Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Have You Ever.......

Stepped on a lego with bare feet.....and
didn't swear???
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Lost your sandal in the toilet because you attempted to flush with your foot??
 image from bizzaro.com
Sat down with your coffee cup and then realized you forgot to pour coffee in it??
image from myfavoritekindofcrazy.com

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Since I was born in 1978, I grew up in the 80's and early 90's so I consider myself pretty lucky. There were SUPER cool toys back then!!

I always had fun toys growing up, thanks to my mom (and the era, ha ha). We had dolls, games and other fun stuff. I have so many great memories of playing with Cabbage Patch Dolls, Smurf game, My Little Ponies, Popples, Pound Puppies, and more!!

One memory recently popped into my head and I admit I still miss this item I had as a child.

My Little Pony Hide n Sleep

A Hide n Sleep is a tent that you put on your mattress, with a sheet attached to the bottom, so your bed is a tent!! My sister and I both had one but I think I loved mine more. I love small, cozy spaces and to me it was like hiding. I would pretend I was camping (funny because now I hate camping), pretend I was in a boat, etc.

That's one of my favorite things that I had growing up!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Hammy's New Home - Order Now!

Have you purchased my children's book Hammy's New Home yet?   What are you waiting for?  Go to Amazon.com and order as an eBook for your Kindle OR order a hard copy by contacting me at melanie.lopata@yahoo.com and I'll direct you on how to pay via PayPal (unless you're local).

Click on this link to order through Amazon Kindle.....

Thank you for your support and please spread the word!  I'm anticipating a release date of August 2016 for my second children's book so make sure you get a copy of Hammy's New Home first!!


Monday, April 25, 2016

Did You Know Part VI

A few more interesting tidbits about ME!!

I am a very scheduled person. In fact, some would call it OCD. I have a need to know schedules weeks, sometimes months, in advance or I feel like I'm going crazy!! I have a calendar on my phone; I have a date book for my daycare and a date book for events outside of work. I am also very organized and love to keep track of what is going on and when. I think I'd make a great Event Planner!

I love castles. I'm fascinated with them because they're beautiful and huge but also because of secret passageways and dungeons, tunnels etc. I've never visited a castle but that's on my Bucket List.

I absolutely cannot stand when someone talks to me while I'm vacuuming, in the bathroom, or if I just went to another floor in the house (ie, I run upstairs and they call after me). My husband does this all of the time. I CANNOT HEAR YOU!!!! And it's annoying.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Did You Know Part V

A few more fun facts about ME!

I have a phobia of taking baths!!
Yes, you read correctly. I have a phobia of taking baths. I take showers, I'm not a scum, but cannot take a bath. I took baths as a kid and loved them. I'm not sure when this phobia began and I'm not exactly sure if I'm scared or if it grosses me out.....but I cannot stand it therefore I don't do it.
 photo from www.listabuzz.com

I'm afraid of the dark!
I can sleep in darkness but that is because my blankets are “protecting me” [eyes rolling]; but I hate walking through my house when it's dark (ie, turning the lights off downstairs and walking upstairs if there are no lights on upstairs), I hate blackouts, etc. I'm not afraid of ghosts, I'm afraid of murderers!
photo from www.bonappetite.com

I don't “cry” while peeling/cutting onions.
Sometimes, but not all of the time, my eyes burn and feel like they're burning out of my head, but I never tear up!
 photo from www.pinterest.com

I am OCD when it comes to clutter.
I cannot stand clutter. I throw things away and put things in their place but the OCD part is that I throw things away hastily (ie, important mail or papers or receipts) and down the road when we're looking for something I remember I tossed it. OOPS!!!
  photo from www.lifeorganizers.com

Friday, March 18, 2016

Fridays Five Favorites!!

I haven't done this in quite awhile but I would like to start back up. I have so much to be thankful for and even on “bad” weeks I can still find at least five favorites from that week. 

This week hasn't been as busy as most and I've felt pretty good physically (unlike last week) which is a miracle because most of my daycare children are sick with colds and/or ear infections. Ahh, the weather changes in Upstate NY and good health becomes a battle.

Despite all of that, here are my favorites!!

My #1 fave this week – and actually for this new year – is the book I published called Hammy's New Home. I worked on this book for a long time. The writing part was easy – I got the idea from my friend's, Hope and Donny's, pig, Sir Hamelot (aka “Hammy”). The illustrations (by my friend, Chris Strange) took awhile because they're very detailed and very wonderful. The editing and computer work was the hardest. A lot of late nights and naughty words, lol. But I finished it and it was published on Amazon Kindle on December 31, 2015 and printed a few months ago!!

I'm very proud of this accomplishment and I have FOUR others (children's books) in the works to be published and printed for future dates. If you'd like to download a copy of my Hammy book, go to the following link:

If you'd like a hard copy, you can email me at melanie.lopata@yahoo.com and let me know how many you want and pay by check or PayPal.

I have a lot of friends, some closer than others, and a couple of “best” friends, but this week I would like to acknowledge one of my best friends, Tina. Tina is awesome. I have her daughter in my daycare and we became fast friends. She is supportive, encouraging, helpful, kind and loving. I couldn't ask for a better friend. She has supported me 110% since I got my children's book published. She shares my posts and advertises for me and is hosting a book signing event tomorrow at her store, Affordable Babies Clothing and Supplies Store (located in Herkimer). She is always there when I need to talk, cry or laugh. I love Tina like a sister and if you have a friend like that you are truly blessed.
 slightly intoxicated!!!

And please check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AffordableBabiesPlus/?fref=ts

Our house is falling apart both on the outside and inside! The outside needs painting, which will be done by summer of this year, and the inside....well, ugh. Our linoleum floor in the kitchen was ripping up, no thanks to our dogs. I hate linoleum anyway. The area rugs in our living and piano rooms were getting torn up and old (daycare, dogs and cats.....things don't last long here). And walls needed painting
So we sold our wood stove (we never used it) and used the money for renovations. My husband painted kitchen and living room walls and put down a nice, laminate wood flooring in the kitchen. 
We replaced the rugs in the living and piano rooms and bought curtains. It looks so much better!! The 2nd floor needs work but that will probably be done this Fall.

Ok, I hate losing an hour of sleep with the Spring time change but I love that it stays lighter longer. And with the weather nicer, we've been able to take the dogs on the trail near our house to walk instead of around town.

This didn't happen this week but a couple of months ago and I want to mention it. My husband and I offered to foster a dog named Hitch. He got his name because a rescue group in Georgia found him lying on the side of the road after he was hit by a car so they called him Hitch Hiker. They did surgery on his leg and he was adopted and later moved up to NY. Long story short, his owner couldn't keep him anymore. We had him for one day and knew we would keep him. He is a Mountain Cur Hound Mix and the BEST dog ever.
I love my Border Collies but Hitch has a calm manner about him but is also a lot of fun. So now we have 3 dogs and 2 cats. Nuts? Nah, just a loving family!!
Luke, Hitch, and Cole

Those are my favorite fives for this week! Please share your favorites or blessings from this week. Remember, when things seem dim and bleak, there's always a silver lining. There are always things to be thankful for! Have a great weekend!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Did You Know Part IV

Some more fun facts about me that you may not know about............

I cannot stand the movie “ET”. Don't know why, just don't like it.
 image from www.playbuzz.com

I love to smell things!! Books, NEW shoes/sneakers, magazines, baby heads, purses and wallets (to name a few).
 image from www.quora.com

I am addicted to purses. I can't count how many I have right now but this addiction will need its own blog post.
 image from www.mystyle-myjoy.blogspot.com

Nicolas Cage is my favorite actor.
image from www.filmonic.com

 What are a few fun facts about YOU?