Thursday, May 21, 2020

A Family Affair Boutique...

If you're not aware, I own an Etsy shop located at A Family Affair Boutique, which we offer customized apparel for men, women and children.  Some of our designs include University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, movie superheroes and villains, and sports, just to name a few.  Come on over and visit us anytime. 

At the present time, our designs are made with heat transfer vinyl, but we are looking into adding sublimation designs.  The design to the right is one of the ones we are looking to offer.  If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see us offer, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

It's a rough world right now...

As everyone is aware, the coronavirus is playing havoc on the world right now.  Some countries, businesses and people are suffering the consequences more than others.  The panic it has created has caused people to swamp stores buying up all the essentials they can find as though the world was coming to an end an hour from now.  There are others who are buying up everything so that they can make a profit off the less fortunate.  Then there are those who are physically fighting over stuff.  Get a grip, people!  I hear stories on FaceBook and the news of people who desperately need just the essentials not being able to find anything because of the above mentioned people.  

We need to relax, take a deep breath and not worry so much.  If you are a Christian like I am, you know the Bible says to not worry about anything...to leave it all up to the Lord.  What good is worrying going to do you anyway?  Am I worried?  No.  Am I concerned?  Yes.  I am lucky enough to have my mom still with me; she will be celebrating her 92nd birthday at the end of this month and I don't want her to get sick.

Please be kind to others.  If you have plenty of essentials, consider sharing them with those less fortunate you are.  That's the right thing to do!  Follow all the guidelines the CDC and other health services are asking us to follow.  Also, support the small businesses in your area.  They could very well have to permanently close their doors because of this.  There are people out there who may wind up losing their jobs if this happens.   A lot of them have families to take care of. 

BE A GOOD PERSON, please!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

ScareFest looking for volunteers...

Do you love "pop culture" conventions?  Do you love horror/thriller movies?  Have you ever considered volunteering to work a convention?  If you answer yes to any of these questions, why not consider volunteering to work the ScareFest convention, to be held the weekend of October 23-25, 2020, at the Central Bank Center, located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.  They are looking for people to work in several areas, such as the street team, stars row, vendor check-in, information booth, media checking, photography (just to name a few).  So far guest announcements include Tony Todd (Candyman), Clive Barker (award winning author, actor, producer, director and visual artist), Barbie Wilde (best known as the female cenobite in Hellbound:HellraiserII), Nicholas Vince (known for his role as the chatterer cenobite in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound:Hellraiser I) and Kane Hodder (best known for his legendary portrayal of Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday and Jason X) and the cast from The Blair Witch Project.  For more information, go to https://thescarefest.com/volunteers/, and you can see in detail what is expected and the perks for volunteering.  You can also fill out the application while there.

FYI...ScareFest is the premier convention for all things horror and paranormal.  The convention, founded in 2008 in Lexington, Kentucky, is an annual convention bridging both the horror and paranormal genres with people coming from all over the world to meet some of their favorite actors, writers and stars of their favorite movies and tv shows.  This event, run by fans for fans, loves to promote the independent filmmakers by showcasing their work.

If you have never been but love the idea of getting to meet some of your "heroes" from the realm of horror and/or paranormal, we would love to have you attend.

ScareFest - https://thescarefest.com

Friday, January 3, 2020

Happy Anniversary...

Two years ago today I was in the hospital having a life-changing surgery...gastric sleeve. Though I've not lost all the weight I had hoped to lose, I DO NOT regret having it.  I must admit that I did get somewhat burnt out on my food choices...I'll be the first to admit I'm a picky eater.  This lifestyle may be easy for some people, but not for others.  When having to decide whether or not to have any type of gastric surgery, one must remember that this is for the rest of your life.  This type of lifestyle CAN BE maintained if you want it bad enough, and I want it bad enough.

I need to get about 20 more pounds off then my surgeon will hopefully approve me for skin removal.  It's so embarrassing to have this loose skin and the health issues it can cause.  However, I am determined to get the weight off, hopefully ASAP. 

The goal for this year is to work on that remaining weight. I've got a partner now (my daughter), who though she didn't have the surgery, she's working on getting some weight off too. My biggest drawback is I absolutely HATE to exercise, but I know I'm gonna have to if I am to succeed.  My daughter works during the day and has 2 little boys, so our getting together will be hard to set in stone...it will have to be whenever we can.

If you are considering some type of weight lose surgery, don't let anyone talk you out of it if you need it done to save your life.  I was told I could die during the surgery...but that can happen with ANY surgery you have, no matter what type of surgery.  Do this for you!  I did it for several reasons:

1)  I wanted to be healthier and to get rid of the pain in my back and joints.
2)  I didn't like the way I looked.
3)  I couldn't find any clothes I liked that would fit me.
4)  My husband/kids/caregiver...in the event I became bedridden or wheelchair bound, the lighter I was the easier it would be on their bodies if they had to help me move around.

Here's to losing the rest of the weight I need to get off and a healthier rest of my life!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

In with the new...Out with the old!

On this last day of 2019 I am very grateful for all the blessings I've received over the last year. I've had heartaches, too, but those turned in to blessings. The Lord has been awesome to my family and me this year. As I enter 2020, I look forward to seeing what's in store. Through both the good times and the rough times, I will make it because Jesus is with me all the way!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours,
may you day be filled
with the love and peace
of Christ.
He is the TRUE reason 
for this season!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

I must be Wonder Woman...

The Bible teaches that the Lord gives us no more than we can handle.  If that is the case, the Lord must think I'm Wonder Woman or some type of super human.  The last month or so has really be chaotic around here,  the details of which I will not go into here.  If you want to compare this to the weather, there have been times when I have had just a few rain showers and other times when I've gone through either hurricanes or tornadoes.  But after the storm blew through, the beautiful days have been glorious, and I am so grateful for the blessings I have received because of the bad storms.

I think of Job in the Old Testament and all the things Satan put him through trying to get him to denounce God.  He lost his entire family and everything he owned.  Even his friends told Job he must've done something terribly wrong against God and to repent.  Not once did Job lose his faith in God, and because of this the Lord blessed him tremendously in the end.  (NOTE:  Please read the Book of Job for more details.)

Though I know things have calmed down somewhat, I've still been busy getting ready for Christmas.  Having a cold doesn't help matter things any, plus having several orders I need to get out in time for holiday deliveries.

Just remember, if things get hectic and you don't think you can take anymore, you've got help with the Lord!  All you have to do is ask.