For Valentines day this year The Hubby got me a lovely big box of Milk Tray, because I have a very sweet tooth. So does he actually, which is probably why he ate almost half the box himself!! Turns out Oliver likes Milk Tray too 🙂 Or at least sleeping on top of the box! Just as well all the sweets were gone by the time I took this pic or they would have been reduced to Mush Tray instead of Milk Tray, hehehehe!
I seem to be wondering about truly random stuff lately. Not all of it cat related either! Maybe I really am turning in to a batty cat lady :p One of these random wanderings was on the phrase ‘the cats pyjamas’, as in ‘wow that’s so cool, it’s the cats pyjamas’!
Where do these phrases come from?? I pondered for a bit and then decided just to Google it 😀 And this is what I found on Urban Dictionary
An adjective used by hipsters of the 1920’s to describe a person who is the best at what they do.
Also used to describe another person who is genial and fun to be with.
This term has been recently popularized by the movie ‘The School of Rock’.
“Martin sure knows how to dance, he’s the cats pyjamas, man!”
by Mitch May 31, 2004
1920s Lingo describing someone (something) who is great, incredible or special. Usually indicating stylishness or innovation. Pyjamas were a relatively new fashion in the 1920s. The term “cat” was beginning to be used as a term to describe the out going and unconventional jazz-age flappers.
That girl wearing those Paris Hilton sunglasses must think she’s the cats pyjamas.
Those crazy rhinestone studded platinum teeth are the cat’s pyjamas!
by Thomas the Bombest May 10, 2007
So it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with cats, as in felines. Other than cats are so cool that they started a trend in the English language 🙂
I still think that a cat in a pyjamas would be a pretty cool and funny thing to see though 😀
Ever wondered where those road reflectors came from? Who invented them and why they came about? Well wonder no more!
The romantic version of the story of how the Yorkshire road mender Percy Shaw invented the Cats eye is that one foggy night in 1933 he was driving back to his home in the Boothtown area of Halifax from nearby Bradford when he hit a perilous stretch of road with a sheer drop down a hillside to the right of the road.
Drivers like Shaw usually depended on the reflection of their car headlights in tram tracks to guide them along the road, but the tracks had been removed for repair. It was so dark and foggy that Shaw could not see where the road ended and the hillside began, until suddenly he spotted in the darkness the reflections of his car headlamps in the eyes of a cat sitting by the road. It is then that he is said to have hit upon the idea for replicating the reflection of a cat’s eyes to guide drivers along dark and dangerous roads.
This story & more about Percy himself can be found at http://www.designmuseum.org/design/percy-shaw 🙂
Happy New Year to you all! A bit late I know, but it’s the thought that counts :)!! I’m currently trying to sort through my photos and transfer them from my laptop to my external. When I have that done, I’ll post some of the photos I took of the two fur babies over Christmas!
They got lots of presents of course, but I think they had the best fun playing with the sweet wrappers from the Roses and Quality Street, hehehe!
Here are some others who want to say ‘Happy New Year!!’
Amidst my already busy life I suddenly feel the need to take up a new pass time. Perhaps not so much take up a new one as revisit an old one! Spurred on by friend and fellow blogger Lou, over at CraftyRainbowhead, I’m considering taking up knitting again. The funny thing is, I was put off thinking I don’t really have the time to commit to a big project like a jumper or something. I left a comment on Lou’s blog page saying as much, in her response she mentioned ‘I’m sure there are moggie related knit designs!’ Hmm I thought to myself, that could be interesting! I would never subject the fur babies to wearing clothes mind you, let alone something I might produce, they are far too dignified for that. Me on the other hand, I’d happily wear a kitty inspired creation, hehehe! However I found something even more exciting!
I simply Goggled ‘knitting patterns cats’ and found ChristineLandry.com. The perfect starting point for my knitting, little cute animals and even an adorable Bumblebee cat toy! This lead me on to further wonders and possibilities for knitting and cats. Catnip Mice over in Wilderness Witch Knits, and for when I get a bit more experienced the Cozy Cat Crescent found on Orange Fish Knits. For anyone else interested in knitted pet projects I recommend checking out Knitting Pattern Central, there Pet section has a huge list of links for dogs and cats.
Hopefully this is not how Poppy & Oliver will end up :D!!!
I must say I am inspired and excited by all these little projects and can hardly wait to start on one. Here’s hoping I can tell my plain from my purl!!!