When I travel, I love it when I hear local colloquialisms or idioms. Those little interesting gifts of language with a wonderful twist or clever analogy all wrapped up with a bow. According to Webster’s dictionary an Idiom is a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words. (E.g. it’s raining cats and dogs.) I remember being in Missouri many years ago and when a farmer was asked how the weather had been, the responder said. ‘Drier than a coon’s ass.’ I thought, hmmmm ok, how does one know if a raccoon ass is dry or not. Did someone inspect it to find out? And yes I realize now that it could have been a racially biased idiom, but still, how would they know an ass, any ass, is dry or not? It just makes me go hmmmm and idioms are just plain fun to think about, they let my imagination run wild. At any rate, I love those silly expressions that people come up with. I was walking with a lovely group of ladies on a trail today with the Trail Dames organization. This particular trail is frequented by ponies. Ponies in reality are just horses and both ponies and horses are really big animals. As with all animals, ponies do poop, really big poop while walking, so it leaves a trail, a poop trail. As we were walking along and came upon a pile of poop that extended several feet, one of the ladies remarked that her grandfather always said ‘Walk carefully around the meadow muffins.’ How freakin awesome is that? I mean really, meadow muffins. How cute is that? It’s so much better than poop or shit. Meadow muffins in my estimation, priceless and genius! What other fun idioms or words for poop do you know? I’d love to hear them.
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What happens when an upbeat, sociable, single, empty nester in midlife, outdoor enthusiast, critter gal, science geek, history buff, treasure hunter with an addiction to brown signs and the wanderlust, embarks on a 4 month road trip in her Chevy pickup truck, loaded with a tent, kayak, bicycle, 5 changes of clothes, her laptop, and cell phone, by herself, that essentially turned into a fulltime lifestyle?