Friday Finds #5

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I’m dropping in for a quick Friday Finds post.  I know I’ve been scarce on the blog lately  but my darling daughter, Catie, has done an awesome job filling in for me.  Soon, I’ll divulge what I’ve been doing.  Click on the pics below for more details of each find.

In case you missed the beginning of Catie’s Cooking Challenge, we had grilled vegetable sandwiches with homemade pesto mayo.  Delicious!

sandwich 1With the holidays coming and cards to be addressed, Jones Design Company comes to the rescue with “How to Create Fake Calligraphy.” Looks do-able!

If calligraphy is too much for you, Wordmark.it is wonderful.  You can compare what you want to say in all of your fonts at one time in order to choose the right one.   — Genius!  Thanks, Just a Girl for sharing!

I could look at these winning photos from the National Geographic Photo Contest all day.

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Winning photo by Marko Korosec

 

Last, but certainly not least, 10 Old School Southern Rules to make those of you from the South smile in remembrance and the rest of you think we’re crazy!     https://i1.wp.com/d3j6r9fi0pmzp0.cloudfront.net/style/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/FI_Southern-Rules.jpgBlessings,

Mimi

“I’ve known all along from the evidence of your words that you meant them to last forever.”  Psalm 119:152  The Message

Eighth Notes and Writing Challenges

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I can hardly believe that October is almost here.  For the last several years, I have participated in a writing challenge during the month of October.  Now that the start date is looming in 6 days, I’m starting to get antsy.  Even now, as I am thinking about what I will write, my foot is tapping staccato eighth notes in allegro.

I have a working topic but I’m struggling with finding the time to actually pull it together.  I’ll announce on Monday. {That’s a great idea; put it off for a few more days -hehehe!}

Until then, if you didn’t get a chance to see my posts from the past two years, you can check them out below.  Just click on either button and it will take you to the 31 Day Series page.  From that location, you can view any or all to your heart’s content.

2012

Day 25 of 31 Days of Books off my Shelf

2013

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See you on Friday for Friday Finds #3!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living your way.”  Psalm 119:66 The Message

Hissy Fit vs Conniption Fit

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Southerners can’t be sweet all the time.  We try our best to be warm, friendly and charming but sometimes, things just go wrong.  Sometimes, we loose our cool, calm, collected exterior and the cup pour-eth over.

What happens when we have a breakdown?  We pitch a hissy fit or a conniption fit.   These two types of tantrums are not becoming of a lady but sometimes, they happen.  The hissy fit is the milder of the two types.  Neither are pretty.   Doodlebug and I share on today’s tape about the differences.

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Have you ever pitched a hissy or a conniption?

Blessings,

Mimi

” …Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”     James 1:19  NIV Bible

Sounds of the South

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 “The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman.”

Winston Churchill

The first time I met my in-laws, my boyfriend (now husband) and I arrived at their house very tired after traveling 15 hours straight from Mississippi to Illinois.  My father-in-law, upon meeting me, stated, “I’m really disappointed.”  I was taken aback by it and didn’t quite know what to think.  After a pause, he said that I didn’t have an accent.   He expected and wanted to hear a different dialect than the one I have.

Dialects are the broad term that encompasses the syntax, morphology and semantic properties of an area’s language.  For example, a dialect could employ the use of double negatives, a certain word choice to refer to an item like I talked about on Day 6 of this series or perhaps what influences helped form the dialect.  An accent is how words are pronounced and is one component of a person’s dialect.

Dialects in the South are numerous and vary by locale, race, socioeconomic background and influence from a person’s exposure to others who speak differently.  Doodlebug and I make an attempt at trying to make sense of it all on the video.  However, if you’re really curious about dialects, I found these great articles here and here that I think you’ll find very interesting.

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What is your favorite dialect?

Blessings,

Mimi

“When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.”  Acts 2:6 NIV Bible

Southern Sayings Part 2

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Southern sayings, phrases, idioms, and colloquialisms: Whatever you call them, in the South, they slip in and out of our conversations with nary a thought of our use of them.   Below, I’ve written a monologue for y’all filled with the most common idioms that I think we use.

The scene:  A woman talking to her friend over the phone.

“I swanee, I’m serious as a heart attack what he’s gone and done truly takes the cake, but I’m here to tell you, I don’t trust him as far as I can throw him.  He’d better get over here fast as all get out.  And he’d better not come home again drunk as Cooter Brown. I mean, what would my mama say?

In all my born days, I’ve never seen such a thing and I’m definitely gonna give him a piece of my mind. I had told him to come home directly afterwards.  He has had me running around like a chicken with my head cut off while he’s been living high on the hog.  Now that he’s drunker than a skunk, he’s in a bad way and couldn’t manage his way out of a paper bag.  He needs to learn what side to butter his bread on. 

He is getting too big for his britches and he’s gonna make me loose my religion.  I’m madder than a wet hen and I, sure as heck fire, didn’t fall off the turnip truck, yesterday!  When he didn’t come home, it scared the living daylights out of me and then, when he did get home, he had the gall to tell me whatever blows my dress up and not to get my panties in a wad!  I tell you, dadgummit, he best not open his mouth again, or, I’m gonna snatch him bald headed.

That girl? I don’t know her from Adam’s house cat.  She can’t carry a tune in a bucket though, I can tell you that.  At least, she’s not meaner than a yard dog and oh, my stars, it looks like she’s got a busted can of biscuits in that skirt. I think she might could be the best thing for him since sliced bread.  You know, like birds of a feather flocking together.  He’d better not go crawfishing his way out and acting like a bump on a log.  He is just slower than molasses to do anything and I’ll be sick as a dog if he looses her.  Sometimes, he just acts queerer than a three dollar bill.  I hear, her family is older than dirt and got money to burn.

My mama is gonna kill me, since I’ve been flying off the handle and airing my dirty laundry.  But, I reckon, you understand. Since, there was that time you went barking up the wrong tree with your champagne tastes on a beer budget. You were like country come to town.  Well, I don’t mean to open up that ole can of worms again. You’ve changed your ways and I know, I’m preaching to the choir these days.

Lordy, I’m having a sinking spell.  I probably bit off more than I can chew trying to cook supper for him and them.  I’m gonna plumb give out and be deader than a door nail before it’s all said and done.  Hopefully, they won’t come early and catch me with my pants down.  Whew!  I, already, feel full as a tick! 

I’d better go now and fix up a mess o’ fish to feed that hollow leg of his ’cause he’ll be over right quick and I don’t have diddlysquat ready.  Then, I’ve got to go to the beauty parlor ’cause my hair is all cattywumpus but y’all come on by if you get the chance.  We’re just cattycornered from the church over yonder near the store. It’s really just as far as the crow flies.  You might come sooner ’cause it’s supposed to rain cats and dogs tonight. When you get here, come find me and gimme some sugar. {just hold your horses, Bubba, I’m coming}  Catch ya later!”

Did you catch them all??  Doodlebug and I add some more to the list.

What are your favorite things Southerners say?

Blessings,

Mimi

“Words from a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips.”  Ecclesiastes 10:12  NIV Bible

Ramblin’ on about Southern Sayings Part 1

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Southerners have a unique way of expressing themselves.  They have developed a saying for almost any situation.  And, quite possibly, they make them up if there isn’t one to fit the circumstances.  The culture is rich in story telling and all Southerners love a good story which is why so many colorful sayings exist.  We tend to talk with metaphors and similes.  Why say it straightforward, when to say it metaphorically brings more depth and understanding?

Over the next couple of days, I’ll be sharing some of the more mainstream Southern sayings.  Doodlebug and I address the word,’fixin‘ along with some others today.  In fact, we about laughed ourselves silly re-watching it.  Enjoy!

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I’d be plumb tickled to death if you’d come back now, ya’ hear. : )

What colloquial sayings does your neck of the woods use?

Blessings,

Mimi

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds;” Deuteronomy 11:18a  NIV Bible