I will be needing some distractions, having said goodbye to Millie this morning. The house is eerily quiet and where is the challenge in tidying up when there are no little hands to pull everything out again? A timely email has brought news of enough interests and distractions to keep gloom at bay for a very long time. Rose Baron, editor of a fascinating website called Random History, invited me to take a look here.
The website is packed with carefully researched information on all manner of topics including word origins, Christmas customs, fashion, chairs, American weddings and many more random topics for "the curious mind." I have dipped in and I know that regular visitors to Random Distractions will find many items of interest there so I will be adding a link to Random History and Word Origins for the Curious Mind to the sidebar.
On my first visit, I selected Women from the list of topics and found 36 random facts, quite a few of them were new to me. Here is one that I hope doesn't come back into fashion:
The English language originally delineated between women in different stages of life with the terms “maiden,” “mother,” and “crone.” A maiden referred to a young girl who was unmarried, a mother referred to a woman in her child-bearing years, and a crone described a post-menopausal woman.c
I really don't want to be an old crone! I shall just have to keep my mind active and conversation interesting with lots of new-found information and perhaps no-one will notice the physical decline.