My Mama had her 81st birthday!
- Work hard. If my Mom did a job, there was no such thing as half-ass (ass was not in her vocabulary - no swearing was another lesson but that one didn't take.)
- Pray every day. If something is not going right with someone and you tell her, her reply will be: "I'll put them on my prayer list."
- Never borrow money unless you can make your payment if you're unemployed. This happened to my Mom and Dad. When they first were married they borrowed money for a car and my Dad got laid off. They had a hard time making the payments (they did make the payments, though.)
- Grow a garden. She said many times that they ate well because they had a garden. This is a legacy that she has passed down to her children and grandchildren.
- Stand up straight. I sometimes see slouchers and I think that they look uncomfortable in their skin - like their trying to shrink and go unnoticed. You look more confident standing tall with great posture - and also if you're over 50, like I am, and you're starting to shrink you still look tall. Thanks Mom for that lesson.
- Suck your stomach in. This really goes with stand up straight because it is impossible to slouch when you're sucking in your stomach. A multi-benefit wisdom: looking confident, takes inches off your waist, and makes your abs stronger (try it for a half hour.) Also impossible to slouch in a chair.
- Exercise every day. I'm still working on learning this lesson. It seems to be hit or miss with me.
- Dance around the house. My Mama would put an album on the hi-fi (for you young'uns, there used to be a turntable that played music, it wasn't just used by a DJ to scratch!) and dance around the house. She just asked me the other day if I ever dance around the house. Sometimes, but not enough. After she asked me that I came home, danced around the house and felt amazingly good. My Mama has a lot of wisdom.
- Put others first. My Mama always asks about everyone - you, hubby, kids, grandkids, friends, etc. She is genuinely interested in everyone's well-being.
- Make things, it's good for you, your brain, and your well-being. Mama has made some amazing things over the years for her loved ones. Now you know where Miss Angela and I get it!
Happy 81st Birthday Mama!!!!!! We had a party for her and for dessert we had "Heavenly Cake." The perfect dessert for an "Angel." Here's the recipe for you to make for your "Angels."
1 20 oz crushed pineapple, pudding
drained 2 c. milk
8 oz. pkg cream cheese 9 oz. cool whip
½ c. milk chopped nuts, optional
I didn't use a jiffy cake - I'm not even sure they make them anymore. This is an old, old recipe. I used half the batter of a cake mix and made cupcakes with the rest of the batter.
Happy 81st Birthday, Mama!