Backyard Living

Backyard Living πŸ™Œβ€οΈ

Finally! May 2, 2021 and we can enjoy our backyard. Having morning coffee outside this morning was wonderful. After many years of terrible renter experiences, me and Caleb is loving living in the country πŸ’–.

Morning view
Praise God

I could not ever go back to living in the city! City slicker neighbors are the worse. Me and Caleb go to sleep and it is peaceful. We wake up and it is peaceful. I just feel overwhelmed with thankfulness.

Life is Good πŸ™Œ
Backyard Living

I hope wherever you are that your getting out and enjoying the outdoors. I’m so excited for Memorial Weekend with family and friends β€οΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€οΈ

Nature’s Vivid Colors πŸ‘

Stories & Soup

Homemade Cabbage Soup

It is the 1st day of May! April was busy with family activities and still waiting for steady warm weather. Last night we had a frost and dropped down into the 30’s. Tomorrow we are expecting a 80Β° day. Crazy Ohio weather!

ZuZu and Zelda

Caleb does surprisingly good with ZuZu and Zelda. When he was younger he had two brothers to try to keep away from his things. Now, ZuZu and Zelda want to know what is so fascinating about his blocks. I’m not sure why but autistics like to line up their things (blocks, cars, books,.etc). Zelda likes to mess up all his line ups and for the most part he handles it well. He just pushes her back and begins lining it all back up. I believe she is a therapy cat. She is teaching him to prepare for the unexpected. πŸ™‚

Early Mother’s Day gift πŸ’–

Since, we were continuing to have some chilly days. I had to except that there was plenty of inside tasks to finish. For instance, some home decor. So, I took this photo from my Google photo album and Google turned it into a canvas photo for my wall. This photo I took at Carriage Hill Farm in Huber Heights, Ohio. Me and Caleb had a wonderful park lunch there. Then, we walked through the prairie. This is my early Mother’s Day gift. I really like the idea of hanging real family memories up. Most definitely feels more meaningful and creates that feeling of home.

Whole lot of yard πŸ™‚

Regardless of the up and down temperature changes the grass has continued to grow. Now, that it is beginning to warm up more I have been able to tackle the front, sides and about a 5 row outline of the backyard. I love the backyard! I remember the first time last October that me and Caleb pulled up to the property. The front yard was kinda small and then we walked to the back of the house. When we turned the corner I was nearly in shock! I was looking at a park like setting with this huge pine tree in the middle. I really did pray for this home for me and him. The following month we signed the lease and I continue to feel very thankful. I believe that God had this house picked for us. Looking forward to steady warm weather days!

I’m going to share a homemade cabbage soup recipe with you! If you have been following the Blog, then you know I’m a Appalachian cook. I usually cook with what I have on hand. This is a spicy version of this soup because we love spicy and these ingredients blend perfect for a out of this world tasting broth. Also, want to point out that this is also considered a detox soup. It is filled with healthy ingredients and I hope you enjoy.

All my cabbage soup ingredients βœ”οΈ

I use a large soup pan so we can freeze leftovers. This soup is simple easy to make and is also a frugal meal.

Getting Started

Coat the bottom of a large soup pan with extra virgin olive oil.

1 medium purple onion diced (I love this color blended in the soup)

Nearly a whole bulb of garlic diced (6-7 cloves) I love garlic in most all of our meals.

2 stalks of diced celery with the leaves. I’m not a huge celery fan but this is a essential ingredient in this detox recipe.

1 bag of Pict Sweet Farms seasoning blend

2-3 cups of diced carrots

Put the above in the pan over medium heat. Then, cut up one head of cabbage (about 6-7 cups) add to pan. 2 cap fulls of 100% lemon juice.

Garlic powder- put in what you like, I like a lot.

Lemon pepper seasoning-to your liking

Spicy cabbage soup

Add 8-9 cups of spring water

2 -14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes

2 beef bouillon cubes

1 – 16oz jar of your favorite salsa to sweeten the pot πŸ™‚

Spicy cabbage soup

Splash some Franks Red Hot sauce in the pan. Then, salt and pepper to your liking.

Turn heat up a bit until it begins to boil. Then, turn down to simmer for about 45-50 minutes.

Ready to serve πŸ™‚

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