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Eulogy Inspired, Enough


Today leaving a friend’s funeral I became nostalgic in my thoughts. I reflected on the similarities of large Catholic families of the 50’s and 60’s. The eulogy I witnessed today brought back many rather fond memories. Thanks Frank and Dick the eulogist.

The common thread that I remember in most eulogies is that if the decedent is a baby boomer then they were employed early. Usually around 8-10 years old. Frank sold sacks at Findlay Market, he also shined shoes at saloons in downtown Cincinnati. 2 fellows that I heard about else where swept floors at a butcher shop they earned 85 cents per day not 86 cents so it could be split easily. My husband and his brother worked for their Grandfather and Uncle at a produce store at 23 E Court St when they were 8 and 10. They would help with orders at the produce store and carry them out to cars. Their Mother would help with the babies in her family from age 6.

My mind continued to wander and lead me to these thoughts. I was totally day dreaming. I was driving and it was a sweet moment.

My first memory was in my crib there was a thunderstorm and my Dad patted me on my back to calm me. I remember a rotary telephone in the room too. Rare to have 2 phones in a house in the 60’s. That was the house in Lafayette, IN that my Dad built. I also remember holding my Mom’s soft hand in the car. She used Chap hands hand lotion.

Our family moved 4 times by the time I was 14. Cincinnati is my hometown. I do not remember anything but the swim club and our house in Lafayette. I was 4 when we moved to Cincinnati, OH. After we settled in I went from house to house on our street and introduced myself trying to make friends. Hi I am Melissa Mary. Some asked me if I wanted their autograph. I thought, WOW, I will do that. I made a book and went back out another day, yep I got those autographs. I still have that book.

As far as love goes I have been loved by my family, my Mother and Father first! And my siblings! I always had company and someone to have my back. Being the youngest made me especially spoiled rotten with love. Thank you for making me have plenty enough! You are all so precious to me. Becky, Joe, Julie, Cyndy, Jenny and Earl. Them plus me make the Enrobso7!

We stayed at that house for 6 years. I met my best friends there. We played all day. Jacks, dolls, barbies, go carts, kick the can, 7 up, ghost in the graveyard. Friend formation for sure. They are still my besties.


At funerals you often seen the following phrase, I hope you have enough. That struck me. Well as a child, Mom worked and Dad did too but Dad was not well. He later died so Mom kept working getting a better job at a hospital. She stayed there until she retired. She was able to buy a house. She kept us fed and clothed. It is amazing and overwhelming to me when I think about it now. Yes, we had enough. Sure it was Campbell’s Bean and Bacon Soup, Velveeta grilled cheese sandwiches, Pork and Beef lunchmeat, Hawaiian Punch, Peanut butter and Jelly but it was very much enough.

It has been a great day very full and yes enough. I wish each of you enough.


blogging fundamentals · He Woman · workout

Training Personally with Peggy Edwards


Meeting Peggy Edward’s has been life changing. She is such a women’s champion. Her personality and training are second to none. My daughter and I started working out with Peggy about 6 years ago. She was starting her business and would make home visits. It was so wonderful that she would change her schedule according to our life and schedules. We loved that Peggy would tailor our workouts to our physicality at the moment. She would help us modify our workout so that we would feel our best. Her knowledge is great. She would come up with options on the fly. A very well prepared trainer that knew what we needed next. I so very much appreciate her willingness to help us achieve our best. With my neck and back limitations she knew what and how to modify.

At her gym she creates circuit work regimes. Week to week it changes. Each circuit is 40 seconds with a 15 second break in between. She is there with you so that she can check your form and if you need to modify in anyway. There are 10-15 circuits each week. She has permitted me to come in from time to time and walk on the treadmill if I need to just do that. Her equipment has all the items that Peggy has worked with over the years. She is not afraid to try new workouts and new methods. She boxes and loves to get a good punch in now and then. She doesn’t punch me, she hits a punching bag. Just making sure you are paying attention! 🙂 Peggy has a mission as well. She usually posts a quote, verse or saying. The gym has a great atmosphere with music and friends. Peggy makes sure that she introduces everyone in the room. A very comfortable place.


The following information has been copied from Peggy’s press release and information sheet when she opened her gym.

Training Personally with Peggy Edwards specializes in full-body interval, or circuit, training for people of all levels of physical fitness. This workout style is characterized by working each exercise for 40 seconds at a time and resting for 15 seconds. These challenging but fun and powerful workouts include training with kettlebells, free weights, and balance trainers, as well as other easy to use equipment provided by the gym.

Peggy Edwards, owner, is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise and a nutrition specialist with the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists. Peggy and her husband Bob Edwards, co-owner and manager, are passionate about helping people become the best version of themselves they can be. “My mission,” says Peggy, “is to help you start, practice, and master healthy habits that will give you energy, strength, and endurance to live the life you were created for.”

Regular hours are from 5:30am-8:30am and 5:30pm-8:30pm Monday through Thursday and Saturdays from 7am-11am.

When you walk through the door Peggy will greet you and give a quick walk through of the day’s circuit. Every circuit will be designed to be a full body workout. You can choose to complete the circuit one to four times per visit. Including the warm up and cool down, your workout will last up to one hour. Once you have completed the walk-through of the circuit and warm up, you will jump in starting with any of the approximate 12 exercises. Each exercise has 40 seconds of work and 15 seconds to move to the next exercise. Peggy will be in the room to help with modifications and form.

Kettlebells, medicine balls, stability balls, balance trainers, suspension training, elastic bands and free weights are just some of the equipment used in the circuits.

Affordable pricing:

Your first visit is no charge.  Come try it out under no pressure.

$60.00 unlimited monthly access.  Best deal if you plan to workout at least 2 times a week for 4 weeks. The more you visit the better the deal. With this package you have the opportunity to take advantage of a fitness assessment at half price.  The assessment is $35, your cost $17.50.

$45 for a 5 visit pass. You have 7 weeks to use your 5 visits. This option comes to $9.00 per visit.

$80.00 for a 10 visit pass. You have 12 weeks to use your 10 visits.  This option comes to $8.00 per visit.

$10.00 per visit if you want to pay as you go.

$175.00 for 4 nutrition counseling sessions plus unlimited workout visits while you are a nutrition client.

Pay with cash, check and credit cards.

Peggy began teaching group fitness in March of 2002 after completing her training through the YMCA. She became a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise in July of 2007. In April of 2014 she became a Nutrition Specialist with the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionist.

This is Peggy’s contact information. She is available to you to consult. I know she would love to hear from you not matter what fitness level in which you feel you achieve, she will be happy to help.

Contact: Peggy Edwards 513 886 8778




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He Woman · home projects · wall paper removal · what I love

He woman points! 

In my family all of the girls get together and work on projects together. We patch holes, hang wall paper, remove wall paper, painted faux finishes, even invented faux finishes, paint, clean, make the curtains, hang curtain rods, manage minor plumbing and electric. I believe that is why I feel pretty equal at least with the men in the family thus earning my He woman name, Mel. Thanks Angie or should I say Angelo? We all climb ladders, lift too much, move furniture. I even remember cutting off feet of a couch just to get it through a door. We do what life requires. We have a lot of fun and knock IT OUT!!!

Back to that removing wallpaper thing. While painting one time I discovered something. I was removing a border and painting my son’s room. It was summer and I was painting all of the bedrooms. I tackled the boy’s room first. It had all of the normal boy dirt there. Especially one of the walls had lots of green boy dirt on it. I use Shaklee H2 it is a concentrated cleaner that you mix with water in different concentrations for different cleaning jobs. This time I chose the degreaser concentration to remove that green dirt. I soaked the wall and left it for 10 minutes discussed and gagging. I sure love those boys!

When I returned not only was I able to wipe the wall clean instantly but I noticed the Nascar border coming of the wall. I started peeling. Then I sprayed again and pulled off more. Again, again and again until the whole border was off! I could not believe it!

The next room was the one that had wall paper on 2 walls. I decided to experiment, so I made the Shaklee H2 twice as strong. That meant to add a teaspoon of cleaner to a pint of (I decided HOT) water. I used the Zinsser Paper Tiger to score the wall paper then I mixed more Shaklee H2 solution with HOT water and sprayed it on the wall paper. It is quite a mess, you just need plenty of drop clothes. But the real beauty here is that as you remove the wall paper you are cleaning off the wall paper paste and as the directions say on the bottle of Shaklee H2, no rinsing required. I will never use expensive products like DIF again.

Photos are compliments of Bethany Swygart. Bethany has surely won her He Woman points on this project because she did this while being a great Mom to 2 little ones. She is a fantastic Mom. Really she already had He Woman points enough. What a great girl. Thanks Bethany!!!

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New Blog Love

Do what you love, love what you! Literally stolen from a //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=whatchamaca01-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B0155NF9N4&asins=B0155NF9N4&linkId=98517d0904de44acd12d027884330a0b&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>Life is Good t-shirt, just there on a rectangle on the shirt hanging in my bathroom. My Mother had passed and I was trying to figure out, “What do I do NOW!” I have 2 kids in high school and 1 kid in grade school! I admit ADHD took hold. I did job hop and dabble in an Etsy shop. I did learn very much as I wandered through 4 jobs. All of that aside. I am very lucky that I get to do what I love and I do love what I do! I still have an Etsy shop. And yes that has changed too! I make teething necklaces for Moms to wear when babies are teething. I still work in a variety of media, my current favorite is hand lettering with chalk and chalk paint pens on chalkboards. I make them for family and gift giving.

It has taken me a long time to, do what I love and love what I do! My very favorite thing to do that I love the very most is to do the best that I can at taking care of my family!

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Cincinnati Bakeshoppe by Janice Plummer

1f238ef2-c692-48a1-89c4-0a0c926a6301Last Friday 13 of us enjoyed the fun of learning how to float icing on sugar cookies. I especially like the very unique designs that Janice presents. When she comes to your home she brings a dozen cookies for each guest and all the icing and supplies to decorate your cookies. Oh and did I mention that the cookies are absolutely delicious? Whatever you have not eaten you can bring them home!

Janice Plummer is a professional. She teaches in homes and at Cook’s-Wares in Cincinnati. Her Etsy shop has quite a beautiful variety of cookies. In advanced classes you can learn to make the decorative icings.



It is a very fun evening activity for a group 8-15 of friends. You can then make them at home anytime. Here is a link for some of the supplies and tools. We enjoyed each other’s company and cookies! Thank you Janice for such a fun time!

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Crocheted Baby Blanket from the Middle

I really do love to knit and crochet. When my Mom was still alive she and I would sit side by side and work on projects. I would run into a snag (knitting humor), she would be able to get me on the right track immediately.

Crochet is also in my tool basket. It is fun to put together a pattern that you have repeated over and over. I like to make one particular baby blanket because there are YOU TUBE videos that are stitch by stitch instruction. There are 2 videos and they are the complete instruction for this lovely baby blanket.I can get these blankets completed in 2 sittings. This baby blanket is made with fleece yarn. This pattern uses Bernat fleece. http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/from-the-middle-baby-blanket.html?id=191618 unnamed.jpg

I think you will like making this blanket and enjoy the videos too.

This is part 1

This is part 2

Enjoy! Melissa

why blog?

5 Reasons that compelled me to blog!



  1. While at a Business Boutique conference I attended sessions about blogging. I was not at the conference to become a blogger! I was there to get some tips for my Etsy shop. I felt this experience made me want to blog. If you want to blog get educated sign up for Blogging University  this post is one of the assignments in BU.
  2. One of the hardest questions for me to answer is, What do you do? A blog is helping me to answer this question, I like and love to do many things. I am now able to somewhat compartmentalize all of the tasks and things I love. A blog helps you to organize your thoughts.
  3. It really helped me to write descriptive adjectives about myself that are positive and fun. Such as talented, excited, fun loving, expressive, artsy, craftsy, realistic, happy and much, much more. Use a thesaurus!
  4. Social media is just waiting to hear what I have to say. Really just kidding! I am just trying to psych myself into it.
  5. Go ahead and just do it. In one of the sessions at the conference our speaker said, “just go ahead and PUBLISH”! I agreed and I did!

God made me on purpose with a purpose! I am very excited to join this fun outlet of energy and creativity! Blog on!