Opps! My Blog Was Deleted


The last three years of my blog’s content was deleted. Three years worth of articles, photos, design changes, and comments- gone. I was having a lot of buggy issues with the blog and WordPress so I asked Brian to help me fix it. He followed the advice of some person on YouTube without properly backing up my database and opps…gone.

We were able to recover the earliest articles but all my most recent content is gone forever. Technology can be so frustrating and unforgiving.  I was sad, after all it’s three years of memories and work but I decided not to dwell on the loss and just move on.

I will rewrite some posts, specifically “How to Make Fireflies in a Bottle” but all the rest of it, we’ll just forget. I’m using this opportunity to start fresh with new posts and an all new design. You are looking at the new blog design right now. I hope you like it.

So, if you’re looking through my index and see a huge gap in articles, you now know why.

Thank you for reading and if you have a blog back. it. up. 🙂

What Our After Dinner Walks Look Like

My husband has had the same car for the last 10 years; it’s a 1996 Toyota Corolla. He’s a mechanic so it’s well maintained and the thing just keeps. on. driving. He refuses to sell it (something about gas mileage) and is determined to drive it till it absolutely can’t drive no mo. #frugal

So, when he told me he wanted to get an old Jeep XJ for a “fun” car, I was more than encouraging. “GET IT!”

He saved up and bought an old XJ from his step-brother. He had been using it for hunting and to store corn.

Brian put new tires on it and did all kinds of guy stuff to it.


Brian: “Do you want to take it out?”

Me: “where?”

Him: “In the woods.”

Me: “Uhh, sure!”

We used to take after-dinner family walks around the neighborhood but lately our “strolls” look a little different. We started exploring our other backyard: The Ocala National Forest.


We think this low area was once a lake.


On the main forest roads we wear seatbelts but when we explore the other areas we let the girls take off them off.


All of these photos are completely unedited and pretty much taken from a moving vehicle.


It started raining and the sky went crazy with colors and rainbows.


This place is minutes from my home. Yes, I am blessed.


Look! I’m a National Geographic photographer! lolz


We chased rainbows that day.


The forest is the only place where seeing another car is a little creepy. No one is out there to hear you or see you and there are hardly any passers by. We always bring a gun…as a precaution.


Feeling it.


This forest stole my heart.


Golden light.


Not all is peaceful here, though. There is a bombing range close by.




A horse trail.


On fire. Not literally- just the sun setting. The forestry service does, however, start fires here. They are “prescribed burns” of underbrush to help limit real forest fires.


Every time we go out we spot at least one form of wildlife: bear, deer, wild turkeys, owls, birds, gators, snakes, and turtles. It’s like a nature walk on steroids.

On this last ride we did see a bear. He or she was big and standing tall looking at us about 200 yards up the dirt road. My camera could not catch it and neither could the GoPro. He was fast and disappeared in the trees.

Needless to say, I adore the excursions we take (the whole family does) and now I’m the one begging to take the Jeep out. In the quite stillness of these woods, I forget about the to-do list and any anxious thoughts I have about tomorrow just melt away. When we get home from a ride, I feel refreshed and to be completely honest…a little more alive.