I can not tell a lie (lie) I love using colloquialisms.   They make you sound clever and witty. Sometimes as smart as a book, sometimes as sharp as a tack and tacks are sharp. That’s their purpose. I love something that does it’s intended job.   And so goes the cliché phrase; the one that […]

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  • Carla - YESSSSS
    I am with you, Sister, on the ass one 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Carolann - LOL I love them too. I especially love the snarky ones. I made sure to copy down the ones I want to use. It’s always great to have a good retort when someone is being a PIA.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Are there really enough snarky retorts for all the PIA’s in the world???? Please send some my way- the retorts, that is.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Havey - Love this, you’ve got me chuckling. The wet behind the ears has to apply to birth–so when we first come into the world–we are wet all over and know shit!!


    • Cheryl - Actually I think my kittens came into the world smarter then a lot of humans I know. Go figure. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I always thought it should be nuts to soup. But that’s a limited menu. I know, just saying.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - The Shakespeare quote is a bit off, which may be part of the difficulty. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell AS sweet.” I love how phrases change over time. ‘Dollars to doughnuts’ is a family favorite. No clue what to make of it or how it originated, but anything that involves doughnuts is good thing!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ohhhh. I love that one! Dollars to Doughnuts. Have no idea what it means… but i LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • Adela - Great laugh! I love to hear the origin story of some of these sayings. Like “rule of thumb.” I try hard not to use this one because it comes from the size of the stick a man could legally beat his wife with. No thicker than his thumb. now, if it was no longer than his thumb, I could maybe live with that.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Fascinating! We could talk about origins forever.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - My daughter’s choir teacher used to say “Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.” I’ve always liked that one (similar to yours).ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Don’t you wonder who came up with these in the first place and how they became so popular? And is doornail really a word?ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You left out several, but a few are politically incorrect, but here is one I did use when a character was speaking in my novel. “You’re as white-faced as a hooty owl.” Southerners have such a delightful way of speaking.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Love these. I imagine you saying them and they are even better!ReplyCancel

  • Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA - They get to be adages because they worked in one era or another. And, whether it’s the world in which you want to reside, that one applies more today than in a long time. Which is why we have to work to change the world!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Amen brother! Words and their usage are such a lens into the past. I could talk to you all day!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - In the early 1900s one of their slang words was “giggle water” which meant = an intoxicating beverage, and that is what this post made me do… giggle, but I am not intoxicated.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Enjoyed this. From beginning to end (soup to nuts)!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni AaMom - LOL!! How great minds think alike! 😛 I just took a break from compiling this massive list! I promise I won’t use any of these. Just wanted to tell you though that you are the bee’s knees!ReplyCancel

  • Abby@Midlifecrisisnut.com - I loved them all! I feel like calling Sven too:) xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ll tell him your calling. HeheeeeeeReplyCancel

  • Christopher Mitchell (Another Government Employee) - Ah, yes… The Fair Weather Friend. Loves beach days but leaves when the storm comes. Only to come back to gloat over the pieces.

    Damn, Son! You could at least give me a towel.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And a sand bucket, but not for sand. Plus a shovel. You get the gist…ReplyCancel

  • Myke Todd - Finally, I got in. I guess this really is a smart phone. You shared some really good examples here. My favorite was… Wait a minute. The dog is barking outside. He sounds serious. Be right back…

    Okay. I am back. Nothing major. He just has a bobcat treed up a Sycamore. Back to your post. Reminds me of a couple of poems I have written. One was “The All Cliche Poem of Unrequited Love.” … Don’t see any of my cliches in you list. And, by the way, no one loves a good list more than me. Ever since Myspace went on hiaitus, I just can’t locate good lists. Yours is premium… I am just a Wed tad shaken over your interpretation of fair weather friends. I have a poem named… You guessed it… “Fair Weather Friends” and to make matters more studious, that poem serves as my mission statement on my poetry blog… Go figure.

    Anyways, really nice go find your post here. You brought me joy today on a day I did not think I had a smile in me, and darned if I am not grinning like a chicken eating briers… Best of luck to you in both coming and future events… Myke ToddReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You wax poetic my friend. May the wind be at your back but not blow you down, as wind as apt to do, so let’s just skip the light fantastic because light is a good thing. I can’t find my shoes in the dark. I could go on… and on….ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - Cheryl – some might criticise you for being a bit too literal/concrete in your thinking, but I’d defend you to the hilt/ as if my life depended upon it because I’m bold as brass. And don’t let criticism get you down because, remember, cream always rises to the top so don’t hide your light under a bushel.
    Best wishesReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - From your lips to God’s ears- like he needs ears. Jeez. XXOOReplyCancel

  A while back I was going crazy.   I’m ignoring all of your snickers   I was hankerin’ for a design project.   I gave Ben a choice; he could agree to purchase an additional property around the size of a Newport mansion or we could get a brand spankin’ new state-of-the-art little toy […]

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  • Ellen Dolgen - Your blogs are great! You have me yearning for a, “Daisy” of my own! No one in my family would believe that one! The pie seems to be the easy part …..wow….I am so impressed with your renovations. You are good, girl!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And… the custom reupholstered cushions arrived today! So more updates to follow!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - You are multi-talented. When I get shpilkes (the Yiddish word for being unable to sit still) I go for a walk. You do makeovers, cooking, and who knows what else? Amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And wallpapering. Don’t forget that!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I love the wallpaper and curtains that don’t look like any other camper inside I have seen or could imagine. You’re turning it into your own little portable palace. Can’t wait to see how Daisy turns out.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - More to follow Sue. The reupholstered cushions arrived today.I’ll take true AFTER pics next week. It’s so fun!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - Wow! You are turning an ordinary camper into an absolutely beautiful haven…brilliant and so creative and admirable, I say.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Sheryl! It’s been a blast to do!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Are you kidding? You are a rockstar designer of the trailer crowd! I can’t wait to see the bigger picture, don’t make me wait!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - OMG! It is awesome! I’ve had the cushions reupholstered in ‘Bovine’ with yellow/white damask piping. Sorta Cowgirl on LSD. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Zurek - Laughing at your genius and sheer guts to take something so new and shiny and make it your own. Can’t wait to see big detailed photos of the final project.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh Shelley it’s going to blow your mind. More pics to follow…. hold onto your hat!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - You know how to rock and roll! update us on the cushions!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Now that’s an ambitious project. But have no doubt that you’ve got things under control.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Minicozzi - I want one of those! I don’t know what I’d do with it because I live in The Bronx, I don’t have a car and I don’t have a use for it, but I want one of those anyway! LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I have never understood redoing something new. Maybe a curtain or two, but redoing the whole thing? No way. Did I mention I hate anything to do with housekeeping? You, though, are having a blast. Go for it!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Wow, that is awesome! You need to take it on some amazing road trip now!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I love it. Wow, what amazing design stye you have!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - What a fun project! Love the wallpaper! Can’t wait to see the rest of project.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Marshall - Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Interesting you should mention ‘pie’ when ‘pi’ day is just around the corner. The most popular day in our hosehold after Christmas. (Actually, I think the two days may be tied…) Bring your sweet little Daisy up to Canada. Spring is almost here. We guarantee we’ll be serving 10 kinds of homemade pie!ReplyCancel

      A funny thing happened on my way to middle age: I reinvented my groove (and I don’t even know Stella).   I think most women (and probably some men- maybe- perhaps- occasionally) can relate to this.   As a woman you are constantly juggling more then one hat: Eternal Girl, Grown Woman, […]

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  • Suzy Turner - Absolutely brilliant! I must say I’m loving your blog, I think I’ll stay around for a while 🙂

    • Cheryl - Well you just made my day Suzy! So wonderful to have a new reader and you should stick around- I throw good parties! Hahaha.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Ambrose - Excellent! We are warriors, indeed! When do I get to see you again. Think of all the trouble and mayhem we could cause…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m hoping to attend the Midlife conference in Vegas. I’m bring bail $.ReplyCancel

  • tam Warner Minton - No worries, I’ve been feisty for most of my life. I have lived the “usual” woman life while also living outside of it and never being truly a part of it. Make sense?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Perfect sense. You know the dance steps but have your own song playing in your head. I GET it.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - Cheryl, I am not surprised, I love reading you. Great job 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I love how in this book, “feisty” is demonstrated in so many different ways. MANY ways. Because feisty is in the eye of the beholder. And in the eye of the fiesty one. Speaking as a Feisty Over 45er. Yeah, in the book. Elaine is like the producers who get that women over a certain age can act and need roles. And content that serves our age group. So glad she’s there for us!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth A. Havey - Your writing style will fit right in. Sex kitten I don’t think I ever was. LOL. Wishing you the best.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Yay you!! Can’t wait to read this one!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You go girl! I can so relate, except no one famous called me. I do the the feeling of success though. There is nothing like getting an Amazon Best Seller Badge–unless it would be a call from a movie producer, but I’m not holding my breath. You be feisty! I’ll do it my way!ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - I like Holy Crap, too! Congratulations! Looking forward to it!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - Wow, best seller cred! I really need to grab a copy and read it soon. Best of continued luck with it sweetie! Oh and yes, Holy Crap!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - “Holy crap which is my way of saying Amen.” LOVE it. I’m in this book too and I can’t wait to read it. I’m in excellent company. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - So great to have so many feisty voices out there. This is not our grandmothers’ midlife!ReplyCancel

What is it about seismic shifts that we never see them coming?   They just sorta happen- willy nilly, when we’re least expecting them. You feel something moving underfoot but you don’t quite lose your balance. Yes, there are objects tipped on their side but maybe there’s a reasonable explanation. You think “I’ll keep an […]

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  • Carla - And simply reading this made my day brighter and me smile.
    <3 <3ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - ANd ‘heart’ you back Carla! You just made mine.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - Yay for you! You’ve inspired me to change some bad, deep-seated habits – it CAN be done!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ve got plenty more bad habits but ya gotta start somewhere-non, Sheryl?ReplyCancel

  • Krista Williams - I loved the flow of this post! Congratulations – how incredible and amazing!

    It’s so true, that small habits make your life and who you are – I think this is a great reminder. I love it.

    • Cheryl - Thank you Krista! The coolest thing about this is that I didn’t think I could do it— and I am!!!ReplyCancel

  • Steena Hammer - Good for you! Making the change isn’t always the hard part – sticking it out past the one week mark is. With 16 days in, you’ve got this!! Can’t wait to see you in that dress!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And I WILL post photo’s! God help me but I will. Thanks for stopping by Steena. Much appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I get it. I do. Similar things are going on in my world, My doc, “mean mommy” gave me a stern lecture. My now dead friend, gave me advice. It all worked. It IS working. Still. Yes, girl, rock on!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh, I KNOW you ‘get it’. I think you ‘get’ me as a matter of fact. Loved your post today btw. You’re an interesting woman Carol. Very interesting….ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - Sounds wonderful and congratulations on your upcoming event.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - Cheers! I’m so happy for you that good and positive avalanches have come your way — and your hard work is paying off. Keep it up, my friend!

    (I was scared at first you were going to write about BAD things that have snowballed, life changes that hurt and harm. Thankful that’s not the case!)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I saw that that might be the way people might anticipate the post going but I really wanted to begin with the power of motion, and I tend to be d-r-a-m-a-t-i-c so there you have it! And here you have it again. Dear Lord.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - WOW, how very inspiring! I’m excited to read what diet you are on. So happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Roxanne Jones - It’s so empowering to take what sometimes are baby steps toward a goal…but then you see RESULTS! Congratulations on making such progress!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - How fabulous! You have inspired me. Bad habits are hard to break. Nothing like an event to help motivate us. You GO GIRL!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joanie Killion Tamburini - This is great- so happy to discover your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Aishwarya S - Sometimes that one habit is the reason where we are going wrong. I’m glad you got it under control. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And now people around me are changing their habits! Amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Steffanci Sikorski - Oh do I feel ya’ sister. My daughter’s wedding is in 3 weeks and I’ve been behaving since last August. What amazes me is that even at our age, change can work. AND, I’ve influenced many people around me who have embraced eating cleaner and exercising. It was not my intent, but isn’t that a nice by-product?! Congrats, I’m sure you will look and better yet, FEEL amazing on the big day!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Raimondo Warren - Super post! I was LOL throught it. I hear you and once we embrace change we can accomplish so much more:) Thanks for your honesty,ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Good for you. Yes, if you are overweight, diet and exercise work wonders. So do correct meds. The knee is also better because of the weight loss. Enjoy the reconstructed you.ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn - Congrats on your shifts… Can’t wait to see the changes – I’m sure you’ll be as amazing and gorgeous as ever.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m feelin’ pretty good! Look out World! XXOOReplyCancel

  • Daniela Vaughan - Good for you!! It’s amazing the changes that can occur when you alter one habit, change one recurring thought in your head, set one new intention. The world is a wonderful place if we SHOW UP for it!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne Joyce - Awesome, Cheryl! I have no doubt that you will rock that dress!ReplyCancel

  I have recently celebrated my 34th year of wedded bliss- well, maybe not bliss, as bliss is fleeting, but pretty darn happy with the same guy for a a really long time kind of who-ha.   How is this possible?    What happened- or didn’t?   Where did we go right?   As I […]

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  • Carollynn Hammersmith - Happy belated anniversary to 2 of my favorite people! Your friendship,has stood the true test of time.ReplyCancel

  • Candy - We will celebrate 34 years in October. Sad when people ask if we have been married only once. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Boy, that’s saying something isn’t it. I can usually tell if a couple has been together only with each other- there’s a body language that goes along with long-term. A secret code in the way they look (or don’t) at each other- finish each other’s sentences- assist each other. Just lovely. Congratulations to us both.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Petersen Spiker - Happy anniversary! We have been married almost 36 years! Our long marriages are a rarity these days!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Kavan - Happy Anniversary! I love this. I’ve been married all of 10 months, but I agree with this thought!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Rouillard - Happy Anniversary! It’s always inspiring to see people still together and in love after so many years. Gives me and my generation some hope!!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - What a great story. A classic example of “it was meant to be.”ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne Spragg - Happy anniversary to you! What a wonderful post. My best friend is getting married next year. I will have to share your post with her. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni AaMom - Aargh!! You make it sound so easy! 🙁 This when The Husband and I had a fight over the weekend!
    Happy anniversary, to you, dear friend and your beau!!ReplyCancel

  • Paul D. Brads - Almost 39 here. We stay because we still love each other. It’s not always easy or pretty, it just is.ReplyCancel

  • Alison Coward - Congratulations on 34 years! We’ve been married 4 years but together for 14 and I totally agree with planning. If you’re not both on the same wavelength as to how things will go (or how to ride it out when things don’t go your way) then it won’t last. Very inspiring reading about successful couples!ReplyCancel

  • Leila M Brenner - Lol! I loved this post! We started out kind of similar in that our first night was the day we have never left each others sides. (Honestly, I can count on 2 hands the number of times we have been apart for a night) While we have not hit 35 years yet; we did celebrate 10 years of marriage. It’s work, but working together works!ReplyCancel

  • Michael John Mele - Happy Anniversary my friend! You are freaking amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Best wishes! Now, I have to admit that i have had a cocktail, therefore I’m not sure I’m following the gist of this except that you met him at age 11 and it was meant to be. All the in between stuff? Pshaw! Continued happiness. He’s got to be amazing, because you are. And don’t I wish you were here having cocktails with me.ReplyCancel

  • Lola Marguerita - Happy anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Bridget Howell Martin - This was a great share! Funny, witty, and encouraging to those of us still trying to make those milestones and keep that ability to yet keep them guessing. While we are married only 8 years, we are an old married couple and hopefully have many more to come for these same reasons.ReplyCancel

  • Thrifty Guardian - Love it!! Will definitely keep this in mind as we hit our fourth year and strive for our 50th. Things aren’t always easy, but he is my best friend and we certainly do lots of planning! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Congratulations and many more Happy Anniversaries. Lanny and I could look at something and see the weirdness of it all and start laughing without saying a word. Laughter, hugs, mutual interests are all important, but it is the friendship and the romantic (what are you all doing in the bedroom all the time?) that really works. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth A. Havey - Happy Anniversary. Delighted for you. I’m grateful every day for my marriage. And your post is a wonderful reminder. BethReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Happy anniversary! We are on our way to 35 this year. How can that possibly be?!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I love this. My husband and I have a way of knowing what each other is going to say before we say it, yet we still keep each other on our toes. Sounds like you can bottle and package the potent power of your love.ReplyCancel

  • Marlynn Jayme Schotland - Happy anniversary! Love this. We’ve been together for 23 years, married for 14.5. It’s a wild ride but a good one! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - congrats on 34 years – we’re coming up for 33 in a week – time certainly flies! I think it’s amazing that we start off so blithely and find that we are still cruising along after 3+ decades together!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Fluhr - Coming up on 34 also. Shared values and respect go a long way. I think we’ve always subconsciously been able to sense who needed more support at any given time and the other would step up without having to be asked. After this many years we’ve shared so much, that whole for better or for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health thing. Our marriage is our port in the storm. All that and that intangible attraction called love. I’m thankful every day for this relationship.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Me too. Of course the Shared Values & Respect thing are paramount even if you get to the same place in different ways- non?ReplyCancel

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