The View From Here – It’s A Feel Good Friday – Hold Your Horses! And Other Old School Stuff

By: Carrie Buchanan

22/5/2020

Carrie Buchanan

I told my 17-year-old today to “hold her horses” and she laughed at me.  Because she honestly had never heard that expression before.  “Mom, you’re funny, you’re ridiculous, nobody says that! ” and she went on to question just what that meant.  How does one “hold your horse”?  I asked her, “OK, so what do you teenagers say when you’re telling someone to slow it down or stop?”

To which she oh so quickly replied with even more laughter “STOP!”

“Hold your horses” is TOO a thin and people do still say that.  It’s a way of urging caution, “slow down, don’t go so fast – hold your horses.”  But I had to figure out where it came from and what does it mean?  Wikipedia to the rescue.

“Hold your horses”, sometimes said as “Hold the horses”, wait. The phrase is historically related to horse riding or travelling by horse, or driving a horse-drawn vehicle. A number of explanations, all unverified, have been offered for the origins of the phrase, dating back to usage in Ancient Greece.

The saying is typically used when someone is rushing into something. It is often combined with linked idioms such as cool your jets. However it also has a more literal meaning and in certain circumstances is the preferred idiom to use. “Hold your horses” literally means to keep your horse(s) still, not to be confused with holding them in a stable. Someone is to slow down when going too fast,[1] or to be patient before acting.

It is usually followed up with an explanation to demonstrate why you should wait.[3]

Which makes me wonder how many other expressions we’ve just gotten used to using.

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House dresses are making a comeback. I automatically think of Carole Brady, June Cleaver, and Alice from The Honeymooners.  Always looking their best while taking care of their family and the house.

I want to be more like June Cleaver.  Put together.  Classy.  Which makes me want to know more about the house dress trend.  I look at myself, like today, still in my workout top and a pair of pants that the cast of Queer Eye would instantly throw in the trash and tell me never to wear again – in or out of the house.  They are old summer capris.  I know. Hideous.  Which makes me want to know more about the house dress trend.

A  house dress is described as a type of simple dress worn informally at home for household chores or for quick errands.

” The term originated in the late nineteenth century to describe at-home garments designed for maximum practicality and usually made from washable fabrics. It is directly descended from the Mother Hubbard dress.[2] The house dress remains a contemporary and frequently worn garments in some parts of the world.

Okay then.  How do I get me one?  Because I don’t see myself wearing any of the “work clothes” that are gathering dust in my closet anytime soon.  And I can’t really live in sweaty workout clothes forever. Right? (smile)

Washable, casual enough for household chores, but still tailored enough to run to the grocery store.  And comfortable!  No buttons.  No waistband. And  no thinking about what you’re wearing. Throw it on and you’re done.  I’m interested.  Time to channel those old tv moms.

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And on this FEEL GOOD FRIDAY – a reminder to get outside!!!!!  From the Canadian Mental Health Association – getting out in nature has the ability to positively influence our mood, reduce stress and increase energy and motivation!  It’s so good for you.  And now that warmer weather is here, it’s a great chance to spend time in nature!  There are many benefits to spending time in nature –

  • It gets our bodies moving and has benefits on our physical and mental well-being
  • It allows us to take a break from technology and the stressors around us and become more mindful of our current surroundings

Take advantage of the nice weather this weekend and spend some time in nature and reap the benefits that it brings!

I love walking the trails and taking in the sights and sounds around me.  If you love to bird watch – this is a great time.  Lots of birds passing through Canatara Park on their spring migration.

And this is such a great time of year to be out!  Everything is coming alive and the air is fresh.

 

 

 

 

 

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