Hello again! As I am writing this, I am thinking how in just a few hours, I will be on a plane to Italy with Mario! We are going to Capri and Positano. These two places are the most romantic locations in the world to us. Romance here we come!!! One of my secrets to a great marriage is to spend quality time alone with your husband. You need time away from family and friends so you are just totally focused on each other.
I would like to thank everyone for their support and for contributing to my very successful HSN show last Friday! When I finished, I traveled from Tampa to Atlanta for two Ramona Pinot bottle signings. A portion of the proceeds from each signing were donated to the Women’s Resource to End Domestic Violence of Atlanta. Thank you to all who came out for the cause. We have now opened the state of Georgia and are in 27 states!!!
Now on to the episode. . .
I met LuAnn for lunch to tell her I couldn't be in her music video. Avery and I had discussed it and she felt it would be too embarrassing for her. I also felt that it wasn't something I wanted to do. I wasn't comfortable for myself or as a mother. You cannot compare having "turtle time" to a music video."Turtle Time" is in the privacy of your home or a place you have fun with your friends. It means cutting loose, having some Pinot Grigio and even dancing. Who doesn't like to dance and have fun (in privacy)? That's hardly the same as a music video that will be on the internet forever.
LuAnn kept getting very testy and defensive with me. I hate when she makes her digs. So, when she was being snarky again with her inference to my marriage and relationship with Avery and everything else, I gave it right back! I was not going to be bulldozed by her.
You are honest and you don't talk behind people's back like the Jill, Luann and Kelly do. You are great!
Romona, I am a new viewer and I must say I do enjoy the show! Your are (BY FAR) my favorite! See you next season!
Turtle time was fantastic! I love to see hard working people having fun with friends. That is good role modeling!
Ramona, you are an example to all women on how to keep growing and changing, whether it be personally or business. I enjoy seeing what ventures you are going to do next.
The major wine distributer in Houston is Specks, they have many stores all over Houston area and are very large. Consider getting them to carry your Pinot Grigo.
I LOVE how you stood up to LuAnn. She thinks she is so superior and uses her acerbic tongue to cut people down. She messed with the wrong girl when she messed with you. LuAnn couldn't escape fast enough when you let her have it. Way to go!!!!
Finally a Mom who thinks about how her actions effect her children, family, and herself. I think Ramona you showed respect for yourself by not participating in that materialistic video.
I just wanted to say "Congratulations" on raising your daughter well. You and Mario have every right to be extremely proud of her. I'm glad that you honored her wishes and avoided the whole 'class' video debacle. Keep being you!!
Ramona, I continue to be amazed by you. You often hurt people's feelings, but feel attacked when people do it to you. I do agree that if you didn't want to be in the video then just say No!, but I think to attack someone's parenting is hitting below the belt. I thought Turtle time was outside on a walkway, not in private. I am confused? I thought Alex was your friend yet, you were rude at Alex's house. I can't see Alex being like that at one of your Pinot events.
Luanne's new video is tasteful&nicely done-there is nothing to be embarrassed about. I think you just don't like Luanne&didnt want to help her.
I love you Ramona! You handled Classless Luann perfectly! You bring nothing but good energy to the show! Team Blonde!
Love you Ramona- perhpas the most of all. You & Alex. Turtle Time is fun- I get it and I like it. Was happy to see that you were able to handle the countess' digs and counter them as necessary. Your dance class was quite a bit more fun than that music video......much more entertaining too.
love you, Ramona! so glad to have someone finally stand up to the classless countess. i wouldn't want to be in her video either!
Ramones, you know Turtle Time was taped, right? As in on the Internet forever? Just like Chic C'est La Vie? LOL, love you, girl.
Thanks for keeping this short & sweet just like you! Thanks for keeping this all fun and not bogging us down with the mire and the muck of all the pettiness that goes on with the "mean girls"!
It's too bad that LA, J, and K can't play nice and keep things in perspective. They announce they are the nice ones, then rattle on and on quoting tit for tat! They could learn so much from you Ramona... you're not perfect, and you don't claim to be. They aren't even open to looking at themselves and seeing if perhaps they could handle things differently!
Congratulations Ramona for throwing it right back at LuAnn. Too bad you weren't with Alex, when LuAnn starting picking on her. I understand if your daughter doesn't want you to be in a LuAnn's musical video. Now, if it was someone very famous, I am sure Avery wouldn't have a problem with it. Avery is smart enough to know that LuAnn's song and video are not gold record material.
Turtle Time is Turtle Time. I bunch of women having drinks in a secure location with a few tipsy women is not an internal embarrassed, You are not the first and you won't be the last franchise that has been tipsy in front of the camera. Take a look at the RHOC. They have a lot to be embarrassed about. Turtle Time is mild compared to some of the things the OC women have done under the influence of alcohol.
Keep on being Ramona. By the way, I love your jewelry, and your staff at Tru Faith Jewelry are outstanding, and they offer excellent customer service...
What is so wrong about Turtle Time. I quite frankly don't see what's wrong with people letting loose every once in a while. Is that the best she (Luan) had to dish out. She is so classy--NOT. Ramona you keep doing what you're doing. You are an independent business women, wife and a hand on mother--and not just on the weekends.
Ramona I don't blame you for not participating in Luann's video. How superficial can a song's message be? Not to mention that it was a spoken music video, that's not what I call singing. So smart of you to steer clear of that sad little number!!
You are a great Mom and your daughter shows it every time she is on. She is poised, well spoken and looks like she has a darn good head on her shoulders. That is not an accident.
Love you Ramona! Don't ever change. You, Sonja, Alex are my favorites! The others are soooooooooooooooooo fake!
Yes, you did good Ramona. You can most defiantly handle your own. When LuAnn gets snappy with people every one shake in their boots. When Ramona gets defensive with LuAnn the Countess run. I love it. Keep up the good work Ramona
Ramona, You shouldn't feel the need to explain yourself to LuAnn, if she truly respected you she wouldn't question you on why you wouldn't want to be in her so called "music video", you thoughtfully told her how proud you are of her that should be enough.
You asking Avery was spot on. You took the time to be a good parent and see how being in the video would impact your daughter. AT the meeting you said nothing wrong. Miss Countless was again taking things out of context and looking for a reason to justify her actions. Really wish she would understand no one left and make her judge of anything.
Ramona, love, love, LOVE how you put Lulu in her place. Very few people have the mental acuity to do battle with the "Countess of the Mean Girls."
You should really sit down and watch some episodes and read your own blogs. You talk out of both sides of your mouth. Your a goof.
You and your daughter have some of the most real moments on the show. It is touching how tender you are with each other.
Just love you, girl, and enjoy watching you. I'm glad you finally stood up for yourself tonight against the awful attacks you have been under this season from some of your castmates. They have been slanderous towards you and have made it so difficult to watch you being under attack. You are a caring, fun, successful business woman and great mom. I'm sorry they do that to you. But consider the source, I suppose. Glad you stood up for yourself!
Good job, Ramona! You kept your whole blog positive and focused on what you are doing right instead of what others are doing wrong.
At least you met with her face to face. Give you a lot of credit for that. I really enjoy your attitude, but sometimes stooping to another's snarky remarks only belittles the stooper as well. But I also give you credit for standing up for yourself.
Best wishes for continued success. Enjoy Italy.
Love how you didn't let LuAnn punk you!! She can dish it but when she is on the receiving end she gets up and leaves like a coward.
You don't like Luanns digs but it is okay when you throw spikes at her. I don't think both of you live in glass houses!
Ramona I loved the one,two punch you gave LuAnn. You sure left her with a bloody nose. And she got what she had coming to her. Your mama didn't raise know fool, thats for sure! You and Alex are my fav.
Couldn't wait to post my comment today! I am constantly amazed at the way you handle what's thrown at you. I think you were kind to Luann and you're right, she WAS defensive. What you were saying hit too close to home. I also agree that she invited you all to be in the video to benefit her. She must surely know that the presence of Alex, Sonja and you would be a draw. After watching the video... you made the right choice! I also laughed out loud when hearing Jill gush about wanting to be in the video. No surprise there. Good for you Ramona! You are a class act and you don't have to go around telling everyone that because we can all see it :) Have a happy summer.
We would have been surprised if Avery had encouraged you to do this video. Avery is very cautious and conservative/protective of you. I applaud you for being sensitive to your teenage daughter's feelings. My daugther would have asked me not to do it either. Another point, besides being a mom, you are a married woman. It would not be appropriate to put yourself in a situation where you are perceived to be flirting/cheating- even if it is for a music video. You have to be respectful of your family. Bravo
I LOVE LOVE LOVE when you put luann in her place,i can't believe she tried AGAIN to incinuate that mario is a cheater,she is evil.thank you so much for calling her on the carpet!
Ramona, if you're such a good Mom, then why does your own daughter confront you about not being home every night at 9:30 pm? Are you really home with your daughter every day? It sure doesn't sound like it.
You go girl! I have to say the only reason i continue to watch "new york housewives" is because you're still fun to see on tv...the others have become soo boring.
I am cracking up at this...
"One of my secrets to a great marriage is to spend quality time alone with your husband."
Read it incorrectly & took it as you saying for ME to have a good marriage I need to sleep with YOUR husband. Back to bed for me.
Thank GOD you didn't let LuAnn walk all over you like she tries to do to everyone else. It was so great to see you not back down, but once again, she did what she does best......walks away,probably leaving you with the check! Notice how that has been her MO from the beginning?! How cheap.
The dance class looked like fun! Good for you!
Love you Ramona! I LOVE the way you stood up to the "countless", but you know what? You don't owe anyone an explanation as to why you don't want to do something. Avery is one smart cookie, what a sweetheart!