Spending time with my sisters-in-law has brought back memories of mother-isms, sayings unique to their mother. I remember her saying "Oh dear, bread and beer if I hadn't have married,I wouldn't be here." Nobody knows the origins of that one, possibly song lyrics, but I've been known to say it now and then.
Their other momism were words that were expressed when things went well for while, like a series of green lights when you're driving. Or a 31 row repeat without forgotten yarn over's. She'd say "You must have been holding your tongue straight."
I was listening to CBC Radio around Mother's Day. The on-the-street reporter asked, "What words of your mother's do you still have in your head." If you asked my kids, they'd probably say, "Little children who know how to read can never be bored."
Or "I want never gets." Remember that one, Auntie Ellen? You borrowed that one from me and I used your "Ask one more time and you won't get it." My eldest, at age four, wanted gum. She asked for it over and over again. Auntie Ellen used her magic phrase and niece replied, "I want.......(long pause)...a sail boat." It still cracks us up.
Having company here means good food. No bread and beer for us. Cousin Lena from Denmark was responsible for last night's dinner. There's a salmon fillet under the mushrooms, lime, scallions and dill, along with a yogurt garlic dill sauce, and an avocado salad: