Today is America’s Independence Day. It celebrates the announcement of the Declaration of Independence, our formal statement to King George and Great Britain that we no longer were willing to…



Free Online Course to Examine the Literature of the English Country House — Jacki Kellum Juxtapositions: Read My Mind

Free Online Course Custom Made for Lovers of Downton Abbey Literature of the English Country House Today is the first day of a free online literature course from the University of Sheffield in England. The purpose of the course is to examine the English Country Houses and the types of literature associated with them. The […]

via Free Online Course to Examine the Literature of the English Country House — Jacki Kellum Juxtapositions: Read My Mind



Knowing God Intimately — Sue Detweiler

To know God intimately we need to be able to spend time with him every day. But I want to be careful here because if I say that you might get in your mind that we kneel before God and there’s some light that comes from heaven and the heavenly choir begins to sing and […]

via Knowing God Intimately — Sue Detweiler


Comparing Pride and Prejudice the Book to the Movie – Links to the Book Online and Audio Book Free — Jacki Kellum Juxtapositions: Read My Mind

Last night, I watched the 2005 Pride & Prejudice again and I have decided that it is one of the most nearly perfect movies ever made. See clips from the movie and my comments about it Here. I was left with some questions about how the movie compares to the Jane Austen book, and I […]

via Comparing Pride and Prejudice the Book to the Movie – Links to the Book Online and Audio Book Free — Jacki Kellum Juxtapositions: Read My Mind


Your Mistakes Become Your Message — Sue Detweiler

Do you ever feel like you have to have it all together? Even when Jesus hung on the cross for our sins it didn’t appear like he had it all together and yet he was accomplishing the biggest thing that could have ever be accomplished. Whenever you and I step into performance or we try […]

via Your Mistakes Become Your Message — Sue Detweiler


Beyond The Flow – Weekend CoffeeShare

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share! If you’re joining me for coffee today, you’d better forget having anything iced or frozen today and instead warm your frozen fingers around a coffee or join me in a mug of Hot Chocolate. I like my hot chocolate with whipped cream, a sprinkling of cocoa and marshmallows to […]

via Weekend Coffee Share 25th June, 2016. — beyondtheflow


About ME – Sarah’s Attic of Treasures Facebook. January 2013

I still get asked on occasion about the Debbie / Sarah name….Mainly because on my emails I am listed as Debbie Sarah.
This is a picture of Bobby, Danny and I taken in April 2006. (Easter Weekend- Manitou Springs, Colorado…One month before Bobby died. )
I was Bobby’s Mom and Danny’s Sarah.
It was Bobby who told Danny that my best friend called me Sarah when they first met. It is because of Bobby I am called Sarah.
Why? I never asked. I never once asked Bobby why he told Danny to call me Sarah when I was Debbie to family. He always introduced me as “His Mom , Debbie”. Always.
Danny Never calls Me Debbie. Ever. With one exception. Our WEDDING DAY. Our Vows.
danny and sarah 002
Danny and I : Our First Thanksgiving together in Florida.
I had just left Colorado. Everything was put in storage from OUR HOME, Bobby’s and Mine, as well as everything from Bobby’s Apartment. Bobby had gone to Heaven 6 months before. It was our ONLY Thanksgiving in the HOUSE Danny’s Dad built. We sold it to buy our RV and START over.
11-28-06 danny and sarah- hooters n crestview_1

Hell Week as I call it. The week that Bobby died. Danny and I, My mom and Dad and my sister Donna.

Danny and Sarah 009.jpg

Danny and I . Together. Strong .

Easter Weekend at the park a few years later. Sarah. Volunteer. Danny’s Wife.

My Name. Is it Sarah or Debbie?

My name. Sarah or Debbie? If you ask my mom, She will say Debbie.
If you ask Danny or anyone here in Florida, I am definitely Sarah.
I even had the pastor include the name, Sarah, along with Debra Sue, in our wedding ceremony.
If you would have asked Bobby: All of his life, except for one time, he introduced me as Debbie, his mom. The one exception, when he met Danny. For some unknown reason, when he met Danny, Bobby told him to call me Sarah. He met Danny here in Florida on vacation. They got to be good friends even though Danny was my age. (Well, 4 years YOUNGER). So Danny has ALWAYS called me Sarah. ALWAYS. I am never Debbie to him. Not teasingly, not in anger, not at all.
I am Debra Sue Kasch. That is the name I was born with. I love the name and am very proud of it. I kept the Kasch for most things after I married Danny. At Danny’s request. The Kasch name died with Bobby. Or at least our link to the Kasch name died. So in honor of Bobby. In honor of my father, grandfather and all the Kasch’s before I still use Kasch except for legal stuff etc.  As a child, I was called Debbie, Debbie Sue, Or Deb. My family and close family friends  still am called that.
Classmate call me both. Growing up there were so many Debra’s, Deborah’s, Debbie and Debbie Sue’s. In high School there were over 20 of us. One day in fun, my best friend, Dan (different one of course) jokingly asked me what I wanted my first child to be named if it was a girl. I said Sarah Elizabeth.  Or Rebecca Lee. So he started Calling me Sarah.
It caught on quickly and before I knew it I was being called Sarah by almost everyone I came in contact with. It just clicked with everyone.
I will never forget the look on my mom’s face when Dan was visiting us and he called me Sarah for the first time, in her hearing. OUCH!
She is never quiet if she has an opinion. Mom had one and let it be known that I was NOT SARAH but Debra Sue or Debbie . You get the picture?
I can still hear her say that. I remember my sister calling me that once. Another OUCH. That’s how I always thought of Mom’s words. OUCH. Like a burn. For the most part, no one called me Sarah, around my mom for many years…. To Dan’s wife and kids I was called both. Interchanging. Aunt Debbie. Aunt Sarah. Still Am. When I got on FB, It was 3 years after Bobby died.  My personal site was Debbie-Sarah Kasch. I still have that one.  I needed both names so people could find me.
When I met the Angel Mom’s I was Bobby’s MOM Debbie…….. Yet, here in Florida, I am Sarah.
They never knew Bobby.
Yes, It is confusing at times.
I was quieter then and didn’t post much. Imagine that? I certainly didn’t share myself or Danny to the world like I do now. I didn’t want to share Bobby with everyone. SO I stayed quiet for awhile. I reconnected with my classmates from High School. I added friends I’d known all my life. I added my friends here in Florida. Some continued to call me Debbie. Others called me Sarah. It took a few people awhile to realize I went by 2 different names. They thought I was 2 different people. I started getting questions. The angel moms for the most part are the ones who went from calling me Debbie, to Sarah, when I started sharing Our life here. When I started sharing Our Neck Of The Woods, (A page just for the Lake Kissimmee State Park, Rolling Meadows and life in Florida. History. Our Life), they started calling me Sarah more and more. I called myself Sarah. I can’t explain it better than that. I answer to either.
The name I miss most is MOM.
I never get called that any more. At least not very often. When I do it’s Dan’s kids or an old friend of Bobby’s.
Now about the pages:
Sarah’s Attic of Treasures and  Debbie’s Attic of Treasures are the same except for the name. Exactly.
I have Our Neck of the Woods about Danny and I and our Park Life.
I have Sarah’s Life: What Was . Was is . What Will be. It’s about  Life in Illinois, Colorado. Bobby, Danny and I.  Mainly Bobby and I. It’s very small. Mainly for me.

I have Bobby’s Memorials. I also have a page called Getting To Know My Friends Through Our Children. It’s a page for grieving parents, grandparents. Etc.
Sarah Sue is the account I use for Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures and all of my pages, except The memorials.
It’s a fun account. It’s where I like to hide.


Sorry about the bad copy. It is all I have. Bobby and I at my grandparent’s house….Colorado…1985.

My family. Mom and Dad. Donna and John. Bobby and I. 1998.

Bobby and I  Christmas 1991.


Donna, Bobby and I Colorado. 2000. I love Bobby’s Smile here.


Danny and I dancing . 2008?

I had just won Volunteer Of The Year. 2008

Volunteer Luncheon and Awards 001

My all time favorite photo. My 2 loves.

danny and sarah 002.jpg
Source: Re posting from Sarah’s Attic of Treasures Facebook. January 2013


The Day My Mom Cried And Dad Couldn’t Make It Right

Reblogging . It seemed fitting for this month. It’s been 40 years since the house burned down Christmas Week. A long time and yet, only yesterday.
I Will Always Remember The 21st of December, 2015.

Sarah's Attic Of Treasures

I Will Always Remember The 21ST. Of December 1975.
It was a beautiful Sunday morning in the country. Crisp and chilly but not too cold. Dad had the fires going throughout the house so it was warm when Donna and I got up to go to church. I was 17 years old and I was teaching the nursery class in Sunday School. Donna was 5 years younger than me. She loved Sunday School. I don’t remember why my parents didn’t go that Sunday and if they didn’t go my brother (16) certainly wasn’t going to go.
I do remember that we had our Christmas Program that night at 7PM. I was the narrator. Mom had made me a beautiful long dress to wear. I Had  already  been given that gift and a brand new pair of shoes the night before.
We all had spent a wonderful evening the night before in…

View original post 1,084 more words


Buster Island Paddle Trail Concept[1] – May 17 2012 To Dedication Ceremony , November 14 2015 Lake Kissimmee State Park

From Start To Finish, Danny and I were there.

Initial Planning For The Paddle / Waterway Trail System May 17. 2011 Danny and I. Erik Our Biologist, And Bill Redmond and friend checking Out The New Boardwalk, Gangway and Kayak Launch. Where to launch? Primitive Camping Sites For It.
Initial Planning For The Paddle / Waterway Trail System May 17. 2011 Danny and I. Erik Our Biologist, And Bill Redmon Tom McLaulin
Checking Out The New Boardwalk, Gangway and Kayak Launch. Where to launch? Primitive Camping Sites
Looking At Zipprer Canal Out to Lake Rosilie
Looking At Zipprer Canal Out to Lake Rosilie
Decisions   Danny And Bill.
Talking About Access To The Primitive Camp Sites
Talking About Access To The Primitive Camp Sites
Checking Out The Recently Built, Boardwalk, Gangway and Kayak Launch. Danny's huge project.
Checking Out The Recently Built, Boardwalk, Gangway and Kayak Launch.
Danny’s huge project.

All the pictures off the Kodak thru May 17th 875All the pictures off the Kodak thru May 17th 876

Looking At the New Kayak Launch
Looking At the New Kayak Launch

We hadn’t put the handicap seat in yet.

All the pictures off the Kodak thru May 17th 879All the pictures off the Kodak thru May 17th 881All the pictures off the Kodak thru May 17th 880Buster Island Paddle Trail Concept[1]

Buster Island Paddle Trail Concept[1]

Lake Kissimmee State Park


Buster Island Loop Paddle Trail


To develop an approximately 12 mile paddle trail that circumnavigates the Buster Island feature of the Lake Kissimmee State Park in Polk County, FL.

The trail would begin near the cow camp bridge and travel west through the Zipprer Canal to Lake Rosalie, from Lake Rosalie to Lake Tiger through Rosalie Creek, from Lake Tiger to Lake Kissimmee through Tiger Creek, and from Tiger Creek through Tiger Cove and the east end of the Zipprer Canal, ending in the Park’s marina.

Major Issues to be Overcome

  1. Maintaining a clear passageway through the weeds and grasses in the Zipprer Canal.
  2. Keeping Rosalie Creek navigatable for canoes and kayaks.
  3. Creating a resting point approximately ½ way along the trail (Tiger Lake).
  4. Developing a suitable boat launch site on the west side of the weir structure.
  5. Appropriate signage.
  6. Getting the trail listed as an official Florida Blueway.
  7. The mixed boating traffic of motorized fishing boats, airboats, canoes and kayaks

Alliances to be formed

  1. Lake Kissimmee State Park as Trail Steward
  2. Polk County for aquatic weed control
  3. FWC for traffic issues
  4. DEP for any environmental and easement issues
  5. South Florida Water Management District for the water level in the canal
  6. Florida Paddling Trails Association for fundraising and volunteer leadership

Initial Personnel Involved in Leadership

  • Danny Holt, LKSP — Danny.Holt@dep.state.fl.us
  • Tom McLaulin, FPTA — tmclaulin@floridapaddlingtrails.com
  • Bill Redmon, FPTA — bill@wildcreekadventures.com

Buster Island Paddle Trail Concept[1]
Paddling Logo
Not a Concept anymore: We are in the MIDDLE OF THE STATE = Buster Island Loop

  • The Office of Greenways and Trails will celebrate the designation of the 11-mile Buster Island Loop Paddling Trail at Lake Kissimmee State Park on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Buster Island Loop Trail is the 53rd designated paddling trail and the latest addition to Florida’s Greenways and Trails System. Enjoy a guided paddling trip and a picnic with entertainment by local musicians.


Buster Island State Paddling Trail Celebration Event Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Regular park entry fees apply.

More Information:
Andi Henry 863-696-1112 or Andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us
Located in the Central region at:
Lake Kissimmee State Park
14248 Camp Mack Rd.
Lake Wales , FL 33898

Celebrate the designation of the Buster Island Loop Trail at Lake Kissimmee State Park as an official State paddling trail.  Bring a picnic, canoe or kayak and your camera to capture the fun!  Expect a good turnout from other local paddlers and those who love the park. A short walk to the historic ‘Cow Camp’ will highlight cowboy history.  Paddlers may join an interesting nature tour on the Zipprer Canal with Park Ranger, Andi Henry. There are rentals available from the marina and the trip is suitable for beginners.  After a picnic lunch, the park’s biologist will share surprises about the wildlife and habitat of the area.   Experienced paddlers are welcome to do the whole 11-mile loop in the afternoon.  There will be a new map guide available and a story map online for a ‘virtual tour’ of the trail.

We encourage musicians to bring their instruments and join an acoustic jam as background music during a picnic lunch.

The tentative schedule is as follows.

  • 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Visit Cow Camp
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Guided paddling tour of Zipprer Canal with Park Ranger Andi Henry
  • 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. – Picnic at the observation tower and wildlife talk with Park Biologist

Cow Camp Lake Kissimmee State Park

1876 Cow Camp , Cowboys and Horse

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 9:30am to 4:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Park Service Specialist Andrea Henry 863-696-1112 or andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us
Located in the Central region at:
Lake Kissimmee State Park
14248 Camp Mack Rd.
Lake Wales , FL 33898

As you meander down the trail to the cow camp, you will travel back in time to 1876.

At the end of the trail you will find a Florida Cow Hunter in a frontier camp along the route of a cattle drive. He will be cooking, making coffee, tending to the cattle or just resting up until the next round up or drive. The cow hunter will be happy to share stories about what his life is like and the challenges he faces.


I Am Thankful For My Bobby Moments

I was just finishing a post for this morning.
I have been up all night. Hurting. I was hoping to make it through today and tomorrow …then crashing on Sunday…..

I won’t be going in this morning.
They really don’t need me there. I was just going to be checking out the last minutes details for the Event.

I know it isn’t necessary. I have done it all already.

So I am staying home today.
Staying off my ankle as much as possible/

So I can be there Saturday for The Grand Opening Event.
I have borrowed a good camera to take photos all day.

Anyway, I was still feeling a bit sorry for myself.
Until I happened to glance at my Number Of Followers.
I have gotten use to the ups and downs of it.  At least the get a few , then a loose a few.
So I don’t pay quite as much attention to it any more.

Tonight I did.
Bobby was born on 7- 17.
7:17 PM
Weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces.
I was in room 17.
He loved the numbers 7 and 17.

A silly thing to make me smile. Nothing special.
I love those moments.

My Bobby Moments.17173_1126358619621_1846842042_234280_8216499_n
577654_3288674184704_1503191236_32294040_1111595008_n (1)


The Story Behind The Photo

I post photos of me all the time. Selfies of me working or just sitting in my recliner. I post pics of Danny and I.
I have never minded being photographed until the last 2 years when I started to gain weight – a lot of it.
I do wish I had more photos of Danny and I in the last 2 years.

There was one time though when a photo of me went VIRAL all over Facebook and on the internet.

It was meant as a gift but before I even saw it, thousand of others had and had SHARED it ALL OVER.

At first I was stunned. Then I felt invaded. Stripped.
I wasn’t sharing my life on a blog as I do now. I was still in the first stages of grief.

After awhile…..After I calmed down. I saw what they saw. A women who looked happy on the surface but whose eyes told a different story.

Most of the people who shared it never even realized that it was a personal photo and hadn’t be intended for anyone but me to see.

What is the picture in question:

Behind My Smile
Behind My Smile

The Story Behind the photo.
Danny and I had been busy all week at the park. It was Spring Break and we were Filled to Overflowing.
We were tired but happy.
This took place on a Sunday Afternoon.

We had interacted with campers all week.
visiting with them while working. Seeing them while we clean bathhouses and filled toilet paper.
We’d answered questions and gave directions.

We were also needing a break.
Danny and I were checking on the campground around noon or a little after.
We got stopped and a guy we had talked to asked us if we could help them with their electric.

Of course we did.
I was excited because they were with a huge group and one of them had a TINY HOME.

I’d been eyeing it all weekend. So had Danny.

Danny went to work on the electric and I asked of I could get a little closer look at the house.
I not only got a closer look but we got a tour of it,

893280_480913165309214_1483076517_oThis is the original photo.

It took awhile for me to realize that it was actually an honor for me to be in such a photo that thousands of people connected with.


Our Neck Of The Woods

There are a number of new readers here who are asking me all sorts of Questions About Our Neck Of The Woods and What It has to do with Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures.
SAOT’S Is Filled with Everything I Love.
Well, Our Neck Of The Woods Is Where I Create Everything I DO Here. It is where Danny and I live. It IS US . Therefore It has everything to do With SAOT’S.

There’s been a lot of confusion here about where Danny and I live and work. It’s is a bit complicated. I talk about us working at Lake Kissimmee State Park , Rolling Meadows Ranch and even at Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park. I also mention Catfish Creek ,the Creek. I mention living at the park and RMR .

So here’s a bit of the story:
In  November 2006, I moved to Florida from Colorado. Danny and I moved out of the house his Dad had built when he was a child. He lived in Haynes City all of his life. We bought a 5th Wheel and moved to Camp Mack Fishing Camp…..Camp Mack Road, Lake Wales. It’s right across from Lake Kissimmee State Park. Danny was working at Bok Tower Gardens at the time.

February 1, 2007, Danny got a job as a Park Ranger at Lake Kissimmee State Park (LKSP) I started volunteering right away although not full time.   On August 4, 2007, we moved the RV across the street to LKSP and lived in what is called Day Use Area. I was Campground and Day Use  Host….Among many other things.  FULL TIME and then some..We lived there until December 2008.

DSCN7523 DSCN7501 DSCN7503

We moved over to Rolling Meadows Ranch.  (3 miles from the Ranger Station) It was a SOD FARM till the state took it over 6 years before. The Sod people totally moved out January 4, 2009. We remained in the RV until the Cracker House was Gutted and remodeled.
The Dining room
Kitchen10 Kitchen 11 Kitchen 9 4 Cracker House First Pictures- Back Door Kitchen 1st pictures-Dining room - LR and Porch 1st Pictures Old French Doors 1st pictures LR - DR 1st Pictures- Kitchen 1st Pictures -Kitchen 2

the island between the main part of the kitchen and the Break Nook.
the island between the main part of the kitchen and the Break Nook.

1 Cracker House- Front Porch and Master Bedroom- our 1st house- 041 our 1st house- 038

(Part of the kitchen was left as it was. (I wanted the CABINETS.) We worked on the house for  almost 4 years. We moved into the Cracker House and out of the RV in September 2011. It was not totally finish. Not by a long shot. We also needed the RV to cook in, etc. for months.


The Road Home...Collier Farm Drive and The Pastures

Lake Kissimmee State Park manages Rolling Meadows Ranch.  LKSP also Manages Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park (CCPSP) or Catfish Creek. LKSP also manages a place called Money Tree and  a few other tracks of land. Lake Kissimmee State Park also leases pasture land. All the pastures seen from LKSP to RMR on both sides of the road belong to LKSP. Rolling Meadows Ranch connects to CCPSP. So LKSP has almost 20,000 areas to manage.   Rolling Meadows Ranch is the largest of the 3. It’s where we take our NIGHTLY DRIVES that I talk about. It’s more of our Evening Rides because we usually get home around Dark.

Catfish Creek runs through CCPSP and RMR. I’m usually speaking of RMR’S Section of it. SO HAVE I TOTALLY CONFUSED YOU?  It takes time to fully understand all we do.

From Sarah: There are pictures in the original post on Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures.

This is from my Our Neck Of The Woods Facebook Page

. Our Life. Lake Kissimmee State Park, Rolling Meadows Ranch and Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park, Lake Wales, Florida. Where we work, live, play, cry and most of all Love each other.. Come and sit a spell.

Danny and I share so much laughter and tears here, working and living here as we do. I needed a place to start downloading  pictures I have taken over the years here. I need to write about them. I spend so much time wishing I was still living in Colorado that I forget what I have here. We really have a great life. I’m praying that once we finally get into the Cracker House things will get better


We are in the remodeled State Cracker House and it is better, although there are times I miss the RV. We lived it in for 5 years. It was home. It WAS OURS…..I am also posting about Country Life in General and Florida in particular.

In Conclusion :

Danny is a park ranger at Lake Kissimmee State Park. I volunteer there. I am a former teacher who misses being around kids. I am mom who lost her only son, Bobby 9 years ago. I am a wife. I need to find me again. “Our Neck of the Woods” refers mostly to Rolling Meadows Ranch, were we live. It joins Lake Kissimmee State Park, on one side and Allen David Broussard’s Catfish Creek Preserve State Park on the other. We work mostly at LK and RM. RM was a working sod farm until 6 years ago. Before that it was a tomato farm. We now have a herd of cows roaming on part of it. It is also part of a couple of huge restoration projects. It can be a busy place. Yet, usually all we see are the animals that roam freely in our yard.

This page or blog is for my personal use and those of the friends who may visit here. It is not part Of Lake Kissimmee State Park. It is not connected with it in any way other other than that of a couple who live and work there. The views and opinions expressed are my own and have no bearing to the park itself.

Source: Our Neck Of The Woods



Chit Chat…… Friday, August 28, 2015

Chit Chat:

I had a fellow blogger tell me he wanted some “chit chat”.
That certainly made my day.
So what is chit chat anyway?
Google Search:

noun: chit-chat
  1. 1.
    inconsequential conversation.
    synonyms: small talk, chatter, gossip, chat, chatting, prattle

    “we ran into each other at the pharmacy and had a little chitchat”
verb: chit-chat
  1. 1.
    talk about trivial matters.

    “I can’t stand around chitchatting” ”

    Once I stopped laughing and thought about what to write MY MIND WENT BLANK.
    Chit Chat?
    I couldn’t think of anything to GOSSIP about.

    Small Talk?

    Ok, Let’s try this…..
    I don’t know where all I mentioned it but Danny says we had 5 inches of rain the day before last. Or was it 2 days ago? They all run together.
    Anyway, Rolling Meadows is flooded.
    Lake Kissimmee State Park only got an inch.
    We are only 3 miles from the Park Entrance and the Ranger Station.

    I just finished watching Season One Of Cedar Cove.
    Now if only I could get the rest of the seasons.
    I read the whole series of books by Debbie Macomber a long time ago.
    Then when I saw that BB was going to be in it I couldn’t wait to watch it.
    It just came on on Netflix – DVD’S

    Cedar Cove
    Cedar Cove

    Want to know a secret? I love Bruce Boxleitner.
    DSCN3919 DSCN3920 I started watching him on
    Our The West Was Won.

    B.B. How The West Was Won

    Then I watched
    Scarecrow and Mrs King.

    My favorite role was Down The Long Hills – Louis L’Amour 

    Yes, I had a crush on him.
    Do I still? YEPPERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Had enough Chit Chat?

    For Scott Only:
    Thanks Scott.

    Danny should be here soon.
    I am in better spirits.
    I got some much needed sleep.
    Not very long but every little bit helps.
    Happy Friday.
    Love From Our Neck Of The Woods


Drives, Road Trips And Memories – The Great River Road (Illinois) Grafton and Alton. Part 1

What do the words “Road Trips” mean to you?

I can’t stop thinking of road trips.

I miss those carefree days when I was young and our family went on vacations. Scenic vacations.
I will write a post on Route 66. It was a huge part of my childhood and teen years

Route 66 runs from Chicago to Los Angeles.
My drives and road trips after I turned 16. I never took the same road 2xs in a row if I didn’t have to. This post will cover some of those.
I will write a post on driving to Colorado  from Illinois with a girlfriend when we were 16 years old.
Of traveling with Bobby from Illinois to Colorado or Colorado to Illinois.
Road trips with Bobby and his cousins, Mike and Leah.
With Bobby, Kari and Alex.
With my dad, Bobby and I.
So Many awesome memories.
Since Bobby died and I moved to Florida , those road trips stopped. With the exception of 2.
A spur of the moment road trip driving with Karen from Texas to Illinois and then to Kansas in January 2007.
Taking Greyhound back home for mom’s memorial service and Thanksgiving last year. 2014.

To me they mean getting in the Fiat (The Blue Goose) at 17 and heading out for a nightly ride on The Great River Road.

Around 17 here
Around 14 here

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/Uploads/asset_files/000/015/726/River_road.jpgThe Great River Road Between Grafton And Elsah, Illinois.

“Old Man River, Father of Waters, “body of a nation,” Big Muddy—by any name the mighty Mississippi cuts a mythic figure across the American landscape.”

Old Man River Lyrics

Music Video

“Old Man River” was written by Butler, Herbert/givens, Otha Lee/johnson, Tony Lee /

Here we all work ‘long the Mississippi

Here we all work, while the white boys play
Gettin’ no rest from the dawn till the sunset
Gettin’ no rest till the judgment day

You don’t look up, you don’t look down
You don’t dare make the rich boss frown
Bend your knees and bow your head
And tote that barge until you’re dead

Let me go away from the Mississippi
Let me go away from the rich man boss
Show me that stream called the River of Jordan
That’s the old stream that I long to cross

Old Man River, Old Man River
He don’t say nothin’, he must know somethin’
Old Man River, he just keeps rollin’ along

You know, you know he don’t plant taters
And we all know the man don’t plant no cotton
And then, then they plant ’em
Oh the Lord knows they are soon forgotten
But Old Man River, he just keeps rollin’ along

You, you and me, you know sometimes
We have to we have to sweat, sweat and strain
Our bodies, our bodies are all achin’
And wracked with a whole lot of pain

Tote that barge, lift that bale, you get a little drunk
And you land in jail

I get weary and so sick of tryin’
I’m tired of livin’, and afraid of dyin’
But Old Man River, he just keeps rollin’ ahttps://youtu.be/eh9WayN7R-s
Old Man River, he just keeps rollin’ along

BUTLER, HERBERT/GIVENS, OTHA LEE/JOHNSON, TONY LEE /Paul Robeson – Old Man River Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Old Man River Song…. Paul Robinson Showboat.
My dad loved to sing this song……Usually the first song he would sing when we went camping…..

Grafton and Elsah

I love my hometown of Grafton, Illinois. To be honest, If It wouldn’t have been so hot and humid there in the summertime and cold and damp in the winter , I probably would never have left it to move to Colorado.
I would have just gone to Colorado , every chance I had.
I would probably still be there, On the farm…..In my parent’s house.
I loved farm life. But that is another story.
Illinois is beautiful. Roads that go on and on forever. Crisscrossing  like they DON’T DO In Florida Or Even Colorado.

Leaving the farm and just driving.

Farm Life
Farm Life I’ve posted these just last week in mom’s memorial post. Mom and Donna and my rabbits. Above, Me with Cisco and Ralphie Jr.

Mom and dad learned early on that this was the best way for me to relax if I wasn’t reading.
I had the car. I bought it right after I got my license. The day after my 16th birthday. Although, I had a license to drive farm equipment since I was 14.
I bought my own gas and insurance. 

It means having the top down more times than not, radio on  or an 8  track of Elvis playing. 

ELVIS PRESLEY At Madison Garden ~ 1972 Eight Track Tape Elvis Presley
I would listen to Elvis singing Memphis Tennessee over and over again.

Another song I would listen to over and over again was :
“River Road By Crystal Gayle
Here I go once again with my suitcase in my hand
And I’m running away down River Road
And I swear, once again, that I’m never coming home
Yes, I’m chasing my dreams down River Road

Mama said, “Listen child, you’re too old to run wild
You’re too big to be fishin’ with the boys these days”
So I grabbed some clothes and I ran
Stole five dollars from a sugar can
A twelve year old jail breaker runnin’ away

Here I go once again with my suitcase in my hand
And I’m running away down River Road
And I swear, once again, that I’m never coming home
I’m chasing my dreams down River Road

Well, I married a pretty good man and he tries to understand
But he knows I’ve got leavin’ on my mind these days
When I get that urge to roam I’m just like a kid again
The same old jail breaker runnin’ away

Here I go once again with my suitcase in my hand
And I’m running away down River Road
And I swear, once again, that I’m never coming home
I’m chasing my dreams down River Road”

Bobby grew up listening to the songs I loved . We would sing them together. 577654_3288674184704_1503191236_32294040_1111595008_n (1)
Bobby and I 1981.

The photos of us were taken one year at Royal Gorge. His cousins were visiting and I had promised to take everyone there. It was one of the few hot summer days Colorado had that year. In the 90's. No humidity though.
The photo of us was taken one year at Royal Gorge. His cousins were visiting and I had promised to take everyone there.
It was one of the few hot summer days Colorado had that year. In the 90’s. No humidity though.
Bobby, Mike and Leah
Bobby, Mike and Leah Cascade Colorado- Bobby 4, Mike 3 and Leah 2. 1984
My kids
My kids

My kids. I thought of them that way. They were almost always together for the first  5 years of their lives. More like brother’s and sister than cousins.

Grafton and Elsah
“Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, and stretching out for approximately two miles along the Illinois River, is the picturesque river town of Grafton. Founded in 1832 by James Mason, Grafton is the oldest town in Jersey County. Described as a “post office, one store, one tavern, and a number of families” in 1834, the area was being settled as early as 1812 when a blockhouse was built at the confluence for protection.”

I usually headed to Grafton and then turn left on the River Road to Elsah. Then down the unpaved road there (it is paved now) and on out to 100. (highway 100) and home. A short drive.
Grafton and Elsah


“Built in 1858 this home was for many years the home of the village butcher and fisherman, Issac Haupt. The stone part of the structure was built as a two-room house with an outside stair to the second floor. The frame portion on the right was added in the 1890s. Then in the 1940s the house was modernized by adding an inside stair, living room fireplace, bathrooms, and oak flooring over the old random width pine boards in the living and dining rooms.”

The Buggy Shop : “John Reintges erected the wagon shop in the summer of 1877. Although there have been, some changes, particularly in the front, the buggy shop is one of the buildings that gives Elsah its quaint flavor. You can still read the lettering painted across the gable end of the shop “Wagons and Buggies Made and Repaired.”

Or I would head further down the road to a little road shortly before you reached Alton and the Piasa Bird.

The down 100 and home. There was an old bridge back then….They took it out years ago.
For the longer drives (Usually during the day) I would turn right in Grafton and head West Towards Hardin.

“Some of the region’s most dramatic scenery is nestled along a winding road north of Alton, Illinois. Drive along the Great River Road with the Mississippi River on one side and soaring limestone bluffs on the other. The bluffs, noted in the journals of 17th-century explorers Marquette and Joliet, sheltered the fierce Piasa Bird of Native American legend. Just north of Alton, you’ll find an image of the serpent-like bird painted on the limestone cliffs. Enjoy antique hunting in Alton and charming Grafton to the north. Picnic beside the river, bike on the trail under the bluffs or explore the grounds of Pere Marquette State Park and its classic log lodge.

Cross the Mississippi or Illinois rivers on one of four ferries at Kampsville, Grafton, Brussels and Winfield or stop in the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville to learn more about the region’s prehistoric heritage. On the way back to St. Louis, visit the Argosy Casino Alton or stop in the National Great Rivers Museum at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. Learn about the Corps of Discovery at the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site in Hartford, Illinois, located at the site of the explorers’ Camp Dubois.”


Sometimes, my sister, Donna (5 years younger would tag along).

I have so many memories that I can’t wait to share.
Until Next Time:
It was one of those times I felt like signing as Debbie.
Love you all.


Special Mom and Son Moments Together: Memories # 1

“Mom, You are going to marry that man and I will give you away”.

Early Pictures With Danny (97)“Mom, You are going to marry that man and I will give you away”.

Bobby 2004
Bobby 2004

Bobby  came over to the house for supper one night.
I fixed a favorite of his. Brats.
We were just having fun in the kitchen when the phone rang. Bobby answered it.
It was Danny. I could tell by the way Bobby was talking to whomever  on the phone. Next thing I knew, Bobby hung up the phone before I could grab it from him,
“Danny said he will call you later”. A few minutes went by. Bobby was very quiet.
That was not unusual. What was unusual was  the huge grin starting to show on his face.
“Mom? ” |
” What Bob”.
“Your are going to marry that man”.
Well, that certainly got my attention.
“I’m going to what..?….Danny hasn’t asked me to marry him?”

I don't have many of the thousand of photos I used to have of Bobby. This one was one day when he came by for a visit because he's promised to. He was so tired. 2005
I don’t have many of the thousand of photos I used to have of Bobby. This one was one day when he came by for a visit because he’s promised to. He was so tired.

He didn’t answer that and I let it go.
Then he grinned again:
“And I am going to give you away…..”

Until Danny came along the year before this:
Bobby and I had never talked about my ever marrying. At least not since the usual childhood talks we had had  about why I wasn’t married and never dated anyone.

I had long since stopped dreaming about getting married and having my dad give me away.
Lately though, getting married had crossed my mind. So had my dad walking me down the island.
Yes, I had been thinking about it. We were headed that way.
I just knew it.

Danny had been talking about my moving to Florida permanently. He also knew I would never move in with him. 577654_3288674184704_1503191236_32294040_1111595008_n (1)

To get back to the actual conversation
I said something about my dad doing the honor.
Bobby said it was his place. It was his job  to protect me.
Yes, Bobby would be the one giving me away.

I had raised an awesome son.

The photos of us were taken one year at Royal Gorge. His cousins were visiting and I had promised to take everyone there. It was one of the few hot summer days Colorado had that year. In the 90's. No humidity though.
The photos of us were taken one year at Royal Gorge. His cousins were visiting and I had promised to take everyone there.
It was one of the few hot summer days Colorado had that year. In the 90’s. No humidity though.

Love you Bobby.



Is there anyone out there that doesn’t like trains?
I miss seeing them. Wondering where they are going? Their stories? I want to travel where they travel.



My son took these pictures on a slow, rainy train journey through the swamps and woods of the Blackstone Valley. They have lain here, in my files, waiting for a time to properly present them. A little processing to make them more painterly … and they are ready.




The tracks are old and narrow and the train, which runs once a week and goes from one yard to another, never exceeds five miles per hour.

View original post


Tuna and Macaroni Salad

The only thing I know I would do differently is use the whole egg. I am an egg yolk person.
This salad looks awesome.

The McCallum's Shamrock Patch

Tuna and Macaroni SaladTuna and Macaroni Salad is a simple, fresh tasting and budget friendly recipe we have made over the years in my household. Solid white albacore tuna, al dente macaroni, hardboiled egg whites, diced red onions, fresh parsley, sliced dill gherkins pickles, mayonnaise and a hint of freshly squeezed lemon juice make this Summer salad a winning combination for your next cookout.

View original post 461 more words


Be Our Guest!

I am in awe of this room.
From The Post Itself.
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness”
Proverbs‬ ‭31‬:‭26-27

Don’t you look forward to a little get away? I always love it when I arrive somewhere and it feels inviting! Whether it be a fabulous resort or someone’s home, the atmosphere can just announce “Welcome-we have been expecting you!!!” We all have overnight guests in our homes at some time or the other…so, how do we extend a warm welcome and make them feel comfortable during their time with us? I have often read that you should sleep in your guest room(s) to make sure that everything is inviting and that all the creature comforts have been provided! This guest room is small with only a twin bed, but there is a large writing desk and chair that provides a great place to read and relax! Come take a look…we invite you to be our guest!!

Everyday Living

 “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness”
Proverbs‬ ‭31‬:‭26-27

Don’t you look forward to a little get away?  I always love it when I arrive somewhere and it feels inviting!  Whether it be a fabulous resort or someone’s home, the atmosphere can just announce “Welcome-we have been expecting you!!!”  We all have overnight guests in our homes at some time or the other…so, how do we extend a warm welcome and make them feel comfortable during their time with us?  I have often read that you should sleep in your guest room(s) to make sure that everything is inviting and that all the creature comforts have been provided!  This guest room is small with only a twin bed, but there is a large writing desk and…

View original post 522 more words


Re-posted From Tish Farrell: A bench with many views and a windmill

From Sarah: Loved this post. Beautiful shots.

Tish Farrell



This bench is only a short walk from our house, although a bit of a steep haul up Windmill Hill. The windmill itself is quite a landmark in Much Wenlock, although much about its history, and how it looked when in use, remain to be discovered by the stalwart Windmill Trust whose members take care of it.

There is always something to see from this bench, quite apart from the views across Shropshire. Even the vegetation is interesting. It is a rare remnant of limestone meadow, and in late spring there will be cowslips and orchids here, wild thyme and primroses. Later there will be agrimony, giant  knapweed, St John’s Wort, yellow bedstraw and hare bells. Sometimes the miniature ponies graze here, all part and parcel of preserving the meadow.



Recently some of us combined dog walking and watching the eclipse from here. And while we were doing that…

View original post 214 more words

Woven Introduction | IF:Equip


If: Equip: Woven Bible Study 

The Art Of Making Disciples 

Starts Monday, July 26th 

They do in-depth Bible Studies. 

Jesus, Beloved of God | Love God Greatly


Love God Greatly is another awesome Christian / Bible Study Blog. They have 

been studying King David.

Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures Daily Posts

Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures Daily Posts, by Sarah Sue: Daily Treats About Life , Recipes, Books., Blogging

Source: Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures Daily Posts

I have missed reading theses. If you like what I share then you will love this newspaper.

6 Tasty, All Natural Ice Cream Recipes Your Kids Will Love | The Humbled Homemaker


6 Tasty Natural Ice Cream Recipes  by The Humbled Homemaker 

Have you and the kids had any ice cream this summer? 

No ice cream maker needed for the following.


How to Keep your Man at Home in 5 EASY Steps

Krista says it well.

From Food Stamps To A Future

Millions of relationships suffer and inevitably die from infidelities, but that can ALL be avoided if you take the time to prevent it. Mind you, some people are just promiscuous by nature, and nothing you can ever do will change that, but the majority stay true if their wants, needs, and desires are taken care of. So, let’s discuss the 5 steps we need to take to keep our beloved men happy and at home.

Life Long Romance

Step 1: Couples that Play Together, Stay Together

First and foremost, in order to have and maintain a successful and healthy relationship, you have to be friends first. It is quite possible to be “In Love” with someone, but just not “Like” them! The person that you choose to devote your life to should be categorized as your best friend. Yes, there will be moments where everything they do and say…

View original post 773 more words

She Reads Truth : Mourning And Dancing Day 3 : Sin And Redemption


She Reads Truth : Mourning And Dancing: Day 3 

Sin And Redemption 

Grace for Those Not-So-Great Moments in Marriage – Time-Warp Wife | Time-Warp Wife


Darlene talks a bit about her summer and the promise to share her new Bible Study with us next week. I, for one can’t wait.

She has  a guest post here.

GRACE : For Those Not So Great Moments In Marriage.  

A Beautiful Morning Here In Our Neck Of The Woods. The Drive To Lake Kissimmee State Park From Rolling Meadows Ranch. 

The humidity is way down. Which is surprising with all the rain we have had. Not as hot. YET.

Windows were wet from the dew. We have new windshield wipers but SOMEONE hasn’t put them on yet. I tried but it’s hard for me to reach them any more .

Rolling Meadows Ranch : Collier Farm Road

Water everywhere. 

Good Morning Sunshine.

One mile to Camp Mack Road.

Park Property on BOTH sides of the road.


That’s it for now. It looks as if I need to get rid of a BUNCH of PHOTOS BEFORE I can upload any more. It’s a never ending battle any more. 

I will post more soon. 

HAVE a wonderful Thursday. 

Love From Our Neck Of The Woods, 


Fill Your Cup: Resting When the To-Do List Isn’t Complete


The Tidy Mom’s New Series starts right now.  Check it out. A 4 part series.

6 Reasons This Popular Meditation Trend Is Dangerous for Christians — Charisma Magazine


Eastern Meditation Verses Biblical Meditation.

Written by Rosilind Jukic of A Little R & R.

Eastern Meditation.

When I was planning my Meditation Room  ( It ended up being our Train Room  and the bathroom is where I sometimes meditate now.), I never once thought there was a problem with my using Eastern Meditation along with My Biblical Meditation.

Honestly, I still don’t. I understand it could be a problem if you take it to extremes. But then, we have religious extremists as well.

I learned Eastern breathing techniques  after I almost died from an Asthma attack.

I used them for the panic attacks I had after Bobby died.

I started using Eastern Meditation for my Migraines.

Where did I get the help when I needed it? From the Lutheran pastor who visited me in the hospital.

I posted this article earlier from Rosilind.

I saw it Wednesday morning in my email from this magazine.

I am still having trouble getting it right in my head. IS EASTERN MEDITATION WRONG ? Am I wrong?

I have talked to God in prayer. I don’t feel any Anger from Him. I have found myself getting closer to Him.

Again, I will ask: 

What are your feelings/ beliefs?

Any thoughts? I would really like to know. 


My Homemaking Mentor – An Online Training Academy


This is one of the few trainings I have paid for and I am so glad that I did.

See what Jamie has to say. Watch her video. 

 Homemaking Ministries : 

Finding Joy In Your Home.

Or Making Your Home Haven. My title.

20 Christian Websites Accepting Writing From Women‏ | | Beyond Your Blog


Announcing: Ruth – She Reads Truth : She Reads Truth


She Reads Truth : Announcing The Book Of Ruth.

August 1st.

Clean Copycat Texas Roadhouse Butter – All Created


Copycat Roadhouse Butter.

 I saw the recipe on  All Created. 

The recipe is from 

The Gracious Pantry.

On Exploring Twinkles Through a Song

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. (Regina Brett, jour…

Source: On Exploring Twinkles Through a Song