My Eyes are Happy! Quotables from Peeps, 4:30 a.m. Version

February 8, 2020

My Eyes are Happy! Quotables from Peeps, 4:30 a.m. Version


I got my happy back.

Wise tow truck driver (last weekend)

Once quotable sayings from my peeps jump into my verbal repertoire, they hunker down to stay for good. At 4:30 a.m. this morning when I couldn’t sleep, I thought it would be fun to round up a few of them, and give some attribution. I use them here in the blog sometimes – some are profound, some are practical, some are playful, but they’re all memorable (at least to me). The one above was in a haiku a couple of days ago. I love it: I got my happy back. Doesn’t that just have a great ring to it?

I got my happy back once in this beautiful courtyard in London

Attributions (Who Said It)

The attributions for these adages are to the folks who introduced me to them. They might’ve gotten their golden verbal nuggets from someone else. That’s ok. It doesn’t matter to me if they weren’t the original coiners of the phrases; I’ll always associate the folksy wisdom with the wonderful person who shared it with me.

The Sayings

There’s decorating advice:

You don’t have to display all your pretties at once.

Nancy, quoting her mom

A push for optimism over pessimism:

Don’t borrow trouble.

My mom

A fabulous way to describe a certain cooking competence:

I’m the Duchess of Leftovers

Laura Speer, Dave and Laura’s Dream, commenting on this post about making an omelet out of seafood boil leftovers

A truism about manipulation:

You can’t play a player.

My Sister-in-Love

A truism about photography:

The best camera is the one you have with you.

Ray Laskowitz, The Storyteller
Photo from The Storyteller blog

Wisdom about life, similar to “go big or go home”:

This ain’t no dress rehearsal.

My ex-husband-now-friend

Advice about what to do when there’s craziness all around:

Hide and wait.

Mema (my paternal grandmother)

Encouragement to let things go and forgive yourself:

Take that rock out of your backpack.

Theresa, who left us too soon (story here about Theresa, hurricanes, moms and children)
With Theresa in my kitchen in 2011, two moms bonding over food – no rocks in our backpacks that day

Another suggestion about about letting things go and not pursuing an un-winnable argument:

I’m not sure that’s a hill you want to die on.

The Good Eater (my bonus son)
The Good Eater, with a winning version of our goat cheese spread

Describing the beauty of nature:

My eyes are happy!

The Girl Who is Alway Hungry (my daughter-in-law), in this post about fall colors

What to say when the meal has been a little too enjoyable and there was one bite too many:

I ate wrong.

The Grill-Meister of Glover Gardens

That’s All for Now

Don’t fret if I use one of your sayings regularly and it didn’t make it to the list; these are just the one that were floating around in my head when I was lying in bed awake at 4:30 a.m. Yep, on a Saturday. When I could’ve slept in.

What are your quotables?

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