Getting to know Donna – My First Job

by Donna on February 8, 2011

Today I’m bringing you back to when I was 16 – my first job, as waitress at a 50′s style restaurant .

Welcome to Shady Glen!

The ice cream cooler – We shined these ever single night with hot hot hot water! I blame that for my wrinkly hands!

Creepy little elves on the mural – they were actually repainted because of fading, but they are pretty much the same.

The ice cream flavor sign – the only thing that has changed are the prices.

This place has not changed in 45 years!

Shady Glen was featured on the Food Network The Best Thing I Ever Ate!

I took a picture of this specific seat because I remember one customer who always sat here. He came in at night and ordered a black coffee with sugar and the scallop platter. He was deaf and always wrote down his order on a notepad even though his order never changed. My favorite customer.

The Ice cream – Nothing like it! Creamy and perfect.

This is the view from our booth way in the back.


The waitresses wear “cute” little turquoise dresses with a ruffly apron. – yes I wore this, everyday!

The BURGER – This is the Bernice Burger!See that crispy stuff – yah, that’s cheese!

That’s what the burger is all about. Crispy cheese!

Close up of the cheese, just because!

My favorite Sundae — EVER!

Pumpkin Pie sundae. Pumpkin ice cream, caramel, pecans and fresh whip cream – delish!

The soda fountain. Yes a REAL soda fountain. we made all of the soda with soda syrup and seltzer water from the fountain. I fell in love with Ice cream sodas and cherry coke here!

The menu. It’s always been up on the walls.

When I started the price of a cheese burger was around $3.25 now they are $5.60 and worth every penny!

The milkshake machine and milk cooler. Milkshakes were $2.12… now they’ve got to be over $4 !

Love how vintage!

Every customer gets a tiny little cup of water when they sit down.

I also kept my tips rolled up in one of these under the counter when I was working!

The cooks – bowties and paper hats!


So there you have it! My first job. crispy cheese, pumpkin ice cream and an ageless restaurant!


Now I’m hungry. Shoot…


NOLA2009-4 by agbayliss, on Pix-O-Sphere

Tonight we will drop off the kids at their grandparents house and head over to church for our first night of Financial Peace University.

You may have heard me talk about FPU and Dave Ramsey on the site before. If you look back you will notice one BIG thing… NO FOLLOW THROUGH. I had the hype and excitement before. I had read the books, even watched some of the videos, and you’d better believe I listened to the Dave Ramsey Show on podcast, but it was short lived. We did fairly well when we were using cash envelopes, we were motivated for a short period of time, but we let things slide and we’re right back where we started. We are looking forward to doing this with a group. I’m a firm believer in accountability.

Yesterday was such a faith-building day for me. I had just hung up the phone with my father when I got a phone call from church, I assumed it was about tonight’s meeting; maybe they were canceling it because of the weather? No. On the other end of the line was our worship pastor and friend. He goes on to tell me that someone at church had just called him and wanted to donate 100 gallons of heating oil for our family anonymously. He said the oil would be delivered the next day.

I.was.floored – the tears started to fall and immediately I felt so blessed, so very humbled and encouraged for whats ahead for us. After a few minutes of thanks and thanks and more thanks, I got off the phone and called my husband. His reaction was much of the same, we were both so very blessed.

No one want’s to spill out the details of their financial, lives for all to see. Some people think it’s just rude or in bad taste.

I disagree. We need more honesty.

With that said I’m not going to spill out our wage amounts,  our debts numbers and you won’t be seeing any fancy detailed spreadsheets on this site. That’s just not my thing. But I will be honest.

So tonight we start this adventure. I have a feeling it’s going to be just that, an adventure, just like an adventure novel with the struggles, the mountains to climb and the enemies to slay. It’s not going to be fun. But it is going to be freeing!

As we go forward I really felt that I should ask for prayer. Something I don’t think I’ve ever done here on the blog. We’d love for you to pray for us as we seek to be honest with ourselves. Pray that we might both find ways to increase our income both through part-time work and through new clients. You can even pray for miracles, we could use a few of those.

I know we’re not alone and I know we are surrounded by family and friends who love and support us.

Thank you,


I found a healthy food I LOVE

by Donna on February 2, 2011

I’ve been eating really well for the last 3 weeks and I had been really struggling lately with getting bored with what I’ve been eating. I can only eat so much salad! I want to keep up the weight loss success but I have to mix it up a little!

I was at the grocery store the other day and I went over towards the deli. There, right in between the cafe and deli there was a sushi guy! In the grocery store! Making FRESH sushi! He hands me a sample – I love it – it tastes great. (Yes, I’ve had sushi before and love all kinds! Thanks dad for making me try some!)

I grabbed a package of sushi from the cooler and he tells me that the sushi is made fresh daily. I’m sold!

Sushi is ultra healthy. Low in calories and depending on what kind you have it’s full of great nutrients. What’s great about sushi is that it makes a great snack too.

Just looking at that picture makes me want to run out and grab some — too bad it’s super icy outside and there’s no way to get there!

Now go grab some sushi – start with the a nice California roll! No raw fish here! Give it a try – you may be surprised!


A Day in the Life Of – Photo Project

by Donna on January 31, 2011

My dear friend and fellow blogger Rebekah over at Simply Rebekah put together a great photography challenge last month. It was called A Day in the Life Of…

It all started in 2009 when Rebekah grabbed her camera one morning and took a photo every hour for the entire day. At the end of the day what she had was a snapshot of what a day in her life looked like in 2009.

So I joined in this year for her first (maybe annual?!?) A Day in the Life of… Donna

January 21, 2011

8:30am Breakfast for the kids – pancakes!

9:30am – Working on my new blog… coming in Feburary!

10:30am – whipping up some egg cups for lunch

11:30 – Making lunch for the kids. PB&J, apples, cheese stick and some banana chips.

12:30 – Back to work – checking on a clients project – designing a website header for a Realtor in NJ

1:30 – Playing with the kids and eating some vanilla wafers – yes… my kids are still in their PJ's! Caleb later went on to sticking the cookies between his toes – way too cute!

1:30 – On the phone with Rebekah talking about our trip to Baltimore that evening.

3:30 – View from my desk, looks cold outside! Thank goodness I'm inside even if I'm still working!

4:30 – Like the do? It's hot I know! I'm getting ready to do my hair for the night – lovely look don't ya think?

5:30 – I'm embarrised that it took me one hour to get ready but voila – I'm ready to go!


6:30 – On the road to Baltimore – Rebekah brought clementines for us to snack on!

7:40ish – lost track of time – Just pulled off the exit into Baltimore … looking at Joe's Squared pizza place out the window! – Best Risotto ever!


8:30 – Watching the performance at Blog Love – trapeze artists

9:30 – Got to see these bloggy friends {Kalee and Ashley)


That’s it! I forgot to take my “goodnight” photo, but it was a very fun day.

I loved doing this project! What a fun way to record a day. I think it would be fun to do this again in a few months!

A big thanks to Rebekah who put this whole challenge together! Be sure to stop over to Simply Rebekah and check out all the other bloggers who participated!


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