Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day. I’ve been missing in action, but I wanted to take the time to wish all of my readers who are mothers or mother to be a Blessed and Happy Day.
Ever wonder how Mother’s Day came about? As the curious person that I am, I decided to research. I was quite surprised to find that the day originated in my state, West Virginia.  Anna Jarvis of Grafton, WV started Mother’s Day. It originally started as a memorial to her mother after she passed away in 1907.
She decided to campaign to make it a nationally recognized holiday. In 1914, she succeeded. By 1920, Anna Jarvis had become disappointed with the holiday she spent the rest of her life campaigning against it. As with everything in this country, it had become too commercialized. Businesses were promoting flowers, greeting cards and boxes of chocolates for Mother’s Day gifts. They were profiting from what was supposed to be a simple day to recognize mothers and all that they had done in their role. Anna was so upset with their greed that she was actually arrested for disturbing the peace while protesting one day. She stated that she wished she had never started the holiday. It is said that she became so bitter as a result of the commercialization, she died in poverty, unmarried, and without children. What a sad ending to what started as a beautiful tribute to her mother.

I agreed that we are the most commercialized country in the world. We tie a dollar bill to anything and everything in this country. Statistics show people will spend approximately $2.6 billion on flowers and $1.53 billion on pampering spa treatments, manicures and pedicures for Mother’s Day. I am being treated to a spa day today, and I will be taking my family up on their kind gesture.  I will also be wearing this fabulous perfume by Beyonce, Heat, that was given to me.  I think people should be able to spend their money how they choose, and the recipients of the gifts should enjoy the gifts if they choose. We all have a choice.  I guess if I was in Anna Jarvis’ shoes, my thoughts may be different. 
I’m grateful that Anna Jarvis started the holiday. I believe that we as mothers have a very important role in raising our children and grandchildren. On the other hand I believe that we shouldn’t just be recognized on the second Sunday of May, but we should be recognized every day. After all we are mothers every day for the rest of our life.
I hope that you spend the day relaxing and doing what you enjoy, and if you get a chance leave me a comment on yours thoughts of Anna Jarvis and Mother’s Day.

Veggie Spread/Dip

I served this wonderful veggie spread for Easter and it was a hit. I thought I would share it with my readers:

  • 1 8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 4 – 6 oz of Sour Cream
  • 1/2 finely chopped Red Pepper
  • 1/2 finely chopped Yellow Pepper
  • 1 small finely chopped red onion
  • 6 – 8 broccoli flowerettes finely chopped (do not use the stems)
  • 1 – 2 4 oz packs of All Season Italian Dressing (Season to your taste)

Mix room temperature Cream Cheese and sour cream. Add in chopped vegetables and Italian dressing mix well. Chill for several hours and serve with an assortment of crackers and vegetables on a nice tray. Huge hit!

Another Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal

Another sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church. I find this appalling. It literally makes me sick to my stomach when I hear about these priests abusing our children. I want my readers to know that my anger has nothing to do with the Catholic religion itself, but it is directed to those in authority who abuse our children and those in authority who cover up the abuse. I know there are more who do good within our churches than those who do evil, but child sex abuse should never be ignored at any level. I also know that their have been innocent people accused of such heinous acts, but I believe that it has been proved that the majority of the time the victims do not lie about such acts.

I believe that allegations must be brought to light and dealt with in the appropriate manner. It’s a crime, and it should be dealt with as such. If true, I think it’s a shame that the Pope and everyone involved in the Catholic church sex abuse scandal could turn their back on our youth and ignore the fact that innocent children were and are being taken advantage of by pedophiles in leadership positions. This is been a topic of discussion for years, and here we are again.

If I ever found out that my grandson was molested/raped by anyone, I would fight until my death for justice. To find that it was someone within the church would only add fuel to my fire. There wouldn’t be enough of Holy Water to put out the fire that raged within me.

Can someone explain to me how anyone could stop the prosecution of a priest or anyone else who has admitted molesting at least 200 children over a 20 year period? How do you condone this type of violation? The explanation the church gave, They did not complete the process to defrock Father Murphy because he was elderly and in very poor health, and living in seclusion and no allegations of abuse had been reported in over 20 years.” How can this explanation be acceptable to anyone? The rapist/molester tells the man who is now the Pope, that he wants to live out the rest of his life in dignity. What about the dignity of the children who was molested.

I wonder how people who abuse and people who cover up the abuse go to sleep at night knowing that a parent placed their child under the trust and care of the church and they are being violated. I also wonder how anyone can cover for a man because he is now old and he hasn’t raped any other children over the last 20 years can sleep at night.

I listened to two of the victims who are now adults, and they stated that they both wrote notarized letters to the Catholic church detailing their abuse. Neither have been acknowledged. In God we trust. If you can’t trust your child in the church, where can you send them? I shudder to think about the amount of money that has been paid out to victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic church, but whatever the amount is it will never right the wrong. These children will suffer in some manner for the rest of their life. In spite of this, the bishops and cardinals are allowed to remain within the church and carry their titles forever. Now the lowly priests are removed, but most are just transferred to another church. What sense does this make, a child molester and rapist is what it is regardless of title.

I watched Doubt last week with Meryl Streep. She played that role, and the basis of the movie is what we’re discussing in this post. It happens over and over. I just can’t comprehend this sick act.

The violation of innocent children is unforgivable. I wonder how the parents in the Catholic church can stand for this. What’s up people? Those who violate innocent children should be brought to trial and thrown under the jail. Why should there be a cover up for priests, bishops and cardinals who violate innocent children. If I was a pedophile, I would have spent time in jail. They should have to do the same.

I would love to hear your opinion on this travesty of justice.

Quote of the Week

Never lend your car to anyone whom you give birth. – Erma Bombeck

I Want Candy Mommy

I want candy and I know where to get it. Cohen Stone just couldn’t resist this glass case filled with sweets and teddy bears. He needed to satisfy his sweet tooth, so he managed to climb inside the machine and eat until his heart and tummy was content. You’re saying what, right? Can you believe it. He figured out how to climb inside the machine, unfortunately he couldn’t figure out how to climb out.

This adorable 2 year old toddler was at a party with his mother. She was playing with him in the arcade area, and turned for a few minutes to assist with the food coming to their table, and when she turned around Cohen had disappeared. Thinking that he couldn’t possibly have gone far in that time frame she searched the room. To her surprise, Cohen was in the glass enclosed case filled with candy and teddy bears. Kyra, Cohen’s mother, said she initially thought he had climbed through an opening in the back. When she checked the back there was no opening.  She than searched the top of the machine, to her surprise there was no opening there either.  The only way in was the opening where you collect your candy and/or toys.

When I read the article, I was thinking how that could be possible.  How could a toddler maneuver their way inside that opening.  Well, anyone who has a toddler or has raised one knows that they can end up in the most unbelievable situations.  I remember my nephew getting his head stuck between the banister rails at my house.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how he got his head between the railing, but he did. 

Cohen once again proved that a toddler can wiggled their way into anything.  Frightened Kyra called a locksmith to open the hatch door.  While the locksmith was at work, they kept the toddler occupied and cool by opening the chute so they could blow air through it and by having Cohen eat one of the lollipops and throwing the teddy bears down the chute.  Kyra said she phoned her husband to tell him what happened, but he initially thought she was joking.  I think I would have thought the same way.  He finally heard the fear in her voice and realized it wasn’t a joke. 

This brave mom captured the experience on video once she felt confident that her son would be removed safely.  Can you image watching this family video on a Friday or Saturday night.  Thank goodness the toddler was removed safely.  It will be a long time before I will be able to walk by one of those machines and not think of him.  I’ll be holding my grandson’s hands a little tighter when we encounter one as well.

As your child wiggled their way into an unbelievable and heart felt situation?  Tell us about it, we would love to hear from you.

Quote of the Week

Human beings are the only creatures who allow their children to come back home. – Bill Cosby

Wordless Wednesday: Hat Creativity

                                                                 Do You Like My Hat?

Thomas The Engine

I’ve had the winter blues for the past few weeks. I’ve decided to get out of my funk by making a list of things that I would like to do with my grandson this spring and summer. At the top of my list is taking him to see Thomas the Engine. I love this little guy as much as my grandson.

A Day Out With Thomas has been scheduled for the past 15 years at various locations across the country. In 2010, there will be 45 stops. My little sweetie is almost 3, so I think he will be old enough to enjoy this adventure.

A Day Out With Thomas includes a 25 minute train ride, a photo with Sir Topham Hat, storytelling, and other activities at the train station. The cost is $18.00 per ticket. Not bad for day of fun with grandma and a great memory.

Check out the 2010 Day Out With Thomas schedule. Thomas may be chugging along a track near you.

Stop Stealing My Blog Posts

Stop Stealing My Blog Posts! That’s right I’m talking to you. You know who you are. You have plagiarized 58 of my blog posts, and if you think that you’re going to get away with it you’ve come to the wrong blog. I welcome all of my readers/subscribers, but you’re not welcome here. So just go away, so that I don’t have to kick your ass again.

For those who aren’t up on what’s going on, I found my blog posts on Mother Love Baby when I was Googling a post. The site is registered under:

Deyan Radnev
Vasil Levski 22, vh. V
Lyaskovec, Veliko Turnovo 5140

Lets see if they steal this one. Mother Love Baby stole my posts and used my blog content on a forum relating to mothering, babies and love. They even stole a blog post with a picture of my grandson in it. How low can you go?  Are they a mother? I don’t know, but if this person or the person associated with stealing my blog posts is a mother she is not setting a good example for her forum members. Also, how do you set morals, values and standards for your children when you’re stealing from another person and turning their hard work into your own?  I would venture to say they’re stealing in their community too.

If you can’t come up with your own blog content, how can you lead a forum/community?  What a joke. To say that I’m pissed about my posts being stolen is an understatement. Blog plagiarizing is a violation. Being the bitch that I am when violated, I took action and reported the Blog Scraper to their host. Oh yes I did. They investigated Mother Love Baby and shut the site down. Rightfully so I may add.

To The Blog Scraper – If you admired my posts and wanted to use my content, you should have taken the proper steps and contacted me. You obviously aren’t familiar with blog etiquette, but that’s how we roll in the blogosphere. With permission and a link back to my site I may have allowed you to use a few posts. Since you’re just a low life, you just lifted and walked away with 58 and counting posts.

Since you had no respect for me, I have none for you. You chose to steal my blog content, and I chose to make you disappear. Be Gone! If you steal my posts again, I’m make you disappear again. I’m watching you, and I’m sure many other bloggers are watching you now as well.
What do you think about my posts being stolen? Have you been violated in this manner? What steps did you take? Leave us a comment.

A Mother Loves No Matter What

I’m sure each of you have been following Tiger Woods story. I watched his apology last night, and my reaction was dang another man apologizing for their cheating ass ways. I’ve lost count of the number of men that I’ve watched on TV apologizing for straying. Seriously people, what’s up ?

Several things crossed my mind while watching his apology. First, I was so glad his wife was not standing beside him. Secondly, I noticed his mother sitting front and center. My first reaction was she’s an attractive and classy woman. Most importantly, she’s a mother standing by her son. I applaud her for demonstrating her love no matter how bad her son behaved. That’s what we do as mothers isn’t it? No matter what our role never changes.

As far as Tiger, I’m sure he regrets his actions more than he could express through words yesterday. Watching him reminded me of one of my favorite shows, Cheaters. You’re always sorry when you get caught. In my opinion, that’s what money and power can do to you if you’re not grounded. Hopefully, he will put his life into perspective and get his priorities straight.

For the women who lowered themselves into being his mistress you think you deserve an apology. For what may I ask? You knew you were sleeping with another woman’s husband, why in the hell should anyone apologize to you. Tramps! Yes, I called you a tramp and I have few other adjectives for you. What did you really get out of this? The title slut, mistress, hole, and a few moments of fame while you discussed your affair? If you truly understood the meaning of marriage and family, you wouldn’ have allowed yourself to sleep with him. You must be proud of yourself. My advice is to set some standards and get your own man. Learn how to keep your legs closed to another woman’s husband and you won’t find yourself in an unwanted spotlight.

To his wife Elin I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes, but you’re holding the trump card girlfriend and you get the last laugh. I would suggest that you take Ivanka Trump’s advice, hell don’t get mad get even.

Note:  Photo courtesy of Daily Mail.