Bowling Birthday Beauty

Bowling For Dollars

A GTCB Member BowlingWhat an amazing weekend I had. On Saturday my cousin Charese, and her 3-year-old granddaughter Kaedyn, and I went to a bowl-a-thon fundraiser hosted by the Golden Triangle Council of the Blind (a nonprofit advocacy membership organization) of which I’m a member.

Bowling has never been my thing but even so we had so much fun. I think this was partly due to the fact that one of the alley’s attendees put bumpers (to prevent gutter balls) on our lane for Kaedyn, and thank goodness, because with a score of 90 (my best ever) I felt like a pro.

If you’re familiar at all with bowling you may think 90 is a mere pittance but coming from one who thought that after 10 frames that was it, well, you may be able to understand my exuberance. I mean honestly I think 10 frames is more than enough and it’s all I can handle because there is, without a doubt, no way I could hang in there for 30 frames (that’s just crazy).

Apparently Kaedyn and I are cut from the same cloth because it was when we were approaching the 10th frame that she decided it was time to act out. This ended up being a good thing for the reasons I outlined above.

Almost as soon as we got in the car Kaedyn had fallen asleep while Charese and I debated what to do for lunch. We ended up going to Jerry’s Curbside Service, an eatery I didn’t even know existed and I’m so glad I don’t live I don’t live in it’s vicinity else I’d be there all the time. As the name implies all you have to do is park under these long carports then a waitress will come to your car. Though this type of dining experience isn’t revolutionary I’ve not experienced it, so for me it was marvelous!!

As I was chomping down on my mouth-watering cheeseburger and french fries I was thinking gee this is just one more reason for others to look upon us as fat, lazy Americans and at that moment it never felt so good. Did we consume boatloads of calories and was it lazy to not have to leave the vehicle? It most certainly was and I make no apologies – the food was heavenly. After lunch we just made a day of it by hanging out at my aunt’s house having a grand time laughing ourselves silly until it was time to leave so I could wait for my grandson to come spend the night.

Let em Eat Cake it’s His Birthday!

Photo from left to right is my youngest son Arian, Devon is in the center and their frientd Ivan
From Left to Right is my youngest son Arian, Devon and their friend Ivan.

I couldn’t wait for Sunday to come because it was my middle son’s birthday and we were going out to dinner with some friends and family. So it was a pretty busy day for me running around after my two-year old grandson, Orion, doing laundry, playing, feeding, and bathing him before his afternoon nap so that I could get myself together for our early evening outing.

Olive Garden was Devon’s restaurant of choice and due to my scandalous eating the previous day I selected one of my favorite dishes (herbed salmon with fresh broccoli) then I sabotaged my healthy choice with raspberry cheesecake for dessert and I don’t regret a single moment.

As I was sitting there with Devon and the gang I couldn’t believe that he’s 27 years old and such a joy!! This was the same son, who, when he was young was a terror because he had ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and I never knew what was going to pop off. He was kicked out of three day cares, never finished kindergarten, and his endless shenanigans meant I had to constantly work with school officials to ensure that he was receiving the proper education he was entitled to.

So seeing the calm, gentle, loving, artistic, intelligent, accomplished, and independent young man before me makes me so proud to be his mom. Devon is proof of what can happen when we do not give up on our children. In our situation, with equal measures of stern discipline, prayer, and a loving grandmother he was able to beat the odds and not let his disability get in the way of his success. When he went to college he could have requested special accommodation but he chose not to, made Dean’s List at IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), and is one class away from acquiring his BS in Psychology.

5 Beauty Hacks

Tray with nail polish, vaseline, cotton swabs and task lightI love it when everyday products can do double duty and following are 5 examples:

No Dry Shampoo, No Worries – Baby powder can be used as an alternative dry shampoo and volumizer for your hair between washes. Section the hair and sprinkle a small amount into the roots, and work it through with your fingertips.

Waterproof Mascara Remover –  Baby oil is a multipurpose product as it can be used in the bath or shower for softening skin or even shaving and is perfect for removing waterproof mascara without stinging your eyes.

Shrinking Eye Bags – Hemorrhoid cream contains benzocaine an ingredient that causes blood vessels to contract thereby reducing puffiness. While it’s been known for some time that hemorrhoid cream can minimize bags under the eyes, it’s not a recommended treatment for daily use as benzocaine is drying, can cause fine lines and in some people, allergies.

Baby Soft Feet in 3 Easy Steps – 1) before going to bed wash feet with soap and water. 2) Slather petroleum jelly all over each foot. 3) Put on thick, cotton socks to sleep in. In the morning, your feet will be soft and smooth.

Fingernail Polishing Made EasyTools: task lamp, tray with contrast, cotton swabs, petroleum jelly, polish remover, and nail polish. Use the tray to hold cotton swabs, petroleum jelly, polish remover and nail polish. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the outer edges and base of nails. Apply nail polish in three even brush strokes beginning in the center of the nail then the two sides. The task lamp provides light to aid in seeing up close and the polish remover is for emergency mistakes which you can use a cotton swab to fix. Once all coats are dry remove the petroleum jelly (which prevents polish from staining the skin) from around the nails.

Originally I was hoping to do a post on false eyelashes today but I need much more practice because what I’ve achieved thus far is a disgrace. So stay tuned!

Tomorrow I will have a special treat as I’m collaborating over the next 6 months with one of my favorite bloggers, Glenda of So What to Twenty. I love Glenda’s fresh style and her way of writing which I find inspirational and I hope you will too.

“Son, you outgrew my lap, but never my heart.”  ~Author Unknown

 

Author: Steph McCoy

Hi I'm Steph, a businesswoman, style setter, blogger, and abilities crusader who breaks the myth that “blind people can’t be fashionable.” “It’s about walking boldly with confidence, transcending barriers and changing the way we perceive blindness”

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