Emerging Forward #covid19 #forward #thoughts

I had to leave my home today to take care of rent. I didn’t go into any buildings. The bank now is only drive throu. So, I got my money order through the bank and dropped it in the rental manager’s box. Rode through Fairborn, Ohio and over through Beaver Creek, Ohio. Me and my son did not leave the vehicle. I was most amazed at all of the traffic! It is very obvious that many are not following the Stay at Home order. The President is 100% correct, there is going to be some painful weeks ahead.

It is true tough times don’t last, tough people do though. Tough people are smart, have a clear sense of integrity and know how to thoughtfully emerge forward.

*I thank God for his mercy daily โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ™*

The Virus #covid19 #health #virus

March 17, 2020 Walmart Beaver Creek, Ohio. Bread aisle
March 17, 2020 Walmart, Beaver Creek, Ohio toilet paper aisle

Needless to say, it has seemed like Black Friday shopping! Thankfully, me and Caleb have what we need now. Stores finally started putting up limit signs.

Please don’t treat this as a hoax! Get what you need and plan to stay home. Those out and about not following precautions (social distancing) are going to overwhelm our medical system. Be kind and think of others. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Wear a mask in crowded areas.

*Wash your hands

*Practice social distancing (your feet 3 ft+ from others)

We will all get through this together. If you live in the United States plan on two waves of checks to be sent out. These are suppose to be based on family size and income: https://www.wbaltv.com/article/president-trump-wants-checks-sent-to-americans-as-part-of-covid-19-response-treasury-secretary-says/31702407

I know it is tempting to stay on top of the news now 24/7. Please take time for a relaxing news break for your mental health and well-being โ™ฅ๏ธ.

*Watch a comedy

*Focus on a hobby

*Introduce your family to a board game

*Skype with friends and family

*Read a book

Relax, don’t stress! (stress weakens the immune system!)

I Disappear #break #creativity #media

Disappear: Cease to be visible. Oxford dictionary

Yes, sometimes I just disappear. Which means I’m busy taking a social media break. I don’t forewarn because I don’t need permission to step away for me. When, I take these breaks I have discovered that I reappear with fresh creative ideas. Personally, when I’m absent I feel very present with myself.

You may think you have no time for a break but you do. There is 24 hours in a day and you can carve out at least 30 minutes of “me” time. Maybe you’ll have to revise your schedule, say no to somethings and yes to time for you.

Abstinence – is a self-enforced restraint from indulging in bodily activities that are widely experienced as given pleasure. -Wikipedia

I believe in 2020 taking a social media break would fit into the definition of abstinence. Abstinence is the opposite of indulgence. We all know someone that seems to have a unhealthy addiction in this area. I would suggest baby steps: 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes toward a freedom break. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can do it!

Some benefits of a social media break that I’ve discovered:

1. Improves your mood

2. Boosts your creativity

3. Time for reading a book

4. Creates time for a walk

5. Can start a family project

6. Work on a exercise routine

7. Discover a new hobby

8. Work in your journal

9. Rock painting, gardening, etc.,

*Personal time with God*

Yes it does! ๐Ÿ™‚

Go ahead! Disappear via a social media break. I promise your not going to miss anything and you’ll reappear even more amazing! โค๏ธ

The American Dream #America #cancer #health

Beating the Odds

The American Dream: The ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American. Allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved. -Oxford dictionary

Update on my Mom’s cancer diagnosis: She beat the odds! In January she got to ring the bell after her last treatment and they gave her a certificate of completion. Her treatment plan was: Mondays mild chemo and Monday-Friday radiation. She will have to have check ups for the rest of her life. For now, all visible signs of the tumor that was the size of two of the Doctor’s fists has disappeared. A true miracle and blessing!

She has spent the last few weeks getting her strength back and fighting the feeling of nausea. Each day she feels physically better.

Now, that she has beat cancer the medical bills are arriving. One turned into collections while she was waiting to hear back from Veteran Services and reaching out to other agencies for help.

I believe this month is her 22nd or 23rd year with the same employer. In August she will be “70” and sees no way to retire because of the accumulation of medical bills.

(The Economist)

It is as if she got punished for having cancer. As a cancer survivor she has to reexamine her finances in all areas. Any retirement savings is used for mortgage, utilities and medical expenses. All of which is happening while your not able to work.

Yeah, maybe your reading this thinking this doesn’t affect me. One day it will. Before you know it, if your not already a senior citizen; you will eventually have that label. By the way, Social Security just shaved $30-$40 off in January and she has no idea why.

Personally, I’m a optimist. Our healthcare system and the way we treat any citizen that reaches out for resources has to change. A medical emergency or medical diagnosis shouldn’t lead to bankruptcy! I pray for my country daily ๐Ÿ™. I’m very hopeful that I will get to see positive change in my lifetime ๐Ÿ™‚

I will always believe in miracles & have hope!

A Visit to Appalachia #appalachia #appalachian #culture

On Monday, my Mom, me and Caleb visited our hometown area. I grew up in S.E. Ohio on the Ohio river. This area of Ohio borders West Virginia and Kentucky. My hometown Ironton, Ohio is part of the Appalachian region. I currently, live in Fairborn, Ohio on the outskirts of Dayton, Ohio. Hard to imagine the cultural difference less than 200 miles from my current address.

Ohio River

Caleb got to visit with his neurologist in Huntington, West Virginia. Then, we crossed back over the river into Chesapeake, Ohio. We drove through the back roads of Chesapeake checking out the By Pass status that will come through in the near future. Me and my boys lived in the hills of Chesapeake, Ohio for 11 years and 5 months at the same address. I’m a gun owner now but at the Chesapeake address I never owned a gun. Many times I left windows open and very seldom did I lock my door (truth).

Appalachia Sky Pics

Well, Caleb was happy because he knew we would not leave the area without purchasing a Italian sub from Giovannis :-). We stopped at the Ironton location and ordered us all an Italian sub. They literally brought it out to our car before I had a chance to go in to get it. So friendly and such a hometown feeling every place we went. We took our subs down to the Ironton river bank and relaxed.

Ironton, Ohio Riverbank

By the way, my hometown hosts the oldest running Memorial Day parade in the United States.

So nice to spend the day with my Mom. Wonderful to spend a day away from city life :-). Every place we went, we were greeted by friendly waves…such a good feeling! Here in the city if you just wave at someone just to be friendly, they look at you like; “Do I know you!?”

Enjoy your day today! When you get the chance to to leave city life behind (even for a day), do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Healthy Choices #apples #oranges #tomatoes

Now that December Holiday eating has passed me and Caleb are filling our fruit basket. Time to get back on track with healthy eating. Those of you that continued to eat healthy through out December…you amaze me ๐Ÿ™‚

This week we have focused on apples, oranges and tomatoes. It is just me and him so I buy a bit at a time so none goes to waste. We haven’t forgotten the veggies but on this blog post I will focus on the fruit.

โฌ†๏ธSource: Food in Sight

The apples we love with salad and slices with peanut butter.

โฌ†๏ธSource: Juicing for Living

We also love orange segments with salad too. I love the aroma of the orange peel! Sliced, broken down in segments or juiced we loveโค๏ธ

โฌ†๏ธ Source: Top 10 Home Remedies

We enjoy tomatoes with salad, juiced and even ate whole. During January we are going to be eating more salads. Before Spring I am hoping to see the results of our healthy choices. On Fridays we always have pizza night. Friday night pizza will continue but with added veggies ๐Ÿ™‚.

Goal: More fruits, vegetables, added walking and increased water intake. Not to mention, cardio exercises.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Year 2020! #Holidays #Relaxation #2020

The day after Christmas and if your reading this you’ve survived the holiday shopping fuss! All the racing and rushing to finally lead to Christmas day relaxation. Hopefully, no matter what your age you haven’t forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.

Now, we flow into 2020. Time to adjust to reading and writing the New Year 2020. Have a wonderful New Year filled with love, joy and miracles! ๐Ÿ™‚

No Stress Zone! #Holidays #Relax #Stress

Please don’t stress over the Holidays! ~Relax & Enjoy~ So what if you don’t have your shopping list completed! Save $ for those after Christmas sales.

When my boys were younger I would buy part of their gifts before Christmas and part after. All the department stores will be marking down to get rid of the end of year inventory…savings for you!

Relaxation Ideas:

*Have reasonable Holiday expectations.

*Control what you can control.

*Take time for yourselfโœ“

*Watch a dvd

*Go for a walk

* ~Just Breathe~

Our family watching a dvd together. Turns out that ZuZu loves Jim Carrey ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy & Relaxing Holidays!

Merry Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

Love & Miracles #cat #love #miracles

I’ve experienced three miracles in less than a weeks time. The #1 is my Mom’s news from her Oncologist. Most know that she was told she had cancer in August. She has been doing mild chemo every Monday and radiation Monday – Friday. She has now been told that the cancer site is shrinking! We are thankful for all that have stood in agreement for this pre Christmas miracle! ๐Ÿ™‚

Our second miracle…she is eye balling the tree. Me and Caleb wanted a pet last week. We decided on a kitten/cat. In less than 24 hours via my niece’s friend we adopted a little girl kitten. The family had named her ZuZu. I Googled the name and it is the same as the character George Bailey’s youngest daughter in; It’s a Wonderful Life. She states in the movie; “My teacher says everytime a bell rings an angel gets it’s wings”. So, because she is our early Christmas gift we kept her given name. She was born in June and is 6 months old now.

This is ZuZu in June:

Updated:

Ok, third miracle…I had a pair of bluetooth ear buds. Several months ago it was as if they just vanished and because they were expensive I could not replace them ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

In Caleb’s room he has a small Christmas tree that is used as his night light (year round…he loves Christmas). The other night I went to plug it in like I always do. Hanging from the tree was the bluetooth ear buds…just like another Christmas gift! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jesus is so amazing! He cares about “all” the things that are important to us…big & small!

Hope your holidays are amazing and filled with love!

Christmas Season #advent #Christmas #Jesus

Today began Advent and this year it is from December 1st – December 24th. A time to remember why we celebrate the birth of Christ. This year we are reading a chapter a day out loud from the book of Luke. On the 24th we will read the last chapter (Luke has 24 chapters). So, on Christmas Eve we will have read a whole book about the life of Christ.

Imagine how one life has changed the world so much. He was born in a manger from a small area of the world. He hand picked a variety of disciples that we all can relate to. Then, commissioned them to share the gospel to all the world. Satan tried to stop him and could not. Now, thanks to the internet His message has reached the world (John 3:16).

I hope everyone reading this is having a wonderful holiday season! May we not forget the true meaning of Christmas.