B is for bed

“As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.” Or: “You made your bed, now sleep in it.” (Wie man sich bettet, so liegt man.) This is rather moralizing, don’t you think? Unless, of course, you’re Gianna Nannini singing Kurt Weill. Anyhow, life sometimes lets you get up and remake the bed, and sometimes it even gives you boards and nails to build a new one from scratch.

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, weathy and wise.” (Benjamin Franklin) (Morgenstund’ hat Gold im Mund.) This saying works quite well if you’ve begun experiencing senile insomnia, like me. But oh, those poor souls who just don’t feel like getting out of bed before daybreak…

My favorite bed quote? “And so to bed…” (Samuel Pepys)  Yes! Rolling home!

A is for apples

Advent is here, and here comes my advent calendar, based on the alphabet and my favorite sayings.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This seems to be based on the olde English saying, “Ate an apfel avore gwain to bed, make the doctor beg his bread.”

“It’s as American as apple pie.” Did you know that when we speak of the “upper crust” of society, or rich folks, that is actually a term connected to apple pie?  Since apples were cheap, but lard or butter were expensive, people would save on the crust and just make an open pie. If you could afford the upper crust, well, that’s what you were. (source) A second possible explanation is that in a traditional manor house oven, the bottom crust of a pie might have been burnt, but the top would be perfect, so the bottom was for the servants, while the top was for the masters. (source)