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 🙂).
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 ❤️🇺🇸❤️
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! ❤️🇺🇸❤️
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.
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😂
Me and Caleb enjoyed the walking. I spent most of the time reminiscing 🙂
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.
I’ve shared ZuZu on the Blog before. Now, let me introduce you to Zelda. Zelda was born on Mother’s Day and we adopted her July 27th. I had no intentions on adopting another cat but couldn’t believe how much she looked like ZuZu. The photo above is her in the pet carrier. Did I mention she was a bit feral? Well, her first night was in the carrier because she would not allow you to touch her. It took a few days but she began to mellow out. Caleb wanted to name her “Happy” but I didn’t think it quite fit with her personality. So, came across the name “Zelda” which also means “Happy” and it just fit her!
ZuZu was not “happy” with the new addition to the family 😂.
ZuZu is a introvert and Zelda is a extrovert. Zelda follows ZuZu everywhere. I still can’t get over how much they look alike!
ZuZu has excepted her and is even protective with her. They snuggle now and ZuZu even gives Zelda bathes.
The gentleman we got Zelda from worked long hours and got home late. He warned me about the “feral” part before I picked her up. Now, nearly three months later and we have no regrets. This is our last cat adoption. When I seen her for the first time she just looked like a clone to ZuZu, that is what hooked me.
On my Pinterest (Marjorie’s Mix) Zuzu’s above photo has earned the most repins❤️
Me and my family drove to Ceasar Creek State Park for a relaxing holiday get away. We gathered in the campground and I believe we had the nicest spot. This campsite was on top of a hill with a large shelter, grills, huge fire ring area and a path through the woods that went to the edge of the lake. I love coming to this park! Sunday was such a beautiful day and many boats out on the lake. I want a boat!
So much room for the kids to play and explore. Without exception we we’re a happy bunch! It was nice to see many other families out making memories too.
Caleb got lots of exercise and kept wondering when he could roast marshmallows. Nothing more relaxing than resting near a log fire surrounded by nature sounds.
I feel sorry for city kids that have spent most of the Summer stuck at home. Parks are free for families, yet not everybody takes the time to create healthy lifelong memories as a family. The Summer is not over! Go explore!
Summer is not over till September 22nd! I know some feel it is over after Labor Day Weekend. Yet, as of today there is still two weeks left.
I wanted to help Caleb but he insisted that he wanted to do it himself. He is always most relaxed when he is out in nature too. We stayed till after dark, then we reluctantly headed home.
Today is my Birthday “52”! Last year I created a waterfall cake. This year I didn’t want to do homemade everything because it is time consuming. This year, the plan is easy & casual.
I believe we all have come along way this year. The year that feels like four rolled into one! Also, seems like a shift towards the good. Keep the faith, trust God and keep moving forward!
Last week me and Caleb spent early afternoon at Enon Park. A lot has been done to this park over the years. At quick glance the park looks small. However, there is shelters, playground, skate park area, walking trail, grills and lots of room to play ball.
Caleb enjoyed the large play area and I liked the paved walking area.The day was to beautiful to just visit one park. So, we decided to pack up and head to George Rogers Clark Park.
I’ve described this park before on the Blog and today was just another impressive day at the park. Wonderful areas to explore and the plant life is eye capturing. Much to explore and discover along the trails. I could have gotten photos of these three beautiful horses coming off the trail and out of the woods. However, I have a slight fear of horses. I froze and missed what would have been some great captures. The ladies riding them stopped and let Caleb pet them (he is not afraid of horses). It is really wonderful that parks are available to families. I hope your enjoying your surrounding parks too!
It’s nearly the end of Summer & I hope your finding ways to enjoy your Summer too!
This classic 7up Salad has three layers and easy to create. Definitely, the perfect Summer relaxing comfort dessert. The best part is that it falls under the catagory of “frugal”. Yes, $7 – $8 to create a huge dish of homemade goodness. I remember watching my Grandma make this. Classic recipes are my favorite!
1 large box of Lemon Jello (the grocery had no large boxes. So, I got 2 – 3oz boxes).
2 cups 7 up
2 cups miniature marshmallows (I used a whole 10 oz bag).
2 cups of boiling water
20 oz can of drained crushed pineapple
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup pineapple juice (from the drained crushed pineapple can).
2 unleveled Tbsp flour
2 – 8 oz boxes of cream cheese (softened)
4 Tbsp butter or margarine
Your desired amount of cool whip to top (I used 12 oz)
I used a 9 x13 aluminum pan that came with a cover. However, I think this dessert looks best in a glass casseroledish. *I have to get a new casserole dish*
In the pan or dish that your using pour in 2 cups of boiling water (I used my tea kettle). Dissolve the jello in the boiling water, add 7up, add drained pineapple and blend. Cover with marshmallows and set till firm. It takes about 3+ hours to firm. I began step 2 after a hour of step 1 setting. Either way, the results are fabulous!
On the stove in a pan (I had my heat dialed to #4) add pineapple juice, sugar and egg. Blend well. Add flour and stir until it thickens (just like making gravy). Then, remove from heat and add butter plus cream cheese. Beat/whip mixture until well blended and creamy. I did all of this by hand but you can use a electric mixer if you choose. Spread over 1st layer and place in frig till firm.
Final step: Spread cool whip (whipped cream) over top. You can be creative with this recipe and make it uniquely yours. For instance, you can use lime jello and pastel colored marshmallows for the Springtime. This is a classic recipe that never fails to keep them coming back for more. ~Enjoy~
1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
3. Nominate 11 other Bloggers.
4. Ask your nominees 11 questions.
Q & A Session:
1. What got you into blogging? I had been researching blogging for a couple of years and following blogs. I kept thinking, I can do that. One day I decided to just stop thinking about it and did it. Happy I did because I really enjoy blogging and getting to know a diverse group of individuals filled with creativity. I love that none of the Bloggers styles are identical. Many unique Bloggers to get to know.
2. If you were a stranger who had just met you, what would you like about yourself the most? My optimism
3. Your favorite singer? This is difficult to answer because I love so many genres of music. I love many gifted singers. I will say, Toby Mac because of his inspiring mountain moving music. 💞
4. If you could, what would you change in the world? I would change the existence of Covid-19. It would no longer exist.
5. Who is the person closest to you, and why? My son Caleb is the closest person to me because he is a autistic that needs 24/7 care. I am his caregiver.
6. One movie that changed your life? I will currently say, the movie/documentary “Out of the Shadows”. So much has been brought to light with human trafficking and not all shocking events belong to conspiracy. I am more aware of what I watch and MSM is no longer a part of that.
7. What is one thing you would do differently from your parents/guardians when you have children? I was less conservative.
8. What did you wish to become when you were a child? A journalist
9. If you were born again, what would you do differently? Ugh, I wouldn’t want a repeat. Plus, all those lessons were meant to be learned. Lessons are part of the journey.✔️
10. One experience that changed your life for better or for worse? Jesus. I spent many years as a prodigal child. Then, discovered that He never gave up on me. My life is much better with the experience of Jesus.
Yes, another park visit 🙂. As city renters me and Caleb don’t get to experience this degree of relaxation in our small backyard. We had lunch here earlier in the week. Caleb with ball in hand was trying to decide between lunch first or ball play.
After lunch Caleb was beyond ready to introduce his ball to the open field. From the outside this park looks small but there is a huge open field to play in, playground equipment, shelter, grills, basketball court, older tennis area and paved walkway all around the park.
More clouds began to move in and the wind blended in with the environment. I decided to relax in the grass while he enjoyed the open field.
Well, we enjoyed the afternoon but looks like it was time to go. Very thankful for all the parks and recreation in our surrounding area. Me and Caleb’s next life goal is home ownership. I’ll trust God’s wisdom, knowledge and timing for a better backyard experience.
Carriage Hill is a historical farm located in Huber Heights, Ohio. Last week me and Caleb had lunch at the Cedar Lake area. From are lunch area we watched many families fishing together at the lake and many just enjoying lunch together. There is so much to this park and it feels like you’ve taken a step back in time. This historical 1880’s farm is surrounded by lakes, trails and many historical demonstrations.
After our lunch we checked out some meadow and prairie life. This was so relaxing and I definitely recommend this! We didn’t have time to enjoy all aspects of the park but we loved this lunch break 💞.
Looks like me and Caleb weren’t the only ones that enjoyed lunch here. Hope your enjoying your Summer and making wonderful memories at your local parks.Enjoy the little things in life 🙂