Monday, September 18, 2017

My Favorite Quotes

I have lots of favorite quotes/quotes I love. When I am having a bad day for whatever reason, I like to read encouraging words to help me get through the day.

Here are some of my favorites:
A family of God is a family of love.
When you know who you are, and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom.
Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everryone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.
Don't judge my path if you haven't walked my journey.
If you are always trying to be NORMAL, you will never know how amazing you can be.-Maya Angelou
 Once you choose HOPE, anything is possible.
Dreams don't work unless you do!
You were given this life becauseyou are strong enough to live it.
Live simply. Dream Big. Be grateful. Give love. Laugh lots.
People who think they are crazy enough to change the world, are the ones who do. 
Hope is the one thing stronger than fear.
Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow. 
Life is so much brighter when we focus on what truly matters.
 You only fail when you stop trying.
We have all got light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are. 
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.
 Be kind, fore everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
 *Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!*

Friday, September 15, 2017

My Louisiana Bucket List


  • Baton Rouge
  • New Orleans
  • Mardi Gras World
  • The National WWII Museum
  • Aquarium of the Americas
  • Oak Alley Plantation
  • Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
  • Audubon Zoo
  • Jackson Square
  • Audubon Park
  • San Francisco Plantation House
  • St. Louis Cathedral
  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  • The Cabildo
  • Lake Pontchartrain
  • Frenchman Street
  • Preservation Hall
  • Baton Rouge Zoo
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection
  • The Presbytere
  • City Park
  • Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'
  • Alexandria Zoological Park
  • Cafe du Monde
  • Honey Island Swamp
  • Laura Plantation
  • The Houmas
  • Royal Street
  • Lafrenier Park
  • Destrehan Plantation
  • Lafayette Square
  • St. Joseph Plantation
  • Louis Armstrong Park
  • Woldenberg Park
  • The New Orleans Treehouse
  • Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
  • The Gates of Guinee
  • Metairie Cemetery
  • The Singing Oak
  • The Luling Mansion
  • Ruins of Fort Macomb
  • The Tree of Life
  • The Myrtles Plantaion
  • Fort Pike
  • The Rosegate House
  • The Cats of Jackson Square
  • Fort Proctor
  • Tomb of the Unkown
  • The Faerie Playhouse
  • Confederate Civil War Museum
  • Fort St. Philip
  • Labyrinth at Audubon Park
  • Musical Legends Park
  • Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden
  • Jungle Gardens
  • Doullut Steamboat Houses
  • Laura: A Creole Plantation
  • French Quarter
  • Rip Van Winkle Gardens
  • RTA-Streetcars
  • Historic New Orleans Collection
  • Louisiana State Capitol
  • The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA
  • 1850 House
  • Jungle Gardens
  • Avery Island
  • Christmas in New Orleans
  • Venice
  • Avery Island Bird Sanctuary
  • Chauvin Sculpture Garden
  • Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Kentucky Bucket List


  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Churchill Downs
  • Kentucky Derby Museun
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
  • Creation Museum
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
  • Lost River Cave
  • Newport Aquarium
  • Red River Gorge
  • Kentucky Kingdom
  • Louisville
  • Belle of Louisville
  • Mary Todd Lincoln House
  • Louisville Zoo
  • Ark Encounter
  • Kentucky Down Under
  • Louisville Waterfront Park
  • Mega Cavern
  • General George Patton Museum of Leadership
  • Falls of the Ohio State Park
  • Smale Riverfront Park
  • Cherokee Park
  • Daniel Boone National Forest
  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
  • Dinosaur World
  • E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Big South Fork Scenic Railway
  • Old Fort Harrod State Park
  • Cumberland Falls
  • Wigwam Village #2
  • Vent Haven Museum
  • Castle Post
  • Mantle Rock
  • Funtown Mountain
  • Troublesome Creek
  • The Strange procession Which Never Moves
  • Colonel Sanders' Grave
  • Kentucky's Stonehenge
  • Lexington's Biblical Miniature Golf
  • Black Mountain
  • South Union Shaker Village
  • Shrine of Saints Magnus and Bonosa
  • Tri-State Peak
  • Dixie Cup Water Tower
  • Heigold House
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Slavery to Freedom Museum
  • Kentucky Floral Clock
  • The Grave of Harry L. Collins
  • Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia
  • Florence Y'all Water Tower

Monday, September 11, 2017

My Accomplishments So Far

I got the idea for this post on Instagram, and decided to do a blog post about my accomplishments.

Here are my accomplishments in life so far:

(Note: I am not trying to brag in any way. I just wanted to share the things that I have been able to accomplish so far.)
  • Graduation from elementary, junior high, and high school on time (I never really did the best I could do in school, but I was very happy to be able to graduate on time)
  • Getting almost all As and Bs in the college classes I have taken so far (I have one C, which is in Culinary Mathematics; math is not my best subject) for my degree.
  • Getting a job at the library on my own, and having it last for more than a couple of weeks (it has been six months so far, since I started working at the library)
  • Volunteering with the library's homebound delivery program for 5 years (there were times where I was debating whether or not I wanted to continue; since I was able to start school and work, I haven't thought about quitting volunteering again)
  • Saving most of the money from my paychecks (this is a big one for me, as I am usually a spender, and never really saved much money until recently)
  • Getting through my probationary period at work (yes, to me that is an accomplishment!!) without any problems.
  • Missing only one day of work (because of an emergency) in six months
Yeah, I know it's not much, but it's a start. I am a very shy person by nature, so doing things out of my comfort zone is very hard for me to do mentally. I am starting to get better at that, though, so I am looking forward to seeing where that takes me in the future.

Friday, September 8, 2017

My Kansas Bucket List


  • Crown Center
  • Science City at Union Station
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
  • Sea Life Kansas City
  • National World War 1 Museum and Memorial
  • Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City
  • Arabia Steamboat Museum
  • Penn Valley Park
  • Roanoke Park
  • The Scout
  • Blue River Greenway
  • Cave Springs
  • Hidden Valley Park
  • Washington Square Park
  • Strataca, The Kansas Underground Salt Museum
  • Oz Museum
  • Monument Rocks
  • The Garden of Eden
  • The Wichita Troll
  • Truckhenge
  • Mushroom Rock State Park
  • Topeka
  • Giant Van Gogh Painting
  • The Big Well
  • Rock City
  • Dorothy's House and Land of Oz
  • Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
  • World's Largest Czech Egg
  • Jim Dickerman's Open Range Zoo
  • Comanche, Survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • Amelia Earhart Earthworks
  • Keeper of the Plains
  • Buffalo Bill Monument
  • Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark
  • Waterfall at Pillsbury Crossing
  • Drinkwater and Schriver Flour Mill, Dedar Point
  • Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area
  • Baker Wetlands
  • Wichita
  • Sauer Castle
  • Waterfalls at the Geary County Lake
  • Chase State Fishing Lake
  • St. Fidelis Church, Victoria
  • Kansas Lavender Fields, Topeka
  • Oxford Grist Mill
  • Nutterville
  • Lyons

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My Iowa Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Iowa:

  • Hawkeye Point
  • Grotto of the Redemption
  • Backbone State Park
  • Pikes Peak State Park
  • Ledges State Park
  • De Moine
  • Father Paul Dobberstein's Grotto of the Redemption
  • Elwood, the World's Tallest Concrete Gnome
  • The Day The Music Died Memorial
  • Matchstick Marvels Museum
  • Albert the Bull
  • American Gothic Barn
  • John Wayne's Birthplace
  • Dubuque
  • Cedar Rapids
  • High Trestle Trail Bridge
  • Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge
  • National Balloon Classic
  • Blue Bunny Parlor
  • Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
  • Fossil and Prairie Park Preserve
  • Sweet Corn Serenade
  • Bellevue State Park
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Amana Colonies
  • Maquoketa Caves State Park
  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
  • Living History Farms
  • Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad
  • Reiman Gardens
  • Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
  • Vander Veer Botanical Park
  • George Wyth Memorial State Park
  • John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
  • National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
  • Iowa Great Lakes
  • Iowa State Fair
  • Pella's Dutch History
  • Tulip Time Festival
  • Great River Road National Scenic Byway
  • The Bridges of Madison County
  • Waterloo Museums
  • Keosauqua State Park
  • Iowa City Pedestrian mall
  • Barn Quilts of Grundy County

Monday, September 4, 2017

My Fall 2017 Bucket List

I love making lists, so making a fall bucket list was/is a must for me!!

Here is my bucket list for this fall:
  • Watch Frankenweenie
  • Watch Hocus Pocus
  • Watch The Addams Family
  • Watch the Halloweentown movies
  • Carve/paint a pumpkin
  • Try a fall drink at Starbucks
  • Go on fall photo shoots
  • Do well in my cooking class
  • Sign up for spring semester classes
  • Go to a h.s. football game
  • Cook a Thanksgiving dinner myself
  • Volunteer at a food pantry
  • Make a pumpkin pie from scratch
  • Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Watch Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2
  • Watch Frankenstein
  • Watch Nosferatu
  • Watch It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Bake cookies
  • Attend a fall festival
  • Get big bags of candy corn and mellowcreme pumpkins
  • Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Make caramel apples
  • Play in the leaves
What is on your bucket list for fall?

Friday, September 1, 2017

My Indiana Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Indiana:
  • Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • Indiana World War Memorial Plaza
  • City Falls State Park
  • Spirit of Jasper Train
  • Park County's Covered Bridges
  • Indiana Dunes State Park
  • Indiana Expeience
  • Turkey Run State Park
  • Nappanee
  • Brown County State park
  • Monument Circle
  • Conner Prairie
  • Holiday World and Surfin' Safari
  • Falls of the Ohio State Park
  • Winona Lake
  • Empire Quary
  • The Ruins
  • Historic West Baden Springs Hotel
  • The Nest Houses of Patrick Dougherty
  • New Harmony Labyrinth
  • Rose Island
  • Indianapolis Moon Tree
  • Providence Home Geode Grotto
  • The Roofless Church
  • John Dillinger's Grave
  • Jug Rock
  • Studebaker National Museum
  • Blue Flash Backyard Roller Coaster
  • Painted Rainbow Bridge
  • Brain Sculpture
  • Albany Shoe Tree
  • Levi Coffin House
  • Lincoln Boyhood National Museum
  • Santa Claus, Indiana
  • East Race Waterway
  • France Park
  • Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Indiana Landmarks Center
  • Exotic Feline Rescue Center
  • Mentone Egg
  • Statue of Joe Palooka
  • Courthouse Tree
  • Valparaiso
  • Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University
  • Isaac Knight Memorial

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in August

Here are the things that made me happy this month:
  • Starting the fall semester at school
  • Finishing my probationary period at work
  • Celebrating family birthdays
  • Seeing the eclipse from my school campus
  • Checking out my campus's space center for the first time (I love space, and science, so I don't know why it took me so long to visit the space center)
  • Making a UV bracelet at my school's solar eclipse event (the beads change color in sunlight)
  • Buying an Earth Ball at my campus's space center gift shop
  • Seeing my niece and nephew
  • Checking out a couple local festivals
  • Seeing a chipmunk on my way to work one day
  • Seeing a hummingbird feed at our feeder several times this month
Even when I have bad days, there is always something to be thankful for, something to be happy about. I have had way more good days than bad, and I am so very thankful for that. What made you happy this month?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

My Illinois Bucket List

Some of thes places I have been to before, but it has been a long time, so I would love to go again. Some are new to me, and would love to visit for the first time. A couple of these I just recently saw/visited this summer.

  • The Bean (DONE)
  • Crown Fountain (DONE)
  • Sears Tower
  • Buckingham Fountain
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • The Lurie Garden
  • Millenium Monument
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Water Tower
  • Soldier Field
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Grant Park
  • Lincoln Park Conservatory
  • Hancock Tower
  • River Tour/Cruise
  • Blue Man Group
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Field Museum
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Adler Planetarium
  • Navy Pier
  • Tribune Tower
  • Chicago Theatre
  • Peggy Notabaert Nature Museum
  • Hull House
  • Maggie Daley Park
  • Holy Name Cathedral
  • Cirque Du Soleil
  • United Center
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
  • Lincoln Tomb
  • State Capitol
  • Starved Rock State Park
  • Eads Bridge
  • Chicago Harbor Light
  • Baha'i House of Worship
  • Morton Arboretum
  • Fireworks at Navy Pier
  • Oz Park
  • Wicker Park
  • Tiffany Dome
  • Graceland Cemetery
  • Chicago Temple
  • The Fountain of Time
  • Eternal Silence
  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Cahokia Mounds
  • Springfield
  • Obama Kissing Rock
  • Pullman historic District
  • The Secret Mermaid
  • The Home Alone House
  • Livonian Wolves at the Leaping Wall
  • Par-King
  • Al Capone's Hideaway & Steakhouse
  • Inez Clarke Monument
  • Rosehill Cemetery
  • Ebenezer Floppen Slopper's Wonderful Abandoned Water Slides
  • World's Largest Catsup Bottle
  • Rock n Roll McDonald's & Museum
  • The Super Museum
  • Popeye Character Trail
  • Gateway Geyser
  • World's Largest Lincoln Statue
  • World's Largest Cross
  • The Eternal Indian
  • Railsplitter Covered Wagon
  • Puerto Rican Flag Sculptures
  • Liberty Bell of the West
  • Kayak in the Chicago River