52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 21

If I could eat one last meal

This one is not about being in prison and being set to be executed or today being my last day alive, I decided to put a twist on this post to make it less emotional. If we thought about all the things that we take for granted in this world from the air we breathe, appreciating the beautiful flowers to the foods we eat everyday.

If we had a moment in history where our main source for food, which is farming, disappeared and is no more, what would we do? Think about it, most of our nutrients, reasons for some health issues and problem with obesity, lies in the foods we kill everyday.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that animals shouldn’t be eaten but if you thought long and hard about the pros versus the cons. I just recently started to cut back because of digestive issues on beef and replaced with turkey. I replaced pork with fish, occasionally I will have a bologna sandwich or a piece of bacon but it is bad for my blood pressure.

If today was the last day for these animals: Cows, chickens, pigs and turkeys, there would be no more beef, pork, turkey or dairy products.

For me, I love all these animals and wish we didn’t have to kill them. But if I were to eat one last meal it would be ribs, fried chicken, beef hamburgers, steak cut french fries, my homemade potato salad, greens, biscuits and for dessert is a scoop of every ice cream ever made.

If there was no more animals, we would have to grow our own versions of food. Right now, with the pandemic going on, essential workers taking risk at factories and precautions not to infect the product has failed leaving alot of companies to shortage of meat. Some companies have already started and I think at some point we can make things healthier, homemade, grown in our own gardens to help us live better and fulfilled lives.

Well, I have given you something to think about!

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 20

My Favorite Movies

In my previous posts, I have talked about my three favorite movies of all time, which are:

These are such classic movies with a little gangsta and a little drama. I think I have seen these almost 100 times.

For this posts, I want to show you the movies I thought were my favorite for this year 2020.

The first movie in the comedy department that made me laugh so hard that I cried was:

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Stuber-I loved this movie so much!!

Next movie, is in the horror department. This movie scared me so bad, I wasn’t expecting it. I usually don’t see remakes of movies but my kids talked me into it so I saw part 1 which was okay but when I saw part 2…I almost peed my pants…

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It: Part 2 –So scary on the big screen!! They did a great job with reinventing the clown, although, when I first saw the clown it looked kind of corny but when they added the special effects it was awesome!

Last movie of the year so far is one of drama, not the ones where you cry and get all emotional throughout the whole movie. This movie had a mystery to it:

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Knives Out- This movie was amazing because I love mysteries. Kept you on the edge of your seat.

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 19

My OCD Habits

Right off the top of my head, I can think of alot of things I do out of habit but I will pick the top three for me which affect my everyday life.

#1 Licking my Lips

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I have a tick in which I continuously lick my lips. I don’t know why but it brings me comfort when I am nervous or sometimes when I am thinking about something.

#2 Everything Has its Place

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Just like the picture above, I like things to be put where they belong and not thrown anywhere. It makes me feel unsorted when things are not clean. Now, that I have stopped working, I am working on this by taking a couple days off housework every Friday and Saturday and making sure I practice letting things go. it is very hard to watch dishes pile up in the sink and towels run out.

#3 Grocery Store order on conveyor by department

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This picture shown above is chaos to me. I like my dairy products, produce, meats, frozen, paper goods and canned foods together on belt so that when they are bagged they are easier to put them away once I get home.

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 18

My Embarrassing Stories…….

It took me along time to remember back when I had an embarrassing moment but I was able to pull it out. When you are embarrassed, you tend to block it out and with old age it gets harder to remember.

My readers know that I am from Cleveland Ohio and we are famous for some of our amusement parks like Cedar Point, Geauga Lake and Great Wolf Lodge. Well, for those that lived in what I think was North Olmsted, there was a water park called Dover Lake.

Here’s my story…

In 1994, I was working for a company called Marc’s Deeper Discount in Cleveland heights Ohio, and I was there 2 and a half years. The Ceo of Marc’s who is Marc Glassman, also owned Dover Lake. The company had their annual employee appreciation day at Dover Lake and I went that year. So, I bought a two piece swimsuit and flip flops and was excited for the day. They were famous for the water slides and at the time I wasn’t into those things but I wanted experience it so I waited my turn on this slide….

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So, the attendant says when you lay down make sure you cross your arms and keep them crossed all the way until you get to the bottom. It seemed simple enough until it is your turn and that rush of adrenaline comes over you….I forgot the instructions……got scared

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and….of course, landed at the bottom and I had a wardrobe malfunction along with water in the eyes and couldn’t see. Everyone was screaming, Frieda!! Your boobs are out, your boobs are out!!! Omg, I just died. I was a big C at the age of 17 and it was bigger than the rest of my body. I wear one pieces from now on. (not me pictured above)

Dover Lake closed in 2006, this is what it looks like now:

2nd embarrassing story:

I worked for a company called Pepsi for 6 years and in 2014, they had what was called Pepsi Sales Training Day and we all got together for a meeting. Our supervisors decided to get the employees involved in scenarios in selling and because I was on the front line, I had to be one up on stage. I am so afraid to speak in front of people already and of course my boss/mentor told me to go up and sell something to a pretend customer….

The customer was on the left waiting for me to speak and I just couldn’t get the words right at all. It was so embarrassing being put on the spot like that and especially when I know how to talk to the customers out on the field one on one. Some years later, I said that I needed to get over this fear so when I created my casual Dinner and Movie Group here in Lakeland, I was able to overcome my fear that first meeting when I had over 20 people that listened to me as the organizer. I was nervous but here we are 7 months later and the group is doing well.

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52 Week Blog Challenge-Week 17

F.alse

E.vidence

A.ppearing

R.eal

What is my biggest Fear?

Well, if you ask me the word fear seems to have a big impact on whether people take things seriously or not. Fear causes people to procrastinate and not take chances. Fear is what causes people to take on activities that endanger themselves and others. Fear will generally suck the life out of anyone who is of free spirit and something bad happens to them. The question is: How do we stare fear in the face and say “I Got This” “You Don’t Scare Me”

I actually have over the years and I have decided that I am at a stage in my life where I am just fed up with being scared away from opportunities. Two years ago, I decided that I wasn’t going to let someone else control my life anymore and I retired- just like that!

Thought I had had everything figured out and then life shows up something you can’t get away from or you just can’t say I don’t want to be a part of it.

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We have been so close so many times to getting the world back on track and this happens….

Right now, we are self-distancing and practicing better hand washing methods. I am just trying to figure out whether this ever go away. I know the virus will not completely disappear but the minds of everyone and this pandemic will always be in the back of their minds. It is bad enough that we have people that choose to separate the races, those that dislike a certain class or people that refuse to practice unity- now we are taking 4 steps backward and we may never recover.

This is my biggest Fear

During this time, for all those who are on the front lines serving customers everyday including both my sons and my daughter. Please practice hand washing and stay-home if you can.

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 16

My Biggest Fashion Accessory

I don’t wear alot of jewelry but what I do wear it has a purpose. I wear a wedding ring. My ears are pierced once so I wear earrings on both.

Surprisingly, my biggest fashion accessory that goes with everything is ..

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My emergency medical tag stays with me at all times. Everyone should have one whether they have serious medical conditions or not. Being able to be identified by a hospital or police is very important. If you can’t wear it around your neck, always right down a list of medications, allergies and emergency contacts and keep it in your wallet or purse.

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 13

My favorite month of the year….

D E C E M B E R !!!!!!!!!

of course.

I love December so much. It is the last month of the year and there are just so many things to celebrate in December.

Well, my oldest son Jr.s, who is now 21, his birthday is December 5th.

and then we countdown the days till Christmas…which is my favorite holiday!! I love to decorate the tree and all the Christmas songs playing in the stores and getting together with family and friends.

and last but not least…..

My birthday, of course, on December 31st!!

That’s it!!

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 12

Social Media Phenomenon

Social media has changed alot over the years and I have had my fair share of experiences on the internet. I didn’t grow up in the internet age so for me I had to pick and choose where I interacted with people. It is just so difficult to keep things private these days and social media really makes it hard to do that. When I started using social media, it began with Facebook in 2010 and it was so surprising to me how people can upload pictures and find friends and family members to connect to. I was able to connect to some family members and friends that any other way wouldn’t have happened. This was a great thing for me. Through Facebook, I found out about Instagram, which was a little different but the same concept. I like being able to share my life with friends and family but the fact is is that the people you connect with don’t always follow you and while you follow them. Twitter came next and I have to say that is my favorite because it is simple and you don’t have to spend alot of time on it. I use it to promote my blog and find others to follow.

Now that the platforms have gotten bigger, there is more unwanted ads, people like to bash others or stalk people and it is not family friendly anymore. I don’t get on it very often unless I am posting something about my children or on instagram about my blog. Too much anxiety involved.

My children on the other hand use other ways to socialize on the internet. They use videos and snaps, which is beyond my understanding.

The way I see it, social media in the next 10 years will become obsolete and people will go back to the old-fashioned way of communication-picking up the phone and calling people. Or making an attempt to travel to where their family and friends are.

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 11

Home is always where my heart is,

Music is the key to my peace and serenity,

My Heart always grows with love and compassion

I have always loved music of all kinds from classical, to jazz, rhythm and blues, country, pop and rock n roll. Music has changed alot over the decades and the way they create it has been a little frustrating to me and everyone who appreciates music that has real meaning can enjoy it better. I love music from long ago to this day because they talked about how they felt without hurting someone or victimizing any group of people. For some reason, music has become an outlet for people to be disrespectful to women or men or have negative attitudes about the world causing a riot. I don’t listen to rap and songs that suggest sexual acts at young ages. Children have access to these songs and they are under the impression they can be millionaires and can grow up and be like them. What has happened to music?

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The Music of My Heart is……

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My favorite bands are Journey, Foreigner, Led Zeppelin, Styx and Pink Floyd. I don’t like punk rock or very very hard rock….it just doesn’t make sense to me. These bands were around during the 60’s and 70’s…they are so soothing to me. I have always thought that I was belonged in an earlier decade like the 50’s. I love the music of the sock hops and the drive up tray orders to your cars restaurants. I know what you’re thinking but I see the world differently with inclusion.

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52 Week Blog Challenge- Week 10

People dream of one day having everything in their life be taken care of….I don’t. For some reason, I am content with the simple life and I think when we try to aspire for things we are not suppose to have it makes our lives more difficult. Money, for example, I am not going to say that having it is overrated or there is no need for it, there is, but it seems to make people either generous or go out of their minds. Long ago, people used to buy small houses and work their way up….

Now we buy the big house and go up from there. Why does everything have to start at the extreme and then go down because of debt. Having money doesn’t buy happiness so for me I would not want to have alot of it, but if I did, this is how I would handle it…..

OH, IF I WON A MILLION DOLLARS$$$

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I worked many years and maintained a great credit score in order to buy my first home for my husband and kids. We purchased in 2015 and it was one of the proudest moments of my life. My children were so happy and my husband loved the neighborhood.

Next thing I would do….

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My kids are now grown up and are in college or about to attend college, so I am making sure that they start there adult lives with no debt. Seed money to begin there adult lives on their own. We are so proud of our children and how much they have accomplished.

Next thing we all will do is…..

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I would love to take a 2-week vacation with the family All-Inclusive to an island. We all would love to be pampered for awhile.

Next on my list……naturally

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My parents brought me into the world and I love them dearly so I will always make sure they are comfortable.

Next on my list, very dear to my heart….

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My best friend in the world would never want for anything. She and I are alot alike in this world where everything in our life has always been about taking care of everyone else and making sure they are okay. We neglect to take care of ourselves and now that we are older we are looking to the future of seeing the world together and retiring in style with no regrets.

Next on my list…..

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Me and my husband would love to buy a house and live in a small town. For some reason, having a relationship with people you are on a first name basis with feels comforting. I know that when you are in a small town people are in your business but you know what, if you don’t want them to know something don’t speak on it. We love the outdoors and the place we pick, we would like to have almost no snow and comfortable temperatures like Florida in the Winter.

Last on my wish list…..

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I realized in the last couple months that I enjoy being served dinner and being in a setting with a groups of friends. I started a group in my city called the Lakeland Dinner and Movie Group where my neighbors of Lakeland get together every Tuesday night to enjoy dinner or a movie. Everyone has been so supportive since October 2019 and our group is growing strong. We are 240 members and counting.

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