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!!

CHILDREN'S BOOK
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.

BEST FRIEND
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

RENOVATIONS
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.

TIME CHANGE
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.

NEW DOG
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.
Hitch
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?



Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Working With the Public and Why I Don't Do it.....

I have a home daycare. I've had this daycare for just about 5 years. I love kids but one of the good reasons for me running a daycare is that I simply cannot tolerate the public 99% of the time. Been there, done that. I am not patient with mean, whiny, complaining adults.   The only "public" I want to work with is daycare parents, piano students, Mary Kay customers and my book buyers. I guess I'll have to work on the patience a little more, but still.
Examples......

If I were a:

Stylist: One snotty comment and I'd either stab them in the head with scissors or cut off more hair than was supposed to.

Waitress: Oh I'm sorry, you didn't want lettuce on your burger and can't take it off yourself? Sure I'll bring you a new one. After I drop it on the dirty floor!!

Teacher: OH MY GOSH IF YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN IT BY NOW GO WORK AT McDONALDS!! (note: nothing wrong with working at McD's for a starter job or if that's all that is available)

Grocery Store Clerk: I'm sorry, you have more than 14 items this is Express CAN'T YOU READ????? Do you think you're MORE special? I don't care about your coupons either!

Nurse: If you complain too much I'll likely jab the needle into your arm a little harder.

Staff at Nursing Home: Pillow.  Face.  'Nuff said.

Now I am by all means not an evil person. I simply cannot tolerate most people in public situations. They complain too much or think they have so many rights they should get priority or special treatment.

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I've seen and heard people treat nurses like crap and I absolutely HATE that because most nurses are super nice and want to help you....SO BE NICE!! I've been a waitress and I know how it feels to be treated badly and then get a bad tip.

I can take a temper tantrum from a child.  I can deal with the complaining.  I can hack the food fussiness.  They're children.  They're learning and don't know better.

Adults?  Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, you know better.

So for those of you who are customers or students or stuck in a nursing home or hospital, all I have to say is GOOD GRIEF JUST BE NICE, IT WILL NOT KILL YOU!!!!!!!!!

 image from www.toonpool.com