Friday 13 February 2015

This post is still relevant three years later!

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!


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 still alive 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

Here's my latest 'off the needles'

It's for Madeleeny. She was jealous of Harry's teddy, so of course Aunty Rach indulged her!

Any more superstitious folks out there? By the way, my dishwasher is still working perfectly! I'd forgotten I'd had my salt settings altered!


  1. Lovely teddy :o)

    I don't walk under ladders and always bless a magpie- well, thinking about it I always used to, but since doing my course I see them as birds rather than potential harbingers of doom and have just realised I've stopped blessing them!

    Hope you survive the day :o) xx

  2. I don't walk under ladders or cross on the stairs and I do go a bit nuts if someone puts new shoes on the table. My colleague has to always salute Mr Magpie (not sure what that one's all about).

  3. All of the above plus...I was told never to bring purple lilac into the house...not to sit at the dinner table before the candles were lit...not to cross used knife and fork on a plate (even if it slips into the has to be uncrossed)..not to open an umbrella indoors...I'm sure there's more!
    Jane x

  4. Think you have just about covered all I was told as a lad, young lady, the cutlery thing....i think if you drop it another should pick it up gawd knows what is supposed to happen if you do. I also avoid ladders, wont cross on the stairs, won't kill an albatross, still say "good (insert part of day) Mr. Magpie and how's the family but don't salute (well I'm not bonkers yet), always am respectful to Crows 'Odins eyes' for fear of upsetting the Norse gods and well that's about it methinks...oh apart from I'd stay in bed alllll day today if I could but life just makes me get up and do, Friday the thirteenth or not...bugger.

  5. I had no idea that it was Friday the 13th until I read your blog. I'm functioning on auto pilot at the moment. I never walk under ladders - I rally don't want the window cleaner to drop his cold soggy cloth on my head or the painter to drip paint down my back. I think that's the only one I do.
    Cute little teddy.

  6. superstitions all the way here.. cant help myself..

  7. I'm the same with Magpies, only over here I say "Bonjour Monsieur Pie". Crossed knives must always be uncrossed by removing the underneath one.


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