Friday, 13 July 2012

Friday 13th - updated a little bit - I WANT your superstitions!

I wrote this back in April. Everything is still relevant today! ( Will I trot this out every Friday 13th? Yes probably! )  Basically, I want your superstitions please. I may try some out. I find the best ones came from the black n white days of yore that your Granny will have told you. Please share.

Are you superstitious?

I like to think that I'm not. After all, I am expecting..

OOOO I was cut off mid sentence by the

knock on the door of the person I was expecting! My hero aka Mr Dishwasherfixerman. The nice one.

He took apart my machine and found what is hopefully the problem. Yes Les n his mate had fitted the new parts - I never had problem with that. They simply hadn't wired them back in! Something that I think an electrical engineer, working on an electrical appliance that requires electricity to make it go would check! So he reattached the wire then reprogrammed the on board computer to my machine. This consisted of lots of holding the buttons in in different combinations whilst he squinted at his laptop screen to check he was doing the right thing! He finally altered my salt settings. Which was very kind of him!

So ... it's now purring nicely and I m waiting, biding my time, before I go to check if it is heating up and the water is HOT instead of ice cold!
I have his mobile number! He is only round the corner! I have been instructed to call him if all is not well! So....those of you who are superstitious and those who are not, cross your bloody fingers for me that when I go down in approximately 13 minutes time - warm water is present.

Sooo Friday 13th.

Lets have a quick round up of common superstitions my Nanna taught me.

  • NEVER EVER EVER put new shoes on a table. I have no idea what dreadful demise this causes because I have never ever put new shoes on a table.
  • Ears hot n itchy? Then people are talking about you. Left for love and right for spite.
  • Palms hot n itchy? It is money. Right to receive ( yay) Left to leave. I am pretty sure I have the world's itchiest left palm.
  • Never cross anyone on the stairs. and if you meet someone - they have to go up - you NEVER EVER go back down. The devil is probably waiting for you.
  • Spill some salt? - Then throw some over your left shoulder.
There was one about dropping cutlery on the floor but I can't recall it fully. But it was probably linked with a long, slow death.
  • Do not walk under a ladder.
  • Do not walk on mirrored floors. (I LOVE THIS ONE)

The black cat one I was never much good at. Did it HAVE to cross your path in order for you to be lucky? I have pissed a lot of cats off on this one - always getting in their way.

I had some Chinese customs that interested me in the 90s when everyone went Feng Shui bonkers. I say some - I actually meant one. It was the money behind the front door lined up in order of value which was supposed to welcome money into your home. I was always nicking it for my bus fare and the milkman so it did not work.

And my particular favourite that Lisa and I both do - and when we are in the car together we do it simultaneously - synchronised Magpie Saluting!.
If I see a lone magpie - one for sorrow - I have to salute it and if I am alone I will say out loud, good morning/afternoon Mr Magpie/. If in company I ALWAYS say it in my head and always get asked
"Who are you waving at?"

So Lisa and I were off in the car somewhere and we both must have seen the same magpie because we both used our left arm to salute him. We then laughed as we noticed what we'd done and we were both then discussing how our men folk always ask the Who are you waving at question as we were doing this we both spied a magpie on the other side and in pure synchronisation we saluted the bloody thing with our right hand! It made us laugh a lot!
It's quite good arm exercise for me at the moment because we have a lot of magpies round here but they rarely are seen together!


11.06am - WE HAVE HOT WATER!!!! Um admittedly most of it was on my kitchen floor. I am confident this is not supposed to happen! I called Dishwasherfixerman to say we have heated water but it's not going to clean my dishes unless I spread them on the floor due to the fact that it is  leaking now - which we didn't have before! But HUZZAR for the hot water!

SO that was April. July is here and I think I am because I follow all of the above. But I would like some new ones to try!
What are your favourite superstitions? I might just adopt some of them! Be lucky folks xx

PS. I have also copied and pasted the comments from the original post
 a) because I can and
b) because it makes me look popular!

Fast forward to  February Friday 13th 2015. Trotting this post out AGAIN
A) because I can and 
B) because it reminded me of my lovely Nanna 

Any more superstitious folks out there? 


  1. Les Floyd14 April 2012 01:54
    I thought you meant you weren't superstitious because you were expecting a baby!

    RepliesRachelradiostar14 April 2012 10:18
    Ahhhh no! I was expecting the Dishwasherfixerman!

    Batsby13 July 2012 06:51
    OMG Rachel! You RT'd this on Friday 13th!!!

    We're all going to die!!!

    Happy now?

    Jane Willis13 July 2012 06:57
    My gran was full of supeerstitions too, many of the same ones you've listed, but one more was that if two people dry their hands on a towel at the same time they are going to have an argument. And I can't get that one out of my head - if I'm drying my hands and OH reaches for the other end of the towel, I whisk it away from him (causing the "Why aren't you letting me use the towel?" argument - a girl can't win)

    As for Friday the 13th, I tend to think of it as a LUCKY day, after all one year in 7 (approximately) my birthday is on a Friday the 13th. So good luck today, everyone.


  2. I do believe things come in three either bad luck or good luck. I say this as my tumble drier broke and the man has to order two mans as he's never seen a tumble drier of this age break down * shakes fist*

  3. I think the new shoes on the table means someone's going to die...nice huh? Not sure where it came from though, maybe in olden days you only had new shoes to be buried in? Which is as daft as all these superstitions we all scoff at but secretly can't stop ourselves indulging in.
    We all indulge in these even if we vehemently deny believing in them. Who can, hand on heart, say they have never offered a "Bless You" to someone who has sneezed? The sneeze was said to be a person ridding themselves of the Devil and if you were then "Blessed" it was thought he wouldn't be able to return.
    We all do it...but I'm not superstitious..uh huh..not me; although I must say that about seven years ago I did smash a mirror and now, this year, it seems my "Good Luck" is back in buckets, huge buckets they are too!
    Hmmmm makes you think....

  4. NEVER bring purple lilac into the house. NEVER open an umbrella indoors. NEVER set a table with the sharp side of the knife facing outward.NEVER tack sewing with black thread. NEVER cross knife and fork on your plate once you have finished eating.
    Flipping have we survived this long?
    Jane x

  5. Never ever, bloody anything. Ever. That's my rule and I'm sticking with it!

  6. I don't think I believe in any superstitions, but my Mum had quite a few, including never have a bird in the house as that means a death will occur, even if it was a picture or on a plate. No yellow flowers, not sure why?

    Arwedd xx


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