Advice From a Farmer

farmeradviceBack in 2013, I posted a meme on my ‘fan’ page back about an old farmer and his advice. Much to my surprise it has been shared over 32,000 times and has nearly 1,000 comments, and it still gets traction, present day, in 2017.  This blows my mind.  You never know what will go viral and what people will appreciate.  This leads me to the conclusion that I must put this wise and sage advice into a blog post. So here we go.

Old Farmer’s Advice:

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
  • Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
  • Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  • Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
  • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
  • Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.  Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
  • Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

Which one is your favorite?  What would you add?  Now my biggest question is which tractor picture is better, the old man or me? Can I get so lucky as to have this blog post go viral like that meme did? At any rate; you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl.  Yes, people, I was raised in a hay field (for the most part).

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady


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Lessons from Facebook


This blog post is inspired by a good friend of mine, Chelle.  You know who you are.

I believe we can take lessons from just about anything.  My friend realized some powerful lessons while washing her hair.  I decided to draw some lessons from Facebook.  I’ve been an active member of the Facebook community for about eight years now.  Even back then, I felt I was late to the party.  I’ve watched it grow and change and evolve.  Many new timelines. Some we love, some we hated. Groups were added.  Farmville died.  However; some very special relationships I have today are a result of Facebook; and for that I am eternally appreciative.

So without further adieu, here are lessons you can take from Facebook:

  1. Just because someone pokes you, doesn’t mean you have to poke them back.
  2. You do not have to attend everything you are invited to; including arguments.
  3. Apparently chain letters are still a thing, much to my dismay.
  4. Not all of your friends are actually friends.
  5. Stalkers are real, be careful.
  6. Nothing is private in social media.
  7. Everybody knows how to screen shot, don’t forget that.
  8. There is always a reason to celebrate something.
  9. It is okay to un-follow negativity.
  10. You can pray for people you’ve never met in person.
  11. You can truly love people you’ve never met in person.
  12. You can get a job because of someone you’ve never met in person.
  13. You can learn a lot about someone during elections.
  14. Everybody has an opinion and some are not afraid to use it.
  15. Yes, it is possible to OVER share.
  16. Not everything, is as it seems.
  17. Not every news story is news, or accurate.
  18. There is always more to the story.
  19. It’s okay to log off and take a break.
  20. There’s always that someone who is paying attention, even when you are sure that they are not.

So there ya have it, my musings on Facebook.   What would you add to the list ? I’d love to hear such.  Now, be a dear, and share this to Facebook, won’t ya ?  😉

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady



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162 Movies


So I did a social media experiment and the responses were quite overwhelming.  I often post crazy, random or simply opinion type questions as my Facebook Status, to see who says what.  It is really interesting to me when I receive a huge array of answers.  One time I asked if people poop in public, another time I asked if you get up to pee in the night, do you wash your hands.  Things like that.  Well, a simple question asking for folks’ favorite classic movies went wild.  Of course everyone’s definition of ‘classic’ is different, but that is part of what made it is engaging.  I don’t often report the findings of my social media status questions, but today I shall.  I think it make a great reference if you’re ever looking for a good Netflix flick or such.

So here ya go, you’re welcome !

1 A Man for all Seasons
2 A Place in the Sun
3 Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
4 African Queen
5 All of Me
6 All Quiet on the Western Front
7 American Graffiti
8 An Affair to Remember
9 An American in Paris
10 Arsenic and Old Lace
11 Auntie Mame
12 Bell Book and Candle
13 Ben-Hur
14 Big
15 Bonnie and Clyde
16 Breakfast at Tiffany’s
17 Breathless
18 Bringing Up Baby
19 The Cannonball Run
20 Carrie
21 Casablanca
22 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
23 Charlotte’s Web (The Original)
24 Children of the Corn
25 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
26 Christine
27 Citizen Kane
28 Creature From the Black Lagoon
29 Désirée
30 Desk Set
31 Dirty Dancing
32 Dracula
33 Father Goose
34 Father Knows Best
35 Fiddler on the Roof
36 Footloose
37 Frankenstein
38 Friendly Persuasion
39 Giant
40 Godzilla
41 Going My Way
42 Gone With The Wind
43 Gran Torino
44 Grease
45 Great Expectations
46 Harlem Nights
47 Harvey
48 High Noon
49 Holiday Inn
50 House on Haunted Hill
51 How Green Was My Valley
52 Hush Hush Charlotte
53 Imitation of Life
54 In Cold Blood
55 Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark
56 Inn of the Sixth Happiness
57 It Happened One Night
58 It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
59 It’s a Wonderful Life
60 Jaws
61 King Kong
62 Lawrence of Arabia
63 A League of Their Own
64 Leave Her to Heaven
65 Life With Father
66 Light in the Piazza
67 Little Men
68 Little Women
69 Madame X
70 The Maltese Falcon
71 Marnie
72 Mary Poppins
73 McLintock!
74 Meet Me in St. Louis
75 Mildred Pierce
76 The Miracle of the Bells
77 Miracle on 34th Street
78 Move Over Darling
79 Mister Rogers Neighborhood  (granted it’s a t.v. show)
80 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
81 My Fair Lady
82 Neighbors (The Original)
83 No Man of Her Own
84 An Officer and a Gentleman
85 Old Yeller
86 Oliver Twist
87 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
88 Long Pants
89 Pet Sematary
90 Pillow Talk
91 Pollyanna
92 Porky’s
93 Pretty in Pink
94 Psycho
95 Rear Window
96 Rebecca
97 Reefer Madness
98 Rocky Horror Picture Show
99 Rosemary’s Baby
100 Sabrina(The Original)
101 Sabrina(With Harrison Ford)
102 The Quiet Man
103 Scarface
104 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
105 Sergeant York
106 Shane
107 Singing in the Rain
108 Smokey and The Bandit
109 Some Like it Hot
110 Somewhere in Time
111 Splendor In the Grass
112 Star Wars
113 Summer of 42
114 Sunset Boulevard
115 Terms of Endearment
116 The Apple Dumpling Gang
117 The Breakfast Club
118 The Bridge On the River Kwai
119 A Christmas Story
120 The Color Purple
121 The Enchanted Cottage
122 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
123 The Godfather
124 The Graduate
125 The Invisible Man
126 The King and I
127 The Little Rascals
128 The Man Who Knew Too Much
129 The Manchurian Candidate
130 The NeverEnding Story
131 The Outsiders
132 The Parent Trap (The Original)
133 The Pink Panther
134 The Princess Bride
135 The Quiet Man
136 The Sand Pebbles
137 The Searchers
138 The Shining
139 The Shop Around the Corner
140 The Sound of Music
141 The Sting
142 The Ten Commandments
143 The Thing
144 The Wanderers
145 Thelma and Louise
146 They Live
147 The Thin Man
148 Throw Mama From the Train
149 To Kill a Mockingbird
150 Tom Sawyer
151 Topper
152 Under The Tuscan Sun
153 Unforgiven
154 Waterloo Bridge
155 Weird Science
156 West Side Story
157 Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
158 Where the Red Fern Grows
159 White Christmas
160 The Wizard of Oz
161 Woman of the Year (The Original)
162 Young Frankenstein

Honorable mentions:  Suggestions included any movies with Shirley Temple, Elvis or Mothra movies. Another friend suggested The Road movies with Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour and Bob Hope. Also worthy of mention are the Brat Pack movies, or the Rat Pack movies … which are two very different groups.

Edit:  A few more comments came in after the blog post was written.  Movie titles mentioned, in no particular order, were: The Carpet Baggers, Pretty Woman, Milk Money, When a Man Loves a Woman, Steel Magnolias, Face/Off, Con Air and Tombstone.

So what movies did we miss?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady


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25 Random Things

25 Random Things You May or May Not Know About Me … WHY?  Why not.

1. I became a Christian on 8/29/82 and I was not wearing shoes in Church that day.

2. My Myers-Briggs Personality Type (MBTI) is ENFP.

3. My mother died when I was 17 years old.

4. I love to write poetry and short stories. I’ve even had a few things published.

5. I once (briefly) worked for Geico and I seriously detest their commercials.

6. I love bridges. I will go out of my way to cross one I can see off in a distance. Walking or by car, doesn’t matter.

7. Favorite flower? Purple Iris.

8. I dislike flip flops. On MY feet that is, your feet are fine.

9. I do not have any tattoos but find them very interesting on other people. Love to hear the stories or meaning behind them.

10. I have lived in many cities and four different states.

11. I’ve never tried an illegal drug of any kind…….or smoked any kind of cigarette. Nope, never even tried marijuana.

12. I cannot sleep on feather pillows.

13. I must have ice in my drinks, lots of ice, all the time … unless it is milk.

14. My favorite number is 13.

15. One of my favorite quotes: “Learning is not a spectator sport”

16. I love to travel and have been places like Japan, Canada, Mexico, London, Hawaii, etc.

17. I love all things ‘Moonlight Path’ at Bath & Body Works.

18. I have a genetic mutation. MTHFR C677T homozygous (A).

20. The only bone I have ever broken was my right arm, when I was seven years old, while on vacation.

21. When I was five years old, I spent Valentine’s Day in the hospital in an oxygen tent because I had double Pneumonia.

22. I’ve driven across the country, coast to coast, twice.

23. I love any and all music by Billy Joel.

24. I am smaller now than I was in high school.

25. I type over 100 WPM. Accurately.


Yep, that me in standing on a bridge in Arkansas.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady


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Pollyanna Meets Roseanne

Once upon a time, I had a dear friend and ‘mama mentor’ of sorts who called me Polly.  My name is Debra Sue, not Polly, but she called me that because she said I was a walking/talking modern day version of Pollyanna.  At that time; I did not even know who Pollyanna was, so of course I had to watch the movie.  Basically; she’s an eternally optimistic child, even in the midst of challenges … and she likes to play the ‘glad game’ and lift people’s spirits.  Okay, i get it – yeah, that’s kind of me.  Most of the time; anyway.  I am optimistic by nature and positive by choice.  I give people the benefit of the doubt.  I trust a lot.  I forgive rather easily. I am not easily offended. I am not overly sensitive. I am not very judgmental. I am not often jealous.  I definitely allow myself to feel my emotions such as anger, depression, etc. ~ but I usually choose not to STAY in those emotional states for too terribly long, obviously dependent on the situation.  However; with that, I can also have a short fuse and sarcastic tongue. Additionally; I am rather straight forward, blunt and to the point.  This can be a good thing and a bad thing for sure.  So you can call me Polly if you want, I don’t mind, I am generally a happy-go-lucky kind of girl.

HOWEVER … um … I am human.  I am female.  I am a mother.  I have my moments, geeze, don’t we all?  Did anybody in here watch that show Roseanne in the 80’s?  Yeah, sometimes I feel like I have a little Roseanne in me, longing to be let out and unleashed on some unsuspecting passive aggressive drama mama spewing her narcissistic garbage.  So in an effort to keep it real up in here, as I proclaim, and show you all that it is not always unicorns and rainbows and fairy dust blowing out of my butt; here are some random things that annoy me, in no particular order.

  • Slow drivers in the fast lane. (probably not alone in that one)
  • People who do not realize the fact that just because THEY cannot smell their rowdy perfume or cologne does not mean that the rest of the world around them is immune.
  • Being accused of something I did not do.
  • Fools wearing their pants falling down.  Pull up your pants people.
  • Women talking on their cell phones in the stalls of the public restrooms, carrying on long drawn out conversations, loudly, for the world to hear.  They’re still talking while they’re flushing.  WHY?
  • Broken promises.
  • People who do not own up to their mistakes and/or blame others.
  • Poor work ethic.
  • Hypocrites.
  • Passive aggressive attention-seeking crap-stirrers.
  • Idiots who do not understand how a 4-way stop sign works.
  • Food in the sink.
  • False prophets.
  • Empty containers in the fridge or pantry.  Is it so HARD to throw it away?
  • People who do not R.S.V.P. or stay true to their r.s.v.p. status 🙂
  • Tacky chipped fingernail polish.  Fix it or take it off.
  • People who throw their cigarettes out of their car windows.  Stop doing that.
  • Litter.  I really hate litter.
  • Hypochondriacs.
  • Bad customer service.  I swear it’s a lost art.
  • Folks who cannot count change back.  It’s not that difficult, really.
  • Lazy pet owners.
  • Fake folks – who are not authentic.  Why put on airs?
  • Cheap tips and bad tippers.
  • and last but never least ~ people who use social media to air their dirty laundry.

And now for your entertainment, here are some clips of Pollyanna and Roseanne.  The real trick will be trying to guess which one I am feeling like today.  Hmmmm…..





As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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