Thursday, July 2, 2009

This-n-That Thursday

Things that make me Southern:
  • I know the difference between a redneck and a good ol' boy.
  • A profound love for white sandy beaches. 
  • I know that a gentleman does not wear his baseball cap inside.
  • Iced tea.
  • I get that SEC Football is a religion.
  • A deep and abiding understanding of buttermilk.
  • Country ham and red eye gravy.
  • Grape Nehi.
  • I know how long "directly" is.
  • Grandmother's biscuits.
  • I know how to clean a 12 gauge shotgun.
  • Finger bowls.
  • Finer than frog hair is a meaningful way to answer "How are you?"
What'd I miss?

42 comments:

T said...

So true, so true.

For me....

That the front door is for company - the back/side door (usually entering into the kitchen) is for friends and family to just come in!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Peanuts and mints in little bowls at the wedding reception held in the church social hall...

Fried chicken.

Scrapple.

Hush puppies.

I could go on, but I'm starting to get hungry.

Mango Girl said...

Finer than a frog hair, split 3 ways.

And ditto to T.

Daryl said...

Bless your heart

Linda said...

I guess I'm not a Southern gal. I know some of these, but not all. I was born and raised in the mid-West.

Nurse Nancy said...

Thanks for lesson on being a southern girl. I plan to be one some day so now I have a leg up!

Asthmagirl said...

Ham hocks and lima beans with corn bread. Extra credit if you greased the pan with bacon greased before baking the cornbread.

Keetha said...

That not returning an empty dish thing.

I like your list. :-)

Magpie said...

White sandy beaches? Have you never been to Fire Island? Well, that is the SOUTH shore of Long Island...

Grandma J said...

New to the south from the west coast, these are the "southern" things I've noticed.

Big hair

Shopping in jammies (a must after midnight at Walmart)

Sweet tea goes with everything.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I reckon ya'll know bout RC colas, moonpies, boiled peanuts and grits. If not kick off your shoes and sit a spell.

Decadent Housewife said...

Chicken on sundays.

Living on the Spit said...

1. You are over the age of 30, and you still refer to your father as Daddy.

2. You can apply lipstick without looking in a mirror.

3. You have at least five recipes that call for cream of mushroom soup.

4. You know the power of a pucker. Whether it's a kiss or a pout, you know how to make it work to your advantage.

5. You have at least one deviled egg platter.

6. You know that NASCAR is not a sport, it's a religion.

7. Your mama has taken to her bed because you dated "that boy from that family."

8. You use Duke's Mayonnaise in all your cooking and sandwich making.

9. You sigh deeply before you tell a story about your mama.

10. You have a lifelong circle of girlfriends who cry with you, celebrate with you, pray for you and tell you when you need a new hairstyle.

11. You recognize that butter is a food group.

12. A southern lady never sweats...she glistens!

13. You do not think twice about putting salted peanuts in your can of Coke (never Pepsi...that crap is for "those people" up north).

14. You know the north really didn't "win" the civil war, it was just the south being hospitable.

15. You know that GRITS is both a staple and an anacronym for GIRLS RAISED IN THE SOUTH.

And with that, I will stop.

Trisha said...

Hmmmmm. . . . all good examples of why, even though I live in Texas, I am not truely Southern. The fact that you can clean a shotgun sort of scares me!

Starwoodgal said...

bacon drippings
cornbread and sweet milk
'fixin' to' means 'about to' or 'going to' or 'preparing'
Coke is 'any soft drink'
boiled peanuts

MitMoi said...

Rumor has it neither grits nor cornbread need sugar.

oh! and it's suh-ga. An ingredient and an endearment.

Plus spam. And (although I hate it) Miracle Whip.

Gin said...

I am right with you on ALL of those things which makes me a southern gal too.

Deb said...

You know "fixin to", Coke, never Pepsi, sweet AND unsweet tea, you always "Bless your little heart", meemaw and pau-pau, the place where Krispy Kreme was born, and...always, Yes, Ma'am and Yes, Sir.
Did I cover it all?

Deb said...

Oh, how could I forget...NASCAR and you worshipped Dale Earnhardt.

Employee No. 3699 said...

Okay I'm from the midwest and admit I don't know what red eye gravy is or what the meaning of 'finer than frog hair' is.

Help. Anyone???

TSannie said...

What are you all talkin' about?

TSannie said...

Oh, and what Living on the Spit said, except #12.

Southern ladies don't sweat (or glisten), they GLOW.

noble pig said...

It's about time you make Grandmother's biscuits and red eye gravy and post them!

kacey said...

Big hair bows on babies and little girls. Giving directions based on places no longer there. "Go down the road to where the old schoolhouse was, make a left." Yes, Ma'am. Cooking with bacon grease.

Lover of Life/ Nancy said...

The South is one place I have not spent near enough time.

♥~♥ Nine Acres ♥~♥ said...

Grape Hehi! Yum ;0)

Oh, don't forget milk/pepper gravy on everything.

Bonnie said...

All that and put your groceries in a poke..oh and get gas at the fillin' station.

My Daddy used to say "Your're just as pretty as a speckled pup under a red wagon".

I miss him and his southern ways.

Sassy said...

I loved this list....and I am with T on the door part...and you can enter as friends but you'll leave as family...I have that painted over the top of one of our doors...and I always say bless your heart....cuz my grandma did too....and I call all my loved ones "Sugar".... the nuts and mints in bowls at receptions...yep that be true too...we grew up on biscuits and gravy and bread and milk which was usually cornbread broken up and milk poured over the top...that was dinner and my dad would always have three of four green onions to eat with his....good memories.....good list mama...

The Incredible Woody said...

When hearing a southern accent, you can tell if that person is from the mountains of east Tennessee, southern Alabama, the low country of Georgia, piedmont Virginia, etc...

And you know that despite its location on the map, Florida is not part of the south;)

Carol said...

Yikes, as a Canadian descendent living in New England, I'd need a dictionary. A cheat sheet at least.

Merrily Down the Stream said...

Don't forget accenting the first syllable ie:
SEA-ment [cement]
UM-brella
IN-surance

And we get in wrecks not accidents in our cars thank you!

T said...

This has been one of the most entertaining post! I've been back 3 times to read the others comments!

Karen Deborah said...

that "crackin the winda" is not breaking it.

Andrea said...

Oh the red-eye gravy of the south. And the powder white beaches of the Florida panhandle. Hmmm, I think I'm missing the south today.

phd in yogurtry said...

Grits with your fried eggs? Fried okra?

imbeingheldhostage said...

Oh, hush puppies...

NEVER heard the "finer than a frog's hair"-- may have to adopt that one (people over here really would have a hard time understanding me then) ;-)

Laura ~Peach~ said...

lots and lots lol you been a city girl for a spell LOL

AngelMc said...

Hmmm, ham and red eye gravy, haven't had any red eye gravy since my Mama passed on.
We don't have wakes, we have "visitation."
We smile are friendly and speak to everybody.
We can fry anything...

Pouty Lips said...

Dern, we could have done them there dual posts on this subject on the same day kindly like twins. BTW, I know how fer "yonder way" is. I'll keep telling all the PC police everywhere I earned the God-given right to say ya'll.

Donna in VA said...

Originally from Mississippi and transplanted to VA, I love this list of yours. I'll just add

Fried Chicken on Sundays.

And Fried Green Tomaters.

Debbie said...

SWEET Tea. Has to be sweet.

Did you ever put peanuts in coke in a bottle?

I love your Thursdays :)

Suz Broughton said...

LOL! Finer than frog hair. That's good, right. Yea, I'm sure that's a good thing.