old days · what I love

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.


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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blogging fundamentals · Our creations · what I love · why blog?

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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culinary · what I love

Baking warmed our hearts! 

Hello there everyone! Happy Sunday! We wanted to write today to tell you about the most awesome experience that we had yesterday! We went to a bread-making class at Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State! They have Creations Classes http://www.cincinnatistate.edu/students/calendars/mci-calendar that the two of us go to every now and then. We really wanted to try the breads class and then share some of the fun with you. 

We were so excited when we walked in the classroom. It had individual workspaces set up for each guest. All of the ingredients were measured out for us and the recipes and a Kroger gift card were on our workspaces!

We got the opportunity to bake a ciabatta, 5 grain, and a semolina bread. We learned how to make the starters with premium ingredients & how to use the industrial mixers.

We even got to use the hearth steam and convection ovens.

We ended up taking home 18 total loaves of bread. Chef and his assistants packed up ingredients for us to make all of the loaves again at home. They even sent us home with two different compound butters to try on some toasty pieces. We were so grateful for all the work that Chef put into the class. Plus a bonus is getting to know the supplies needed for bread proofing and baking.

Chef Van Fleet taught the class and was so very gracious and kind. He is talented, knowledgeable and an expert! This class was more than informational. We took home recipes, ingredients, and BREAD. Chef even made us an amazon wishlist in case there was anything we wanted to look up supplies-wise from class.  This class really was beneficial for us: body, mind, soul and belly!


Lauren and Melissa

what I love · why blog?

Christy Wright’s Business Boutique 2016

Last weekend I attended the Business Boutique it was an uplifting experience. Over 3000 women and a sprinkling of men. I expected to receive tips for my Etsy shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop/whatchamacallit I did realize that my works are worth more than I had valued them. Plus I learned that a blog would really fit my life. I do have lots of life experiences that will serve this blog well. I became revived at the thought that I really could do this. 

I have been to several conferences over the last 30 years including Mary Kay, Creative Memories, Jenzabar and others. I have not ever been to a conference that was as uplifting, energizing and actually exciting! The keynote speaker was Christine Caine of Propel Women http://www.propelwomen.org/ Author of Unashamed I do believe that her life is a miracle given to this daughter of God! #daughter Thank you for this speaker!

No excuses, no fear! I was made with purpose, for a purpose. Just like K-LOVE radio positive and encouraging!

pumpkin spice latte · what I love

Just a Basic girl on a Basic day!

On this GORGEOUS Autumn day I was reminded of a time I was labeled as “Just such  a Basic girl”. This was because I was observed loving my favorite Fall treat a good ole Pumpkin Spice Latte! Other things these Basic girls enjoy are Pumpkin Spice candles, North Face Fleece jackets, yoga pants, Ugg boots (which I have none). Other very nice and Basic Girl items, flannel sheets, Chicken noodle soup, cuddle duds, fleece blankets and many more. Just Basic that’s me! And I like that about me.

My Chicken Noodle Soup recipe

4 cooked diced boneless Chicken Breasts

1 large diced Onion

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

5 diced Carrots

4 ribs diced Celery

3 quarts Chicken Stock

1 8 ounce bag Egg Noodles

1 Tablespoon Seasoned Salt

Add Black Pepper to taste.

In a sauce pan add olive oil, diced onion sauté until onions are translucent. Add cooked chicken, carrots, celery, chicken stock, seasoned salt and pepper. Simmer until carrots and celery are cooked. Add Egg noodles. Summer 8-10 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper.

Serves 4-6

Fall is a time when the leaves die and we bundle up and spend more time inside we draw inward. A quiet time to get ready for the severe weather and the holidays.

I love the benefits this Basic Girl gets from being a Granny, I found this nice Sour Dough Pretzel in my purse after Mass tonight! That baby had my heart!