Are You Southern?

There is something about the South that stimulates creativity in people, from our famous cooks, decorators, authors, writers, photographers, artists.  We do have our own way of thinking, living, talking, cooking…..I guess you could say…..we are a different people, but never let it go without being said , we are a blessed people!  We are blessed with our family heritage, our roots, our life long friendships, our country churches, our gorgeous  mountains, and our breathtaking seashores.  People travel from all over the world to get a glimpse of our southern lifestyle.  They want to taste our food.  They want to see how our ancestors lived and worked, and they want to visit our beautiful southern plantations. Bottom line,  they just simply want to be Southern!   So, with that being said….

Log Cabin, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cades Cove…right here is the Great Smokey Mountains! 

Can someone be Southern with out being born and  raised Southern?  I say, Yes they can! 
Now, for me….southern is my nature….I was born into it.  I know No other way!   From making mud pies as a child, going to Southern Baptist Homecomings with dinner spread on the ground, swimming in the lake, and watching my Momma and my aunts can and put up the Summers harvest for the on coming Winter.
If you are born and raised Southerner….Thank God for it!!!
If you are not a born Southerner….I’ve got good news!!!!  You can still be Southern!!!  Just don’t ever tell anyone in the South where you are really from…..LOL ;)  If you have a love for the South and our Lifestyle….then that makes you Southern!  Because it is that ‘Love’ that you need to become a Southerner! 

Be Thankful for who your are and Where you are from! And most important….Let God in your Heart!
Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Everything we do takes ‘Love’!  We put a lot of Love into our cooking!  We love the way we talk!  And, we Love to wear our pearls to the gym!  Yes Ma’am!

Are you really Southern….Do you want to be Southern????  Here’s a cute little Southern Quiz for you.
1. Do you know the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption?
2. Do you know how many fish make up a mess?
3. Do you know exactly how long "directly" is, as in "Going to town, be back directly"?
4. Do you 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?
5. Do you know exactly when "by and by" is?
6. Do you know 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?

7. Do you know that "fixin" can be used as a noun, verb and adverb?

8. Do you know the name of General Robert E. Lee’s horse?
9. If someone talks about "Oxford," do you assume that the reference is to the town where the University of Mississippi is?

10. Do tears come to your eyes and chills run up and down your spine when you hear "Dixie" or hear you favorite college football team song?
11. Have you ever been swimming in a lake or river?
12. Is sweet tea your favorite drink?
12. Have you ever wore your pearls to the gym?
13. Do you always clean your house before going on a trip….just incase you don’t come back?
14. Do you Monogram everything?
15.  Do you put your white away after Labor Day?
16. Do you always say, “Bless Your Heart”? 

southern plantataionSouthern Oaks Plantation in Louisiana

If you answered "yes" to all 16 questions, you are a true Southerner. If you answered "no" to even one of these questions….You might want to work on your Southerness…Bless your heart!!!  ;)  If you didn’t answer any of these questions with a “yes” Then….honey, give up….there’s no hope for you!  Bless your heart!!!  ;)

So how did you do???? Did you pass the test? 

Whether you are Southern, Northern, Eastern or Western, I’m glad you stopped by today!  And you are always welcome at Southern Lady, Y’all come back, now! 

Leave me a comment and tell me what you LOVE about being Southern.  If your not from the South, Leave me a comment and tell me what you LOVE about the South.

Hope you have a wonderful week! 

Next post~ I Have a Secret to Share!!! {I hope and pray} ;) No, I’m not having a baby!!!! But it does have something to do with the color Pink.  HMMM??? 

I’m still working on my Link page….so please check and see if your blog is there….some got lost in the cross over….and I don’t know which ones!  Those of you that have notified me of your blog not being there…I haven’t forgotten you….It will be on the links page soon!  Thanks everyone for taking a quick look! 


Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy! I'm southern!! I was born in Alabama! Oh, it could have me your were talking about - watching and helping my mom can tomatoes, eating everything fried, playing in the mud and making dishes with the clay dirt!
This was a great post!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Amelia said...

Well, I am in Oklahoma - so I am kind of border line...but did love all the questions to determine the authenticity of a Southern person.

Enjoy the week - may all your deeds by good ones!

Debbie Petras said...

I'm definitely NOT Southern. I was born and raised in New York but I live in Phoenix, AZ now.

However, I do love so many things Southern. Good manners, Southern Baptist get togethers and much more. I only answered YES to a few of the questions but I hope I won't be penalized because of that. I love Southern Lady so I hope that counts for something. LOL.

God bless y'all!

Stacey said...

I love this post! I do know about a "mess" of fish and a "mess" of turnip greens. How about this saying..."as a crow flies" that how far it is. My husband's family has more sayings than my family ever thought of. They are constantly amusing.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oh I just love this post!!! I am southern all the way...I wouldn't even want to think of being anything else!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful day darlin' girl!!!


Paula said...

Dear Nancy Rosalina,

I have been enjoying your blog so much! I am so glad I found you! Yes, I am Southern! I was born in Louisiana and have lived here all my life. I do thank God for being born and raised a Southerner. I loved all you wrote and the list of questions, I passed the test! I love the verse you shared, too! My dear husband is from New Hampshire and he LOVES the south and our southern ways! The longer we are married the more southern he gets! :) When he first moved down here over 20 years ago he had never seen trees in a lake before! Now we live on a lake and it is full of Bald Cypress trees, he loves it!

I love so much about being Southern. I love the food, the hospitality, the love, kindness and respect southerners treat each other with, and I love being able to garden in autumn and the winter! I also love the architecture and our rich history. So many things to love about being a southerner!

I have found so much "Southern Style" inspiration for our home from your beautiful decorating! We are in the process of re-decorating and painting. I am excited about the changes we are making.

I hope you have a wonderful week, too! The Lord bless you!

Greatma said...

I was born in Oklahoma, and my father's Dad was from West Virginia.
I love all the southern foods, and have always canned, made jams, had a garden, etc. I can remember my grandmother having big soda biscuits with blackberry jam. Yum!!! I live in Calif now, but I like the Southern Lady magazine, and read it from cover to cover!! Antique Rose

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

From one southern belle to another...thanks for sharing this post with us. I love living in the south, especially living in the small town I live in where you know everyone you see. And would you believe that while I'm reading your post, I'm sipping a glass of sweet tea too! Thanks for sharing!

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Nancy,
I was born in WV. Does that count? It's not as far south as I live now, though. I certainly can relate to all those questions.
It was a fun post and you are such a beautiful "Southern lady".

Lisa said...

Oh Nancy! I love the "Give me some sugar" ! It makes me think of my Grand-Daddy who always called my Grandmother,"Sugar!" It was the cutest thing. Thank for the sweet chuckle today! Can't wait to hear about your surprise!

Cindy said...

I am definitely a Northerner, but I grew up hearing all of those explenitives. My mom being from Oklahoma and her mom being from Arkansas. Our Senior Pastor is also from Arkansas, so I know a bit about southerners. What I love most about them is their unfailing friendliness. The Northerners need to take lessons! When we visit churches in Mississippi and Louisiana, as we have in the recent past, I go away wishing I did not have to leave. I could bask in their love all day. I also love sweet tea, corn bread, fried okra and fried catfish and bass. I also clean my house before I go away just in case I don't come back and I don't want anyone thinking I kept a messy or dirty house! I love your blog, Nancy, I am so glad I found you! Hugs, Cindy S.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Nancy, that was such a fun post! I jist luv eveah single thang about bein' a Sothern Belle and hunny, I jist luv you and your be-utomous blog! Bless your little heart. laurie

Jane In The Jungle said...

OK from one true Southern Belle to there anything about being Southern we DON'T like????
Lawsey Mercy...NO!!!!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I was born in the South and have lived her all my life. I am proud to be a Southern gal!!! I LOVE sweet ice tea, biscuits and cornbread, fried chicken,fried okra, cakes, pies, etc. I love to cook, so any Southern homecooking is great! I love to wear dresses/skirts and wear my pearls. I love a Southern drawl (mine included) and the Southern hospitality that goes along with it. I love church covered dish lunches. Reading a book on the porch swing, etc. I could go on and on. The Southern lifestyle is amazing!!! Love & blessings from NC!

Jessica said...

Morning Fancy~

I'm southern, too. :) Thanks so much for checking in on me and your sweet wishes, I appreciate it. I'm getting there.

Big hugs~ J

Becky said...

100% Southern and proud!!!!

Paula said...

Dear Nancy,

Hello again! I forgot to say that I also love sitting on the front porch swing, and saying 'bless your heart!' I enjoyed reading your meet me page. You are a true Southern Lady!

Love and blessings,

Anonymous said...

I am a wannabe...but no I am a Grandmother always said by and by...she too was a Yankee....

How are you Nancy ???

All the best,
Kathy :)

Anonymous said...

And one more thing YES I always clean my house, even if I go food shopping "just in case" and how sweet is it to come home after a trip to a pristine house....or is it my OCD ??? lol

Kathy :)

Leanne Helums said...

Honey, I am 100% southern. I love living in my small town Alabama. North Alabama that is. :) Thanks for sharing.

Donna said...

I am a true southern belle, born and raised in Alabama. I live in a small town near Gadsden, Alabama. When I make calls to people from other states they say "I love your southern accent". I often use the terms "fixin to" and "bless her heart". I am a true southern gal and proud of it! Love your blog!

Kim said...

I've been to Cades Cove many times - it is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen - ever. Simply breathtaking.

Divamom said...

OMGosh, I just love you and your blog! This post was so cute! I was born in Spokane, WA because my dad was in the Air Force, but he and my mom were both born in Texas and I've lived in TX since I was seven, so I'm 'bout as southern as one can be! I so remember my mom saying somebody had a hissie fit, and I use coniption with my kids! lol As I'm reading your post, I'm sipping McDonald's sweet tea that I had for lunch! My mom used to make preserves and homemade ice cream. We're Pentecostal, but we had the same spreads of food at church too, and still do! My pastor is from Mansfield, TX and whenever he gets up to preach he greets the visitors by saying that he's from TX and glad to see "all of y'all!" My hubby is a Northerner, but he's been here since '89, so he's pretty southern now too! I gotta tell him about this post! He'll love it!

Be Blessed! (a.k.a. Bless your heart) hee hee!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Nancy, I'm pretty southern! I answered yes to alot of the questions, but might need to work on my southerness a bit. I say "fixin" all the time!! If you heard me talk you would definitly KNOW I'm from the south!LOL...Kristen

Angie said...

I am a true Southerner - never lived anywhere but in Georgia!

Lady Katherine said...

Loved the post! All was so true of the south! I loved the post below too. Yes, I a Southern Belle from Mississippi. I grew up walking the dirt road, going to catch supper with Grandmaw! lol I churned butter, pick some cotton, milked the cow, swung across the creek on vines and landed in the creek. Those cuzins would lof! I pure Southern!

Unknown said...

I passed and with flying colors, I might add!

AverettLadyNana said...

Love it!!! I was born, raised and still live in Virginia. Only thing I didn't get was Oxford...I think of Oxford, North Carolina when I hear Oxford...Mother-in-law has people there...

The rest of course I knew...swimming to me means in the Chesapeake or Mobjack Bay...since I grew up on them...though now since I live a block from the James River...

Miss Janice said...

Miss Nancy, I'm so Southern it's rediculous! Born and raised in Georgia and also lived in Mississippi. Now, I'm living in South Florida with a bunch of Yankees!:) Well, "You can take the girl out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the girl!"

Tammy@InStitches said...

I'm lucky enough to be Southern ! Just wanted to tell you that I love your tassels. After seeing mine,someone suggested that I come and see yours. Yay for tassels !