Silly Sayings Y’all

You know those sayings?  Part 1

You know those ‘mom-isms’ that you have heard, and mostly repeated your whole life?

Things that Grandma said, that for some reason Momma didn’t. Things that one aunt said but the other 2 didn’t. Why? Who knows…who cares; it’s funny when you look back. Obviously, many of these sayings are probably local, regional or even national, some are best just ‘kept in the family’. 


Go ahead, laugh a little!

My silly life.

Me:  “Mom, are we going to town today?”

Mom:  “God willing and the creek don’t rise…” 

For Momma, trust me, more posts will follow this one, she takes a little more explaining. 


My Grandma would say to us grandkids if we were messing with things that shouldn’t be touched:                 

“Keep your hands out of my clean dishwater or I am gonna knock pie dough out of you. I mean it, now git.”

If that weren’t funny enough she also had this one up here sleeve: “Stop that nonsense or I will dough-pop both of you.”

Where did she get that stuff!? I would ponder it for a lifetime, laughing at the thought of her making pie crusts and rolling up a piece of dough and literally popping someone upside their head with it. Too funny!


My Daddy, most likely where us kids all get our great senses of humor, was absolutely off the cuff spontaneous with so many quips! Some were used over and over because we, well at least me, would fall for it all… over and over again.

“Blondie”, he’d say, “do you know what really burns my butt up?” 

I’d always answer, “No, Daddy, what really burns  your butt up?”

He would put his hand out, palm side down, about as high as his hip and say, “A little blue flame about his high, Blondie.”

It never ever failed to amuse me!

Daddy’s best ism’s were surely those out of nowhere comments that were funnier than Jerry Lewis at his best:

Daddy: “Blondie, you’re going swimming?”

Me: “Yes Sir!”

Daddy: “You know that you’re going to get wet, right?”


Daddy: “Hey Blondie, was it cloudy that last time it rained?”

Me: “Yeah… wait, what?” 


Daddy: “Blondie, don’t drink that water! “

Me: “Why Daddy?”

Daddy: “Because it will rust your pipes.”


Me: ‘Daddy, What’s your blood type?” 

Daddy: “Red.”

And OH so much more…

Stay Tuned Silly Sayings!

If you have any fun family sayings or local-isms, please share them with me! 

Here’s a little picture tribute to the folks mentioned here:


Grandma Cates
Grandma Cates
Daddy, Momma and Whitney Dawn
Daddy, Momma and Whitney Dawn 2011


Coping, support and living with a chronic autoimmune disease can make you wonder at times whether you’re up to the challenge.

To help you cope, try supplementing your medical care with the following suggestions:

First and foremost, know your illness well.
Read all that you can about your disease.
My autoimmune illness for example: EGPA

Churg-Strauss Syndrome-renamed recently to me more medically correct; EGPA, Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis, formerly known as Churg-Strauss Syndrome, which includes: Vasculitis, Eosinophilia, Asthma and Allergies.


Know, as well, other autoimmune disorders that may be affecting you or likely will affect you; many autoimmune issues go hand in hand.
Mine for example: Raynaud’s Phenomenon, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren’s, Psoriasis, IBS, and annoyingly, a few others.

You may also deal with other impacts of inflammatory responses in the body in general, joint and muscle pain, eye pain and vision issues, skin and scalp issues, hearing and other inner ear issues.
Know the good, the bad and the ugly of the life-saving medicine prednisone (a synthetic drug similar to cortisone, used to relieve rheumatic and allergic conditions, including inflammation).
Talk to other people who have similar conditions; join a support group; facebook has many. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor any questions that you may have concerning your illness, diagnosis or treatment plan.

Be a part of your medical team.
Consider yourself, your doctor, and any other medical experts involved as a united front or team in the fight against your disease. Following the treatment plan you agreed to is vital. Keep your doctor updated on any new signs or symptoms you may experience. Don’t be afraid to get second or third opinions. Seek out top experts at major clinics and or hospitals in the United States (or abroad): Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio as well as other locations, National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland or other places.

Know and assert your limits.
Learn to say (no) effectively, and ask for help when you need it. This is something that is often easier said than done, but if you can get help, try to do so when possible.

Seriously…Rest when you’re tired. Don’t wait until you’re exhausted. This will only set you back further as your body tries to recuperate. Learning to pace yourself can help you maintain a consistent level of energy, accomplish just as much and feel better emotionally. Again, oftentimes, this is more easily said than done. You know your situation best. I know from being stubborn and not wanting to appear weak, that I often refuse to even admit I feel unwell. Don’t be like me,  it will gradually wear you down and put you at risk of getting sicker.

 Remember that your autoimmune illness is an invisible illness. People in general just do not have the empathy or understanding of the heavy fatigue with which you may be suffering.
You are likely to hear from some people that you don’t “look sick”. Thank them, and try not to be insulted or hurt. They don’t know why you are tired or in pain; making it very hard for them to be empathetic.

Acknowledge your emotions.
Denial, anger and frustration are normal feelings when you must deal with an illness. Things don’t seem normal or fair, and very likely seem out of your control. Feelings of fear and isolation are common, so stay close to your family and friends in the most effective way that  you can.
Try to maintain your daily routine as best you can, and don’t neglect doing those things that you enjoy. Make time for YOU. Many people find support groups to be a helpful resource. A therapist can also be an amazing way to support yourself emotionally.

Mostly, try hard not to be too frustrated with yourself. It takes a good long while to come to terms with your new way of life if this is a new diagnosis. Be ready for ups and downs. If you have caring and helpful support, seek their assistants. 

Best wishes, always,



Michael E. Wechsler, MD, with a patient at National Jewish Health.

“Mepolizumab offers an important advance that will improve the lives of Churg-Strauss patients,” said Michael Wechsler, MD, first author on the study and professor of medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO.

*My Pulmonologist (above)

HOme Cooking vs eating out

If you’re new to cooking, you may feel like it is easier and more fun to just eat out, rather than being ambitious and trying your hand at ‘Kitchen Chemistry’. Perhaps you have inhibitions, harsh critics or just self doubt. Food science, whether self-taught, or otherwise, is plain old simple fun and it will become very rewarding! Even when mistakes are made that make you feel like you might never catch on… don’t give up!

Don’t let this temptation of eating out fool you into believing that you’ll never be able to create your own ‘barbacoa’ or flambeed bananas with homemade ice cream. There’s a fundamental difference between the two types of dining and that difference is what makes home cooking so much healthier, less expensive and fun to do!  


Think about the kind of food that you like the most. Research it, peruse a dozen online recipes and combine an amalgamation of your own wants and tastes, ask a friend or a family member to share their recipe, or better yet, ask them to give you a tutorial on their methodology for the meal you would like to make. You can then take things a step or two beyond that. Now, you are able create, morph, and make the recipe your own!

For example, when you try your hand at something like Pork and Tofu, (a family favorite in our house), you might not have tofu on hand and you really would like to proceed without leaving the house for the grocery store. Well, that’s where a little creativity and self courage will light the path for you. Substitute with scrambled eggs!  I had this exact thing happen to me. My husband and daughter were a little sad looking when I explained we had no tofu to go into our “Pork and Tofu” dish. They dug in anyway and were pleasantly surprised! Scrambled eggs are now a staple in our Pork and Tofu, even with the tofu included. 


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