Saturday, March 19, 2011


Today has been a sad day for my family. This morning as my kiddos walked to school they found Tiger dead. Not a very good way for the kiddos to start a school day eh?

Anyone who knows anything about me know I love animals. Tiger belonged to one of our neighbors. She threw him out of their house after catching him on her counter and throwing him off and breaking his hip. He loved the kdis so he would venture over to our house every day.

 No matter how many times we would take him back to his home he would come back. We started feeding him and letting him sleep in the house. He would ask to go outside when he had to go potty. He was a great cat.


We loved him so much. This morning he was hit by a car (I am assuming). He made it out of the road and into my front flower bed and he just layed down and passed away. I wish I could have helped him as I have some vet tech training but I had no idea what had happened.

He hadn't been gone long when he was found. I checked for a pulse and there was none. He was still warm.

He looked like he was sleeping stretched out on his side in the sunlight.

It is after 2am as I am writing this. I am a very tenderhearted person and everytime I close my eyes I see our precious kitty lying there. I had to bury him and it kills me. I looked for him all day today as I was doing my chores because he is usually following me around. The kiddos understand that he is gone and are sad. My nearly 6 year old is taking it hardest. This is his first lost pet.

I have been crying like a baby all day off and on. My puppies curl up on or beside me telling me I will be ok.

It's hard losing anything you love.

RIP Tiger. 3-18-11

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Food, Glorious Food.

Hello again my friends. I have done some brainstorming and have came up with a wealth of topics to blog about. I am very excited to show you more of my ordinary, everyday life.

This post is about food. I am from the south (Georgia, USA) and I love food. You know the good soul food. The sad thing is that most of the soul food isn't that good for you. I try to eat healthy.  So I'm gonna show you some of the things I eat.

Above is my oven fried chicken. The origional recipe I found for this had you coat the chicken breasts with mayo. Ewww.. I just rinse my boneless, skinless chicken breasts and then roll it in a mixture of italian style bread crumbs and whichever spices I choose on that day. I bake it at 375 degrees for about 45 min to an hour.

Yummy baked mac and cheese. We don't have this very often but this was in a Sunday dinner meal. I make a variation of this recipe. I use all of the same ingredients but I use a whole 38 oz block of velveeta and I put Lil Smokies on top. Oh and I use colby jack cheese mixed into the mac and cheese and on top before I bake it.

Mashed potatoes and gravy. My hubby loves his meat and potatoes. The kids love it. I love it.

Corn on the cob. I always keep some frozen in my deep freezer. My kids love, love, love corn on the cob. Usually, in the summer, we will keep the corn in the husks, soak it in water, and grill it outside with our burgers, steaks, chicken, or whatever we may be grilling. It comes out perfect everytime. This time around I boiled it.

If there is one thing I love, it is to make my own soup. I think most will call it stone soup. I always have either frozen or canned mixed veggies around, I always have some sort of beans, some potatoes, and some kind of meat. Depending on my mood that day, I just throw a whole bunch of veggies in a pot (fresh and frozen), put some cooked meat in with it, cover with water or chicken, veggie, beef stock or tomato juice, and add whatever seasonings I feel like for that day. Havent made one my family doesn't like yet!

Salads! I am a salad eater! I can eat them every day twice a day and not get bored. So many variations on them. This one has lettuce, broccoli, cheese, carrots, chicken, cucumber, celery, hard boiled egg, well you get the picture. I either use the dressing on the side to dip my bites in or I put a light drizzle over top. MMMM

Finally, dessert. I order and receive the Betty Crocker Calendar every year. I hang it up on the bulletin board in my kitchen. This cake recipe was on the month of March. My youngest daughter's birthday is March 7th. This year for her 10th birthday she wanted this cake. It is called Grasshopper Fudge Cake. This cake is so yummy (as you can tell, it was almost gone before I could get a pic). It is so has the fudge taste, a hint of mint throughout and it is super easy to make.

Well I hope you have enjoyed looking at this yummy food. Tonight I am making a meatloaf, having some sort of cooked potatoes, and a steamed veggie for dinner. I cannot wait!

Thank you to all my loyal readers. I enjoy reading all of your comments and visiting your blogs.
Until we meet again, Be blessed.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rain, Rain, Please, Please, Pretty please, Go AWAY!

Hello my friends. The titles suits this post so well. Here in South-Central Ohio we have gotten several inches of rain over the past few weeks. It has been a mess. Of course, in true Ohio form, it is pouring down again as I type this blog.

But, last week while my hubby was on vacation, we did manage to venture out and explore and go out and date. (have i failed to mention we were best friends in school and we never dated before or during our relationship? Another post There were a few pretty days last week and this was during one of those days.

As you can see in this photo, we couldn't get to any of the hot spots in the Paint Creek Lake area. This is the road that goes to the beach.
Looking down the same road, you can see the trees in the the water. Those trees are on a hill above the beach. There are also picnic tables and grills there. The water was almost up to the road as you can see.
The above picture is taken at Paint Creek Lake Marina. Can you see the lamp post out in the middle of the water. There is a parking lot and boat dock missing.
The above picture is of the bathrooms at the marina. These bathrooms are very far away from the natural water line. Behind the bathrooms you can see some of the floating docks of the marina.
Help our road disappeared.
Some of the flooding had gone down and left this tree ripped out of the ground.
Here is the Paint Creek Lake Dam. This is the first time I have ever seen the dam open all the way.  There is usually a rush of water out of it on a normal day but you can see the bottom of the dam through the water. here you can see that the water is rushing out and causing a lot of turbulence.
Here is an even closer picture of the dam. The water was rushing so hard it would splash up on the walkways beside it. The roar of the water was deafening.
Finally here is the water just below the dam. Still looking wild and foamy and brown.

That is all for now my friends. I have more pictures of my adventures to come.

Until next time, Be Blessed.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Just popping in.

Hello my fabulous bloggy friends. I wanted to pop in and say I am still alive!!! I did finally get over my cold. It was horrible. It put me in bed for a few days. Luckily my hubby went on vacation and my kiddos were in school so I was able to get some much needed rest.

I have plenty of posts planned. Tons of pictures of various things I have ventured to see lately and I promise I will get to it very soon.

Also, I have started my 2nd granny stripe blanket for my oldest son. It is coming along nicely. I was a little worried about the colors that he wanted but strangely they all work somehow..

Anyway that will all be all for now. I will get all my pictures and thoughts organized so I can share a wealth of bloggy goodness with you my friends.

Until then...Be Blessed.