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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Specialty catering

Planning an event for employees, colleagues, family or friends can take a lot of time and energy, which is why it’s often best to hire a company that can provide that type of service. MBS Cateserve offers their customers planning services for company picnics or other catering events including corporate, union and church picnics, and family and high school reunions.

Relying on a company that specializes in special events will ensure that everything is handled professionally. They’ll handle every detail including providing the kind of food, activities and entertainment that will be exactly what you’re looking for. The event will be held on company property or at one of the affiliated day camp picnic venues in South Jersey, Central Jersey, North Jersey or New York.

Whether the need is for picnic catering nj or picnic catering ny companies that specialize in these types of events are the way to go to pull off the ideal get together. Having been a freelancer for more than 15 years I haven’t been to many catered events lately, but when I do participate it’s obvious which ones are catered by professionals and which aren’t. Don’t take a chance with your event, hire the best in the business.


Listening to God

A little less than two weeks ago my son and my middle daughter got their glasses. Less than a week later my middle daughter, Amareah, got up one morning and could not find her glasses. They weren’t in the case, they weren’t sitting in the spot where she puts them at night, they were nowhere to be found… Thus ensued Amareah’s day long worry about the trouble she would be in by the end of that night if she didn’t find her glasses.

Amareah - hair out 02-2010 She looked around the house after school and the closer to dinner and bedtime it got, the more worried she became. Why? Because being the mean firm that I am, I had promised her some strong discipline if she didn’t find those glasses.

When she came to the kitchen table for dinner, she had such a serious look on her face and said, “Mommy, does God talk to people?”

That question took me a little off guard, but in true mommy recovery mode, I said, “Yes, sometimes people feel like they hear Him in their head or their heart. Why?”

“’Cause I asked God where my glasses are and He said in the drawer, but I looked in the drawer and they weren’t there.” Her face was so long and pitiful.

“Well,” I stalled, trying to find something to say, “did you look good?”

“No, I was going to go back and look again.”


And we dropped the subject.

A little later she said, “God lied or played a trick on me ‘cause I didn’t see them.”

I felt terrible. So I looked in the drawer as well. I didn’t see them either.

Little Amareah got in trouble and received another lecture about caring for her glasses. A few days passed and we continued to look. I grumbled about having to purchase another pair and life went on as normal with Amareah again complaining about headaches and the insensitive realistic mommy reminding her that she would have her glasses if she hadn’t lost them.

Yesterday I sat down with Amareah to style her hair before her and her siblings went to their dad’s for the weekend. I grabbed all of the hair products, combs and whatnot then picked up the three-drawer, small chest thingy that the girls’ hair accessories are in. I pulled open the first drawer and saw something shiny. I blinked and moved my head closer. Guess what I found inside of the drawer. You figured it out, right? Amareah glasses!

“Amareah?!” I yelled and all the children came running. “I found your glasses.” She looked at me as if I had spoke a different language. Like I was teasing her as her brother had done a few days ago when he pretended to find her glasses and gave her his. I handed them to her and a smile slowly broke out on her face.

“Where were they?” Andre asked.

“In the drawer. Amareah, is this the drawer God told you they were in?” I said pointing to the little chest.


“God didn’t lie,” I told her. “God doesn’t lie.”

“I thought he was playing a joke on me,” she said. “Andre! God didn’t lie!”

The drawer was in a place where she couldn’t look down into it. In fact, I think I had opened that drawer once and didn’t see them myself. When I went back to look after she said God had talked to her I looked in a different drawer.

image Later she was telling her dad the story and the exuberance in her face and voice  at finding out that not only does God not lie, but he doesn’t play a joke like that either. Imagine my relief to witness such a beautiful moment for my daughter. I hope that as she gets older she keeps that childhood, innocent belief and realization, and that she doesn’t let life’s obstacles, upsets and disappointments take away her trust and love in God. It was also a reminder in me to have a childlike trust in God. Always.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Shopping on the web

I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner. In just a short time – if it hasn’t started already – most people will begin their holiday shopping. Before I can think about Christmas, I have to think about my son’s birthday, which is in a few weeks.

He’ll be 7 years old and, of course, I’m thinking about doing some online shopping for him. It’s hard to tell what kids are into at the moment, but I’m sure my son would love some action figures and an electronic game. I’m not sure that’s what he’ll get, but I’m going to put in a good effort to make him happy.

Then, in just two short months after that, Christmas will be here and all of my children will be looking for something to play with under the tree. Just like I’ll do for Andre, my son, I can search ShopWiki to find the appropriate gifts. Among the things to play with that my children want, I’d like them to also have learning games and books. Sometimes robotics and remote control toys have learning elements to them and that not only fuels my desire to get them something educational, but it’ll be something they’ll have fun with as well.

When do you begin shopping for holiday gifts? Will you shop online or in real life?


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Where are the complaint forms?

I have a mini gripe to get off of my chest or I’m not going to survive. Due to personal reasons I have been going to the library to get on the Internet and try to get some work done. Although this is a great alternative when I want to do it, it’s not so great when it feels like I’m forced to do it.

image There are ups and downs about being at the library – just like there are ups and downs about working from home or in an office. One is opening up your sensitive material via your laptop  to hackers – someone has tapped into my Yahoo account and is sending random emails to all of my contacts - and the other is the distractions.

So far I’ve been to three different libraries. The library I choose for the day is dependent on errands, convenience and location. For instance, when I took the three younger kids to Miss Kellie’s house for the afterschool program yesterday, I went to a local library about 10 minutes from her house. The idea was to maximize on the time and get as much work done as possible; especially since I hadn’t been too productive that morning.

I sat down at a somewhat isolated table, powered up my laptop and worked my way through a maze of errors and such to get to the wireless Internet connection. Finally, a page says I have to enter my library card information to access the wireless connection.


This is my third library under the same library system and none of the other libraries required this. I searched my wallet even though I knew the card probably wasn’t there. Where was it? It was hanging on the key hook in my home. I changed keychains and haven’t had the chance to put all of the store discount tags, etc., on the new chain.

Although I was irritated, I re-packed my bag and carried my laptop to the circulation desk. I explained the situation and she said, “You’ll need your library card.”

“I left mine home. Is there anyway you can look it up?”

“No, I can issue you a new one for a $2 fee that will make the other one null and void.” She said this with a little attitude.

“So, there’s nothing you can do? You can’t look it up?”


I somewhat calmly grab my things and walk away saying, aloud, “Ooooookkaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!”

What I wanted to do was cuss her out. First of all, since when are librarians so unhelpful and without solutions. Secondly, I”m sure she had a library card she could have used to let me temporarily log in. They obviously can monitor it somehow so she could have monitored it or told me that she would not do it again.

image I was not around the corner from my house so it wasn’t feasible to just jump in the car and go get it. And, no, I didn’t have $2. Even if I did, that was a waste. I wanted to do was get a little work done. It pissed me off to not only waste my time, but to have such an unhelpful librarian. Oh, by the way, if you live near the Fayette County Public Library in Fayetteville, Georgia, I would say keep moving to another library. It’s nice on the inside and even on the outside, but that’s not the first time that I’ve experienced their subpar customer service, demeaning attitude and their basic lack of human compassion.

It took all of my energy to not use some choice words with this lady who didn’t apologize, offer any solutions or kind words. Now, I have a friend who wouldn’t want to hear this entire story and would say, “What’s the solution?” All I have to say today is: You can stick your solution right up your…


Support for drug treatment

I recently met someone who has been trying to convey to me how difficult it is dealing with someone who has a drug addiction. When this lady met her husband, he was already doing drugs (I assume) and it wasn’t until after he had a death in the family and the birth of their child together that caused the addiction to culminate into a real problem.

Some of the Drug Treatment Information she has shared with me I had no idea about. Right now her husband is in a halfway house of sorts under a several year program that is mapped out in a way that’s supposed to help the individuals and their families. There are strict rules they must follow while the work on rebuilding their lives and their relationships. My friend is in the process of deciding whether she wants to continue her marriage, but it’s definitely not an easy choice.

I don’t know what I would do if I were in that situation, but I do know that I would help my loved one get involved in a treatment facility like the Raleigh Durham Drug Rehab. Rehabilitation centers such as that one have trained and compassionate staff who are able to work with those in need. When it’s all said and done, support a person with a drug addiction is an ongoing process. It’s not something that can be done overnight – it’s a daily, life-changing event to recovery.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Two days left to enter!

Some of you may have forgotten and others may not know that Cynthia Roberts, author of Wind Warrior is hosting a contest is honor of her book tour. She’s giving away some great prizes.

Here’s a list of the prizes:

  1. Romantic Two-lid willow picnic basket with deluxe service for two ~ $125.00 value
  2. Succulent Godiva Chocolate Tier ~ $75.00 value
  3. Exquisite Pearl & Crystal Necklace ~ $50.00 value
  4. Amazon Gift Certificate ~ $25 value
  5. Amazon Gift Certificate ~ $25 value

To enter, go to my “Let the book tour begin” post. Leaving a comment on this post will not enter you in the contest. You have to leave your comment on the post linked above. Don’t forget only two days left to win one of the fabulous prizes above.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Win a set of business cards {giveaway}

When you go to a meeting, a conference or a networking event are you prepared with a business card? If not, then this is the giveaway for you. Are you writing updated information on your current cards? Again, you’ve come to the right place. Today, I have the pleasure of offering 250 Die Cut Business Cards to one lucky reader.

You can get any card your little heart desires – from the classic business card and blogger cards to designer cards and so much more. Business cards aren’t the standard boring little rectangles from years past, they have evolved to a more edgy and modern design with rounded corners, square shaped or slim and slender cards. Check out all of the amazing UPrinting business card choices.

image The prize:
250 Die Cut Business Cards The winner will choose from the 2 x 3.5”, 2 x 2” (square card) or 1.75 x 3.5” (slim card) with Rounded Corners, Leaf, Rounded One-Corner, Half-Circle Side or Circle. The winner can also choose the type of paper they prefer: 14pt Cardstock Gloss, Matte, or High Gloss or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated in the following colors 4Color Front, Blank Back; 4Color Front, Black Back; 4Color Both Sides.

To enter:
This giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 or older.
REQUIRED ENTRY: It’s simple to enter. Visit and tell me what feature you’d like on your cards (i.e., rounded corners, square shaped, etc.) Then just leave a comment with your answer. Be sure to include your email address in your comment.
Additional ways to enter:
  1. Leave a relevant comment on any of my other posts. (By relevant: please don’t just say, “I’m commenting for giveaway.”) Then come back here and tell me which post you commented on.
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  3. Tweet once: “RT Win a set of Die Cut Business Cards from UPrinting @giveaway_blogs @petula1968.” Come back here and comment with the tweet URL.
It’s that easy. You should have four (4) entries total if you do all of the above. Remember, only one (the required entry) is necessary to be eligible to win. This giveaway is open from September 27th to October 11th. The winner will be chosen by and announced on this blog in a separate post by October 14th. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Good luck!
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Eeewww… that’s a dead bird!

It’s a rainy, dreary day. Nice and dark. The perfect time to take a nap or lounge on the couch watching television. Instead I’m sitting at the library working. Why at the library? Well, that’s another story for another day… one that I hope to tell you has a happy ending.

An-t-way, I found a corner in this library that I like to inhabit, I can either watch others on the library computers or look out of the window into an unkept courtyard. Today, given my grumpiness, I’ve planted myself with face pointing toward the courtyard so I don’t attract any unwanted conversation or attention.

In the middle of a thought I glance at the sidewalk right outside the window. I see something gray, black and white. a pile of something that looks… like feathers. Feathers?! I notice the path of ants marching back and forth then I see the beak and little foot. Eeeewww, there’s a dead bird outside of the window. Less than five or six feet from me.

We’ve had some serious rain for about two days so he could have gotten confused and flew into the glass. Struck by lightening? Whatever happened to him he is definitely expired. I would take a picture to share, but I left my camera at home. Not that you would want to see it, but I need to share it with someone. I need to share the visual aspects of it.

I’ve already complained about the state of this courtyard to a friend of mine who lives near this library. Normally, I frequent a different library, but have been coming here ‘cause it’s close to her home and we often ride together.

Now I’m even more irritated by its appearance. Why, at a facility that utilizes inmates, is there an overgrown, eyesore of a courtyard? I guess I shouldn’t complain because I more than likely won’t do anything to make a difference.

Why? That’s a question that I’ll have to explore. Maybe I’ll inquire of the staff on my way as to why they don’t do something with that area.

For now I have to get back to work because I know I’m going to want to leave in enough time to get some lunch before I have to do afternoon carpooling.

What are you up to this morning?

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