Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


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You Know You’re From Okieland

Adapted from Wikipedia's OK county maps by Set...

Adapted from Wikipedia’s OK county maps by Seth Ilys. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Swiped this from Cheryl Brown’s Facebook page. I went to her FB page to check on her mama, who’s in the hospital. We’re praying for Janyce and we’re trusting God.

Found this and couldn’t help but share. And I had to comment, too, so I put mine in red. 😛
You might be an OKIE if:
1. You can properly pronounce Eufaula, Gotebo, Okemah, and Chickasha .
2. You think that people who complain about the wind in their states are sissies.
3. A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel. I know they do that in Kansas. My Wichita BIL went out once and videoed one.
4. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.
5. You’ve ever had to switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day. Well, duh. Don’t they do that in other states?
6. You know that the true value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but by the availability of shade. You know it if you’ve ever worn shorts to drive in!
7. Stores don’t have bags, they have sacks.
8. You see people wear bib overalls at funerals. And weddings. 🙂
9. You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent. And they think we have one! G-Man, who grew up ten miles north of me, told me I had an accent when we got married. Got over it, though. 
10. You measure distance in minutes. (“I’m about 5 minutes away.”) They do that in NYC. “Just walk that direction for five minutes.”
11. You refer to the capital of Oklahoma as “The City.”
12. It doesn’t bother you to use an airport named for a man who died in an airplane crash. Your point is???
13. Little smokies are something you serve only for special occasions.
14. You go to the lake because you think it is like going to the ocean. Not sure I get this one. Can anyone help me with it?
15. You listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.
16. You know cow-pies are not made of beef.
17. Someone you know has used a football schedule to plan their wedding date. LOL! Yeah, but it was funny then, too.
18. You have known someone who has had one belt buckle bigger than your fist. Doesn’t everyone?
19. A bad traffic jam involves two cars staring each other at a four- way stop, each determined to be the most polite and let the other go first. 😛
20. You know in which state “Miam-uh” is and in which state “Miam-ee” is.
21. You aren’t surprised to find movie rental, ammunition, and bait all in the same store.
22. Your “place at the lake” has wheels under it.
23. A Mercedes Benz is not a status symbol. A Ford F350 4×4 is.
24. You know everything goes better with Ranch. Well, yeah.
25. You learned how to shoot a gun before you learned how to multiply.
26. You actually get these jokes and are “fixin” to send them to your friends. Nope. Share ’em on my blog. 🙂
27. Finally, you are 100% Oklahoman if you have ever heard this conversation:
“You wanna Coke?”
“Yeah.”
“What kind?”
“Dr. Pepper.”
Actually, I’ve never heard #27. I think that’s a Texas thing. Here we ask, “Want a pop?
“Yeah.”
“What kind?”
“DIET Dr. Pepper.”


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It’s a Popcorn and Snitting Day

There were warnings we’d have a bliz (2nd in 2 years) but we hoped it would miss. The stores were all crowded, eggs gone by noon, Wallyworld, Ace Hardware, everyone busy, busy, busy.

And it was a hit. Looking like 11.9 inches in the backyard right now 😉 and it’s still coming down. I’ll be staying in today.

Which makes it a popcorn and snitting day. Snow makes me hungry for popcorn–and not the healthy, dry, air popped variety. I want it popped in oil with salt and (sometimes) butter drizzled over it. To make matters worse, I eat either chocolate or redhots as part of my “snack”. To level things out, though, I drink Diet Dr. Pepper with it. Ü

After I write a little while, I’ll get out my knitting and work on a scarf I started a while back. Or I might get the short-sleeved sweater I started last fall and work on it some more. (I like having a choice.)

All this snow brings to mind Laura Ingalls Wilders’ Little House series. In one of her books she talks about a blizzard winter they lived through. I wish I had that book now–if I knew which one it was in.

I might have to get my Kindle and see if Laura is available there. Then I’ll have to figure out which book it’s in. Little House on Silver Lake? Anybody know?

(BTW: After looking on the Internet, I think it could be THE LONG WINTER. LOL.)

Of course, I might have to download the entire line. I’ve always loved those books.

They hold a special LIW-sized place in my heart. They warm me and make me feel as if I’ve come home and settled into a chair where we can talk over old times. I have no idea what Laura really looked like, but I think I’d know her if she rang my doorbell. LOL. 

Did you read Laura’s books as a kid? Were there other books that did for you what Little House did for me? If you have a minute, why not share? You might open the pages to a book that someone else would never have found.

And they’ll thank you for it!