First day out dream building! We are searching for OUR land. Land here in Tennessee where our children raise our grandchildren. A farm house we update and preserve, land we learn how to raise animals on, and a huge garden we plant. Encouraging our parents and children to live on our land. Where we laugh, growing older together, traveling, blogging, loving our blessed life!
Waiting on a bus at Fort Wilderness Campground a few weeks ago, a lady walks up and just starts chatting away about their trip and the cabin they are staying in. How soaked their shoes were, where they were from and the area she lived in, in Indiana. She struck me as so warm and I felt like we should exchange addresses and become pen pals. She was not shy by any means, nor was she too talkative. Although she fit a lot into two minutes before the bus got there, we were still able to be involved. She even shared her weather forecast. She had always lived in Indiana. This is where my husband and I were born. I vaguely remember some pretty cool ways of being able to tell the weather and how the crops would turn out. The one she shared quickly as the bus was pulling in-she found two spoons in a persimmon. A lot of snow will be coming their way! Luckily, we live in Tennessee, close to Nashville. But still. I am curious and wish I had gotten home and looked for a persimmon!
Two lovers, best friends, married. One umbrella. Continual rain. Holding hands, laughing, talking, visiting a different world. Imagining ourselves in other countries and not a care in the world. Feeling sorry for individuals all around us that couldn’t let down and enjoy their time together because it was wet. We embraced all. Dark clouds, puddles, too. They lost. We found love, joy, & romance.
A couple of weeks ago, we visited our local Red Robin Restaurant in Mt. Juliet, or Providence,TN. This was our first, but not our last visit. We were greeted in a very friendly manner by the hostess that was shocked to see her and I had similar hair. Short, black, and very bright pink in the front. She teased with the manager that I was trying to steal her look.
We had arrived on a Saturday, 15 minutes after they had opened, and were seated at the last available table. The place was packed and everyone was laughing and talking. We felt right at ease and had a great time with our son, daughter, grandson, and granddaughter. The restaurant manager came by to ask how we were and to jokingly ask if I was the twin sister of their hostess. To which I responded with a huge HA since I am about 20 years older than her.
We started out with a huge stack of onion rings! Oh my,how yummy. Our waitress was right on, with great timing, refilling our drinks, checking on us, and helping us become cardless members. We were well on our way to earning a free hamburger and at the end of our meal we received a free $10 dessert.
Anyone that knows me, knows I love hamburgers. We are on a mission to visit our local Red Robin and others as we begin to travel and try each and every hamburger on the menu. We won’t stop there. The wraps, salads, chicken burgers, the brew, and the soups will have to be tested.
Last night sweet Gary surprised me with another visit to Red Robin to try a different appetizer and their milkshakes that we have heard tasty talk about.Thick and tasty they were. We shared nachos, guacamole, and salsa.
What a fun and relaxing night with my baby on a date, at a place we just found that is so great.
So, go, relax,eat, pray. Love,Jennifer
Blessings, in abundance, in our house. Our blessings are sent from above. They are in love for our children, family members, and close friends. Blessings given as gifts. Such as, good health, happiness, the strength of love dissolving the stress of life.
We decided before our last two children moved out this year, that we wanted to celebrate Christmas with them. So Christmas in July came to our house this weekend.
Friday, we loaded up in my truck and visited our very nice Kroger store. Our daughter took her two children and worked on getting all the dairy products we needed, and our son went in search of baking items. I reread the list several times,added a few things and then we headed home for some hot cheddar broccoli soup and warm blueberry muffins. Of course, we needed a warm meal if we were pretending it was snowing outside! We listened to Christmas music and ended up Friday evening watching Trapped in Paradise.
Saturday morning began the preparations of ham,corn souffle,green bean casserole,baked beans,cookies, and pumpkin pie. We had Christmas themed cartoons on for the babies and enjoyed looking at the decorations and lights that filled the family room, kitchen, and bathrooms.
Today, Sunday, we will bake cookies, ice and decorate them, enjoy leftovers, watch more Christmas movies and my husband will read from the book of Luke in the Bible. In our minds are visions of past holidays and travels, memories we have shared with one another. In our hearts is overflowing love and abundant blessings that we never dreamt could be. Happy Christmas! Merry Christmas in July! Love Hope and Peace! Jen
Hard work has always been a wonderful way for me to keep in shape, help others, and make very good money. My residential cleaning business grew quite large and branched into commercial, new construction, and cleaning boats for shows. I met and am still meeting, some very wonderful individuals, that make me feel like part of their family. I was still able to take our four children to school each morning and pick them up each day. I made great use of our crock pot, kept our own home clean, and had nights and weekends, usually, free. I always enjoyed, and still do, having my own business and being a loving family of six.
Lately, Gary and I have been developing new ideas that are very different from our current way of thinking, living, and working. By mid-August, we will be an empty nest. We have found it very exciting to think about being just the two of us.
Then I began to worry what will we do? I admit to being kind of emotional and experiencing some panic. Could I be exciting enough, that my husband would want to start a new chapter in life with me?
I decided. Yes! We are in love. We want to travel our beautiful United States, we want to eat and cook new foods and drinks, we look forward to exercising, bike riding, hiking, swimming, hang gliding, learning to dance, bake, write, photograph, blog, laugh, and take care of each other.
So the title says Starting at Start Again. In a game, that can be discouraging. But in life, that CAN be encouraging! Excited to share pics and blogs about the paths we enjoy together in the second phase of our life. Love. JenlovesGary
A big handshake! A huge smile and many thank-you’s to those who had the vision to change some of our rails to trails. I have always loved hearing and seeing our trains working hard! I truly miss seeing them in action, but if some are no longer in service, I am thankful that the path is still being traveled. It is traveled in a different and slower way than first intended, but the memories and sounds are still there.
My first rail trail to take and enjoy was spent over the 4th of July weekend with my husband and mother-in-law. We walked a total of thirteen miles in three days! We spent the walk enjoying and seeing the wonders of nature all around us and not hearing or seeing the sounds of Bedford,Indiana as it woke up. We greeted other walkers, runners, and bicyclists. The vision of recycling and preserving a railway trail that took strength to build, that has its own memories and stories to tell, has a new look and is ready for travel. The trails help to provide an excellent way for people to get in shape, enjoy peace and quiet, and to meet new people. The Milwaukee Railroad, Indiana’s limestone quarry’s, and the wonderful people that worked so hard to start this path will not be forgotten. People will look up their history and share with their families and friends and those they meet on the rail trail. So! ALL ABOARD!