Life & Everything In-between

Life, oh my…

I tell you, this has been a whack the mole sort of past week. Seemed like everytime I accomplished a task another popped up. Decided to just hire a lawn service to begin the Spring mowing. What a headache that has turned into. I finally decided on LawnStarter. I seen that they had a local Google address that I could just drive to if I ran into any issues. Well, I had to agree to at least “3” mowings. What I didn’t realize was there is also a $10 service charge. Not to mention, if you cancel you can get charged for a mowing that you never received. So, when I get a email asking why I cancelled (I didn’t!) I reached out to them to let them know I didn’t. Also, learned in this process that the local office is just a satellite office (no one to personally see). They finally sent a new crew and I rated the new crew 5 stars because it wasn’t their fault what I had been through. LawnStarter has “not” called me once. I’m Looking forward to that 3rd mow!

Surely has been βœ”οΈ

I learned last night that the strip by my neighbors fence that I told the lawn crew not to do is mine too. I knew they mowed it in November so I just thought it was theirs. So, I get to add that one “little” strip to my to do list βœ”οΈ

Timber!

During some typical Ohio Spring weather lightening hit a tree at the end of the backyard. The tree is actually on a different property owner. The lightening literally split this huge tree in half. I’m not a tree expert but I have to wonder when the other half is going to come down and in which direction.

Caleb relaxing with foam blocks

Caleb has been handling all the Spring excitement well πŸ™‚.

All lined up. He just likes to flip them in his hand.

Well, I have developed a routine of looking out my kitchen window to see if the other half of the tree is standing 🧐. In that process, we were welcomed with a new surprise…

It’s Ground Hog Week! 🀣

Yeah, I know they are cute but they are a yards number 1 hated pest. My sister wants to name it and my brother wants to shoot it. I’m going to try to contact a nature park with rangers and see if they have a trap I can use to trap it for relocating. I definitely can’t garden with a groundhog. (adding to the to do list βœ”οΈ).

Cute but destructive

Then, my Baby Boy calls to let me know he’s packing to leave the Country. He may be gone 1-2 years😭.

My Baby πŸ’•

The week finally ended with my niece’s 10 year old Birthday πŸŽ‰

Time to go to a Birthday party!
She has left the single digits behind!
Caleb

Caleb has a hard time celebrating any Birthday that isn’t hisπŸ˜‚.

She is so pretty 🀩❀️

Well, life has been busy and no thanks to Lawn Service issues I am running behind schedule. However, I know it will get better!🀣

Resurrection Sunday Dinner

Beautiful bouquet on the table 😍

I love family get togethers. We continue to celebrate our family traditions as a family. I hope you continue to make wonderful memories with yours too.

Homemade Family Dinner

My sister hosted this year’s dinner. She did a fabulous job! The ham had pineapples with cherries, baked beans with onions and green peppers, macaroni and cheese casserole, deviled eggs with jalapeno peppers, dinner rolls and homemade carrot cake for dessert. Besides the dinner I enjoy the family fellowship and so does Caleb. Again, I hope you celebrated the Resurrection with family, friends or even your church family. It is not healthy to isolate and be alone!

Caleb working on his smile 😁
Caleb got a goodie package

Caleb had a busy week. On April 1st he had his Birthday “30”. He had dinner at his favorite Chinese buffet. Then, he ended the week doing more celebrating. Again, I really hope your not celebrating alone!

To top off our Resurrection Sunday..we came home and I realized our Trumpet Lilies had bloomed! I hope you continue making home style traditional memories.

Resurrection Day Lilies πŸ’ž

Tortoiseshell Cats (Torties)

ZuZu and Zelda have been featured on the Blog before. They are my rescue cats. ZuZu will be 2 years old in June and Zelda will be 1 year old on Mother’s Day.

Tortoiseshell or Torties refers to the cats coating and doesn’t refer to a breed. Almost all tortoiseshell cats are female. Only 1 out of 3,000 will be male and they are usually sterile. Torties can live around 10-15 years. They have a spicy attitude and a huge personality.

Recently, they both got a bath and new collar. ZuZu did pretty good but Zelda was like trying to bath a wild animal.

She liked her new collar 😻

As the pet owner of two, I can tell you that they have to be the most stubborn that exists! Litter training was easy but training to follow all other house rules is nearly impossible. Which is surprising because they are very intelligent. They even pick up on the English language to the point of using it. Believe it or not ZuZu has yelled “Mom!” when she was adjusting to being put in a cat cage (3- story cat playpen) at night. Both of them will talk back to you (cat language) when asked a question. The way they volcalize is amusing, they sound nothing like a “typical” cat.

Well, Zelda got her bath and new collar too. Currently, she has her bow that was on the collar ripped off.

She was not happy with the bath and new collar 😾

I have read that folklore from all over the world states that they bring good luck to their owners. I wasn’t feeling lucky while bathing Zelda πŸ˜†

“Spicy”

Sources:

* allaboutcats.com

*My personal experience as a cat owner- “Mom”

*Wikipedia

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 70Β° – 71Β°. 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 67Β°. 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 1Β°. 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 πŸ™.

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 16Β° and their predicting a possible -20 to come with the cold front. Nearly, too much for me to imagine! I would rather imagine Spring.πŸ™‚

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!πŸ’“

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. β€οΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²β€οΈ

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!πŸ™‚

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 lifeπŸ˜‚. 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.πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚. Stress weakens the immune system! I know it is tempting to stay on top of the news but please take breaks πŸ˜‚. 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 πŸ™‚.

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