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Monday, May 27, 2013

Simple Pleasures....

How do you feel about technology?? More than likely it's the same love/hate that most of us have. On the one hand...well...you're reading this...so you must enjoy some technology in your life! I mean...there's no question about it...you can get the news, music, hours of your favorite stores, updates about your friends...new recipes...with just a few clicks!! We know more and see more and are part of more than any of us could have ever believed! I found a video, over the weekend, about a young man who just lost his battle with cancer...I can say, with absolute certainty, that Zach changed my life....and I wouldn't have known anything about him without YouTube!!!

Yes....we have the world at our fingertips...literally. But, sometimes, that can be a burden. While it is super convenient to be able to call anyone....from anywhere....at anytime...to discuss anything....should we?? I don't know about you....but those private conversations that I am, involuntarily, listening to at the grocery store are really no concern of mine...and, if you weren't HAVING that conversation...you would be able to pay attention to your surroundings, get you and your cart out of my way and maybe not be so RUDE to the cashier!!....Just saying!! And....of course...we all know what those conversations are costing the world while we are supposed to be driving!!

Then we have the power of Facebook. It is really wonderful to connect...and stay connected...to the people we care about!! To see the pictures of the things that matter to your friends, hear about the accomplishments, the kids....even the occasional gripe...say Happy Birthday!! But...do I want to know EVERYTHING....ummm...no!! Not to mention the posts that really get you fired up!! You KNOW what I am talking about....the people that use the "spotlight" to tell "tales"...or outright lies...about people and things that you care about!! Ah yes, the power of Facebook!!

Like I said....love/hate!

As much as I enjoy this technology...and the fact that you are here...right now....reading this....I would like to make a suggestion!! Every now and then....walk away from the keyboard!! I think we all need to remember how wonderful the simple pleasures are...bake something, cook something, grow something....watch the birds, read a book, learn a new craft and do something creative!! One of my friends posted something, the other day, about how when this generation "becomes a Grandmother" they won't know how to knit or quilt....but they will know how to take pictures of themselves in the bathroom mirror!! Lord, I hope that isn't true!! And yes, I am aware of the irony....that I saw that on Facebook!!

In this day and age of instant....everything...lets make an effort to slow down and smell the roses...or shell some peas...let's try to find those things that make us happy and give us balance. Let's take the "spotlight" away from the liars...and "haters"...of the world!! Instead...let's go up, up, up....slow down a little bit...and enjoy the simple pleasures!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Have faith.....

It happens every year.

You water and weed and prune....and then, without warning...you get the urge to revitalize your containers on the front porch with a few mums. Before you know it...You are filling them with greens for Christmas!!

Usually....although you miss your garden...you are kinda happy for the "break"...and you are so absorbed in the coming Holiday preparations...all of your time and energy are focused elsewhere!!

But then...it's January. It's cold, dark and....brown.

I try to spend my "free time" in the Winter months planning the changes I would like to make in the garden. Add this....move that....try to grow such and such. But....somewhere along the line...my "visualizing exercises" (roam from window to window and try to see as much of the garden as possible!!) are interrupted by "stuff"...and the "stuff" starts to bother me.

What do I mean by "stuff"?? Galvanized buckets and tubs, chicken feeders, wheelbarrows, benches, pots, watering cans...."stuff"!! Now....this "stuff" is what makes my garden....mine. It is what gives it personality....MY personality!! I have been recycling and reusing....forever!! WAY before it was cool!! But, the truth of the matter is....when all of the "stuff" is sitting in a brown garden in January....it just looks like...well, I hate to say it....junk.

I find my plans take a backseat to thinking about the possibility of downsizing my "stuff" collection. Maybe I should get rid of some of it...does it make the yard look junky?? What do people think when the drive by in the Winter months?? For that matter...what do they think when they drive by in the Summer?? (you forget how awesome it all looks when you are in "I think there may be too much "stuff" mode!!!) I mean....we have all seen "those" yards....the ones with too much "stuff'....I don't want to be one of "those"!!~~~ Oh the self imposed agony!!

And then, before you know it....it is Spring. Everything starts to come to life...and all of my "stuff" is right at home!! Actually....the "stuff" takes center stage and makes my gardens SHINE!! To be honest....I usually find myself looking for MORE "stuff"!!!

Like I said....it happens every year!! 

So....what is the lesson learned?? Try to remember my philosophy....even in the "brown" months!! (hahaha)~~~ Have confidence in yourself....be true to who you are....don't EVER worry about what other people are thinking!! Fill your garden....and your life....with all of the "stuff" that makes you happy...and have a little faith. 

Oh.....and "junk on"!!!!


Monday, May 13, 2013

We survived!!!!!!!!

Well....we survived!! Another Mother's Day in the books...and this is what I feel like!! :)

All in all....it was a very "smooth" day...I mean I think we fed "the world" but the reservations were spaced out and well timed so that there were no moments of feeling overwhelmed!! Really, though, the "smoothness" of the day was due to the fact that my family works well....and hard...together. They are all awesome!!

Every "Mom" thinks her kids are the best...the smartest, the cutest, the funniest....it's all part of being a Mom. Sometimes....they ARE the smartest and cutest and funniest. Sometimes just the fact that YOU think so is all that matters!! I am pretty sure that is the whole point of this Holiday...to say thank you for being there, supporting them and telling them they are wonderful!! So...you get cards, and gifts, and flowers and meals...all of which is very nice...but if you're lucky....REALLY lucky...you look forward to spending time with these people you have "created" each and every day of the year.

There is another side to all of this, though....an unexpected side that you don't give ANY thought to while you are changing their diapers and "fixing" the boo-boos, reading the bedtime stories and making sure they take a bath, helping with the homework and teaching them to ride a bike. Eventually....they grow up. Eventually....they are adults. Eventually....they find they're "significant" others...and you find yourself "Mom" to a few more "kids"!!

I must say....I am a very lucky "Mom" this Mother's Day....because all of my "new" kids are wonderful!! They jump in when needed (even to do dishes for us on the busiest day of the year!!) join in, happily, to all of our family traditions, get along with each other, keep ALL of us entertained....and "put up" with the fun and "quirky" personalities of my kids!!! :)

I am very, very happy that it is over....but, all in all, it was a wonderful Mother's Day....because I got to spend it with the smartest, cutest and funniest "kids" around.....mine...and the "new" ones!!!

I hope yours was wonderful,too!!!!




Monday, May 6, 2013

Here it comes....ready or not!!

Well.....it's that time of year again.....Mother's Day is right around the corner!! That one day...just one...that you get to tell your Mother how much she means to you! Heaven help me!!

I always tell everyone that I hate Mother's Day....and I do. Not because we are SO busy....because that would be silly!! We WANT to be busy....we are a small business!! No....the reason I hate Mother's Day is because people are SO rude!!!

We have some VERY smart customers that make their reservations for Mother's Day Brunch...at Christmas...YES....Christmas!!! Typically we are "full" about three weeks before the big day!! Not just for Brunch on Sunday....but for the whole weekend....and when I say "full" I mean...could not possibly squeeze one more person in if we wanted to. This happens for several reasons. #1...we are small...(although we serve somewhere in the 115 people range for Brunch)...and I want to keep it that way...so don't expect that to change!! #2 Mother's day comes, approximately, the same time every year....and #3...people plan ahead.

So, naturally, the phone rings off of the wall with requests for reservations the week (or two) before...

No...wait....I haven't gotten to the problem yet!!

Most people are sweet and very understanding. "Oh no....I should have called sooner!!" But, way more often than you would think, we get (angry voice...) "you can't take any more??" "When do you have to call to get a reservation??" "I didn't even know you NEEDED a reservation" "My family is coming all the way from (fill in the blank...)" or....and this is our very favorite...angry huff...click. Nothing like getting hung up on....nothing!!


There is a new "made up" term in our vocabularies these days...Momisms. You know..."if you make that face it will stay that way!!"..."Close that door....were you born in a barn??""...etc. Let's be honest....most of them were just empty threats and phrases that we could use to get us through the challenges of parenthood. However...some of the wisdom that we attempted to pass down was....and still really NEEDS to be....valuable!!! "Do unto others etc. etc." (THIS is a good one!!!) "Wait your turn"..."Patience is a virtue"..."If you don't have something nice to say....keep your mouth shut!!"

In addition to trying to mentally prepare myself for the barrage of rudeness that awaits us, this week....last week was full of it's own challenges!! We had some shoplifting....some breakage...some paper towels flushed down the toilets resulting in a hefty plumbing bill....should I go on?? No....I need to move on and focus on the task ahead!!

If any of the above "wonderfulness" does NOT apply to you (and....thankfully... THAT list is a very, very long one!!!!)...I hope you have a fantastic Mother's Day....and I hope you will be spending some part of it with us!! If any of the above "wonderfulness" DOES apply to you...well..."A little bird told me" that "what comes around goes around" and "I think you need to go to your room and think about what you've done"....we will "wait until your Father gets home"...."Why...because I said so....that's why!!"

Hey....Happy Mother's Day!!