So Random…but, ever think about your favorite tv character?

Have you ever watched an old television show and wondered how that person is doing today?

That’s a question I face every time I see a show with Sherman Hemsley. I watch “The Jeffersons” and “Amen” religiously! I think he is an icon who has brought comedy and charisma to every show I have seen him in (whether his own or guest starring on someone else’s). Known for his loud mouth, slick tongue and funny walk. We know there’s so much more, but we’re not given the chance to see. Speaking to a few friends I learned they felt the same way I do. Why is it that he has not been honored like he should have been? There’s something wrong when we’re quick to idolize or consider people celebrities when they’re famous for something they should be ashamed of. People like him, fade to the back. Sadly, most of the characters from the Jefferson’s have passed away. I’m left wondering how we can make sure Mr. Hemsley and actors like him receive the acknowledgement he deserves, while he can enjoy it! The perfect ex neighbor of Archie Bunker. 🙂

 

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Big Belly Woman!

I have been battling my weight problem for years now. I have children, but I can’t blame them because while I’m pregnant I actually eat healthy and have lost over 40 lbs. during both pregnancies. I gain it back + 10 afterwards (and people wonder why I loved being pregnant!)

I wore a size 3 when I met my husband. The first night we met, besides him swearing I’d be his wife one day, he also said he was going to fatten me up. Boy did he make good on his promises, lol. I am now a size 10…yes I announced it to the world!

I actually don’t mind my pant size, well maybe a size 8 would be nice, but I wasn’t happy skinny. My insecurity now, is my belly. I’m seriously considering lipo, but if I can lose the inches without surgery, I’ll be so happy! I exercised (<—notice the past tense), ate better and lost 18 lbs.. Thankfully, those pounds never returned, but nothing else would come off. So I’m reverting to my high school workout. Run for 30 seconds, walk for 30 seconds.

Note: I have been saying this for months!

I DO NOT have the motivation to begin. I AM STARTING TOMORROW MORNING!!! Plus going to dust off my elliptical and my Dance Central Kinect game. (Am I experiencing dejavu, or did I really say this to myself before?) No seriously, I’m going to do it. I saw today’s episode of Dr. Oz where he showed how being overweight contributes to certain cancers. This show reminded me of a church lesson, you know? One where you feel as if the preacher is speaking to you, and you alone! I am taking this warning seriously. I won’t say this is going to be easy, but I will say that my problem has never been overeating. It’s forgetting to eat sometimes or not eating the right things.

I know, Thanksgiving’s approaching. But, my super fit Aunt is doing the cooking and watching, so I know that day will be a breeze, lol. Plus, I wrote about my belly in this blog, so I know at least one of my friends will see this cry for help and confiscate my McDonald’s coupons!

Everyone knows what I look like now, I am the “before”…so I’ll just post an “after” pic on Christmas!!! Woohoo, go me! I already feel like a new woman…

What’s that smell? Oh…it’s just my mother!

Do you know someone who smells as if they bathe in perfume? Well, you probably met my mom. She’s a sweet, loving lady, but she doesn’t believe me when I tell her one or two squirts of the perfume she uses is ALL THAT SHE NEEDS!!! I figured, since she won’t take my word for it, maybe she’ll take me seriously now that I’m blogging about her, lol.

I don’t want to be mean, but how do I get her to listen? If it was a Bath and Body Works spray or something from Walmart, I can understand her thinking the scent will wear off the second the breeze blows. I already have allergies and maybe that makes me a little sensitive, but good gosh…aside from my eyes burning and watering now, the strong scent gives me a headache!

Someone help!!! How can I kindly get her to slow down? Especially since it doesn’t seem to bother anyone but me!

 

Tail feather…

How embarrassing…

How many times are our children sent home with projects? Of course parents are expected to assist, but my shame began when I thought I should let my son control the outcome of his decorated ‘turkey feather construction paper cut out’. How was I to know the parents would take the opportunity to relive their past?

This Wednesday, I went to my son’s school for the Kindergartner’s Thanksgiving Feast. As we finished and I walked through the tiny tots hall, to get his backpack from his class, we passed all the decorated turkey feathers from each class. I was able to spot my son’s quickly because it was the simplest, lol. EVERY other feather was so beautifully decorated, so fancy. Some covered in actual feathers, some covered in beads, macaroni, different glitter colors and accessories, I could go on and on. Really exquisite designs. For my son’s tail, we made three straight lines, a few glitter spots and colored it three shades. He wanted to do more, I just wanted to finish. Next time I’ll let my baby do it his way! 😦

Now he has a new project. This one came with instructions attached to a brown cut out of a gingerbread person! It says “do as a family”, lol. I wonder if his teacher sent that letter specifically for me after seeing our last work of art? I could be overdoing it, feeling pressure to create the most amazing gingerbread person, but we are determined to go all out with this one! My son said he’s using everything in his crafts draw! We’ll see…..

I will update this post once we complete it!

Hi, do you barter?

Starting out a with a small business, I needed products to promote myself that could be made quickly and within my “newborn” budget. Yes, my main goal is to support local businesses exclusively, but as much as I would like to, it’s not always realistic. Everyone is out to make a buck, understandable…we all have to eat. But when the cost to purchase local items result in double the price compared to other areas, and a longer turnaround time, it leaves someone with a small budget and no time to spare no choice but to look for products elsewhere.

I did online quotes at bigger printing companies as well as small businesses throughout South FL, getting the average price for promotional cups, tees, buttons, etc. Just so I can have a price to compare. There’s a show taking place this weekend and three weeks ago (sort of last minute) I made the decision to participate. I asked for referrals and shopped around at local printing companies trying to find someplace in my county that offered items I needed quickly and reasonably priced. They were great, items looked very professional and they had terrific remarks from former and present customers. The problem was that in order to receive the products in time, I would have to spend even more money and they were already charging 2x the amounts of my online quotes. So my total cost would be 3x the average. Sorry!

My question to small business owners: With so many small businesses struggling and closing its doors, even companies that have been around for decades…how can we succeed? We need money to pay bills, but when we can benefit from each other’s services, are you willing to barter?

“Don’t Drink Bush Tea for Other People’s Fever” Ronda’s Special Series Intro!

Don’t drink bush tea for other people’s fever…..

Now, I won’t even attempt to figure out where this saying originated, but I remember my mom saying this to me since I was a little girl. For those who need clarification, it basically means, just because your friend has a headache, that doesn’t mean you have to take an aspirin, lol.

But it goes deeper than that, and can be used in many situations.

For instance: have you noticed that on of your friends or family members may have a beef with someone, and just because they don’t like a person, you’re automatically expected not to like said person either? What’s up with that? I get the family bond thingy, but I didn’t choose my “loved ones”, I chose my friend, lol.  Wait…that didn’t come out right.

Anyway, a lot of crazy things have happened lately. They all relate to the “Bush Tea” theme so I decided to create a series of Blogs with the title. Stay tuned!