I found some interesting stuff when browsing the internet on this site: http://www.thatsweird.net/history9.shtml
It is about life in the 1500s. You know, after reading that site, I would have to say that those people were really tough but sure did come up with ways of getting past some of their problems and these ways became customs or sayings that still exist today. For instance:
Most people married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good in June. However, they were starting to smell so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the sons and other men, then the women, and finally the children - last of all the babies. By then, the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it; hence the saying, "don't throw the baby out with the bath water."
And, how about these:
The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh on the floor to help their footing. As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until it would all start slipping outside when you opened the door. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway, a "thresh hold."
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which was quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man "could bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat.
OK, there are a lot more on the web-site I listed at the start of my blog. Go there and read some more of them if you like. You can't say that life in the 1500s was boring, that is for sure. Now be careful on slippery floors and lets fry some bacon and chew the fat so that we all can have a great day, you hear?