Siblings Day!

I always miss out on Siblings Day and I just remembered a few minutes ago that it was today. With that being said, you know I had to make a post about my siblings!

I have two of the BEST older sisters anyone could ask for. From having my back when I was an itty-bitty thing to saving me from spankings and whippings LOL! And how can I forget all the goodies they would bring me, sneak me or buy me. Yes, my older sisters spoiled me to an extent, but that doesn’t go without saying that they wouldn’t hesitate to “check me” when I’m wrong or out of line. That’s what siblings do and to me, that’s L.O.V.E.

To my one and only baby brother who is several states away, I’m proud of you. In fact, as one of his older / bigger sisters, my brother has taught me the value and importance of patience. People tell my brother all the time that he’s the most mellow person they’ve ever met and it’s so true! My brother rarely gets upset and that is what me and my two older sisters admire about him the most. He has always been that way, even as a child. Sometimes an older sibling can learn a lot from a younger sibling…

Even though he got us in trouble quite often because he was the “baby” and the only boy, he kept us on our toes and made our lives all the more fun. He was always up to something and no matter what it was, we knew in the end we would get a good laugh out of it. We have the best brother ever!

Yes, Anita has awesome siblings and I wouldn’t trade them for nothing!

Until next time…

NeNe’s Babies

I was sitting here getting my thoughts together for my upcoming second novel when all of a sudden my mind started to drift. I started to think about how much I love my nieces and nephews. There’s nothing in the world I won’t do for them because their well-being and happiness means everything to me. Life wouldn’t be the same without them because they each have their own quirks and are unique

Yes, they are all special in their own way and no matter how old they get, in my eyes and mind they’ll always be my babies. There’s nothing they can do to change that. They’ll always be my Sugas! 

Until next time… 

Smile

Happiness is good for your health? Did you know that? A happier person is in a sense a more healthier person. At least, in my little ole opinion ha! I smile several times a day because I like to focus on all the good things happening in my life and about to take place in my life. So, with all that being said, here are your six words or less of inspiration for tonight. 

Do you wanna smile a little more??? Get a load of this precious little baby boy! I love being a Great Auntie! 

Until next time… 

Words and Good Food 

It’s true you know? How they say sharing a good meal with those you love makes eating and life much more enjoyable. As I sit here reflecting on the laughs my family, friends and I shared over a good meal, it makes writing for me much more easier to come by. For some reason, and I’m not complaining, I always seem to write much better after I’ve cut up and got stuffed over a good meal I shared with my family and friends. Ha! I wish I had more writing days like this. 

Seeing how I grew up in Florida, South Carolina and Alabama (my father was in the military), our meals are a colorful combination of different cultures, good ole country cookin’ and my personal favorite, seafood! Moving past all that, what I love the most about our dinners are the sharing of stories. Yesssssss, this lady loves to hear all about the different stories my family, myself and friends often share around the table. Let me tell you, I learn something new every time we sit down together to eat. 

When I say that I never have to look far for inspiration, this is what I mean. That’s the beauty of writing. A good story can take shape or form from the simplest of things like sharing a good meal with your family and close friends. So what did you cook good today and what great stories did you hear or share? I made some sticky honey garlic shrimp with brown rice and garlic roasted veggies. As for my stories, you’ll have to wait a little on that. For what it’s worth, I can’t wait to share it with you. 

Until next time. 

Oh My Goodness… 

I am probably the only writer / blogger you know that uses the word foolishness so frequently when describing outrageous acts or behaviors. What I am about to post is nothing less than PLUM foolishness. Here I go… 

I was watching part of a 48 Hours Mystery marathon this weekend when I caught the tail end of one of the episodes. A woman involved in the case was openly justifying her actions for sleeping around on her job because it boosted her career and gave her financial stability. Nevermind the fact that it destroyed her family. Nevermind the fact that her husband is in jail for several counts of  attempted murder. She was too busy foaming at the mouth about the perks, money and gifts she received throughout the years from these different men at her job. Can someone say Delusions of Grandeur??? 

I have worked at jobs and have been at jobs where this type of behavior took place and let me tell you, no matter how hard they try to keep this type of foolishness a secret, it always comes out. Here are my top 5 reasons why no female or male should ever engage in such foolishness… 

1. It damages your reputation. 
2. It can destroy your life and your family. 
3. People will lose respect for you and will no longer take you seriously. 
4. It can lead to violence or worse when the other person or persons finds out. 
5. You can contract STDs and / or other diseases. 

Let me say this: I do not care what kind of gifts, money or perks someone may offer you, it does not justify such shameful behavior. At the end of the day, none of those things can buy back any of the things listed above. Only a weak-minded, naive and / or insecure person would participate and gloat about such foolishness. You have to have enough love and respect for yourself and for your family to not stoop that low. In all seriousness, you owe it to yourself and to those who care about you.

Until next time peeps…keep writing and blogging! Write what you feel and write what moves you because you never know who you may educate and / or inspire. 

The Sweetest Thing 

A little less than 48 hours ago I officially became a Great Auntie. Words cannot express the love and joy that I have in my heart for my first Great nephew Bryson. Just the sight of him made this tough as nails writer almost cry. Family is everything to me and my family means everything to me. To my niece Porsha, I love you with all my heart and I know you are going to be a GREAT Mom. Chris, you know I have nothing but love for you too and I know that you are going to be a GREAT Dad as well. I’m glad to be able to call you my second nephew. 

Being an Auntie is one of the sweetest things in the world to me, being a Great Auntie just makes it even sweeter. Love you lots Bryson and again, Welcome snookums! 

Until next time… 

Annie

From time to time, I like to talk about my family and their ranges of personalities. Tonight, I will briefly talk about my late Paternal Grandmother Annie. She was a spit fire with a stunning pair of eyes and she had a head full of thick jet black hair. I could remember hearing stories from my father on how she would part her hair down the middle and braid it into two large plaits. The reason why she did that was because of the weight of her hair. It was extremely thick and very long.

Grandma Lee is what I called her and she had the most beautiful smile. I loved it when we travel from Florida to come and visit her because she would always give each of us a few dollars she tightly rolled up along with an apple and an orange. At the time, I thought that was one of the best gifts and I still do. Just like my Grandma Lee, I too have a lot of hair that I keep under wraps. My hair just happens to be “sandy brown” with a host of different textures whereas hers was straight with a few waves scattered here and there. 

I love each and every one of my kin deeply and I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who came before me. My Grandparents, like so many others, suffered unspeakable things so that I, their descendant can have better. When I take into account all of that, I cannot help but to be motivated and determined to do better. 

Until next time…