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!