Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hide 'n watch!

Week 32 of the Wednesday lists.
My Mamaw had a funny saying for almost any occasion. When her mother died, my Mom started writing a list of all her sayings. I find myself quoting them from time to time and remembering my Mamaw and getting tickled. I thought you might get a kick out of them, too.


Mamaw

Things My Mamaw Used To Say

Hide 'n watch!
I cain't live on the edge.
Don't wish your life away!
It grew legs and walked off.
Well, fall and see who cares.
It'll all come out in the wash.
It's as wrinkled as a cat's guts.
I'm gonna pinch your head off!
If it've been a snake, it've bit ya.
He's as dependable as a rubber crutch.
Some do it legal, some do it with a gun.
Hold on a minute, it'll come back to me.
I'm not old. I've just been here a long time.
You don't have to tell everything you know.
You'll never know it a hundred years from now.
I could stretch a mile if I didn't have to walk back.
What's that got to do with the price of tea in China?
You can just get glad in the same shoes you got mad in.
That girl would complain if she was hung with a new rope!
Momma said there would be days like this. She just didn't say there would be so many of them.


The image above is my favorite one of Mamaw. Isn't she beautiful?

39 comments:

Delena said...

Wonderful list. Sure made me think of my mother and the things she used to say. Perhaps I will make a list on my blog too!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Your Mawmaw was precious! I liked those sayings. I can see why they have stuck with you all these years.

Georgianna said...

Hello, dear! Isn't she beautiful? What a lovely portrait, intelligent and direct and determined. I love all the sayings and it's such a great idea to write them down. They hold such good memories. Wishing you a most happy weekend ahead! xo – g

Fiona said...

love them! and some of them i can translate into norwegian and use as my own! :)
-fiona

Hausfrau said...

How delightful! And yes, she is beautiful!

Tracy said...

Oh, my goodness--what a colorful expression your Mamaw had, Relyn! I love that last quote. And what a beautiful photo of her. This was great fun... Thank you for sharing your Mamaw with us. :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

Miko's Girl said...

Your mamaw and my mama say many of the same things (which means I saw a few of these too).

Jeanne said...

Big hugs
I love you
I love all you share
Love Jeanne

Rita said...

Mom had a way with words, didn't she? I love this picture of her. She was a very pretty woman in her early years, wasn't she? She was such a giving lady and had so many friends. I have so had her on my mind lately.

beth said...

so fun. my mom has so many sayings, too.
now i want to start writing them down and saving them so i don't forget.

beth said...

ps....wow you got snow !

Marilyn said...

She is beautiful! My mother use to say the one, It'll all come out in the wash too. My father-in-law had so many sayings, we need to write them down. We call them Floydisms. My son is very good at imitating his tones and words.

Gigi said...

I love this list!!! I just love it. I especially love "You can just get glad in the same shoes you got mad in." I'm gonna remember that one to tell my nephews, both of whom love shoes, and both of whom get mad (and glad) a lot.

What a great way to create a portrait of your grandmother. My father had a lot of funny sayings, most of which he hauled out when we were driving him crazy. My favorite was the one that let us know he was ticked off (my father almost never raised his voice):

"Go take a long walk off a short pier."

When I heard that one, I knew it was best to shut my mouth. :)

Love to you, sweet stuff. xoxo Gigi

pnut said...

Hey there Relyn! I am a recent subscriber to your Blog and have been soooo enjoying all of your posts, however, I especially love this... Remember my mom saying nearly all of these, however, I really did not remember it until I read your post. Brought back lots of memories, all wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing those, and I especially love the creativity of the bell shape. How cool. I am going to copy these down in my journal so I will never forget again some of these sayings that my own mother said. Have a joyeaux day. Jeanne

christinelaennec said...

This is a great list, thank you. I heard a lot of these from my Granny and my mother, and I try to use them still myself. One on your list that I really associate with my Granny was: "If it was a snake, it would've bit you." The other saying I still "hear" her saying to me is: "Don't trouble Trouble til Trouble troubles you." Excellent advice now as then!

Diane said...

Oh, these are good! I need to do that. My dad always had colorful remarks but they were usually off color, I've always threatened to write them all down. And Mother, her's were different - I need to remember those, too. Diane

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

"Don't wish your life away" must be a universal mother phrase. I say it to my kids all the time, just like my mom said it to me!

S. Etole said...

she is indeed beautiful ... and her sayings are a treasure

Jennifer Richardson said...

What a beauty.
Those are good words:)
-Jennifer

WhiteStone said...

What a lovely woman. And I can just hear the words...some I was familiar with, some not.

Roban said...

What a quick wit she seems to have had. She sounds like a lively - fun person to be around. What nuggets you have here.

Char said...

your mom and my mom said a lot of the same things...and now i do too

Deborah Carr said...

She sounds like a woman I could take a liken to. Sure makes our speech seem downright dull!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Oh, I love it! Haven't heard some of those in awhile. When my grandmother was mad at us, she'd say, "You and I are gonna bump heads!" Miss those old sayings! Wishing you a fabulous weekend, Relyn! And thanks for sharing this.
Kirsten

spread your wings said...

your mom looks so young, yet so wise. some of those old sayings are so funny. glad you're keeping a record of them.
Have a great weekend.

Krissy | Paper Schmaper said...

what a sweet post! my nana has some crazy stuff she says- like "i'll kick a bale of hay out of ya" or the clouds will clear if there is enough blue sky for a dutchman's pants.... how strange!

I esp. love "as wrinkled as a cat's guts!" I'm going to start saying that one!

Jaime said...

lol..this made me laugh!
Now, that is a person who beamed with character!

And beautiful indeed.

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I got a kick out of reading these. I just love family sayings! It's great that you've got them all written down!

xo Mary Jo

Jeanie said...

My fave -- he's as dependable as a rubber crutch! This reminds me of a 24-year-old who is dear to my heart and yes, dependable as a rubber crutch!

I wish I'd written down all my dad's and grandpa's sayings. Grandpa had some that are probably unprintable, but I remember a few I won't share -- and I have to say -- they are funny! That's a great legacy for Sloane to share!

ELK said...

she is beautiful .. a great post friend .. growing up when I would complain to my mom .." I dont have anything to do " she would smile and saw "mil dew" .. it makes me smile still!

Diana Joy said...

Great list and how lucky you are to have it.

gkgirl said...

i love love love this...and what a great idea to keep a list of them...

oh..and i have written you a real and honest to goodness handwritten on paper letter...you should send me your address again...i even have it in the envelope all ready to go...
arlenegiddings at hotmail dot com

:O)

Carina said...

These are just gorgeous. It's fun to imagine her mood, the expressions that might have been on her face, the moment that passed as she said these classics. Such a great idea for your mom to have written them down so you can hold onto the memory.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

I remember my grandmother and aunts saying a few of those, but there are so many good old sayings on your list. And what a beautiful picture of your memaw.

susanna said...

This is a good list, Relyn. I especially like the "Well, fall and see who cares" - good advice - and "He's as dependable as a rubber crutch" - hah! Your mamaw was gorgeous and you know what, I can see YOU and SLOANE in her! Wow...the powers of genetics...

susanna said...

PS: Is "mamaw" a southern term for a grandmother or is this a special name in your family?

Relyn said...

My family is from Texas, so I'd say it was probably a Texas term for Grandma. Lots of other friends use it to. I also have a Papaw, my Momma's Daddy.

Oliag said...

More than half of these my mother would say too....I need to start writing them down...Loved reading this and I love that photo of your Mawmaw:)

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

things like these keep them close by, don't they?!

My step-dad had some great quips--my mom, not so much. My favs of his: Like a barrel full of coathangers (for something complicated) and 'If it ain't buggered, it ain't mine. Of your mamaw's, I especially like the 'shoes' one!

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