Southern Questions And A Southern Winner!

Have you noticed a few changes around Southern Lady? We’ve been doing a little Fall Cleaning!

I don’t want anyone of you to think I have done away with my blog roll…..oh no!!! I wouldn’t do that, for I enjoy all my visit with you, but it was getting quite long and taking up so much space so, Tara made me a Links page….you can click on it up there in the navigation bar at the top of the blog….and find your blog there. As a matter of fact…..before you leave here today, I would appreciate you checking and making sure your blog is on my link page, if it is GOOD! If not, then just leave me a comment on that link page and I will add your blog, and or if you have a button you would like for me to add to the page then I will do that as well. I am still working on getting everyone’s name beside their blog…so don’t think I have forgotten to put your name with your blog. Now, if some of you have been thinking about doing a blog roll page and you just don’t want to take the time to transfer all your blog roll over… {that was me} I figured out a quicker way! I started out doing one blog at a time….and that was just taking waaaaay to long, so I just copied and pasted my blog roll right on to the new link page….I wasn’t sure if the links would still work, but they did!!! One tip before you do it….make sure you arrange your blog roll in alphabetical order {do that where you add your blog roll gadget}…I made a mistake and didn’t do that…..I’m going to try to figure out how to fix it.. My blog roll is not in any particular order….it’s in the order of the newest post at the time I copied and pasted… don’t make the same mistake I made!

I want to send Tara a great BIG Thank You for all the work she does on Southern Lady!!! She is always so patient with me and she always hits the nail on the head!!!!

~How ‘bout a little Southern Humor~

corn bread Nothing as Southern as Corn Bread!

Here is a cute southern email I received a while back….ENJOY!

Gravel Gertie Explains Being Southern!

For the past couple of months, non-Southerners have been asking me questions about the strange things we Southerners do.

Whether we're farming our dirt, racin' our rebuilt heaps, and fluffing out our big hair, we're proud! Now get the heck out of our pork rinds!

Read on and get educated!

Dear Gertie,

What's the deal with bacon grease? Who eats bacon anyway? I don't get it.

Nancy in New York

Dear Nancy, bacon grease is a gift from God Himself. The uses for bacon grease are unlimited. You can use it to fry okra, season beans, fry taters, flavor stews, make sawmill gravy, season cornbread, make a dressing, and many other things. As far as who eats bacon, I have to admit that I'm not a big bacon eater, but it's mandatory that I fry up a pound or two for Sunday breakfast just so that I can have my glorious bacon drippings. Bacon is a great topping for potatoes, salad, sandwiches, nachos, and French fries. Yup, bacon and its drippings are fattening, but a little will go a long way! And if you don't get it by now, you never will, bubba.

My Daddy told me that when he was a pup, a show of prestige was how much lard you had rendered, so having bacon grease ain't just good taste, it's a status symbol.

Dear Gertie,

Why do Southerners always say y'all instead of you?

Ned from Nantucket

Dear Ned, when we are talking one-on-one, kinda like now, we use "you" because it is in the singular form. Using "you" in the plural form seems like bad manners to us, so that's why we say "y'all," short for "you all." We don't want anyone to feel left out.

DSC04690Sweet Tea is a Southern staple!


Why do Southerners have couches on their front porches?

Ina from Illinois

Hi Ina! Most of the time when I can afford a new couch, I hate to part with my old one. Lots of memories were made on that blue faux naugahyde, so many times we just put it on the front porch. We spend a lot of time on our front porches jawing with our neighbors, so why not be comfortable?

Dear Gertie,

Why do Southerners like to fry everything?

Frank in Lincoln

Hey Frank! We don't like to fry everything, but many things are better fried. Frying vegetables is quick and cheap (especially if you recycle the grease) and that's why we prefer this cooking method. Fried pickles, donuts, taters, onion rings, and okra are awesome!

mint-julepSouthern Mint Juleps


I don't understand the prevalence of abandoned appliances and vehicles in Southern yards. Why?

Eliot from Nevada

Dear Eliot, our broken down appliances and vehicles clutter our domains for usually one reason: we might just get it working again someday. There's always hope. 90% of us are poorer than church mice and it just tears us up to part with anything that cost more that $10. If the washing machine stopped spinning, then I'll betcha Uncle Hubert could fix it (after it sit on his porch for a month or year or two).

I reckon that's where our interest in CAT, NASCAR, and feed and grain co-ops come in too. Not having much cash to buy cars, we'd fix the old heap that Granny Early left to us -- parts are cheap when you pull them off of other heaps.

We are a proud people, we expect to work hard to earn our pay. We want to stretch our budget so we reuse everything from pantyhose (to wrap our Vidalia onions in down in the cellar or to filter the dryer) to tin foil (to wrap our stove eyes in). We eat pork because we use and reuse purt-near every part of the pig (except for the hair and eyeballs) -- well, we used to. Nowadays, many younger Southerners just buy fat back and packaged barbecue.

Dear Gertie,

Do Southerners really marry their cousins?

Jane from Jamestown

Dear Jane, we Southerners have some strange idiosyncrasies down here, I admit. Many years ago, some of us were known to marry our cousin. Why? A long time ago, the only folks that lived close by were family; there was slim pickin's, so to speak. Look at those Brits! Ya can't tell me there wasn't any inbreeding there. Charles and his momma look just like their relatives from hundreds of years ago -- ugly and pointy noses and everything. I reckon some folks ain't much for pollutin' the gene pool, or havin' a family tree that don't branch too often.

istock5Southern homes must have Grandma’s quilts!

Dear Gertie,

Why do Southerner women have big hair?

Karen from Kalamazoo

Dear Karen, big hair is our birthright. We use our hair to attract (and keep) males -- kinda like a peacock. The humidity down here most of the year is 110%, so we take great pains to preserve and enhance our coiffures. Teasing, gelling, and spraying our hair so that it stands up about a foot above our heads ensures that our date/spouse can find us in a crowd (like a football stadium, picnic, mall, or tent revival).

Dear Gert,

Why do Southerners love car racing?

Amber from Ohio

Hi Amber! Racing is gaining in popularity all over, sugar! It ain't a Southern thang any more. Sure it's popular here, but other folks are beginning to follow this sport. Racing started here in the South when the whiskey bootleggers would out run the law in their rebuilt Chevys. I know … I come from a family of Tennessee bootleggers. Hell far, ya gotta make a livin' to feed the babies.

Dear Gertie,

Why are Southerners portrayed as rednecks?

William from Wetumpka

Hey William, I do have to say that I don't like that stereotype. The term redneck comes from when the poor folk worked in the fields as laborers while the blue bloods stayed inside and counted their gold bars and drank their whiskey "neat." Since the laborers wore blue jeans and had a tan, they were made fun of because of what they represented: dirt farmers. Have you noticed how popular it is to have a tan and wear jeans nowadays?

Did y’all get a laugh or two out of those ?s! I sure did….I love the one about Southern Women and big hair! ;)


Moving on to The Southern Lady Magazine Celebration Giveaway, I want to thank those of you

that participated in the giveaway details! There was a total of 4 of you that did a post about the Celebration. 1.The Gal Girl 2. Lisa at Hospitality Pursuits 3. Stacey at Poofing the Pillows and 4. Ruth Ann at Ragg Baggs.

Oh how I wish I could send all 4 of you a book set, but at least one of you did win! Okay, I will stop babbling and tell you…………….LISA at Hospitality Pursuits!!!! You are the winner! I did the drawing with and number 2 was the number! If you will send your address to my email, then I will forward it on to The Southern Lady Magazine! Congrats to you!!! I hope you enjoy every book!

Next post~ Southern Quiz?? Are you Southern??? Come back Monday and find out!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!!

PS…don’t forget to check and see if your blog is listed on my links page!


Lisa said...

Oh Nancy! First of all I love the new look! Very fresh and pretty and I'm droolin' like a bulldog over that plaid sofa. Second-LOL over the Southern Q and A's. Third- Whoooo-Hoooo! I won!

Missy Wertz said...

Nancy, I love this new look too! Congrats to the winners! Sweet tea is the wine of the south.

You know how to tell a Southern Belle in NY City? She is the one sipping sweet iced tea in the middle of a blizzard! LOL!

Stacey said...

Yay for Lisa!

Nancy, I was laughing because I've been working on my post about life in the south. I was talking about big hair! Yes's a must have. :)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Nancy, that was hysterical, (and some of them too close for comfort!). Your blog looks so pretty. Just look at you! Now you have two pretty blogs! laurie

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina said...

Hi Nancy Rosalina,

I just luckily happened to find your blog today and just LOVE IT! My name is Rosalind, folks call me Roz and I'm your newest follower. I live in the Carolinas and my blog is about life in the country, recipes, gardening, quilting, etc. I hope you give me the honor of a visit so that we can share thoughts! I'll be back! Blessings, Roz (aka Bella)

Cindy said...

Nancy, Very cute and hilarious!! I may live in Canada, but my mom was born and raised in Oklahoma and her mom was born and raised in Arkansas. So, I have southern blood in me, but I'm not southern. (For instance, I can't say aint, it goes against everything that I am.) I can make a great cast iron skillet of corn bread and delicious sweet tea! Honey, my mama di'nt raise no dummy! Thanks for the fun! And for putting me on your cottage blog roll. I will check on the blog roll here. Hugs, Cindy S.

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Nancy,
Yes, I got a laugh out of most of them. So funny, I can relate to knowing many of those people. lol
I will go to your links and leave a message. I didn't see my blog. I hope you'll add me back.
Have a great weekend!

Let it Shine said...

I LOVE the towel with Sweet Tea!!!! SO true!!
My Dad lives in Crossville, and we have some family that lives in Chatanooga. Love that part of the country, it is so beautiful!
Take care,

Sue said...

Your new blog look is spectacular! Silly me has had you in my Reader subscriptions since I became a new blogger in March. Little did I know at that time that I should have been following you instead, So... I have done just that tonite.
My best gal pal is from TX and a true Southern gal. She got me hooked on sweet tea when we were back in high school.

Gotta love that Gravel
Gertie and her pearls of wisdom explaining Southern-isms. Growing up next door to my Texas friends (I was in New Mexico) I felt a kinship of sorts with them. ~Even though they told me I spoke with a "funny" accent...
:-) Sue

Melissa Miller said...

Very nice new look Miss Nancy!

Congrats to Lisa! She is a sweetie pie. :)

nikkicrumpet said...

Love the new is very professional looking and clean and crisp!

Anonymous said...

Hi Miss Nancy! I figured since you are telling us bout Southerners I should at least properly address you!!!lol I learned the answers to several of my questions also!lol I thought I was always changing my blog! I'm liking the clean fresh look! I'm off to check your blogroll now! Be back soon - Sincerely, Jeannette

Sandra said...

Hi Nancy. I love your new header! What a great idea on having a link for all the blogs. I didn't see my blog on your list but would love for you to add me, please:D Thank you for having such a great blog we can visit.
I'm gettin' ready to make some cornbread for supper. ;)

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Love the new look! I think have a special page for links is such a good idea they can get soooo long and take up a lot of sidebar space.


Julie said...

This is great....I do love some sweet tea...I am having a new give a-way do hope you stop over...

Judy said...

Oh, yeah, I know Gravel Gertie, she used to hang out at our house all the time (I thought my mom made her up).

I'm happy to say I'm 100% southern and proud as punch to be a GRITS!


Unknown said...

I love your new site. I am Southern by marriage and have lived in the South for 23 years.... I love, love, love the South.... Thank you Nancy for what a great post.

P.S. I am the one who loves Grits in my home....

red.neck chic said...

I am laughing so hard!!! I just LOVE your blog - and the cars in the yard? never know when you might see them on the race track...

haha! LOVE it!!!

:-) Robelyn

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