Monday, October 16, 2017

The Most Beautiful Things I've Ever Seen

The world is full of beauty, if only people would just take a moment to look around and find it.

The most beautiful things I have ever seen are:
  • Rainbows
  • People coming together and supporting each other, after a tragedy
  • My older cat showing concern for my younger cat when she lost her balance and fell off the chair the both of them were sitting on. She even put a paw on her back to see if she was alright.
  • Doves nesting on top of the lighting fixture on my back porch, on more than one occasion
  • A hummingbird coming to drink from our hummingbird feeder, on many occasions
  • People sticking up for those who are being put down
  • People who help others in need, without expecting anything in return
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

My Montana Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Montana:

  • Rocky Mountains
  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield
  • Flathead Lake
  • Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
  • Cathedral of Saint Helena
  • Lake McDonald
  • ZooMontana
  • Grinnell Glacier
  • Avalanche Lake
  • Montana Vortex and House of Mystery
  • Highline Trail
  • Hungry Horse Dam
  • Iceberg Lake
  • Swiftcurrent Lake
  • Two Medicine Lake
  • Roosevelt Arch
  • Wild Horse Island
  • The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
  • St. Mary Falls
  • Hidden Lake Overlook
  • Butte
  • The Berkeley Pit
  • Garnet
  • Ringing Rocks of Montana
  • Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
  • Bleu Horses
  • Medicine Rocks State Park
  • Shep Memorial
  • Makoshika State Park
  • Our Lady of the Rockies
  • Ross Creek Giant Cedars Grove
  • Elkhorn Ghost Town
  • Koocanusa Bridge
  • Charles M. Bair Family Museum
  • Garden Wall in Glacier National Park
  • Missouri Headwaters State Park
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Montana Bale Trail
  • Giant Springs Heritage State Park and Fish Hatchery
  • Bighorn Canyon
  • Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge
  • North American Indian Days
  • Cut Bank's 27-foot-tall penguin
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My Missouri Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Missouri:

  • Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
  • George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Lake of the Ozarks
  • Branson
  • Gateway Arch
  • Elephant Rocks State Park
  • Old Courthouse
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
  • St. Louis
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Talking Rocks Cavern
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
  • Grant's Farm
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • The Butterfly House
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • Meramec Caverns
  • Titanic Museum
  • Sea Life Kansas City
  • Shaw Nature Reserve
  • Onondaga Cave State Park
  • The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure
  • Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins
  • Welch Spring Hospital Ruins
  • Bonne Terre Mines
  • Kansas City Workhouse
  • Turtle Playground
  • The Pinnacles
  • Bothwell Lodge
  • The Magic House
  • The Holy Finger of Kansas City
  • Kirksville Devil's Chair
  • The Space Museum
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum
  • World's Largest Fork
  • St. Valentine's Relics in Missouri
  • Maxie, The World's Largest Goodse
  • Independence Temple
  • St. Louis Abbey
  • Charlie Parker Memorial
  • Precious Moments Chapel and Gardens

Monday, October 9, 2017

My Top 20 Mood Boosting Songs

I am always listening to music, so I loved the idea for this post. Music helps me get through tough times, it helps me relax at the end of a work/school day, it helps me to get going at the start of each's a part of each and every day for me.

My top 20 mood boosting songs are:
  1. I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons
  2. Oh My Soul by Casting Crowns
  3. Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin
  4. Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West
  5. Bod Bless Us Everyone by Andrea Bocelli
  6. Single by Natasha Bedingfield
  7. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield
  8. Through Heaven's Eyes (From The Prince of Egypt movie) by Brian Stokes Mitchell
  9. When You Believe (From The Prince of Egypt movie) by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston
  10. Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
  11. Free to Be Me by Francesca Battistelli
  12. Everything by Michael Buble
  13. When a Child is Born by Andrea Bocelli
  14. Go Where Love Goes by Andrea Bocelli
  15. Because We Believe by  Andrea Bocelli
  16. The Prayer
  17. You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban
  18. We Shall Be Free by Garth Brooks
  19. Walkin on Sunshine
  20. Happy by Bruno Mars
Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!

Friday, October 6, 2017

My Mississippi Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Mississippi:

  • Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum
  • Jefferson Davis Presidential Library
  • Biloxi
  • Jackson Zoo
  • Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo
  • Mississippi State Capitol
  • Hattiesburg Zoo
  • Tombigbee State Park
  • Biloxi Light
  • Lake Chicot State Park
  • Windsor Ruins
  • Birthplace of Kermit the Frog
  • Longwood
  • For Massachusetts on Ship Island
  • Jackson
  • Stanton Hall
  • Mynelle Gardens Arboretum & Botanical Center

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Minnesota Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Minnesota:
  • Mall of America
  • St. Paul
  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
  • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Minnehaha Park
  • Duluth
  • Minnesota Zoo
  • Cathedral of St. Paul
  • Minneapolis
  • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Great Lakes Aquarium
  • Minnesota State Capitol
  • Lake Superior Zoo
  • American Swedish Institute
  • Munsinger Gardens and Clemens Gardens
  • Weisman Art Museum
  • Forestville Mystery Cave State Park
  • Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
  • Saint Anthony Falls
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park
  • Split Rock Lighthouse
  • Pipestone National Monument
  • Devil's Kettle
  • Niagra Cave
  • Elf Door at Demings Height Park
  • Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
  • Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (Como Park)
  • Spoonbridge and Cherry
  • Birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Sidewalk Harp
  • Mary Tyler Moore Statue
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum and Pageant
  • Stone Arch Bridge
  • Old Man of the Dalles
  • Franconia Sculpture Park
  • Prospect Park Water Tower
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church
  • Vision of Peace (Indian God of Peace)
  • The Triangle House of St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Washburn Park Water Tower
  • Alpine Asphalt's Wall of Skis
  • Big Ole
  • St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral
  • Giant Pipe of Pipestone

Monday, October 2, 2017

Operation Christmas Child 2017

Well, it is that time of year again...

Time for Operation Christmas Child!!!

Operation Christmas Child is an annual shoebox present collection, where people can fill a shoebox (or a box of similar size) with items for children, who may not otherwise get anything.

Here are some ideas of what you can put in your shoebox presents:
  • Dolls
  • Stuffed animal toys
  • Jump ropes
  • Embroidery floss
  • Beads
  • Wash cloths
  • Bar soap
  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Coloring books
  • Matching games
  • Paper
  • Sports/bouncy balls
  • Solar calculators
  • Hats
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Scarves
  • Play jewelry
  • Cups
  • Bowls
  • Water bottles
  • Yo-yos
  • Drawstring bags
  • Rulers
  • Picture books (for the younger children)
  • Dry erase boards with dry erase pens
  • Mini chalkboards with chalk
  • Toothbrushes
  • Watercolor paint sets and paintbrushes
  • Hair brushes or combs
  • Toy cars
  • Puzzles
  • Stickers
  • Checkers sets
  • Socks
  • Recorders
  • Harmonicas
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Clothes line and clothes pins (for older girls)
  • Pillowcase dresses (you can find more about this HERE)
  • Flip flops
  • T-shirts
  • Post-It Notes
  • Backpacks
  • Straws
  • Hair ties
  • Band-Aids
  • Binoculars
  • Fishing tools
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Watches
  • Plastic magnifying glasses
  • Small sewing kits
  • Personal hygiene items for boys, girls (for older children)
  • Purses (for older girls)
  • Barrettes, hair clips
  • Headbands
  • A handwritten note (optional, but very special to the child who receives it)
  • Pencil cases/pouches (or empty makeup bags that they can use for carrying whatever they want)
  • Handmade items (toys, dolls, clothing, etc.)
They are in most need of boxes for boys ages 10-14, so if you can, please send at least one shoebox present for that age group (although, you can choose which age group and gender you would like to pack boxes for!).

You are NOT allowed to put in liquids, war related toys (soldiers, swords, etc.), out of date foods/candy, breakables, lotions, toothpaste, and anything else of this nature.

They have an annual collection week in November (you can find your closest drop-off location HERE), but you can drop of/ship presents all year round to:

Operation Christmas Child
801 Bamboo Road
Boone NC 28607

To find out more, you can check out the links to Operation Christmas Child and Samaritan's Purse. You can even order free materials HERE.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in September

Here are the things that made me happy this month:
  • Ordering take-out from a local BBQ restaurant
  • Winning another prize at ukulele night
  • Getting my first credit card
  • Going to thrift stores, and getting good finds
  • Seeing chipmunks on my way to work
  • Checking out a new local bakery, and getting a couple cupcakes
  • Buying merchandise from one of my favorite YouTubers (and recieving it, too!!)
What made you happy this month?

Yes, I know this was, yet again, a short list, but at lease I had some things that made me happy this month.

Friday, September 29, 2017

My Michigan Bucket List

Things I would like to do in Michigan:
  • Detroit
  • Lansing
  • Ann Arbor
  • Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Potter Park Zoo
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens
  • Tahquamenon Falls
  • Binder Park Zoo
  • Lake Erie
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
  • SS Badger
  • Holland
  • Holland State Park
  • John Ball Zoological Garden
  • Sea Life Michigan
  • Kensington Metropark
  • Pictured Rocks Cruise
  • Turnip Rock
  • Michigan Central Station
  • Kitch-iti-kipi
  • American Museum of Magic
  • St. Agnes Church and School
  • Detroit Children's Zoo
  • Hamtramck Disneyland
  • Mackinac Island
  • Heidelberg Island
  • Earl Young Gnome Houses
  • St. Ignace Mystery Spot
  • Bell Isle Aquarium
  • The Bottle House
  • Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry
  • The Dequindre Cut Greenway
  • Curwood Castle
  • Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School
  • The World's Largest Stove
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • McCourtie Park
  • Michigan Space and Science Center
  • Grand Army of the Republic Building
  • Tulip Time Festival
  • The Mackinac Bridge
  • Giant Boxing Arm of Joe Jouis
  • Giant Cow Head
  • Uniroyal Giant Tire
  • Mbad Museum and Dabl's African Bead Gallery
  • Eight Mile Wall
  • Wave Field
  • Lakenenland
  • The Cross in the Woods Shrine
  • Oswald's Bear Ranch
  • Rarity Acres Zorse and Zonkey Farm
  • Iron County Historical Museum
  • Bishop Baraga Shrine
  • Windmill Island
  • Henry Ford Museum

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My Massachusetts Bucket List

  • Boston
  • Freedom Trail
  • Fenway Park
  • Boston Common
  • New England Aquarium
  • Martha's Vineyard
  • Public Garden
  • Boston Harbor
  • Plimoth Plantation
  • Boston Museum
  • Paul Revere House
  • Old North Church
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • House of Seven Gables
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • Salem
  • Southwick's Zoo
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Minute Man National Historical Park
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Canobie Lake Park
  • Wachusett Mountain
  • Boston Public Library
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • John Hancock Tower
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Danvers Hospital for the Criminally Insane
  • Mapparium
  • The Witch House of Salem
  • Forest Hills Cemetery
  • Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast and Museum
  • Singing Beach at Machester-By-The-Sea
  • The Mysterious Witch Bonney
  • Dogtown & Babson Boulder Trail
  • Museum of Modern Renaissance
  • Salem Village Witchcraft Victims Memorial
  • Bash Bish Falls
  • Glacial Potholes
  • Eyrie House Ruins
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Walden Pond
  • Lobster Mickey
  • Crane Mansion on Castle Hill
  • Cambridge
  • Bancroft Tower
  • Mount Greylock
  • Skull Cliff
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • The Bulb River
  • The Bridge of Flowers
  • Copp's Hill Burying Ground
  • Kelleher Rose Garden
  • Dighton Rock
  • Hood Milk Bottle
  • Fort Standish
  • Salada Tea Doors
  • Harmonic Bridge
  • Old Powder House
  • Worcester State Hospital
  • Pooh's House
  • Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden
  • Purgatory Chasm
  • Longfellow House
  • Statue of Elizabeth Montgomery
  • Quincy Quarries
  • Poet's Seat Tower
  • USS Constitution
  • New England Peace Pagoda
  • Natural Bridge State Park
  • Hut Of Refuge
  • The Titanic Museum
  • Adams National Historic Park
  • Madonna, Queen of the Universe
  • Jaws Bridge
  • Herb Mackey's Metal Sculpture Yard
  • The Oozing Whale Skeleton of New Bedford
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
  • Site of Boston's First Bell
  • The Dutch House
  • Tremont Temple
  • Rose Kennedy Rose Garden
  • Classic WWII Chapel
  • Birthplace of Johnny Appleseed
  • Redemption ROck
  • Westford Poe Marker
  • Somerville Round House
  • Make Way for Ducklings Statue
  • Buttonball Tree
  • Boston Lighthouse
  • Rock House Reservation
  • Burnside Fountain-Turtle Boy
  • Faneuil Hall Weathervane
  • The Legs of Myles Standish
  • Bancroft Castle
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb Statue
  • Profile Rock
  • Captain Edward Penniman House
  • Bicentennial Chair
  • Eunice Williams Covered Bridge
  • Abigail Adams' Grave
  • Heath Hen Sculpture