Life in the South

Ya’ll Yankees gotta learn this way of livin.  (Just kiddin’)
Now Shughah, This is Southern!!!



Southerners know their summer weather report:
Humidity, Humidity, or Humidity

Southerners know their vacation spots:
The beach, The rivuh, or The crick

Southerners know everybody’s first name:
Honey, Darlin’, Shugah

Southerners know the movies that speak to their hearts:
Fried Green Tomatoes, Driving Miss Daisy, Steel Magnolias
Gone With The Wind

Southerners know their religions:
Bapdist, Methdiss or Football

Southerners know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
Foat Wuth

Southerners know their elegant gentlemen:
Men in uniform
Men in tuxedos
Rhett Butler

Southern girls know their prime real estate:
The Mall
The Country Club
The Beauty Salon

Southern girls know the 3 deadly sins:
Having bad hair and nails
Having bad manners
Cooking bad food

Only a Southerner knows the difference between a
Hissie fit and a Conniption fit, and that you don’t “HAVE” them,
you “PITCH” them. and have even been known to Hissie fit or
a Conniption fit and then “Fall in it”.
Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens,
turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up “a mess.”
Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general
direction of “Yonder.”
Only a Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is, as in:
“Going to town, be back directly.”
Even 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 Southerners know exactly when “by and by” is.
They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
Only a Southerner knows 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 neighbor’s trouble
is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin’!
Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between “right
near” and “a right far piece.” They also know that “just down the road”
can be 1 mile or 20.
Only a Southerner both knows and understands the difference
between a redneck, a good ol’ boy, and po’ white trash.
No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the
flashin’ turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
A Southerner knows that “fixin” can be used as a noun, a
verb, or an adverb.
Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, and when
we’re “in line,”… we talk to everybody!
Put 100 Southerners in a room & half of them will discover
they’re related, even if only by marriage.
In the South, “y’all” is singular; “all y’all” is plural.
Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Every Southerner knows that tomatoes with eggs, bacon,
grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy
is also a breakfast food; that scrambled eggs just ain’t right without
Tabasco, and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.
When you hear someone say, “Well, I caught myself lookin’,” you know
you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!
Only true Southerners say “sweet tea” & “sweet milk.” Sweet tea indicates
the need for sugar & 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 MPH on the freeway. You just
say, “Bless her sweet little heart”… and go your own way.
To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your
Southernness: Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage
gravy and call me in the morning. Bless your little heart!
And to those of you who are still having a hard time
understanding all this Southern stuff….bless your hearts, I hear
they’re fixin’ to have classes on Southernness as a second language!
Southern girls know men may come and go, but friends are
fah-evah! There ain’t no magazine named “Northern Living” for a good
reason. There ain’t nobody interested in livin’ up north, nobody
would buy the magazine! Now Shugah, send this to someone who
was raised in the South, or wish they had a’been! If you’re a Northern
transplant, bless your little heart, fake it. We know you got here as fast
as you could.


Well, they’re finally here, the lazy days of Summer…. At least on the days I’m at home I just want to sit outside by the pool and read, tend to my plants, try to take pictures that aren’t too stupid…. anything but work. Yuck….. LOL

Some of these pictures are of one of my cats stalking the 50 million squirrels in my backyard. No, she never catches them since she doesn’t have claws. She occasionally catches one long enough to bop it with one of her paws. She loves the pool and is often found just hangin’ out, over the edge actually, drinking from the pool.  It’s salt water, not chemicals, but I can’t seem to stop her.  She thinks it’s one big water bowl. The squirrels come up and drink from it too as they hang over the edge. It’s really funny to watch…

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ann Liston
    May 07, 2015 @ 18:25:05

    Beautiful pictures! Would love to see your new home. Hope you’re doing well. Miss you.


  2. willowdot21
    May 07, 2015 @ 18:12:15

    Love the poem love the photos!!


  3. Pride in Photos Photography
    May 07, 2015 @ 12:51:15

    I love living in the south too Keli!


  4. joannerambling
    May 07, 2015 @ 02:29:17

    I really liked this post


  5. Heartafire
    May 06, 2015 @ 23:20:52

    This is beautiful ya’ll. Love the photos too.
    grits (girl raised in the south)


  6. Ellyn Baker
    May 06, 2015 @ 22:29:14

    My dear Keli. I have missed you! Thank you for the great post. I did know most of these by the way 🙂 Thank you for putting a smile on my face!


    • kelihasablog
      May 07, 2015 @ 02:18:38

      So good to hear from you Ellyn!
      A lot has been keeping me busy so not as much time for WP, but how are your book sales going? I’ll bet you’re having a ball with signing tours etc. thanks for stopping by so I’m able to find you again! Have you written another book, let me know if you have.


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