANSWERS: Contractions 1)  I'm   2) It's   3)  They're  4) We'll
 
 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Walk Between Two Friends

Shared from a friend of mine, Sharon, is the "Story of the Friends' Walk:"
"Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument and one friend slapped the other one in the face.

The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand;  "Today my best friend slapped me in the face."

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath.

The one who had been slapped got s
tuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him.

After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:  "Today my best friend saved my life."

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?"

The friend replied, "When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away but when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it!"

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve the good things that people do for us in stone!

Thank you my friend, Sharon.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Alphabet Pictures

 English Names of items
 
A a
   


ANSWERS:
1. I am Anne. This is an apple. 
2. Anne has an apron with lace on it.
 

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Teaching English Story - Grade 3 boy helps teach vowels!

LONG vowels say their own name:
A as in  tape;  E as in feet; I as in like



O as in goat; U as in cube



SHORT vowels say the short sound in words below:
a as in tap; e as in pet;  i as in it, mitt;


o as in doc; u as in cub


This next story will help you remember VOWELS in the alphabet.


Once upon a time a mom had borrowed sugar from her neighbour. She asked her little boy to return it the next day.
The little boy took the cup of sugar to the neighbour saying,
" A E, I O U (and sometimes Y is a vowel)  some sugar!"
So the vowels are "A E, I O U (and sometimes y)." this is a story as told to our class when Noel was about grade 3 or 4. I never forgot your wonderful little helpful hints about how to remember the vowels in the alphabet.
 
(Noel is a grown-up man with a family of his own now)
 by Prairie Gal

Saturday, November 9, 2013

WAR BRIDES and more by Artist Beverly Tosh

I have checked with artist, Bev Tosh, via her son, Scott. He's given permission to look at her War Bride paintings on my blog as a posting.  They came to marry the soldiers they had fallen in love with during the Second World War. Would they, could they love the men living on the prairies back on farms after the war was over?
The man was home, the war over, but the women who'd married their loves were now far from the homes where they'd grown up. It was very different and daunting for them.

 Canadian Artist, Bev Tosh, looks at them with a critical but loving eye - her mother was among the many War Brides coming to the soldiers with whom they'd fallen in love.
My idea is to look over Bev Tosh's research of War Brides as another Remembrance Day comes to the forefront and instill romanticism into the coldness
of the month of November.
One song comes to mind:
"Glad You Came," by The Wanted,
Sung by  a sweet lass:

Please read the credits after the song.
 
BELOW CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO SEE MORE OF ARTIST
BEVERLY TOSH'S  INFORMATION OF PAINTINGS AND MORE OF
"WAR BRIDES"
 www.bevrijdingsmuseum.nl/Basis.aspx?Tid=746&Lid=23...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James

The book, Fifty Shades of Grey,  published in 2011 written by British Author E.L. James is a daring examination of "erotic romanticism!" Excitement mounts in our lonely lives where each of us are essentially all alone whether in a crowded city or on a very small acreage or farm.
Someone shouted knowingly, "We are all alone!" when another cried, "I am all alone!"  Cutting like a knife was truth.


 
 
Hey! How about "50 SHADES OF HAY" especially since this BLOG is
"One Foot in the Furrow"?
HERE IT IS, "50 SHADES OF HAY"!
 
HOT, HOT, HOT!
 

 


Monday, November 4, 2013

REMEMBRANCE DAY ** MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013 **

 
IT'S CANADA
 AND WE REMEMBER ALL THE SOLDIERS 
GIVING OF THEIR LIVES
SO WE CAN BE FREE.
 
Remembrance Day
November 11, 2013
 "The Last Post" found on You Tube
Thank you.