Storm Reflections #snow #storm #winter #reflections

Snow Storm Arrived in Ohio

This week has to be better than last week! First, my back decided to try to go out of place. This took several days of being extremely cautious with my movement to make it through (today I am better). My sister even invited me and Caleb to a seafood restaurant (❤️) I couldn’t make it. That was last Sunday.

Then, our phones were getting alerts for the snow storm coming on Monday. Our propane tank looked low so I called and asked for $130 worth(I didn’t want to be snowed in with no heat). In December we paid $179 for propane. I told the lady at the company I was concerned about the cost because she said the price would go up in the winter. She told me not to worry they wouldn’t let us freeze. So, in January I paid $301 and I kept the thermostat between 70° – 71°. Even though I was a established customer, unless I gave them $209 they would not send anybody. I was in complete disbelief! I didn’t want anything for free. I had $130 and didn’t get paid again till Thursday. Not to mention, propane is not our only utility. The manager woman over that office would not budge not even with a snow storm on the way. Pure evil without a ounce of human compassion! So, thankfully the propane tank is owner owned. Got a new propane company for $205 will have more delivered than what the previous company offered (Praise God!). To get through I have kept the thermostat on 67°. So, when you hear about Americans freezing to death.. just know some utility companies show “no” mercy. My heart breaks for those that have froze during this storm. America is a rich Country and no one should freeze to death!

On Wednesday we were covered in snow and the temperature that morning was 1°. I left the kitchen faucet dripping with the doors under the sink left open. Yet, that morning the water pipe leading in from the garage was nearly frozen. I heated up the tea kettle and saturated rags in boiling water to place on that area of pipe. Then, got the kerosene heater ready for the garage (a container of kerosene at Walmart is $21). The kerosene heater was expensive and only purchased for an emergency.. this was an emergency. Thankfully, the pipe loosened up! The lessons learned last week will stay with me forever.

Yesterday my back was finally feeling back to normal. All seemed well and back on track. Then, my youngest (my baby) called me from the Army. He is getting sent out of the Country, to a totally different area of the world. I trust God and for whatever reason it is within God’s plan. He could be away a year and I haven’t seen him since July 2019. I was really hoping we would see him in April. 😢

Today, the family is emotionally preparing for my Mom to go into surgery. My sister just texted and she is prepped and waiting on Anesthesiologist plus Doctor.

Last January she rang her cancer bell after she took her last chemo treatment. She defeated cancer! Then, the world found out about Covid-19. Thankfully, none of us got Covid-19…so far she beat that too! However, she is stubborn and very independent. So, two Mondays ago she decided to go retrieve the trash containers instead of letting someone else do it. She fell on ice and needed a ambulance. On her right shoulder she completely shattered the bone that looks like a ball and connects to the arm. She has to get a artificial one because it is shattered. Please remember her in your prayers 🙏.

I am a optimistic person by nature. So, I am going to focus on better days coming! I hope you do too ❤️

Winter & Thoughts of Spring #winter #seasons #spring

Taken at George Rogers Clark Park in Springfield, Ohio.

Those that know me know that I’m not a cold weather person. I love to see snow on Christmas Day but that is it. To get through the Winter season in Ohio, I focus on Spring’s return.

Taken in Enon, Ohio

I was just listening to the meteorologist and next week we have a arctic cold front coming in. By Sunday we will drop to 16° and their predicting a possible -20 to come with the cold front. Nearly, too much for me to imagine! I would rather imagine Spring.🙂

Dandelions & Chalk Art with Caleb

Last Spring we was stuck indoors more because of the virus and apartment living. Now, that we have a house in the country we are excited to greet Spring this year. I’m currently thankful that I can create gardening plans!

Spring Rising

The Spring Rising photo is probably my favorite Spring image that I have taken. If you live in a cold weather area too and not fond of the cold… just focus on Spring. This is a good time to plan garden ideas too.

The first day of Spring is next month!💓

Beautiful Ohio Day! #backyard #faith #outdoors

Backyard

Got up this morning, left the TV off and spent quality time with God. After I finished with work responsibilities I headed outdoors! The sun was shining and I even got some windows cleaned.

Squirrel munching area

When I came out I scared the squirrel off that was munching on a walnut. So, I left two cashews nearby. I love watching the squirrels through the kitchen window. Today was so beautiful and seemed like a teaser for spring.

Picnic Area

I am really looking forward to Spring and Summer here! I was walking around today getting ideas for the garden area too. It continued to feel great to leave the news turned off and focus on home activities!

I hope your finding other things to focus on than the news too! Today I didn’t check the news (not msm) till after 6pm. Media breaks are essential… even therapeutic. This is a great time of the year to plan a home project. Spring is closer than you think and pre-planning those ideas gives you a feeling of optimism for your future.

Before I end this post I will share a piece from my devotional that I read today. This comes from “Streams in the Desert” by: L. B. Cowman. It was originally published in 1925. It comes at the end of the devotion for January 15th:

Tread in solitude your pathway,

Quiet heart and undismayed.

You will know things strange, mysterious,

Which to you no voice has said.

While the crowd of petty hustlers

Grasps at vain and meager things,

You will see a great world rising

Where soft sacred music rings.

Leave the dusty road to others,

Spotless keep your soul and bright,

As the radiant ocean’s surface

When the sun is taking flight.

from the German of V. Schoffel

Home, Family & Thoughts #home #family #thoughts

Family Get Together

Life has been very busy! Moving during the Holidays turned my schedule upside down. We continue to love our new address and much more room to enjoy family celebrations. So very thankful for God’s blessings!

Christmas Snow

For the first time in many years we woke up to Christmas Day snow. I’m not a cold weather person but snow in the country is beautiful! I pulled back from social media to finish unpacking and enjoy the Holidays with family.

I know a lot is going on in the world. I trust God in all things! Focus on the good and stay away from MSM. ❤️🇺🇲❤️

Measure Daily #inspiration #poetry #thoughts

Keep Moving Forward

“Measure Daily”

A step in the right direction doesn’t mean the race is done. Just because you won doesn’t mean the race has been run. Do you live by faith and hope or believe there is none?

Discover what is left from everyday success and know your life is truly amazingly blessed. A step in the right direction is a sum well guessed. Measure daily, divide and count for the best is yet to come!

Marjorie MyselfNi

12-4/5-20

I Believe!

* Regardless of your current life situation, trust God! God is always in control! Oh! What a difference a year can make. If your reading this you’ve survived the craziness of 2020. Put the future in God’s hands, pray daily and trust that the best is yet to come!🙂

Psalm 12:4-5

House in the Country ❤️ #country #home #house

Our Country Home❤️

Me and Caleb have been busy moving. Tomorrow we turn in our keys at the old address. A country house became available and I put in a application for it. The realtor site showed it had 200+ contacts. So, I was feeling a bit discouraged and God reminded me to trust him not man. When I got a call back I was just over the top happy! It has been a expensive adventure but one I don’t regret. I’m not made for city life😂. I will not “ever” take living in the country for granted again!

My favorite here is looking out the backdoor to a nature park like backyard. There is even a concrete made koi pond in the backyard. Caleb is so happy to be in the country and the peaceful environment is very therapeutic for both of us.🙂

Moving has been exhausting but we spent today relaxing and just taking it all in. Thank you, Jesus!❤️

Looking out my backdoor 😍

Election 2020 #election #fraud #USA

Well, we’re definitely divided in the “United” States of America. Regardless of what the msm says we don’t have a President elect. We have a contested election and the msm doesn’t elect a President. It is a shame that our election has turned out to look like a third world country holding a election. At this point, I wonder if we will ever know the “true” results. However, in January a determination will be made.

I’ve decided to relax and not stress over all the political division 🙂. Stress weakens the immune system! I know it is tempting to stay on top of the news but please take breaks 😂. The news station I have been following is NewsMaxTv. They are delivering honest reporting and have a firm grasp on the reality of our constitution. Whatever is decided, God is in control 🙂.

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. ~ ICorinthians 2:5 ~

Election 2020 USA #Election #USA #America

Well, it is election night and the whole world is watching with us. Me and Caleb was blessed today to not stand in a long line. Seems that our nation had historical early voting this election. Also, happy to report no drama at the election site. Everything was relaxed and pleasant (I prayed before I went 🙂).

I ignore the MSM🙂

Everyone keeps saying that our nation is divided. That is why I’m hoping for a landslide victory tonight. I’m hoping it will not be a close race, that would show division. I’m really hoping for historical unity tonight. I love my Country ❤️🇺🇸❤️

Victory

I live in Ohio and there is an Election motto: “As Ohio goes so goes the nation.” In a few hours we will all know more. God Bless the USA! ❤️🇺🇸❤️

Enon Beach Campground #family #memories #outdoors

Enon Beach Campground Enon, Ohio

Last week me and Caleb checked out Enon Beach Campground. A goose, mallard and duck assortment was there to greet us. This was a gorgeous sunny fall afternoon to visit. 1985 was the first time my family visited this campground. We loved it! So many family activities going on in the Summer and fond memories I’ll never forget.

Taken in the beauty

Me and Caleb decided to walk towards the fishing dock. I have to tell you, we seen a monster sized catfish off the dock! Not your normal rod & reel would have pulled him in😂

Fishing Dock

Me and Caleb enjoyed the walking. I spent most of the time reminiscing 🙂

Caleb Relaxing

Before we left the owner, Dave Stevens gave me their brochure to give to my sister. She is the little girl on the front and is 37 years young now🙂.

As always, hope your getting out and exploring! Not to mention, don’t miss out on the beauty of Fall.

Isaiah 58:11

Enon Beach Campground

Visiting Ceasar Creek #family #nature #outdoors #park

Ceasar Creek (Waynesville, Ohio)

Last week me and my family decided to make a return trip back to Ceasar Creek. Leaves have been falling but there is still the green of Summer left to view. This is a beautiful huge park to explore.

Caleb is ready to explore!

We discovered a awesome cookout area surrounded by woods, trails and a view of the lake. My sister prepared the grill while the rest of us started walking the trail towards the lake.

Nature Walking
Beautiful walk out platform 😍
Beautiful trails with lake views ❤️
Time to eat!

My sister planned the whole dinner. She even brought homemade brownies and homemade peanut butter fudge 😋. Happy I took a before dinner walk!

God’s Creation 😍

*Take time to create family moments. Those family moments become lifelong memories!

Hope everyone is staying well and finding the time to get outdoors 🙂.

End of the day & we’re tired! As it should be ❤️

Ephesians 6:10-19