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This Week…A Nod to Texas

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This Week…A Nod to Texas

 

It’s been easy to tell that Spring is here this week in Texas. 

Only Texas could turn defeat into a legend--and a song, and a tourist attraction, and a major motion picture.

ROSEMARY KENT



The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is going strong and will be until mid-March…trees are showing off small buds…the weather is so  beautiful that you want to spend it outdoors…and the azaleas are starting to make their Spring Debut. 

What you northerners never appreciate ... is that Texas is so big that you can live your life within its limits and never give a damn about what anyone in Boston or San Francisco thinks.

JAMES MICHENER



March 2 is also Texas Independence Day so I thought I’d share a few Texas quotes and Texas slang. 

I remember when I was in my early teens and met someone from up north. He laughed when he heard us say “y’all.”  I thought everyone spoke like that!!!

 

I have said that Texas is a state of mind, but I think it is more than that. It is a mystique closely approximating a religion. 
John Steinbeck


 

The first trip back to Houston after moving to FL made me realize just how much I missed the Texas accent. When I stepped off of the plane and heard it all around me, I knew I was home. 

 

Texas Slang:

All hat and no cattle 

Fixin’ to 

Y’all

Bless your heart 

Might could 

Dad gum it 

All git-out

Pitch a hissy fit

Come hell or high water

 

Have a Texas-sized weekend!!!

 

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Comments(17)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - while I have not yet visited Texas, I have long been aware of its vastness.  In space and in so many other ways.  I don't recall any of the quotes you shared but it's in the combination of many things, that a certain image comes to be. 

Whether it's a physical state or something of a different matter, I wonder.   Happy Texas Independence Day.   

Mar 02, 2024 05:21 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Michael Jacobs it is a physical but also one that resides in your soul. 

Mar 02, 2024 10:23 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, Oh my, those are slangs I am so unfamiliar with, and only know what the last one means. Guess you really have to be a Texan as they are quite perplexing to me...but FUN!

Mar 02, 2024 05:22 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 one of my favorites is "all hat and no cattle" meaning all talk but that's all. 

Mar 02, 2024 10:24 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Happy Texas Independence Day! Loved your post..when I moved to Austin in 1981 so many of the expressions were foreign to me but the people were so nice, friendly and welcoming, I couldn't help but smile and learn!!!

Mar 02, 2024 05:37 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I remember in the mid 70s when companies from NY moved to Houston. I was in the elevator at Exxon and if I closed my eyes and listened to people talking I would have sworn I was in NYC. 

Mar 02, 2024 10:26 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Some of those Teas sayings have found there way into the mouths of people from other states, especially "all hat and no cattle" and "come hell or high water". Enjoy your day.

Mar 02, 2024 05:38 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin I love them all. It's music to my ears to hear "good ole Texas boys" talk. 

Mar 02, 2024 10:27 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Such a good time. I remember going and having all the food and the concerts.

Mar 02, 2024 07:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty My brother's band has played for one of the cook-off teams for over 15 years. I always loved the livestock show!

Mar 02, 2024 10:28 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Kathy and glad for the special day today in Texas but worried about the million acres that are burning in the Panhandle.  Must be lot of grass land for the cattle.

 

Mar 02, 2024 08:32 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Will Hamm If I remember, Amarillo isn't that grassy and thank goodness, I think the largest fire has been contained. 

Mar 02, 2024 10:46 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Kathy,
I had ChatGPT write you a poem to warm your big Texas heart:

In the land where the bluebonnets reign,
"Everything's bigger," they proudly proclaim.
From Dallas to Austin, Houston to San Antone,
There's a spirit of freedom that's deeply sown.

"Git 'er done," is the call of the day,
No task too big, come what may.
With a tip of the hat and a firm handshake,
Texans face life, no matter the earthquake.

The sun beats down on the dusty trail,
"Hotter than a two-dollar pistol," without fail.
But the evening brings a cool, sweet breeze,
Whispering through the oaks and the cypress trees.

"Finer than frog hair," is the beauty so vast,
From the rolling plains to the cityscapes, cast.
Where the stars at night are clear and bright,
Illuminating the prairie with a heavenly light.

"Don't mess with Texas," a warning, a pride,
A testament to the spirit that won't be denied.
For in this land, where the wildflowers bloom,
There's room for all, in the sun and the gloom.

So here's to the Lone Star, may it forever fly,
Over a land where dreams touch the sky.
Where "all hat and no cattle" finds no place,
And every sunset, God's own grace.

Mar 02, 2024 09:17 AM
Kathy Streib

Wow Carol Williams That is amazing. I see I'm going to have to play around some with Chat GPT. I loved the poem!!!!

Mar 02, 2024 10:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We keep seeing the news of the fires in Texas. I hope the impacted residents are receiving the much needed assistance.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Mar 02, 2024 10:26 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

There are certain aspect of places we call home that simply never leave us.  

Mar 02, 2024 11:17 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I am glad you are starting to see signs of Spring, I am still waiting for Spring to start to make its appearance.

Mar 02, 2024 11:25 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Mar 02, 2024 11:36 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Streib  Spring is in the air ya'all-  Hope the fires are nowhere near you. Happy Saturday  

Mar 02, 2024 12:07 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love hearing accents, whether they be from Texas or elsewhere, haha.  I am not always able to discern where the accent is from though, so I have to ask.

Mar 03, 2024 04:16 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

This was a fun, and educational, read about Texas. Carol Williams 's poem was so cool! The Texas slang was fun - I especially liked "All head and no cattle!"

Jeff

Mar 03, 2024 02:51 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

'All hat & no cattle' - 'I knew I was home'  both hit good chords.  m

Mar 03, 2024 03:22 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

I love Texas and Texans!  And somehow I know all the phrases you mentioned.  Made me smile as for whatever reason we used some of them as well up in CO in Cowboy Country.

All hat and no cattle 

Fixin’ to 

Y’all

Bless your heart 

Might could 

Dad gum it 

All git-out

Pitch a hissy fit

Come hell or high water

 

Mar 03, 2024 03:27 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I always loved Texas and when I was about to leave the military I considered exiting to Texas, but because my parents were still in Connecticut, I chose not to go... loved the patriotism, no taxes and kind people, Endre

Mar 03, 2024 09:28 PM