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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Monday, May 28, 2018
Happy Memorial Day. Today in the U.S. we honor the memory of fallen soldiers and give thanks to others for their service. If you know a veteran share a word of gratitude with him or her. Some veterans were also mothers, today we will focus on mothers as queens.
It’s not Mother’s Day, nor does it have to be, for you to recognize and honor mothers for all that they do. Do you believe mothers should be treated as queens? This is exactly how they were received at an event in their honor at East Vernor Church of God in Christ in Detroit.
I was invited to the event to share comedy with the group, but the event was much more than that. I also received from the group. As I entered the event, I was greeted by a smiling face that asked my name. She then announced, “We have Queen Angie.” She placed a crown on my head and handed me a scepter (ink pen).
Each woman who entered the event was greeted in the same manner. The women enjoyed love, laughter, food and fellowship. The catered meal was a delight to our palets – savory chicken breast, vegetarian lasagna, red skinned potatoes, and seasoned green beans. Mmm. I’m getting hungry all over again. What was my point? Oh yes, mothers.
Mothers are Queens. This event was organized by the First Lady of the church, Donna Payne. She wanted to honor the mothers of her church for all that they do. She and her team did a wonderful job of treating everyone like queens. Teamed up with the ladies at our tables we played a number of games.
It was obvious the event was well thought out. There were gift bags with a single letter attached to the front. Together the letters spelled “Mothers are Queens.” Everyone came away a winner of something. The event ended with women embracing each other and sharing their enjoyment of the event.
Lady Donna, job well done. Thank you for making each person feel special.
Mothers are Queens. Honor your mother or mother figure today.
Friday, May 25, 2018
|Home from college|
Saggy diapers to high school dances; riding in a car seat, to asking to borrow your car. Twirling in a dance recital to searching for a prom dress. If you have experienced any of these things, you’ve been in training for College Boot Camp. The sound of pomp and circumstance fades in the distance, graduation open house is a memory. What’s next?
After you’ve submitted college applications and sent your child on college tours, do you really know what to expect? Maybe, maybe not. Here’s a look at the lighter side of what to expect during the college years…
1. Your young adult calls and says, “I need money.”
2. College roommate drama…even with boys – roommate leaves dirty dishes, uses your stuff, leaves the living space messy.
3. Your young adult will bring his dirty laundry home for you to wash OR asks you for money for the laundry at school.
4. Your daughter arrives home for the summer with her car filled with everything from her dorm room.
5. Your living space is no longer serene – your son has returned his room back to normal…cluttered.
An old model grey Honda pulled into my driveway. I could see the shadow a head in the driver’s seat, surrounded by duffel bags, boxes, dishes and football gear. My son had arrived home for the summer, with more than he took to school.
My son was so excited to see me that he spent an entire five minutes with me before leaving to hang out with friends. Hours later he returned to unload everything from his car and into our living room. My quiet space was overflowing with…stuff. The college years…
Home from college...car unloaded
No more saggy diapers, no more riding in car seats and the prom dress search is a memory. The college years are on the horizon and ready for new experiences.
Have you experienced the college years with your son or daughter? What has been your experience?
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
I...like…food. There I said it, confession complete. You may be like me in the sense that you like food, but you don’t want to look like the foods you eat. If you want to get rid of that muffin top belly, back away from the chocolate chip muffin. Don’t want to look alike popped can of biscuits? Leave the biscuits for someone else.
So you want to eat healthy…below are 3 tips to get you started
1. Don’t starve yourself – eating one meal a day will not necessarily jump start your healthy eating. It can in fact, cause you to binge eat later. In a nutrition challenge with a group of ladies, we learned that eating more often, helps with weight loss. Eating 5-6 times a day of the right foods works.
Eating more often does not mean full course meals. Perhaps you have egg whites and fruit for your first meal. A few hours later you have nut and a protein drink. Just an example. Carry healthy snacks with you to keep you from grabbing a bag of chips.
2. Fill your plate with veggies first - select your favorite veggies and load up, add some protein and a glass of water. You’re on your way.
3. Drink Water – always include water in your day. My goal is no less than 64 ounces per day. During our nutrition challenge, our goal was 128 ounces of water. We combined fitness and nutrition. For me, when I workout, it’s easier to achieve my water goal throughout the day.
I like food and it’s okay.
And here’s my disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, nor am I in the medical field. I’m just a recovering “big” girl. Consult with your doctor before beginning any health program.
What is one thing that you will change in an effort to eat healthy?
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
Do you have family members who provide so much entertainment that all you have to do is sit back and smile? That family member may even be you. Here’s how my story unraveled.
Our first port of call required us to take a tender (small boat) to the island. Unfamiliar with traveling by tender, I said to my mom, “we won’t be in a canoe will we? This brief mode of transportation won’t require use of an oar will it?” None of the above was necessary.
We stepped off the cruise ship and wobbled onto the tender, one rocky step at a time. The waves bounced, the tender rocked. My body swayed, tilted, and leaned and I hadn’t made it to my seat yet. The 15 passenger tender felt unsteady.
I grabbed something for balance and finally sat down. The boat swayed again. I think I converted from Baptist to Catholic in two minutes flat. I was reminded of the Hail Mary prayer my mom learned in catholic school. “Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art though amongst women…”
Gripping my necklace, you would have thought I was holding rosary beads. I cried out like the rocks in the Bible saying, “My God, my God.” It was only a five minute ride across the water, yet I felt like singing a gospel hymn. “There’s a storm out over the ocean and it’s movin’ this way.”
I survived, and on the ride back to the ship, the waters were smoother. And we were on a larger watercraft.
Below are tales involving different relatives…
During our elegant dining on our cruise, we were offered a variety of desserts. When mom’s dessert was placed in front of her, it look like two miniature scoops of ice cream. I asked her, “Are you having anything with that?”
“Yes, a spoon.”
That was not quite the answer I anticipated.
My uncle is 68 years old and participates in competitive power lifting. He’s the Incredible Hulk of our family. My uncle, brother and I were chatting over lunch. When my brother asked my uncle, “What size shirt do you wear?”
“Medium,” was the reply.
My brother and I looked at each other and started laughing. I said, “If you can fit a medium shirt, I must need to shop in the Juniors section of the store.” My uncle’s shirt was clinging to him like a scuba diving suit. I guess that makes his muscles pop more.
We all know airport food can be a bit pricey. On our trip home we had a two hour wait before boarding our flight. My mom wanted a bag of potato chips to snack on, so my brother and I trudged off on a quest for chips.
It didn’t take long to spot the chips. My brother studied the list of prices then turned to me and said, “Do you want to give me half on this bag of chips? It’s a small investment.”
What entertaining things happened on your last family vacation?
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018
A matter of opinion
All I wanted to do was to find a nice dress for a special event. I tried on dress after dress – A-lined dresses, straight dresses, flowers, solid colors. Shopping was draining. My mother often provides constructive feedback on our rare shopping excursions. This time she wasn’t with me.
In the fitting room, I posed in front of the long mirror and snapped a picture. The blush colored dress was sort of cute, it was knee length and has spaghetti straps. Just in time for summer vacation. I texted the picture to my mom and her response was, “that one’s kinda cute. You might want to wear a girdle with it though.”
“I AM wearing a girdle.”
I left that dress in the fitting room and went home to make sure my gym membership had not expired.
Passing like two ships in the night, it’s not uncommon for my son and me to miss seeing each other. Our schedules don’t always coincide. Many times we correspond through text messages. As we passed each other in the kitchen one day, I said, “Can you help me out and wash the dishes?”
“I’ll do them when I come in form work.”
He must have been at work for two days, because those dishes did not seem to move. I washed the dishes. The next afternoon while at work, I received a text from my son. The message said, “We are going to have to talk about your dishwashing skills when you get home. It’s ok this time, I’ll let it slide. Lol.”
“I just wanted to get them done.”
“It looks like you might have washed them while blindfolded.”
The crying emoji that followed his comment, told me his sense of humor was at its peak.
What funny things have your family members said or done lately?