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My name is Melissa…!


OK friends…as u have guessed by my username, my original name is Melissa…well, here is a lil history about my name.

My parents told me that my name was a split decision between Melissa and Melinda, my dad favored Melinda, but of course Melissa won, hands down. Anyway…I like to be referred as Melissavirgo for the time being!!!

Some of the cherished names I have been called throughout the years as compared  to the names below are:

Mel, Missy, MelissaAnn(that’s all my dad called me!) Mewissa, Mel -issa(yes two words), Mimi, Missyann, Mush… I could go on for days!! Anyways, here goes. I found this interesting info  on the net under, I hope u enjoy!!

Miss Lissy

How to say Melissa
PRONUNCIATION:  “meh-li-ssah” or “muhl-ih-ssuh”

My Melissa History
Prior to 1960 (in Australia, where I am) the name Melissa was rather rare. It started becoming more fashionable in Australian useage only from the late 1960s onwards. Finding Melissa’s in their 40s and 50s now is quite uncommon. I was the only Melissa at my primary school, I don’t remember any other Melissa’s at my high school either. My mother used to call me ‘Lissy Loo’ and only called me Melissa if I was in trouble…  I hated my name so much at high school I changed it to Lisa. I was also burdened with a very long Polish surname. It was dreadfully embarrassing EVERY time I was asked my name to be greeted with “Whaat?”  Once I matured more and began my career as a journalist, I switched back to Melissa and with a surname beginning with B and a name essentially meaning honeybee Melissa [HunnyBee] BEE is me. The stuff on this page is about MELISSA’s from all walks of life and ages and from all over the world. —Melissa BEE

A 3-syllable girl’s name of Greek origin, means: A bee; industrious. 
Entertainers with this name include * Melissa Gilbert (Television) * Melissa Etheridge (Musicians) . Melissa is the 40th most popular girl’s name. Melissa is also a name in the category of  Flowers. More on the name of Melissa
Dear Melissa: The following analysis describes a few qualities of your first name. There are many additional factors (legal name, nicknames, family surname, combined names, previous names, and business signature) that contribute to your entire personality – and your entire life. 

Your name of Melissa gives you a clever mind, good business judgment, a sense of responsibility, and an appreciation of the finer things of life. You are serious-minded and not inclined to make light of things even in little ways, and in your younger years you had more mature interests than others your age. Home and family mean a great deal to you and it is natural that you should desire the security of a peaceful, settled home environment where you can enjoy the companionship of family and friends. Whatever you set out to accomplish you do your very best to complete in accordance with what you consider to be right. In the home you assume your responsibilities capably, having the self-confidence to form your own opinions and make your own decisions. Others can rely on you; once you have given your word you will do your utmost to fulfil a responsibility. However, there is a tendency to be a little too independent in your thinking and it is difficult for you to accept the help of others when you should. Due to your strong sense of responsibility, you could experience worry and mental turmoil through assuming more responsibility than you should. Friction could arise through others feeling that you were interfering with their rights and privileges, even though you are only trying to help. 

Origin of the name Melissa
The name Melissa is derived from Greek mythology.  Melissa was a nymph that cared for the infant Zeus while he was being hidden from his father, the king of the gods.  Melissa plundered bee hives in order to feed honey to Zeus, who developed a permanent sweet tooth. When Melissa’s role in protecting Zeus was discovered, she was turned into some lowly species of insect. Zeus later took pity on her and turned her into a honeybee, which is forever involved with making honey. (Parenthetical note:  if Zeus had meant to do Melissa a favor, why didn’t he turn her back into a nymph instead?)  See THE MELISSA BOOK for an up-to-date version.


July 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Enjoy Your Independence Day!!!

Hey friends, it’s that time of year again!!! BBQ’s, family reunions, maybe even a weekend getaway or just plain resting!! Just wanted to wish everyone a happy, and safe and blessed 4th of July weekend, whatever your plans may be…

Here’s some interesting stuff I found on, hope you enjoy!!

Location: North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico 

Land Size : 9,631,418 sq km 

Weather/Climate of America : America has mostly a temperate type of a climate, but it is tropical in Florida and Hawaii, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest. The low winter temperatures in the northwest are ameliorated occasionally in January and February by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains 

Population of America : 293,500,000 

Capital City of America : Washington, DC 

American GDP: $10.98 trillion (2003 est.)

Main Industries : Petroleum, motor vehicles, aerospace, steel, telecommunications, electronics, food processing, chemicals, consumer goods, mining, lumbering.

American Currency : US dollar (USD) 

Agricultural products : Wheat, corn, fruits, vegetables, cotton, beef, poultry, pork, forest products, dairy products, fish. 

Main Colors of American Flag : Red, white and blue.

Some US states have cities named the same as other US states. These are :

  • Delaware, Arkansas 
  • California, Maryland 
  • Oregon, Wisconsin 
  • Wyoming, Ohio 
  • Indiana, Pennsylvania 
  • Nevada, Missouri
  • Louisiana, Missouri
  • Kansas, Oklahoma
  • Michigan, North Dakota

There are approximately 500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California annually.

Rhode Island is the smallest US state in size. 

New Amsterdam, Indiana is the smallest city in the U.S., they have a population of 1. (6-04)

Louisiana has 2,482 islands, covering nearly 1.3 million acres.

The states with the smallest populations are: Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.


On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag. 

On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the “1” encased in the “shield” and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner. 

One in every 4 Americans has appeared on television. 

In Los Angeles, there are fewer people than there are automobiles.

The United States Government keeps its supply of silver at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. 
The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used. 

52% of Americans drink coffee.

27% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

A Californian doctor has set the record of eating 17 bananas in two minutes.

Approximately 35 million Americans are linked by blood to one (or more) of the 102 pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620. 

There are five US states with no sales tax. They are: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon.

Alaska is the state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work.

It was once illegal to take a bath in the wintertime in Indiana.

Ohio is the birthplace of more Presidents than any other state – eight.

State  Capital  Bird  Flower
Alabama Montgomery Yellowhammer Camellia  
Alaska Juneau Willow Ptarmigan Forget-me-not  
Arizona Phoenix Cactus Wren Saguaro Cactus Blossom  
Arkansas Little Rock Mockingbird Apple Blossom  
California Sacramento California Valley Quail Golden Poppy  
Colorado Denver Lark Bunting Columbine  
Connecticut  Hartford  American Robin Mountain Laurel  
Delaware Dover Blue Hen Chicken Peach Blossom  
Florida  Tallahassee  Mockingbird  Orange Blossom  
Georgia  Atlanta  Brown Thrasher Cherokee Rose  
Hawaii  Honolulu  Nene (Hawaiian Goose) Hibiscus   
Idaho  Boise  Mountain Bluebird Syringa  
Illinois  Springfield Cardinal  Native violet  
Indiana  Indianapolis  Cardinal  Peony  
Iowa  Des Moines Eastern Goldfinch Wild Rose  
Kansas  Topeka  Western Meadowlark Native Sunflower  
Kentucky  Frankfort  Kentucky Cardinal Goldenrod   
Louisiana  Baton Rouge Pelican  Magnolia   
Maine  Augusta  Chickadee  White Pine Cone and Tassel  
Maryland  Annapolis  Baltimore Oriole Black-Eyed Susan  
Massachusetts  Boston  Chickadee  Mayflower   
Michigan  Lansing  Robin  Apple Blossom  
Minnesota  St. Paul  Common Loon Pink and White Lady’s Slipper  
Mississippi  Jackson Mockingbird  Magnolia  
Missouri  Jefferson City Bluebird  Hawthorn  
Montana  Helena  Western Meadowlark Bitterroot  
Nebraska  Lincoln  Western Meadowlark Goldenrod   
Nevada  Carson City Mountain Bluebird Sagebrush   
New Hampshire Concord  Purple Finch Purple Lilac  
New Jersy Trenton  Eastern Goldfinch Purple Violet   
New Mexico Santa Fe Roadrunner  Yucca Flower  
New York  Albany  Bluebird  Rose  
North Carolina Raleigh  Cardinal  Dogwood   
North Dakota Bismarck  Western Meadowlark Wild Prairie 
Ohio  Columbus  Cardinal  Scarlet Carnation  
Oklahoma  Oklahoma City Tailed Flycatcher  Mistletoe   
Oregon  Salem  Western Meadowlark Oregon Grape  
Pennsylvania  Harrisburg  Ruffed Grouse Mountain Laurel  
Rhode Island Providence  Rhode Island Red Violet  
South Carolina Columbia  Wren  Yellow Jessamine  
South Dakota Pierre  Ring-Necked Pheasant American 
Tennessee  Nashville  Mockingbird  Iris  
Texas  Austin  Mockingbird  Bluebonnet   
Utah  Salt Lake City California Gull Sego Lily  
Vermont  Montpelier  Hermit Thrush Red Clover  
Virginia  Richmond  Cardinal  Dogwood   
Washington  Olympia  Willow Goldfinch Western 
West Virginia Charleston  Cardinal  Big Rhododendron  
Wisconsin  Madison  Robin  Wood Violet  
Wyoming  Cheyenne  Meadowlark  Indian Paintbrush  
Washington DC None  Woodthrush  American Beauty Rose  


Steak Kebabs
Ingredients :
450 g (1 lb) rump steak, cubed 
175 g (6 oz) mushrooms 
1 red pepper, diced 
1 green pepper, diced 
1 small onion, cut into chunks 
Oil for brushing 
1 tbs Schwartz Steak Simply Shake Seasoning
Preparation :
Thread the steak onto 8 skewers alternating with the vegetables. Brush the kebabs with oil. Place under a pre-heated grill for 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally.
Evenly sprinkle over the Steak Seasoning and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally until cooked.
Makes 4 servings.  

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


July 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment