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Are you a Grinch or a Griswold?

Posted December 18, 2013 by Tracy in Miscellaneous | 3 Comments

I have to say that I love going to see Christmas lights every year. There are a few areas in our city where the entire neighborhood decorates and it’s like a winter wonderland (one of the neighborhoods actually call their display Winter Wonderland!). It doesn’t snow here or even get too too cold so this is one way the kids and I get to think of an actual winter, with snow. 

This is a picture from one of the local displays

At home we kind of do the basics. We have large white bulbs strung along the roof’s edge all along the front of the house and we have a little reindeer that lights up as well as a snowman. We live on a hill and the way the house is set up you can’t really see that part of the lawn any time whether you’re going up the hill or down the hill so really those additions are just for our own enjoyment. In the end I’m not exactly a Grinch, where I put nothing on the house, but I’m not a Griswold either. 🙂

Are they Grinch-y or just funny and lazy?  lol

So what are you? Do you put up lights on the house for Christmas? Are you like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation or are you a Grinch and don’t decorate at all? (which is good too, sometimes! lol) 

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For My Southern Friends (and now a lot of my family!)

Posted March 14, 2013 by Tracy in Miscellaneous | 0 Comments

One of my sisters, who now lives in Alabama, sent this to me.  Since half my family lives in the south now, with my mom and dad in Tennessee, I think I need to read this carefully and learn the lingo (although I knew a lot of it already).  Enjoy! 

True Southerner

Only a true Southerner knows the difference between a “hissie fit” and a “conniption,” and that you don’t “have” them, so much as you “pitch’ them.

Nobody but a true Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc. make up a mess.

A true Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of “yonder.”

A true Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is, as in “Going to town, be back directly.”

Even true Southern babies know that “Gimme some sugar” is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.

All true Southerners know exactly when “by and by” is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.

True Southerners know instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. (If the trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin’.)

True Southerners grow up knowing the difference between “right near” and “a right far’ piece.” They know that “just down the road” can be one mile or twenty.

True Southerners both know and understand the differences between a redneck, a good ol’ boy, and po’ white trash.

No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.

True Southerners know that “fixin” can be used both as a noun, verb, and adverb.

A true Southerner knows how to understand Southern: a booger can be a resident of the nose, a descriptive (“That ol’booger!”) or something that jumps out at you in the dark and scares you spitless.

True Southerners make friends standing in lines. We don’t do “queues,” we do “lines.” And when we’re in line, we talk to everybody.

Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they’re related, if only by marriage.

True Southerners never refer to one person as “y’all.”

True Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.

Every true Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that redeye gravy is also a breakfast food; that fried green tomatoes are not breakfast food.

When you hear someone say, “Well, I called myself lookin’,” you know you’re in the presence of a genuine Southerner.

Southerners say “sweet tea” and “sweet milk.” Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it – we do not like our tea unsweetened; “sweet milk” means you don’t want buttermilk.

And a true Southerner knows you don’t scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 on the freeway. You say, “Bless her heart” and go your way.

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I Have the BEST Friends!

Posted May 13, 2011 by Tracy in Miscellaneous | 11 Comments

I really do have the best friends ever.  I get little notes just to say hi and see how I’m doing and it really makes me smile and feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know that people are thinking about me.  It’s so thoughtful and so deeply appreciated.
This is one I got yesterday and nothing says friendship better than this:
Didn’t I tell ya? Warm and fuzzy.
The Best. Friends. Ever.
(Sorry, Blogger ate this post so I’m re-posting – but your comments disappeared. 🙁 )

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Pet Names – Yes or No?

Posted February 3, 2011 by Tracy in Miscellaneous | 15 Comments

One of the first Valentine’s Days that my hubby and I spent together he bought me this sleep shirt that had huge red hearts on it and the front was filled with endearments – sweetheart, pumpkin, sweetie, baby, honey, dumpling, etc. We had a fun time making up our own pet names combining some of the names on the shirt.  Eventually our favorite combo was Precious Pumpkin Butt (no I don’t think butt was on the shirt but we couldn’t resist adding it!).  That was 18 or 19 years ago and to this day we still sometimes sign cards to each other “Your P.P.B.”.  We don’t actually call each other the name – ever.  Do we have pet names for each other other than the joke one?  Kind of.  Sometimes I call him baby – sometimes hey you, (lol) but mostly I just call him by his name.
So what brought this up?  Lately I’ve read some books where pet names have been included and frankly the ones they use have annoyed me.
“Petal” was one that was used recently and I couldn’t help roll my eyes every time I read it – which was frequent.  Maybe it bugged me because he’d met the woman 10 minutes prior to giving her the name and he had no clue what her name was or anything about her? IDK, but once he learned her name the pet name continued.
Yesterday I read a book where the man was calling the girl “little heart”.  I’m sorry – why would you want to call the woman you love something that brings to mind The Grinch?  I don’t think I’d like to be known as little heart – I’ve got a big one dammit! lol
When I was at Holly’s recently Lori reminded us of a book where the heroine was called “little flower” constantly.  Why?  Why do you insist on calling her that?  Do you hate the woman’s name? Did you forget what her real name was? lol 
Pet names don’t always irritate me.  I guess it all comes down to the appeal of the pet name in the story, how often it’s used and the why behind the name in the first place.  I absolutely need an explanation of why you’re calling your man or woman that name.
So do pet names annoy you or not?  What are some of the ones that have and why?

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