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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
Mo Hawg - Week 33

Day 1.

   Mo’s Wisdom via Eubie Blake, jazz pianist who died at age 100 years (and Mo’s friend, Jeanne Williams): “Be grateful for luck.  Pay the thunder no mind.  Listen to the birds.  And don’t hate nobody.”

   Mo’s Dumb Directions for Today: (Actual label instructions on consumer goods…)  On a Sears hairdryer: “Do not use while sleeping.” (And that’s the only time Mo has to work on his hair!)

   Mo’s Frugal Pig Hint for Today: Save all those envelopes and return envelopes that bills and statements and junk mail comes in…and turn them into scratch paper.  Just keep a small basket for the discarded envelopes on your desk near the phone.  Don’t forget to keep that little pencil you brought home from the golf course in the basket with them!

   Mo’s Wisdom: If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

Day 2.

      Mo’s Dumb Directions for Today: (Actual label instructions on consumer goods…)  On a bag of Frito’s: You could be a winner!  No purchase necessary.  Details inside.  (Mmmm…the shoplifter special?)

      Mo’s Frugal Pig Hint for Today: Old calendars make beautiful envelopes!  Just unfold an envelope of the size you want…trace the outline on that old calendar picture…cut out and paste together following the way the original envelope was folded and pasted.  You may need to use a blank label for the address…but nobody will forget your mail! (And, they are free!)

   Mo’s Wisdom:  The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the most tempting moment!

   More Mo’s Wisdom: The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat are really really good friends.

Day 3.

      Mo’s Dumb Directions for Today: (Actual label instructions on consumer goods…)  On a bar of Dial soap: Directions: Use like regular soap.”  (And…that would be how?)

   Mo’s Frugal Pig Hint for Today: Get one of those flashlights that has a built-in magnet for hanging it on metal (any hardware stores sells them) and remove the top and the “innards” and save them elsewhere for use later.  Hang the flashlight body on your refrigerator and keep a few pens and pencils there. You’ll never have to search for a writing instrument again!

   Gotcha’!  You learned something useful from Mo!

   Mo’s Wisdom:  A penny saved is a government oversight.

   More Mo’s Wisdom: Don’t assume malice for what stupidity can explain. 

   Mo’s Household Hint for Today: Use toothpaste to clean piano keys!  Squeeze a little toothpaste on a soft cloth and scrub keys.  Rinse thoroughly, being careful not to get water between the keys.

Day 4.

      Mo’s Dumb Directions for Today: (Actual label instructions on consumer goods…) This was actually on some Swanson frozen dinners: “Serving suggestion: Defrost.”  (But that’s just a suggestion!)

      Mo’s Frugal Pig Hint for Today: Need a desk? An easy and inexpensive solution is to use a hollow-core door (placed on top of two 2-drawer filing cabinets you found at the used furniture/office supply store.  If there’s a doorknob hole, use it to organize cords for the computer, lamp or phone by passing them through the hole – or, you can just put a cut or tin can in the hole to keep your pens and pencils handy!

   Mo’s Wisdom: The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement!

   Mo’s Household Hint for Today: You can crumple up a piece of aluminum foil and dip it in Coca-Cola and scrub rust spots on your automobile bumper.  It works.  You can also pour a can of Coke over your car battery terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

Day 5.

      Mo’s Dumb Directions for Today: (Actual label instructions on consumer goods…)  On Tesco’s Tiramisu dessert…printed on the bottom: “Do not turn upside down.” (That’s advice a little late in coming!)

   Mo’s Frugal Pig Hint for Today: Need to organize your 3 ½ inch computer discs?  Use a quart-size milk or orange juice carton to make a disc holder.  Make sure the carton is really clean and dry, then cut off one long side and the entire folding top.  The little discs just fit!

   Mo’s Wisdom: He who hesitates is probably right.

   More Mo’s Wisdom:  If you think there is good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody.

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