Blog Post # 58: More Favorite Sayins’

A few weeks ago in Blog Post # 53 I shared some of our family’s favorite sayins’ I grew up with. Then I asked you what your favorite sayins’ are. Here are the results (so far)!

From Deborah Gateley:

More Dad’s (L.D. Gateley) Sayins’

“You’re getting too big for your britches!” (You’re over confident, thinking you know more than you do.)

“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it”

“Don’t burn your bridges”

“Don’t be an ima gonna!” (Don’t be someone who always says “I’m going to do this, I’m going to do that.” But then never does it.)

Deborah’s Personal Creation

“If it’s not my story to tell I don’t tell it.”

From Katie Wooster: 

by Heather Elaine  

“Once is cute, twice is a spankin’.”

From Karen Hoggatt:  

By her Dad, Bill Crow:

“Suffer in silence. (Quit complaining) I hated hearing it from my Dad as I child. Now I love it. 

From Paula Amrhein: 

By her Mom, Helen Belanger

“Consider the source.” (When we were upset by something someone had done.)

From Leah Swenson Davis: 

By her Mom, Garneta Swenson

“Can’t, never could, never will”. (When we used to say we couldn’t do something, it made us try harder.)

By her Dad, Chad Swenson

“Go to bed or go play on the freeway”. (When it was bedtime or he had has his fill with us.)

From Anne Elizabeth: 

By her Dad, Richard Bateman

“Stop crying or i will give you something to cry about”


“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle “

“Men and women are not equal, women are vastly superior”

“Never get old”

“Self-discipline is the most important thing”

From Sarah Swenson Smith:

By her Mom, Deborah Gateley

Oh how we hated to be told “poor pitiful pawpaw”! (That’s how mom said it) But now that I’m a parent, I want to say it! Instead I say, “child of misery” all the time. Who did that one come from?

From Peggy Hite:

Great Auntie Jewell (Julia Haswell Hall)

“It’s another day to rejoice and be glad in.”

“Stop making that face or it will stay that way.”

It’s true. My wrinkles prove it

Great Uncle Willie

“You learn more from listening.”

From Chris Amrhein:

From his Mom, Helen Amrhein

“You’re burning the candle at both ends and in the middle, too!” (You’re going to burn out if you keep trying to do everything.)

“It takes two to tango.” (When someone tried to blame an argument/fight on someone else.)

“People only cuss when they are too stupid to think of a better word.”

Chris’s own personal creations

“Be a stripper not a painter”.  (Support a person in letting their true colors shine through, instead of “painting over” their true colors with your own ideas of how they need to be. 

Not sure where the following came from, but I’m told I use them all the time

“Never hurts to ask.” (Don’t base your emotions or actions on what you are afraid might be true. First, find out. Then decide.)

“You never want to look back and wonder ‘what if’”. (Don’t give up until you know you’ve given it your best shot.)

“In a blind kingdom, the one-eyed man rules.”

“You’ll learn something from this.”

“Six of one, half dozen of the other.” (If the choices are truly equal, just pick one.)

Thanks to all for your great response — keep them coming, and I’ll include them in a future blog.

Since you sent me yours, it’s only fair I wrap this edition up with a few of my own personal favorites!

From me, Donna Amrhein Gateley (with source, if I know it):

“I’ll live”

“Worrying is like sitting in a rocker expecting to go somewhere.”

“Never be a prisoner of your past, it was just a lesson, not a life sentence.”

“Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.”

“You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.”

Gregg Dart

“Sometimes need to find creative solutions to solve needs.” 

“Worrying is like sitting in a rocker expecting to go somewhere.”

On wall of Alexandru’s Gym

“Fit is not a destination, it is a way to live.” 

Fergie (Black Eye Peas singer)

“Yes it is embarrassing and now I am moving on.” 

Disc jockey on radio

I decided to live forever. So far it is working.

Barack Obama

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. 

Scott Jurek, Ultra Distance Runner

“I used to hate running and I used to hate vegetables. Life is about learning. Life is about being open to possibilities.”, June 2014 

Costco mag.

Mark Twain

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

(from a book I read)

“Right now I’m peddling thin air like Wiley Coyote.” 

Jeff Jarvis

“Geeks Bearing Gifts.”

I heard someone say

“Only backup what you don’t want to lose.”

“You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.”

My own personal creations

“If I regret burning a bridge, then I’ll just need to build a new bridge.” It won’t be the same as the old bridge – but it will be a connection.

“Keep 3 backup copies (separate from your computer’s hard drive) including 1 off-site.” 

LESSON LEARNED: Sayins’ can give inspiration, or at least something to think about.

LESSON LEARNED: When reading, watching or listening, keep your antenna up — wisdom can arrive from anywhere.

LESSON LEARNED: It’s good to remember the sayins’ of others. Some for keeping; others to promise yourself never to repeat.

Games and YouTube Videos

Here are the links to my signing and cueing YouTube “Word Of The Day” channels. I post a new word every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Check it out and I would love to know what you think of them!

YouTube ASL Word Of The Day

YouTube Cued Speech Word Of The Day

Also, Check out my Adventure Games in the App Stores

Please join me for my new blog posts each Friday.  Have fun with your ASL and/or Cued Speech Adventures!

Published by Donna Gateley

Developer of SignCueQuest and CueQuest

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