Thursday, June 30, 2011

Empire Avenue Pink

Good Morning! I hope you are all well and happy. I hope you all are looking forward to the 4th of July. Not just because of a picnic or because of fireworks. Lets celebrate those who have served our country as soldiers, sailors, civil service, etc. They have all had an enormous influence on the things that are happening in our country. Without them, we would not be free to say the things we do about our government. They protect the freedoms that the United States of America provides.

I found something out the other night when I was on the #smmanners chat on Twitter. There is a game that brings all your social media together and shows you where you stand. You can invest in others and they can invest in you. It is amazing. It is called Empire Avenue. If you decide to go there and sign up, please use my name as the person who referred you. I will get points and you can do the same later when you are playing. It is kind of like playing the stock market. I just love it and I have only been on there 2 days. I have already accrued almost a half a million EAVs (Empire money, like Monopoly money). Give it a try and let me know what you think.

I am thinking of transferring my #SMManners, #SMGirlfriends, #Slumberparty, #latteclub, EmpireAvenue happenings to my personal blog: Barbara Duke - Writer Author What do you think? I need to keep Thoughts-of-Pink focused on surviving breast cancer and dealing with Rheumatoid arthritis.

I have been having more fun on Twitter since I started doing the #hashtag parties. I have met some amazing women. I have found people through them who are amazing tweets. Today is my unfollow day. I hope you are following me, I would hate to unfollow you. I do this through Tweepi. It is a great way to get rid of the bots and those people who haven't tweeted in months. Bots are fake accounts. Usually they have 0 Tweets, but lots of followers. Sometimes they have a few tweets, but as you go through your followers, if you keep seeing the same tweets repeated by different people, chances are they are bots too. The reason you want to  block and report them,  is that when Twitter cleans house, you could go down hundreds of followers at one time. It is better to get rid of a few a day than to lose 500 at once. I have heard from tweets that have lost over a thousand.  They seem to target people who tweet a lot. Why do people do bad or stupid things? Who knows. It is just a little irritation during my day. Better a little one once in a while than a big one all at once.

Our Grandaughter, Emily, graduated this year from High School. She willl be going to Longwood in the Fall. We went to a party at their house to celebrate. It was lots of fun with great food. Rhonda was visiting with the twins and went with us. I don't think she had seen them since Emily was a very small girl. Pictured is Emily, Paula, and Betty White who was visiting Hampton Roads a while ago.

Paula & Emily Duke with Betty White
Our shop was hit by lightning. Now we have no power in the shop. The A/C was hit, Ray's work computer, my laptop cord, our new telephones, and our lovely TV in the living room. We are still getting estimates for fixing things. The homeowners insurance will pay for it. I think there is a small deductible, but now we have new stuff. Okay!

We went to NC last weekend and had a lovely time. We had a cookout at my daughters, Steak, baked potatoes, salad, Texas Toast. Taylor and Garrett stayed with Ray and I on Saturday and we went into town shopping. We also stopped by my son, Jeff's home. He was getting ready for a getaway for him and Sharon. She was getting off at 2 and they were going to spend a couple of days in Raleigh. Better get their "We" time in now. When the baby comes in December, that may be the few and far between for "We" time. LOL

Bryan & Jeremy Bates
My Brother's Sons have started a new company called Bates Security. They are combining the Sonitrol and ADR security businesses and going under their own Logo. They gave away gift certificates and an IPad 2 on June 28. It was fun sending people to their site to "Like" them. Most people don't realize that the more "likes" you have is good for your Klout Score. Of course, I will let you know if they decide to have another give away. They are amazing sons who had a very strict and loving father and mother.

I have to get off the computer for a while and clean this place up. My cleaning lady has been busy for a month taking care of her ex-husband who has dementia. She says she is not doing it for him, but for her children until they figure out what to do. Go figure. I am not sure that I could do it. It really shows her Christian walk. Bless her heart. Go Catherine!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Viaggio Pink

A few weeks ago, our Diva Coach Dabney Porte hosted a Twitter #slumberparty on a Friday night at 11 p.m. EST. The lovely Dabney had procured a sponsor for the party and that was Viaggio, owned by Julienne Paulson.  Julienne is an amazing lady.
I was so disappointed that I could only watch and not participate because I was in #VerizonWireless Purgatory and couldn't even tweet.

Julienne provided five prizes for the games, listed below:
  • @princessaeryn 
    won: Journal w/Swarovski crystal birthstone charm.
  • @alongcamemary1 won: Journal w/Sterling silver Mended Heart charm. 
  • @elivya won: Sterling silver chain w/Detour charm.
  • @sunnee63 won: Journal w/Sterling Silver chain & Celebration charm.
  • @tiffany053p
     won: Viaggio signature Sterling silver bangle w/journal & birthstone charm

"When my great grandmother's charm bracelet was passed down to me, I wished I had known what each charm meant to her. Viaggio's bracelet has captured this so beautifully! Now as I begin my own journey, I am able to document my experiences so that my children will have a true heirloom to treasure." Julienne Paulson
For some unknown reason, I cannot download a picture of the bracelet, so could you take a look at the links below. It is so beautiful.  It is definitely on my wish list.
Check out the links out to see the absolutely beautiful bracelet and charms. Hear the touching story of the history of the bracelet.
Viaggio Bracelet      Viaggio Charms      Viaggio Video     Viaggio Mp3 file 

I apologize for being so late to post this. We had a lightning strike and lost 2 computers, TV, phones, and circuit board on A/C. What a time.

Monday, June 6, 2011


I am in the Pink. In the last month, I have had a brain scan, mammogram, colonoscopy, and endoscopy. Other than having diverticulitis, I am doing well. That doesn't include the Rheumatoid Arthritis though. After the tests this morning, we stopped and got me a giant latte. I was so hungry, Ray bought Benita and I a muffin at the hospital. It was so good. I did notice something, just like a lot of things these days, the price was the same but the muffin was half the size. I guess that is the way to go. Most people eat too much anyway. Benita and I had a chicken salad sandwich and chips for lunch. After going through 3 days of starvation, it sure was good.

I decided this is a good time to get me on the right track again. I have been on steroids and gaining weight. So, no more snacks for me. I will only eat just enough for each meal and no snacks at all. No dessert either. I really don't need the sugar. It does strange things to me. I had a gastric bypass in June 2001 and the last 10 years have been a real battle with food. I keep telling myself that it was just a tool. Just because I had the surgery does not mean I will lose weight. I have to work at it too.

Zna Trainer
I have been talking with @ZnaTrainer on Twitter about starting the O2 Breakthrough again. It was working before and I was feeling better. The doctor told me to quit. Now that I have gained over 10 lbs, I think I will take my own advice. I bought 2 books on her website and plan on reading them this weekend. Get myself back in the mood is my goal. I hate exercise, and I plan to use gardening as an exercise as much as I am able. Don't want to get too tired to plant flowers.

GOD IS GOOD. All the time!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Two Sisters Gallery - Twitter #SlumberParty Pink

Beautiful Bee Pen ~ Value $44  
KITRAS ART GLASS Fairy Orb (sun catcher) Value ~ $46
Novo Beads ~ Value $116.00

Seda France Japanese Quince candle

Last nights Twitter #SlumberParty was wonderful. I actually got all the answers for the 5 gifts but I just wasn't fast enough to get it there first. Last night's sponsor was @DebbieHaywood  of Two Sisters Gallery located in Bel Air, Maryland. 

They have some of the most beautiful pieces of jewelry. They are going international and I know they will do very well. They were so generous at the Twitter #SlumberParty. There were 5 lovely gifts.  We all appreciate their sponsoring our #slumberparty. They are amazing and they have some really lovely merchandize. I would love to go to their shop and look around. If you are close,

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Helen and Wilma Pink!

We were in NC last weekend and I mostly just got to watch the Twitter #slumberparty. I did get one or two tweets in, but most of the time, I could only read what was going on. They had a blast. The pictures to the right are things that were won from Helen and Wilma's  Check them out for some really lovely gifts. While you are there, help them out and "Like" their page. Helen and Wilma's is located in  Roseville, California

Big Thanks to Michelle Parry for the wonderful gifts. There were 5 in all and most were worth over $100. The ladies who won the prizes have been excited about their wins all week. 
For this Friday Jun 3, @DabneyPorte announced "I am Thrilled to share with you our sponsor of this weeks party @DebbieHaywood of Two Sisters Gallery!" There is also a FaceBook page for Two Sisters Gallery. Visit and "Like" them too. You can see the prizes for the Scavenger Hunt at the only REAL #Twitter #Slumberparty brought to you by @dabneyport. Make sure that you "follow" everyone at the party so you can see all the tweets.

Join us on Twitter Friday night at 11 p.m EST for some of the greatest tweeting on Twitter. We even have a DJ! There will be  Virtual Latte, wine, popcorn, chocolate, ice cream. Remember, virtual doesn't stick to the thighs. We have. . . .