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Old sayings


December 31, 2020

I thought I’d do something different this week. I started a post in my home town about old sayings. We have about 650 responses, some sayings inviting conversation. Perhaps it’s a generation thing, but many I still say.

I have copied and pasted a few. Excuse some of the descriptive words, but that is the way they are remembered!!

I am retiring Thursday, the 31st, and turning 70 on Friday. I am looking forward to a new chapter. I once read, When you retire, you own the day instead of the day owning you. January will be the month to complete year-end taxes, quarterlies, and W2’s. I will help with that. Those who know me don’t ask what I plan on doing because they know I will fill my time.

I’m not sure if the recipe column will continue. I hope so, and I hope to contribute. Thank you to all who have sent me notes that they enjoy the recipes, those who have made them, those who have made and changed them, those who have shared theirs, and those who have read them but have not made anything. Thanks to Joe, who has been my willing taster. 

Got a bur under your saddle

Don’t trip over a dollar to pick up a dime.

A penny saved is a penny earned

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

This is harder than trying to stack BBs with boxing gloves on while in the dark.

Well, I am off like a dirty shirt on wash day.

Oh, I am up a gump stump

This is like trying to find a black cat at midnight in a coal bin

Don’t burn the candle at both ends.

That was a gnat’s eyelash too close

Were you born in a barn? Close the door

That doesn’t amount to a hill of beans

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

Never argue with an idiot. All you get are two idiots

Colder than a well diggers butt

Harder than a one-armed wallpaper hanger

Little pennies make big dollars

Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

Slower than molasses going uphill

Lord willing, and the creek don’t rise.

Raining like a cow pissing on a flat rock

If that ain’t the pot calling the kettle black

Money doesn’t grow on trees

A penny for your thoughts

When I get all my ducks in a row. 

When pigs fly!

A rolling stone gathers no moss

The early bird catches the worm!

You made your bed now lie in it!

Step on a crack and you’ll break your mothers back.

Curiosity killed the cat....but satisfaction brought him back,

A lie always finds daylight, 

You will be waiting until the cows come home

Don’t let your mouth write a check your ass can’t cash.

Penny for your thoughts 

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

If that’s what you think, you have another think coming.

Karma: what goes around, comes around;

You reap what you sow;

If you lie down with the dogs, you get up with fleas

I couldn’t carry a tune if I had a bucket

No rest for the wicked and the righteous don’t need it.

A few of many. And last but not least, as my pastor says, “Be Blessed and Be a Blessing”



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