Mondays can always use a little brightening, and I always enjoy an opportunity to be punny…leading to the addition of Pun-day Mondays! Some puns will fall flat, some will bring giggles, and hopefully many will be worth repeating. Sharpen your pun-cils, and start brainstorming. Then, visit the contact page to join the fun and share your pun for a chance to be featured. I am wide o-pun to topics and would love to feature fresh material, like this one submitted by Minda C.: “I tried to catch some fog. I mist.”
My mother, Pamela Waxler Fogt, is an angel on Earth. It was her plenty-somethingth birthday this week, and while I couldn’t be with her in person to celebrate, I hope she’ll feel my long-distance love through this list of reasons why I admire, adore, love and am thankful for her.
The reasons are endless, but (in no particular order) I’ll stop at around plenty-something:
Her voicemail messages
How sentimental she is
Her green thumb
Her civic leadership
How proud she is of us kids
How she’s managed to look past bratty teen ‘tude moments and remember me as a good kid
Her killer gift-basket-making skills
Her organization and event-planning skills
Her love of Old Florida history and the arts
Her desire to protect and support local culture
Her volunteer’s heart
Her endearing lack of texting skills
Her commitment to community
Her gift-wrapping skills – while we’d love her thoughtful gifts regardless of their packaging, the love that goes into those details is appreciated
Her tuna salad sandwiches
How gorgeous she is
Her blonde moments – Lord knows I have them too
How she pretended to love fishing more than she actually did when she first started dating my dad
The hometown newspaper clippings she takes time to mail me
How cute it is that she listens to Olivia Newton-John – It’s just so darn cute for some reason
How much she loves my dad and the example they’ve set for us kids
Her ability to accessorize
Her ability to forgive
How she used to bring a tray of breakfast, complete with a vitamin, upstairs to wake me up during many a school morning. I know. This is amazing. I didn’t deserve it, but I am not a morning person.
Her financial advice
How she asks about my friends all the time and truly wants to know details of their lives because she loves them too
Her love of God
How we cannot go to the grocery store without her running into someone she knows
Her adventurous spirit and globe-trotting trips with my Godmom Pam – I want to be like you two when I grow up.
How she used to stay up late waiting for me to come home and make curfew. Mom, I am sorry for the nights I made you worry. I am sure I will do the same.
How good of a sport she was at my bachelorette party, laughing and clapping all the way amid the beer-chugging contest and the drag queens. Yep.
Her Delta shine
Her kitchen prowess
Her deep and long-lasting friendships with her girlfriends
The Monkey Milkshakes she used to make
I’ll hit a few more foods on this one: Her tuna casserole, No Yolk noodle soups, grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese grits, 5-cup salad…
What a softy she is
How even the simplest family dinner is sure to include a lit candle somewhere if mom has anything to do with it
Her gift closet
Her handwritten notes
How she represents the very definition of kindness
Her treasure hunting skills / ability to find the look for less
How she seems to cry when she sees me cry
How I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve heard her curse
How she enjoys white wine and keeps my glass full as well
How she helped decorate my college dorm and sorority house rooms like we were on “Trading Spaces”
The memories she (and dad) have given me of bedtime stories and/or bedtime songs
The patience she exhibited during trail-blazing family trips – dad has proven he can take a rented Ford Taurus just about anywhere
All the graduations she and dad sat through
Her sometimes unruly but beautiful wavy hair
How she will do just about anything to help or support members of her family
Her Christmas card letters with updates on every member of the family, which I used to groan about but now appreciate and will enjoy looking back on always
How far she and dad willingly drive to visit us kids, who moved away from our wonderful hometown of Stuart, Fla.
How she’s always asking if we want anything to eat – no one will ever starve in her home
How she (and dad) made it to every home game they could for every sport Alex and I played
Her health-conscious grocery shopping decisions
Her collection of Tri Delta tree ornaments
Those days she’d hang out in the car or kill time noodling around at Stein Mart during my middle and high school volleyball practices
How as a full-time working mom, she made me feel more loved and supported than any child could hope for
When I think about my favorite memories and moments in life, there are some big days and big moments, but also little things: Sunday spaghetti dinners with Mom, Dad & Alex, collecting items on the beach with my grandparents for our rock garden, dancing to the Mario Brothers theme song with my college roomies, having my uncle’s handmade Christmas angel passed down to our little family, or just sitting on the couch with the dogs and Josh (pretty much our favorite place ever). I enjoyed reading this quote, a reminder to appreciate those moments more often.
Happy Friday! This quote is currently on a chalkboard in our kitchen, staring at me whenever I enter or leave the house: “In the kitchen and in life, clean up as you go.”
I can’t for the life of me remember where I first heard it, but thank you to whoever said it first! Isn’t it the truth? It’s easy to let things pile up, creating bigger, more overwhelming messes/tasks/to-do lists… It applies to almost every aspect of life, including relationships. Clean up as you go.
For hosts and hostesses, it could mean subtly sweeping through the gathering looking for unsightly used napkins. At work, it could mean faster e-mails, phone calls returned more quickly, a little less list-making and a little more doing (in the time you make a list, sometimes you can accomplish two things on that list!)… So here’s to keeping things tidy, in the kitchen and in life – a little motto I’m trying to stick to:
Happy Friday, everyone! The following mood-lifting jams are a great way to start your weekend. Listen to each of these songs, then try to have a bad day – it’s highly unlikely.
If you are planning a wedding and looking for songs appropriate for all generations, these would also be great picks. Upbeat, profanity-free and just plain fun! I did hear “Let My Love Open the Door” in the grocery store recently, but I think that only adds to the argument that it’s a crowd-pleaser.
You Make My Dreams Come True, by Hall & Oats
Let My Love Open the Door, by Pete Townshend
Got My Mind Set on You, by George Harrison (our first dance song)