Young and throughout her life.
I'm not sure if it came from her mother or father or her grandparents.
The watched pot never boils.
An old saying referring to water being boiled or cooked on a wood stove.
Maple burns hot.
There is a vast range of how wood burns and what wood you have available to you.
Hot and fast and slow and long.
Intense heat and soft heat.
The position on the stove.
The type of pot.
How large or small.
How full and what.
Thousands of variables.
Seeming to take forever for the bed of coals and stove and pan to slowly heat the water to boiling so that you can cook your food or wash your clothes or whatnot.
Like a superstition that it would never boil as long as you watched it but would slowly begin with small bubbles at its side and slowly become an actual boil if you stopped watching.
Wanting it to boil so badly so that you could get things done and get on with other things.
An important occurrence.
Getting that water to boil.
Did salt slow it down or speed it up.
All the time roasting from the heat of the stove and adding more wood or coal to it selectively getting the fire just right.
The kettle or boiling pan very important too and where you placed it and how you positioned the lid.
Boiling is a big deal.
Getting that pot boiling a bigger deal still and then when you add things it slows down again and you have to wait all over again.
Cooking or washing clothes usually.
Just steaming works for clothes but for cooking you need boiling.
An old saying handed down from generation to generation.
She used to talk about the "fly on the wall' too.
To express if there was a fly on the wall seeing the real truth vs what was being said or knaveri knaveryd
The fly would know the truth but of course fly's can't talk even if they do know and see the truth.
The unseen fly on the wall taking it all in.
I just polished off a good if not great ribeye steak.
Cooked hard and hot on high heat with just a little salt and black pepper added after cooking.
Pan fried in a little bit of bacon grease.
Nice cold water to drink.