Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Hodgepodging for Mother's Day

My lovely mom at 18 years of age
(Right. She wasn't my mom then.)

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1. What's a phrase your mother often said to you? If you're a parent, is this something you now say to your own children?

There are two I can think of:

a.  Don't slam the door!
b. Go find something to do or I'll find work for you to do.

And yes, I also said those to our own children, although I know I changed the second one slightly, to: 'Go find something constructive to do.'

2. What is a scent you associate with your mother or your childhood home?

a. Bacon
b. Saturday morning caramel rolls
c. Fresh-mown hay

3. What's an activity you remember always doing with your mother (or someone who was a mother figure in your life)?

I don't actually remember doing many things with my mother. We tended to do our work separately. It was divided up and everyone took care of their own job. I worked in the garden or dusted furniture or set the table or did the dishes. Mom was doing other stuff.

We went to church together, went clothes shopping (which I detested) together, my mom making me try on clothes I hated. I always told her, 'I will know it [item of clothing I want] when I see it.' Unfortunately, I never saw it, but she kept trying. I know it must have been frustrating for her; it certainly was for me. I still hate clothes shopping. And, I will still 'know it when I see it.' I rarely see it.

Oh yes, there was swimming at the lake after the chores were done (milking and haying) on summer evenings. We all loved to go swimming and get a root beer at the root beer stand! Mom also loved picnics, and to this day I love picnics, even if it means just taking a sandwich outdoors on a blanket spread on the yard.

 Oops, not that one.

 Yeah, that's more like it.

4. Flared jeans, maxi dresses, and jumpsuits are 70's fashion trends back this spring. Are you on board? Which trend would you be most inclined to try? For the men...flared corduroys, wide-collared shirts, and floral prints...what say you? 

 This is an absolutely horrid thought. I hope you're not serious.

 My cute dad, left
My cute mom, victim of horrid fashion in clothing and hair
when she was 19
A friend of the family, right

5. May 6th is Teacher Appreciation Day and also Nurse Appreciation Day. Is there a nurse or teacher  you have especially appreciated along the way? Tell us why?

I don't think I appreciated any teacher at the time, but looking back, I appreciate my fifth grade teacher who, at my parents' first parent-teacher conference, gave my mom a set of multiplication flash cards and said, 'Take these home. Make her memorize them.'  She did, and I did. I am so grateful for that teacher.  If that teacher hadn't insisted that I memorize the multiplication tables, I might still be trying to figure out WHY  7x8=56.  Some things just need to be memorized. It makes life a lot easier.

6. If I came by your house, what would I find on your frig door?

You would find a ton of family photos and magnets from various places - and lots of fingerprints.

7. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana made her royal entrance on Saturday, May 2nd. On a scale of 1-10, how much attention did you give to all the news coverage? 1=Who's Charlotte? 10=sat glued to the telly, cuppa in hand.

My interest was about 9, but my patience is sitting around waiting was 0, so no, I didn't stay glued to the TV.  I still like the name Alexandra better, but they didn't ask me.  Kate looked way too good to have just given birth, but I can forgive her. I guess. Besides, she has handlers. Real people don't.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My introduction to motherhood
Mr. C., Me, Our Firstborn
(approximately a hundred years ago)

Mr. C. just saw this photo and said,
'What were we, about 14??'

Yeah, it's scary, isn't it!

Happy Mother's Day
 to all the wonderful moms out there!


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Sylvia said...

I enjoyed your post. Makes me smile to remember those days so long ago when I was young growing up!
Happy Mothers Day to you too!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Your mom was a real beauty and I LOVED her outfit with your dad and their friend!! I laughed when I read about your hating to shop for clothes... our mothers could have exchanged horror stories. I STILL say I will know it when I see it... that applies to anything (trouble is you won't see it if you won't go look). LOL!
Loved seeing your photo with your firstborn. Hubby and I were looking through high school annuals this weekend (his birthday) and we couldn't believe how much we've changed! Ha! Have a wonderful day. blessings ~ tanna

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Oh my! I loved it all... great post! Didn't realize it was teacher appreciation day and just sent my little Bebe off to school with nothing to show appreciation. Ahhh! Can't do it all no matter how hard I try. :)

Arlene said...

Loved your Hodge Podge as usual Judy!! And how young you and Mr C look! I will have to find a photo of me and the Mister to share on my blog on Mothers Day!

eileeninmd said...

I enjoyed your answers and hodgepodge.. Your Mom is pretty. I remember picnics with my mom and family.. And our fridge is covered with pics and magnets..Happy Mother's Day to you! Enjoy your day!

Linda Kay said...

Judy, such a darling picture of you with your first born. I love it. I noticed that palazzo (sp) pants are back in fashion. Good grief!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Love this post. Your mother is beautiful - and so are you!

Sandra said...

Princess Kate's personal hair dresser went to the hospital and fixed her hair before she left... i know that is true because i saw it on line.LOL i was a 9 watching for the name, but online when i thought about it..
the only thing i did with my mother was hanging out clothes and taking them in and canning food, all the process that we went through from picking, snapping and shelling.. she did love picnics but we only did that when we were traveling, we did a lot of traveling from Savannah to here in Bradenton to visit her mom and sister. her idea of a picnic was a loaf of white bread, a small jar of mayo and bologna, with a red checked clothe on a table if we found one and on the hood to the 53 Pontiac if not table. we also had pineapple/mayo sandwiches on picnic

DeniseinVA said...

Loved reading your posts and all the family shots, great old photos of your Mom and of you. Because I was born British and still sound like a Brit people keep expecting me to be all excited over the new royal baby. I enjoyed hearing the news of the birth. Charlotte is a sweet little one and I am very happy for her parents and brother George, and have enjoyed the news coverage. My middle name is Alexandra. Happy Mother's Day!

Susie said...

Judy, As usual I love your pictures. You and your little family so sweet. Hope your mother's day is a beautiful one. xoxo,Susie

Terri D said...

I so look forward to Hodgepodge Wednesday! Joyce gives us such great topics to consider and everyone's answers are always insightful and fun. Your mom was a beautiful 18 year-old! Love the picnic memories and that you have passed on the fun! There is just something so homey and comforting about the smell of bacon cooking. Great post, Judy!

Cheryl said...

I absolutely love the photo of you and Mr. Cranberry with your first born!! I also loved seeing the pictures of your mom. I think I see some resemblance.

I had to laugh at the question about the scent you associate with your mother. I would have to say -hands down- that I'd have to say PERFUME for my mother. She loves her perfume! When I was a child, I remember being carsick when we'd go to visit my grandparents. As we'd get closer to their house, my dad would smoke one more cigarette (he knew he wouldn't be able to smoke there!) and my mom would start reapplying her perfume (spritz, spritz, spritz, and so on) and the air in that car was stifling!! (My dad eventually quit smoking, but my mom still loves her perfume!)

TexWisGirl said...

such a cute photo - 14. :)

caramel rolls - my mom made them too. thanks for the memory!

Lynne said...

Loved the Mother, Daughter, First born and Hubby photo treats . . . Looking back is such fun . . .
(How is it possible we can change SO MUCH!)

Joyce said...

All the handlers in the world couldn't have made me look that good afer my 2nd : ) It took me a while to recover from that one! Happy Mother's Day

Debby Ray said...

What a great hodge podge with these sweet photos! Your mother was a beautiful lady and I see the apple doesn't far fall from the tree...that photo of you as a new mom is gorgeous! Ah...sweet memories! I can't smell the scent of lilacs without thinking of my mom. I am sure there are many things I said to my kids that sounded like my mother too. As far as fashion goes, I do like the comeback of the maxi skirts and have several of them. Fun memories...great post!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We really did look like little kids when we look at these photos. What a fun post! Sweet hugs, Diane

Tired Teacher said...

A wonderful post! Aren't refrigerators supposed to be covered with photos, children's artwork and magnets?

Karen S. said...

Such a lovely sweet heartfelt post, your mother was lovely and your father quite dashing too! May you celebrate lots of love and happiness this Mother's Day and every day as well!

L. D. said...

I really enjoyed reading all of your answers. I find it strange that as i grow older I can evaluate more of my mom's motives and also the way she worked. It is a different opinion now and a lot more negative for me. Your writing is fun and I like the oops photo to.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I loved your answers, and this post! Happy Mother's Day!

Katie Clooney said...

Judy.. what a beautiful picture of your mother. And I love the pic of you with your firstborn and hubby!! Wonderful post, as always dear Judy!

Carla from The River said...

Hi Judy,
I just realized I read question #6 wrong! I read IN your fridge door. LOL, help me when people read it. They will think I am one sloppy person. LOL

I love that photo of you and Mr. C and your sweet little boy.

Happy Mother's Day

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Those are great scents to remember from your childhood. Love your refrigerator. Really enjoyed all the photos from the past. Happy Mother's Day!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Your Mom is so lovely - those eyes! Loved your thoughts today. I've always loved the prettier fashions of the 70's - embroidered peasant tops, maxi skirts, but the men's fashions were horrible! My Mom said the same things to me! Funny how those 'Mom Sayings' are so universal! Hope you have a good day and Happy Mother's Day! Love the last photo :) xo Karen

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Love the old photos! Very fun post.

Primitive Stars said...

Touching post, very heartfelt. Blessings Francine.

Ginny said...

Your mom was so pretty, she would have looked great in anything she wore! And you dad was SO cute! I think the phrases me mom said to me were "You will sup sorrow with a LONG spoon" "Just wait till you grow up and have your own children, then you will know". "Stop crying, or I will give you something to cry about".

Wendy Jakob said...

Lovely pictures and great post

podso said...

Your mom is so pretty! Yeah we did look a bit younger then, didn't we? It seems hard to adapt to styles that we wore back then when they come around again. Wonder when the shoulder pads will come? We were so much younger back then, but we are so much wiser now, right?!

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I enjoyed your answers today! Several made me chuckle out loud:)

Terra said...

I enjoyed your answers. That picnic table with snow is a classic. My mom used to say "Good morning glory, rise and shine" to wake me up.

Chatty Crone said...

You mom sounded wonderful! I love: "Go find something to do or I'll find work for you to do."

My mom always said springtime in Atlanta is a blessing not a season.

Janey and Co. said...

What a great post. Happy Mother's Day to you!

Michelle said...

Well your mom is quite a beauty! I agree about Kate looking too good. I rolled out of the hospital just wanting a nap. No one did my hair/make up.

Anonymous said...

Your mom's photo is gorgeous. You certainly look like her. These were fun answers today. I wish you a blessed Mother's Day.

CraveCute said...

What a cute post! Love those vintage pics!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

It is said that fashion trends come back a second time but I'm not so sure I want to wear those things again.
I enjoyed seeing photos of your mother and you as a new mother, it's fun to drag out the old photos.
Happy Mother's Day Judy.

Deb said...

This was a fun post, Judy. Your mom was very pretty and dare I say I liked her style. I think you look a lot like her.
Although we say farewell to my mother-in-law this weekend, I will still pay tribute to my mom. Two wonderful women that I will always love. I'm looking at my fridge and thinking..."How boring." Time to get some photos up. :) Have a very Happy Mother's Day, Judy. Hugs, deb

Margaret Adamson said...

Loved the read today and the pphotographsto go with it. Your Mum was very pretty and indeed your Dad handsome.This post brings back my own memories.

Jean | said...

Mr. C is so funny ("What were we, about 14?")! Cute couple! I loved my bellbottoms when I was a kid; couldn't believe it when my mother told me she had worn them when she was a kid the last time they were in style.

One of my mother's sayings (never to me because I was never bored): "Don't say you're bored. Bored people are boring."

Jean | said...

PS (also to Tanna who commented about shopping for clothes): MY poor mother had to take me shopping for shoes, a dreadful task for someone with AAAA width feet!

Lady Jane said...

Love the ?'s to think of my mom. I am going to post those on my blog as it is so nice to associate them with my mom. Enjoy your moms day.

Anonymous said...

Ah - lovely memories of your mum!

Diane said...

Nice post! You look a lot like your mother.

EG CameraGirl said...

Lovely post about being a mother. Your mother was very cute!

Cynthia said...

A wonderful tribute to moms. I lost my mom at 26. She was my best friend. We spent tons of time together. My memories of her are precious. I am so happy I have them to cherish. It was a privilege to have her as my mom.

Happy Mothers day friend. ENJOY your family


CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

What a wonderful post. Love seeing the past pics and the stories. I remember so many of these same things growing up and special memories of times with my mom working around the house, shopping, going to church and vacations.

Love your little pic at the end. Such a darling family.
Happy Mother's Day.
Hugs, CM

Pamela Gordon said...

A wonderful post, photos and answers to the questions. Love the photo of you, Mr. C and your first born. Where do the years go?? Have a wonderful Mother's Day. Blessings. Pam

Linda said...

Nice post! Congrats on winning the drawing at Run A Round Ranch!

Anonymous said...

Your mother was beautiful. Had to laugh at the snow-covered picnic table. LOL at your comment about a hundred years ago. Kids (adults) look so young these days.


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