Showing posts from May, 2016

Books that I read for fun in May

Over the last year and a half, I started documenting the books that I read for fun (and not just for review purposes).  I have decided that I need to continue that as reading is important part of how I relax. Books that I read for fun are books that I have not been asked to review and that I have chosen to read, well because I like to read. In 2015, I read a total of 49 books! This year, 2016, I am aiming to read 52 books and have currently read 28, so I am on an awesome pace!

What did I read in May?: 

I finished off Susan Mallery's "Fool's Gold" series this month.  I would highly recommend the series! I can't wait to see if she will be continuing it! Now I need to go find another series to read...



I have a goal to expand my reading habits and to try to include at least one non-fiction book each month, to expand my mind and to get me to think about what I read and not just get lost in a good story. 

Sadly I did not read

Mother's Day 2016

Mother's Day 2016 is in the books and I have to say it was a very relaxing weekend and just what this momma needed. 

Sunday morning, I was treated to breakfast in bed by Bill and Rebecca. It was a very yummy breakfast of eggs, toast, bacon and orange juice. All the kids came in to wish me a Happy Mother's Day. 

I got some wonderful gifts from Bill and the kids. Bill actually gave me my gift several weeks ago. He is going to take me to see Kenny Rogers later in the Summer! I love country music and am a Kenny Rogers fan, so it should be a fun show. 

I also got homemade cards, a new nightshirt that says I love the beach, chocolates, and 2 candles (one smells like the beach and one smells like the forest). I was spoiled! 

We ended up stopping at Wendy's for lunch before heading to my parent's house for a Mother's Day cookout. It has kind of become an annual tradition. 

The cookout was fun. My brother, his wife, and my niece and nephews came over. My youngest brother was the…

Weeds be gone!

On Saturday afternoon,(after we had walked on the Kokosing and seen 14 frogs!) I had to run to Kroger to get some pasta salad mix to make for Mother's Day cookout at my mom's house on Sunday. (My dad and brother love one particular brand of pasta salad that I make!). While I was there, my brother Joe called and wanted to know where I was. He said he was at my house.

Well, earlier I was talking to my mom on the phone and he was at her house and I was teasing that he should come over and clean out my flower beds for me so that I could mulch them. I was just joking... well apparently he thought I was serious. 

He came over and dug out the flower beds that line the driveway. There were overgrown with weeds, flowers and some bush that was planted right next to the side step. He took everything out and then covered it with cardboard that we had in the garage and then mulched it for me. Last year we tried to plant flowers in that area, but it is not good for flowers because it doesn…

14 frogs, chipmunks, and a train engine

Saturday morning was opening day for the softball league that Rebecca plays for. She did not have a game that day, but did have to be there for opening ceremony. After she came home, I suggested that we take the kids to the Kokosing Gap Trail near Kenyon College and take a family walk. 

We walked the paved trail and saw several birds and butterflies. 

We went down through some of the Brown Family Environmental Center trails. As we were crossing through a stretch near the bridge, I heard something large stepping in the forest area. I pulled Ben behind me, so that if it was an animal coming out it would see me first. Turns out it was 2 deer that we had startled and they were running the other way away from us. Scared me though!

We stopped off at the main center and explored a little. We found a pond and the kids counted 12 frogs, one chipmunk, more tadpoles than they could count and several fish. We then found another pond, where they counted 2 more frogs. The kids LOVED seeing all the fro…

What's for dinner this week??

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday. I know that I did. I will recap it later this week. It was fun, relaxing and I was surrounded by my favorite people in the world. What more could a girl ask for? In fact it was a pretty great weekend all around, just what this girl needed. 

Now we are on to another week and this week looks to be rainy/stormy most of the week. We have several outdoor things planned, so I hope they don't get rained out. We will have to see. I made my menu plan so that if something does get rained out then I have a better back up choice for dinner. 

Before we talk about this coming week, this is how I did last week::

MONDAY::: Meatloaf, mashed potates and gravy, green beans--YEP

TUESDAY::: Italian sausage and peppers skillet with pasta--YEP

WEDNESDAY::: French bread pizzas and fruit--YEP

THURSDAY::: Tacos and corn--YEP

FRIDAY::: Sandwiches, fruit and chips--YEP

SATURDAY::: Spaghetti and meatballs--YEP

SUNDAY::: I don't know, except I am NOT cooki…

Found a treasure in our community!

When we moved to our current city, we lamented that we had lost access to the city parks and trails that we had just discovered in our last city. Rebecca was starting to really enjoy walking the trails and we did not know of any in the city that we were moving to. We moved from a large suburb outside of Columbus, to a smaller town. But we said that we would take her the city parks and let her play on the playground. That was 6 years ago. 

Now, we have discovered that our town DOES INDEED have a series of trails and wild space for the family to walk and explore. The Kokosing Gap Trail is a 14 mile paved trail built on an old railroad line. We have only explored the first 3 miles or so before yesterday. 

Well yesterday, the weather was cool enough that we wouldn't freeze and so we decided to take advantage and just get out in nature a while. So Bill, Benjamin and I decided to take a walk before we had to get Rebecca and Jacob from school. We decided to go to a different entry point to…