Like Mama Always Said – May’s Blue Yonder First Monday Contest

by Stefani on 4-May-2008

May's First Monday Contest

Well hey y’all, and happy new week to you!

It’s been a busy busy weekend here at Blue Yonder, and I am plumb wore out. I’d sleep for three days if certain little so and sos would let me. But no… There is no rest for the weary.

And that little adage leads me to May’s Blue Yonder First Monday Contest.

Since it is May, the month in which we celebrate the mamas in our lives, I thought I’d make this contest about moms and the wisdom that they impart.

All you have to do to enter is finish this sentence, “Just like my Mama (grandmother, great grandmother, great aunt – any older woman who fed you a steady diet of fresh baked cookies and insightful axioms) always said, …”

Maybe you grew up hearing that “If you lie down with the dogs, you wake up with the fleas” like I did, or how “every Mama crow thinks her baby is the blackest,” or that, “anything worth doing is worth doing right” – proverbial wisdom that summed up life in a snappy little well turned phrase.

Or maybe it’s more practical words that still ring in your ears … about planting potatoes on Valentine’s day, or how the ring around the moon means it will rain soon, or that a penny saved is a penny earned.

Whatever it is, let’s share all that Mama good sense, shall we?

The loosely assembled rules are as follows:

You can enter as many times as you like between now and May 31st, midnight, Central time. The winner will be announced June 1st, right here at Blue Yonder.

To enter, just leave a comment (or 10) on this post that begins, “Just like mama always said…” You can tell me more about it after that, but start with that, please, so I know exactly what it is that came out of mama’s mouth.

Each entry must contain a different bit of wisdom. In other words, you can’t tell me 20 times that Mama told you that your eyes would stick like that if you didn’t knock it off.

There will be 3 winners this month.

1. The sweetest Mama saying will receive a vintage apron and several of my very favorite pie recipes. Sweets for sweet mama! (I haven’t photographed the apron yet, but I will today, and I’ll post it here then. Sorry – as I said, plumb wore out…)

2. The spunkiest mama saying will win a jar of my very favorite spunky snack food, Miss Ruby’s Ya Ya Peppers!

Ms. Ruby herself sent me a BIGGO box full of the peppers after I went in to buy some, and she was out. She took down my address and had SIX jars sent to me, just out of the kindness of her heart. You’ll never meet a sweeter soul than that, and you’ll never eat a better pepper either! You can stuff ’em into meat with some herbed goat cheese before grilling, or just eat ’em on top of cream cheese and crackers. Truly though, there’s no need to stand on ceremony, you can just eat ’em straight out of the jar with a fork. I have never been a pepper eater in all my life until Ms. Ruby made me a believer.

Along with your peppers, you will receive a copy of Haiku Mama, cuz it’s spunky, and funny and written by an Austin gal, which makes it even better.

3. The most hilarious entry will receive a bookmark, handmade by me (along the lines of these) and a copy of my latest read, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees. I’ve read it before, several times, and it never fails to touch me, make me laugh, and by gosh it is written just. SO. well!

So, all month, when you hear that Mama voice in the back of your mind, telling you that watched pots don’t boil and men don’t buy the cow when they can get the milk for free, drop in and let us hear from Mama too!

katharine May 4, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Just like mama always said… All the women in Montreal wear hats.

When my now husband and I were making plans to spend a week in Montreal about eight years ago my mother, upon hearing the news, informed me that I’d be needing a hat. As she explained, all the women in Montreal wear hats. Clearly this had been told to her once and had made such an impression that the image stuck enough to repeat it to me all those years later.

Kate May 4, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Ooohhh! I love this!

The first one that comes to mind is this:

Just like mama always said, you can pick your friends and you can pick your nose but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.

Julie Alvarez May 4, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Just like mama always said…: “Life is today, right now, and the sum of all tiny moments. Don’t waste this precious moment fighting each other.”
Extremely true: it took me at least twenty years to realize that with my own experience. Thank you mami for repeating it nearly every day.

Natalie May 4, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Just like mama always said: Don’t sacrifice what you want the most for what you think you want right now.

myrnie_twin May 4, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Just like Mama always said- you’re 90% water, so drink something!

Her personal philosophy is that anything can be a healthy snack (even cake or ice cream) if it’s accompanied by a tall glass of milk. It must be true, because she weighs about 120 and is in perfect health! She’s said this so many times, we’ve informed her it will be on her tombstone.

Natalie May 4, 2008 at 9:23 pm

Just like mama always said: The Spirit of the Lord cannot dwell in a house without chocolate.

Steph May 4, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Just like mama always said…always wear clean undies because you never know when you might get hit by a car and need to go to hospital.

Not sure I’d want to go to a hospital where my undies are their first concern but she was insistant about this one.

gig harbor flowers May 4, 2008 at 10:48 pm

the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…

heather May 4, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Just like Mama always said, “Don’t be a turd bird.”

heather May 4, 2008 at 11:04 pm

Just like Mama always said, “Bless your heart and all your parts.”

My mom has said this to me more times than I can count, and now it’s gotten to where I need to hear her say it when I’m upset, because for some reason it just calms me down. 🙂 She also says it if I call her to say goodnight.

YayaOrchid May 4, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Mama always said “Don’t go looking for trouble or you’ll find it!”

YayaOrchid May 5, 2008 at 2:41 am

Just like Mama always said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”

YayaOrchid May 5, 2008 at 2:43 am

Just like Mama always said “You can catch more flies with honey”.

YayaOrchid May 5, 2008 at 2:55 am

Just like Mama always said “If you can’t say anything nice about a person, don’t say anything at all.”

and

“Lord willing and the creek don’t rise”

YayaOrchid May 5, 2008 at 3:02 am

Just like Mama always said “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”

Pls, pls, excuse me!! I’m on a roll here, LOL! I figured I’d forget them if I don’t add them this minute!

kelly May 5, 2008 at 4:37 am

Just like my mama always said the way to a mans heart is through his stomach. -kb

mountain mama May 5, 2008 at 6:19 am

Just like mama always said: Keep your pants on!

And she’d say it in her loudest voice in front of all my friends as we headed out the door. I used to get SO red! Now, I can’t wait to say it to my girls when they come of age!

jenni May 5, 2008 at 6:29 am

Just like mama always said,”If you play with trash, you’re gonna get dirty.”

Corey May 5, 2008 at 6:35 am

Just like mama always said: There’s more’en one way to skin a cat.

Which I suppose is true, but it sure confuses a classroom of students when you’re just trying to tell them that they can accomplish the same goal through many different means!

Casey May 5, 2008 at 6:36 am

Just like my Great-Aunt Wowo always said, “It’s there for you to eat!”

She’s 96 and doesn’t cook anymore, but a typical breakfast at Wowo’s included rolls, cold cereal, toast, fruit, eggs (or Egg Beaters for my uncle), sausage, bacon, hot oatmeal if you wanted it, and sometimes sliced ham. Plus coffee, tea, juice and milk. And biscuits, can’t forget the biscuits. With honey. Or two kinds of jam. And you do want butter right? Or there’s margarine…

Julie Alvarez May 5, 2008 at 6:37 am

Just like mama always said…: “Don’t do today what you can leave for tomorrow”. She laughed at that saying which is the opposite exactly, because she was a bit lazy on sundays…

Julie Alvarez May 5, 2008 at 6:37 am

Just like mama always said…: “La hebra de Mar

Sherri Chandra May 5, 2008 at 6:57 am

Just like Grandma always said, “Birds in their nests agree, but what a sinful sight when two children in one family fall out and chide and fight.”
My brother and sister and I heard this so many times in our lives, and now I’m saying it to my kids.

Lynn May 5, 2008 at 7:04 am

Just like mama always said, “Get your ducks in a row.”

Lynn May 5, 2008 at 7:07 am

Just like mama always said, “She used a red hot needle and burning thread.”

Casey Jean May 5, 2008 at 7:11 am

Just like Mama always said, “You’re up to your neck in sewage; don’t make waves.”

Lynn May 5, 2008 at 7:12 am

Just like mama always said, “Put that in your pipe and smoke it.”

Candy May 5, 2008 at 7:13 am

Just like mama always said, “Its just as easy to marry a rich man as it is a poor man.”

I didn’t listen.

AND

“You got freckles on ya butt – you’re pretty.”

katharine May 5, 2008 at 7:14 am

Just like Mama always said…Just because I love you, doesn’t mean I like you.

I must admit I use this one with my kids too.

Lynn May 5, 2008 at 7:16 am

Just like mama always said, “Oh would some Power the gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us.”

I know it is from Robert Burns’poem To A Louse. But my grandmother said that all the time!

Lynn May 5, 2008 at 7:28 am

Just like mama always said, “A crowing rooster and a clucking hen never come to a good end.”

Molly May 5, 2008 at 7:32 am

Just like Mama always said, “When it’s gone, it’s gone.”

Molly May 5, 2008 at 7:33 am

Just like Mama always said, “Never wake a sleeping baby.”

Molly May 5, 2008 at 7:34 am

Just like Mama always said, “Enough is enough.”

Molly May 5, 2008 at 7:34 am

Just like Mama always said, “This too shall pass.”

Molly May 5, 2008 at 7:37 am

Just like Mama always said, “Hold a man gently, like you hold a bar of soap. If you squeeze him, he’ll squirt right out of your hand.”

While I appreciate all the advice she gave me, I learned a better way when my husband said, “Don’t hold me in your hand at all. Let’s just both be bars of soap, sitting on the shelf together.”

Molly May 5, 2008 at 7:38 am

Just like Mama always said, “When you kiss a boy, keep both of your feet on the floor.”

Sherri Chandra May 5, 2008 at 7:39 am

Just like Grandma always said, “Get with it, Girlie!”
My grandma’s name was (appropriately) Orange, and she was a fiery, red-headed, Southern woman. She would say this to people who were moving too slowly in front of her, and it comes to my mind now when I need to get a move on in my life.

Molly May 5, 2008 at 7:40 am

Just like Mama always said, “There is more than one way to skin the hide off’n a cat.”

Molly May 5, 2008 at 7:41 am

Just like Mama always said, “I love you – a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.”

Molly May 5, 2008 at 7:43 am

Just like Mama always said, “The answer is no. I will not discuss it any further.”

Christine May 5, 2008 at 7:44 am

Just like mama always said, “Once a job has begun, never leave it till it’s done. Be it big, be it small, do it right or not at all.”

sabrina May 5, 2008 at 8:13 am

Just like mama always said about a lazy or useless person: “can’t punch his way out of a wet paper bag”

sabrina May 5, 2008 at 8:31 am

Just like mama always said about bad drivers “the lines aren’t on the road for decoration”

or

“it’s the name of the road, not the speed limit”

Shelley May 5, 2008 at 8:31 am

Like my Gramma always said (in reference to my husband) “Honey, he’s as handy as a pocket on a shirt!”

Shelley May 5, 2008 at 8:32 am

My gramma also always said, “Bless your pointy little head.” I don’t know why. I’ve looked at the pictures. It wasn’t pointy at all!

Melanie May 5, 2008 at 8:33 am

Just like Gammy always said:

“Men are like streetcars – another one comes along every 15 minutes.”

Melanie May 5, 2008 at 8:34 am

Just like Gammy always said:

“Men are like streetcars – once you catch one, you have to keep your seat.”

Lynn May 5, 2008 at 9:49 am

Just like mama always said, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

Lynn May 5, 2008 at 9:51 am

Just like mama always said, “As you sew, so shall you rip.”

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