My Husband "Subvet" says that when our first son "Sonshine" was born the sun rose on our world, when our second son "Gator" was born the sun laughed and when our daughter "Sugars" was born all the flowers bloomed. That says it all.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

Your mind is the garden, your
thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds. — William

Saturday, October 6, 2007


OK folks, it's Saturday night and time to once again hand out the awards from my Thesaurus Thursday post.

Guess what!

I actually have AWARDS to pass out now!! Thanks to diane!!

She did a great job on these and I'm thrilled to have em on my little blog!

So winners, feel free to show off your prizes (and Diane's abilities) on your blogs.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE......................................


Dippy--Just a small dab of French onion on your plate for your chips.

drndl: Obviously, what a female redneck doll sez when her man doll runs off with Barbie!

"That cheatin' man a mine done runned off with that drndl...."

Dippy - silly, ridiculous

the dictionary definitions are:

dippy - foolish or somewhat crazy.

dirndl - A Dirndl is a type of traditional dress worn in southern Germany and Austria, based on the historical costume of Alpine peasants. It has a tight bodice, low neck, full skirt, lacy blouse, and apron. While appearing to be simple and plain, a properly-made, modern dirndl might be quite expensive.

In the south german dialects (bairisch), 'dirndl' originally referred to a young woman or a girl. Nowadays, 'dirndl' may equally refer to either a young woman, or to the dress as described in this article.

Dirndl is loosely based on Trachten, the traditional dress of Bavaria and Austria. Trachten is much older, and is very highly crafted and expensive. It has a different style and crest for each village, along with unusual hats and accessories.

Dirndl originated as a simplified form of Trachten, for Austrian servants uniforms in the 19th century (dirndlegewand means "maid's dress"). Simple forms were also worn commonly by working women in plain colours or a simple check.

The Austrian upper classes adopted it as high fashion in the 1870s.

The winter style has heavy, warm skirts and aprons made of heavy cotton, linen, velvet or wool, and long sleeves. The colors are usually rich and dark.

The summer style is lighter and more frivolous, has short sleeves, and is often made of lightweight cotton, silk or satin in brighter, summery colours.

Styles worn as national dress or to annual festivals can be highly ornamented with patterns and frills.

Accessories may include a long apron tied round the waist (mimicking the original form of a maid or peasant), a waistcoat or a wool shawl. For colder weather there are heavy dirndl coats in the same cut as the dresses, with a high neck and front buttons, thick mittens and wool hats.

The dirndl is generally restricted to Bavaria and Austria, but is also seen in these regions by women in the folk music business (which often targets an older conservative audience in Germany).

In Bavaria, it may often be seen on women working in tourism-related businesses, and sometimes waitresses in traditional-style restaurants or biergartens. However, despite being far from an everyday dress, a common woman in southern Bavaria may sometimes wear it at formal occasions (much like a Scotsman wearing a kilt) and certain traditional events. Surprisingly, it is hugely popular even among young women at the time of the Oktoberfest in Munich (and similar festivals in southern Germany), although most young women will only wear dirndl-style dresses (called Landhausmode), which may deviate by numerous ways and are often much cheaper.

(A typical Oktoberfest Dirndl)

Popular designs are often less plain and much more revealing and provocative (e.g. having a short skirt and/or displaying significant cleavage). A true dirndl at the Oktoberfest is usually a good way of distinguishing between a native Bavarian, and non-native visitors or residents in Bavaria.

Where the knot on the apron is an indicator of the woman's matial status. A knot tied on the woman's left side indicates she is single, a knot tied on the right means she is married, and a knot tied in back means the woman is widowed.


I may be rather dippy, but you'll never convince me to wear a drindl in this Texas heat!

I must say it was quite hard to pick winners this week! If I get more than 10 comments I'm gonna pull in a guest judge!!

So, until next Thursday, keep learning and spreading smiles!


Diane J. said...

Well, I was just plain old WRONG about the dirndl, wasn't I? I don't believe I'll be wearing one anytime soon either. It's still 82ºF at 9 pm. Definitely not dirndl weather! ;D

jennifer said...

I love the awards! Great job Diane!!!

Well crud, wrong again....I even spelled the Dirndl wrong...I thought it had no vowels!

Well all I can say is same time same place I'll be back!

Diane teach me how you do the little clip art thingies!

Diane J. said...

I just find something of my own or do a Google search for something that's not copyrighted, then right click and save the image to my computer.

Then it gets complicated. You have to have some kind (I actually have about 4) of photo software that will let you add text and resize your photo/clipart.

If anybody needs help with the code to add it to your sidebars, Mighty Mom can probably help, or I can fix it up if needed.

If you have any particular questions email me or leave me a comment.

Jackie said...

Well, that was too fun. I came over from Pen of Jen to have a look-see and now I think I may be hooked on Thesaurus Thursday. Thanks!

Penless Thoughts said...

Congrats on your Silly Goose Award. How cute is that?

You actually had 2 words that I knew this week!!!! Can't believe it. I didn't know it was a German style but I knew I'd heard it with skirt sytle. Wheeee I feel relieved I actually knew something you posted!!!!

diana said...

i always learn something over here. i figure that someday i'm going to actually know what one of your words means.

MightyMom said...

Diana, the point is to increase our knowledge....remember, I don't ever pick words I know.

Susan, YOU SMARTY PANTS! why didn't you say so?? next time you know em put the answers up and you'll get an award!!

Jackie, glad to have you! I try to be more prompt than I was last week!

Stephanie said...

Woohoo! I won something! lol Haven't won anything since about 1982! Thanks MightyMom! I'll see if I can copy it to my site.