What’s Brewing at The Cafe


Hey everyone, it has been a long week.  Coffee is good this morning and I’m sitting here with so much on my mind today.  Summer has kicked in, it’s finally hot and people are planning vacations or staycations.  We are planning something in between, long weekend trips that are close.   We are four hours from Kansas City, Chicago, Memphis and Indianapolis.  I wanted to hit all four places this summer, but we’ll get in what we can.  My husband has a long weekend every six weeks, meaning he gets Friday-Sunday off and next weekend is his long weekend.  That means he’s off for the holiday, yay!

After everything in the media this week, Paula Deen, the trial for George Zimmerman, the health of Nelson Mandela and several other things locally, I am tired of bad news and how we handle or conduct ourselves accordingly.  I was so tired of it, I posted this to my Facebook page:

I am not perfect, but I need to say this. The hatred that I’m reading is very disturbing. It doesn’t matter if you are talking about the George Zimmerman trial, Paula Deen or President Obama. I have my personal opinions about all three and they are just that, opinions. We all have them, why can’t we just respect that we are entitled to our opinions and at times we will disagree with one another? Why do we have to cross lines, use the internet to bully or show pure ignorance? #thinkbeforeyoupost
Much to my surprise, people liked the post and one even shared it.  I’ve decided to search and find something positive to share with you all and on my social media outlets.  There’s plenty of hate to spread around, so I’m gonna start searching the internet for something positive, a story that will give us hope and show the good side of people.  Life is too short to focus on negative ALL the time.  I’m not saying it has to be super sweet and fake, just something good happening in our world right now.  Let me know what you all think and you can even share stories with me or your story.  I would be happy to post it here.  I follow Michell Pulliam’s blog Prowess and Pearls and she has a feature/link up every Wednesday, called “Doing You Well”.  Positive is what we need, so I’m gonna do my part.My daughter accidentally threw away the blade to my Ninja Master Prep blender, you know the one that makes smoothies real good.  That’s why I bought it, we make a lot of smoothies.  That’s another area where I’m OCD challenged.  I will tear the house up and look, look and look until I find something.  Well after I almost went into a complete frenzy (almost), she admitted that she threw it away.  I was too tired to get mad but I did tell her that she will have to pay for the replacement.  It’s only $20, but she’s 17 and should pay more attention to what she’s doing.  She said she poured out what she was making and that included the blade.  I just left it alone, I had so many questions after she said that.I finally understand why people can’t wait until their teenagers get their drivers’ license.  I have been running them around like crazy the last few weeks and the summer is just beginning.  It will be a few years before my oldest is ready to drive, she just isn’t ready.  She wants to drive, but I want her to concentrate on other things first.

I almost forgot to remind you all that next week Google is removing their reader.  Please follow me on Bloglovin, there is a widget on the right.

Next week is my birthday, I will be 51 years old.  I think it’s amazing to be able to share my life and tell you all that I am proud to be turning that age.  No fanfare planned, would like to go to dinner with the family, and maybe an adult evening out with my husband.  The girls and I want to go see a local production of “The Wiz”.  Thanks to cable they’ve seen it and really like it.  I think it will be fun.   One year I will make it to the Essence Festival.  What are your plans for the holiday weekend?  Have a great weekend everyone!

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Spring Break

My girls were on spring break this week.  They are truly on vacation, and think that means vacation from everything,  chores included!   My younger daughter had the nerve to tell me she was on vacation and can’t she just rest.  Really now??   Excuse me….I am not your maid.  I’m the CEO, chauffeur, cook, and so much more, but not the maid.  It’s gonna be a long week for them. My girls are 16 and 11, and love to spend money.   I don’t mind giving them what they want within reason, but they will have to spend a little time spring cleaning this week.  Basically that means I want them to clean their room, under the bed, behind the dresser, etc.  That’s all, just a good cleaning and then it’s back to business as usual.   It will only take a few hours if they would just do it.  I’m not gonna nag, fuss or yell either.  I will simply keep my money and spend it on something or someone, me.   They are good girls, make the grades, follow the rules and don’t get in trouble much at home.  

We usually do something fun when they are on spring break, and this year will be the same.  We’ll probably do a tourist thing, we all like the zoo or Botanical Garden.  The weather here in the midwest is nice, so we must get out and do that.  We’ll probably go see a movie and if they have done their spring cleaning, we’ll hit the mall.  I’m sticking to this one, I promise!  Ok so the youngest one NEEDS new sneakers.  You should see the ones she’s wearing now.  Too embarrassed to talk about it.  She’ll get those because of need, the rest will be on chores this week.

They have had a pretty good week, got their spring cleaning done.  So that means we are off to the mall today to do a little shopping.  We are also going to Hammers Food & Fun for a late birthday celebration for my oldest daughter.  I love it, they can run around have a ball, while we chill and watch them.   Have a wonderful weekend!




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