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TVOne just ended it’s first season of their new sitcom, Belle’s starring veteran actors Ella Joyce, Keith David and  Miguel Nunez as well as Elise Neil and newly minted reality actress and home girl (money earning Mt. Vernon) Tami Roman.  The show is narrated by 12 year old Nadka Alaya as Pam in a role similar to Aaron Meeks as Ahmad in Soul Food.   However, unlike Soul Food, this is light comedy, not forced comedy like Roc or The Hughley’s or extreme unreality like Basketball Wives, light comedy similar to Sparks.

As a “fifty something”  wife and mother, I enjoyed this show for several reasons: the time, 10 pm on Friday…end of the work week…after dinner…after hubby and sons have gone to their rooms…after weekly home pedicure…and after the 4th glass of Red Wine has kicked in. Light comedy with an excellent cast of characters that appear to work well together, great guest appearances like Wendy Williams and Gary Dourdan, a show that I hope remains on the air for a long time.

Thank you, TVOne for bringing family programming that I truly enjoy!

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A few weeks ago I was nominated for another Very Inspiring Blogger Award by The Big Forest, a blogger from the UK whose pictures always delight me.  If in the real world we could present these types of awards to people who we’ve never met but simply enjoy what they represent I think the world would be a better place.  I am always honored and humbled to receive recognition from a fellow blogger and take great pride in nominating others.

The rules of acceptance are:

Display the award logo on your blog

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Link back to the person who nominated you

http://thebigforestuk.wordpress.com/

State 7 things about yourself

1. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio;

2. Raised in New Rochelle, NY;

3. In my next life I want to be a beach bum;

4. It takes a lot to make me angry and I can’t remember the last time I was;

5. I am 3.5 years nicotine free and being a quitter was the best decision of my life;

6. I look for the good in everyone, however, some people make it very difficult;

7. I hate to sweat, therefore, I hate to exercise, but have to in order to balance out my love of carbs

Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them

In no particular order I am nominating the following bloggers whose posts I enjoy reading:

1. http://www.coffeeandcardigans.com/

2. http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/

3. http://pslovecharli.com/

4. http://fashionforlunch.wordpress.com/

5. http://cncfashionaccessories.wordpress.com/

6. http://faddrops.wordpress.com/

7. http://www.mail4rosey.com/

8. http://sugarandswag.com/

9. http://thereversecommuter.wordpress.com/

10. http://myfashionforwardblog.wordpress.com/

11. http://lezoemusings.wordpress.com/

12. http://katherinescorner.com/

13. http://www.quitetheblog.com/

14. http://www.ohsoamelia.com/

15. http://thepleatedpoppy.com/blog/

Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements

Have a wonderful night – Smooches!

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I was in Wilmington on Thursday for a doc appointment and afterwards I drove over to The Salvation Army which is located by the train station. As a child I remember my grandmother taking us shopping at a Salvation Army on North Avenue in New Rochelle and it was never fun or exciting. However, when I walked into this Salvation Army my heart started palpatating and my mind filled with excitement! It had been over 16 years since the last time I was here and things had really changed, the lighting was bright, the merchandise was neat and the space was huge. It was here back in the early ’90’s that we bought our first dining room set, a Butler’s Pantry and a crib. The pieces were nice but I had to strip and re-stain the table, re-upholster the chair pads and disinfect the crib. Although we no longer have the dining room set or crib I did keep the Butler’s Pantry and it is currently in our living room storing the “good China” and wedding photo albums.

According to the history of The Salvation Army it was founded based on the gospel of Jesus Christ helping the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute and what William Booth started in 1865, is just as relevant today. Donating and shopping at The Salvation Army helps so many people and great causes that it makes you feel good about spending money in their stores.

Upon entering this location what struck me was the department store atmosphere, the bright lighting, the open landscape, overly organized and color coordinated merchandise. I spent the first few minutes just walking around checking out the signage, tags and watching and listening to the associates interact with customers. The associates were busy on the floor yet, when they passed, they acknowledged you with a smile and a few kind words, this really made me feel welcomed, wanting to linger longer and spend more. I was so impressed that I sought out an employee who turned out to be the store manager, Don Walker. I expressed my delight explaining that I was a Blogger and would be writing about my positive experience. He thanked me, provided an update on the changes at the Salvation Army and then took the time to explain and write down the sales policies.

  • Monday and Tuesday – 1 color tag in every department is 50% off

  • Wednesday is Family Day and 3 colors in clothing, shoes and books are 50% off

  • Thursday/Friday/Saturday – 1 color tag in clothing and shoes is 50% off (yesterday it was Blue)

I love the fact that they are closed on Sundays, and sometimes I wish Delaware would return to the days of the “Blue Laws”. Stores were closed and people went to church, rested and/or spent time with family and friends. I think we all need a day to shut down and just take time to relax especially during these crazy times of discord. Don also told me that they get new furniture from a local store and it’s sold at extremely reduced prices, so if you are in the market for a leather Lazy Boy Chair, come here first. I took a lot of pictures so you can see just how organized, and spacious this location is and I vowed to return to do more shopping and less documenting.

Please note, because I took so many pics inside the store, I need to write another post detailing just my purchases. Look closely at the pictures to see how neat and clean the floors are, the hangers are all set straight, no dust on the furniture and the mirrors sparkle…I need this at my house!

Every time I see red and white gingham my mind takes me back to the family picnics we had as a child.  Whether it was at Bear Mountain, NY or Silver Lake, DE  spreading that red and white tablecloth across a dirty wooden table meant a day filled with FOOD, FUN, and FAMILY!

One year a bunch of us kids got lost in Bear Mountain and we were scared to death that a real bear was going to eat us (child’s imagination running wild).  We roamed around the woods for what seemed like hours, scared and arguing over which way was the right one back.  Eventually we found our way and none of the adults seemed to miss us so we didn’t get into trouble and life was good again.  Things got even better when we saw that red and white gingham tablecloth covered with FOOD – hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, chips, Kool-Aid, cookies and watermelon!  We ate until we got sick and made a pact to never venture into the woods ever again – aaah more  wonderful childhood memories!

Blouse and pants – Goodwill// Shoes – Payless// Ring – Mizoutlet.com// Belt – Rainbow Shops//Bracelets, Ankle Bracelet and Earrings – Jewelry Box

Yesterday’s downpour filled up the pool!

Have you ever gone to someone’s home and a smell, a sound or an object reminded you of a good childhood memory?  The other day I delivered an Avon order to Miss. Christine, a good friend of my grandmother’s from the MOT Senior Center.  In all the years that they were friends and before my grandmother passed, I had never gone to her house.  The moment I pulled into the driveway memories of going to Cousin Bessie’s house in Port Chester, NYcame flooding back.

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My grandmother raised my sister and me in the projects in New Rochelle, NY, I wouldn’t call it a concrete jungle but it wasn’t a grassy knoll either.  Entering Miss. Christine’s house reminded me of visiting and going through Cousin Bessie’s house, looking at all the nick nacks, sneaking candy from the jar and shaking the snow-globe then holding it still until all the flakes fell back into place.

Growing up in the 60’s/70’s life was simpler but the small things meant a great deal. You weren’t supposed to be in grown folks business and if you fell or got hurt you were told to just get up and next time don’t be so clumsy!

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Entering the back yard through the metal gate, there sits an old red wagon

Miss. Christine’s house was built in the 50’s and decorated in the 60’s and would now be considered retro in 2012.  From the paneled walls, metal hand rails to the big spoon and fork on the kitchen wall, it all just took me back to Port Chester, NY and the happy family times we had when visiting that home.

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The clothes line for drying clothes freshly
The brick bar-b-que pit reminds of the I Love Lucy episode when she and Ethel rebuilds the pit after losing her wedding ring.Image

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Miss. Christine - remembering the chair/step ladder

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We always entered the house from the back or laundry room

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The paneled walls, metal stair rails, retro kitchen table and chairs

 

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Back TV room for the "men folk"

 

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Wallpapered powder room with wall mounted Dixie Cup dispenser.

 

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Upstairs living room for the grown folks - "stay outta grown folks business, now get your candy and git!"

 

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Love these stools and kitchen chairs - never replaced or worn out

 

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I think every kitchen had the large spoon and fork hanging on the wall

 

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ceiling mounted glass cabinet

 

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Fluorescent lights mounted to the side of the cabinets

 

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There were always some gardening tool around and parents weren't concerned - if you got hurt it's because you shouldn't have been touching it! Kids today are too protected from every day disappointments and mishaps!

 

 


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