Making My Home A Haven is important to me. Sharing homemaking skills. Recipes and food. Bible Studies. This is a treasure chest of goodies. So take a seat. Have a glass of tea and enjoy. You will learn all about who I am.
I wrote the following years ago when I started a group for Bobby on Facebook.
Robert Lee Kasch Born in Alton, Illinois on July 17, 1980 to Debra Sue Kasch. He died at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado on May 19,2006. He was 25 years old. Sunrise to Sunset- Not long enough.
What can a mom say about her only child, who was taken from this world suddenly and without warning? BOBBY DIED FROM AN ASTHMA ATTACK. He hadn’t had a serious attack in years. YES! ASTHMA KILLS! Bobby was almost 26 years old. He never married and didn’t have any children. He had a strong faith in God and liked helping others. He worked at The Gazette in Colorado Springs. He loved kids and his cat. He love his church and youth groups. He loved the Chicago Cubs and the Denver Broncos. He loved the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Shania Twain. His favorite people were his Aunt Donna, his cousins, his great- grandparents and the Lymings. He loved Kari. He ‘d be the first to tell you that he loved his mom most. We were really close. He’d call in the middle of the day just to have me listen to a favorite song. He called at midnight to wish me Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday. He just call for no reason. The first thing he said when he talked to me was, “Mom,I love you!” That was also the last thing he said. …..”
Tyler, Michael, Donna, Kari, Bobby and I. Colorado 2014
Bobby and Danny,
On Top Of Pike’s Peak,
3 months old
Bobby and I
Hell Week: The Week following Bobby’s Death.
Mom and Dad
Danny and I
Below the What Would Have Been in Chicago is Life In Our Neck Of The Woods. Real Life. Life Goes ON.
We would have arrived in Chicago this afternoon.
Yes, we would have had a Chicago Style Hotdog at the Amtrak Station.
Probably 2 of them. I’d have eaten Danny’s carrots. LOL
We would have walked all over the station. Taking photos. Videos. Of the trains. Of the building. Of the people.
We would be having Chicago Style Pizza throughout the day and nights of our stay.
I had a number of restaurants that delivered.
We were planning on staying at the Grand Hotel (Sheridan) on the riverwalk.
What’s really happening in Our Neck Of The Woods.
Stocking up and then stocking up some more.
I have NEVER had so many CANNED GOODS in my house.
I seldom buy them.
Strawberry Shortcake during the pandemic.
We had one day when it rain. We were so dry, that a few hours later, there was no sign of water.
We were ordered to open Lake Kissimmee State Park on Tuesday. One day after Phase one began. So Phase 2 has begun in certain areas.
The park is opened except for the campgrounds.
It’s a different world we live in right now and you feel it.
Warning signs are all over.
The ONE GOOD THING : THE FLAGS ARE FLYING ONCE AGAIN.
I make at least one trip to the Ranger Station every day now that almost everything comes through delivery. We are still following the “Stay At Home” rules as much as possible.
Our county is seeing an increase in Covid 19 cases. More deaths.
Even though Danny and I don’t venture anywhere we don’t need to, we feel the change everywhere.
I am a hugger who can’t hug or get hugged.
I have an overflowing freezer filled with meat, fish and seafoods. Good quality foods in the cabinets.
Snacks, mainly for Danny.
Fresh fruits and veggies. Hard to find since we live outside of Amazon Pantry delivery. Outside of most deliveries.
I have an over -abundance of essential oils that I use constantly in diffusers all through the house. I use them in my food and drinks as well.
Everyday, I take boxes to the dumpsters at the park.
Thank heavens for the money I have from my parents. I am using OUR TRIP MONEY for all of the extra food and supplies.
Taco Tuesday?Cinco de Mayo
Danny and I are fortunate. If we were still living on his, UNDER 2, 000 paycheck, we wouldn’t be making it.
Thanks MOM AND DAD.
We also have the RENT FREE Cracker House here on Rolling Meadows Ranch.
WE have thousand of acres to roam freely here and at the park.
Plus we have Allen David Broussard’s Catfish Preserve Creek State Park as well.
Danny is still working. And will continue to work.
Love One Another (from a distance)
First Off :
Today may be known as Taco Tuesday and Cinco de Mayo , but May 5th will always be my Mother’s Birthday.
Happy Birthday, Mom.
We miss you.
Today started off , just like every work day has since our “STAY AT HOME” lifestyle began almost 2 months ago. I got up first to get Danny’s coffee going and get his lunch gathered up. Danny’s alarm went off at 6 AM.
The cat and rabbit were fed and watered. Loved on.
Danny headed out the door around 6:45 and I went back to bed. Since we were up until 4 AM I needed my sleep.
I was sleeping better than normal when I heard loud voices over the work radio. It was almost 9 AM. Staff had been working for 2 hours.
Our manager started telling everyone that the park would OFFICIALLY open back up at NOON. TODAY! Just 1 day after PHASE 1 Began.
That changed everything. Phase 2 wasn’t suppose to happen for at least 2 weeks.
In less than 3 hours, we went from being closed, except for deliveries, to being open to the public.
From STAFF working one shift, 7 to 3:30 Monday thru Friday, to having two different shifts and being opened until 8 :00 PM- 7 days a week.
Staff were in the middle of a huge project. Using the man lift and trimming trees. Doing all of the things they never have time to do.
Danny was one of the only ones wearing a uniform. That uniform was an old one that really needed to be thrown away. LOL Everyone else has been wearing everyday clothes.
I was home, literally in the middle of a mess. I was emptying a couple of cabinets and trying to find room for all of the food and supplies I have been ordering.
I got called into the park to help.
Long story short, Lake Kissimmee State Park opened its gates at NOON.
The flags were once again flying PROUDLY.
The park was once again opened to the public. Day Use amd The Marina/ Boat Ramp only.
Happy Taco Tuesday!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I still can’t help wishing we were in Washington DC. This would have been our last full day there. Tomorrow we would have been off to Chicago on Amtrak.
From Sarah :
This Little Road Trip was the HIGHLIGHT of My Christmas Day
Christmas Day WAS REALLY HARD FOR ME.
I was an emotional/hormonal wreck.
Plus Danny was in a
“Rail Fanning” state of MIND. He’d already received more Christmas Gifts from Me than he should have. AS far as he was concerned :
CHRISTMAS WAS OVER.
For me : THIS WAS CHRISTMAS DAY
THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST.
NO, IT WAS NOT OVER.
Danny had PROMISED ME : NO TRAIN WATCHING ON CHRISTMAS DAY.
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN HE WOULD BREAK THAT PROMISE.
I SHOULD HAVE ACCEPTED IT WITH GRACE.
NO, I WAS IN A BAD MOOD. A VERY BAD MOOD. ALTHOUGH I REALLY TRIED NOT TO BE.
I WAS MISSING FAMILY.
This little excursion wasn’t planned.
It was a good release for me. Would have been better if he had driven the 35 miles an hour he was suppose to and not the 50 miles an hour he did.
12449 Withlacoochee Blvd.
Dade City, FL 33525
Hours of Operation
Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.
This wilderness park consists of 406 acres, however, the Withlacoochee River runs through the park with an abundance of wildlife to see such as Bald Eagles, Swallow Tail Hawk, Red Tail and Red Shoulder Hawk, Turkey, Great Blue Heron, Red and Gray Fox, Florida Panther, Bob Cat, Alligators, Gopher Tortoise, Black Bear, River Otter, Snakes, Owls, Raccoons and Wild Hogs. If you are looking for some peace and tranquility, this is the place for you. You can hear the sounds of nature all around you. Whether you want to go fishing, camping, biking, kayaking or have a picnic, this park has it all. Opens a New Window. .
There is an 1840’s replica of Church, soon to be made into a nature center, a Pioneer Cabin with electric and air conditioning (sleeps six and may have one tent on site and a small cozy cabin with electric and air conditioning (sleeps four and may have 1 tent on site).
Climb up the Observation Tower to view the entire property from above and observe the wildlife and natural beauty of this land. This park has a 3 1/2 mile perimeter nature trail, a 1.7 mile all-purpose paved trail and other trails totaling 13 miles. The paved trail can be used for bicycles, rollerblading or walking. There is also a GPS Orienteering Course that you can track.
*No pets allowed at any cabin camping. *Must be 21 years of age or older to make a reservation to camp.
Fishing and Boating
There is a canoe/kayak dock right on the Withlacoochee River where you can launch your canoe or kayak or cast a line from the pier and go fishing. You will appreciate the peaceful setting. We hold our annual Fall Family Fishing Festival here where you can get fishing tips, learn how to cast, meet others that have the same interest and we also provide lunch and door prizes. It’s an event the whole family can enjoy. Fishing is permitted along the river. You must be 16 years old and above to have a valid Florida fishing license, which can be purchased at most sporting good stores or at any Pasco County Tax Collector’s office.
New England Today Magazine
6 Favorite Chowder Recipes
I just received my weekly order from Plated. I will be fixing their Creamy Cod Chowder. Or Maybe I should say, I am fixing My Version Of Their Creamy Cod Chowder. I never follow a recipe (Or very seldom do I follow one.)
This is how it is suppose to look. While mine may not look that the photo when I finish with it, I do know it will be good. No Doubt About It. From Plated Meal Service.
Copied from New England Today.
“Here in New England, it seems we can never have enough chowder recipes. From clam to corn to fish to lobster to…well, just about anything you can think of, we’ll toss it into a kettle and call it supper. Need some new chowder inspiration? These six classic chowder recipes should do the trick.”
“Rich and creamy New England Clam Chowder straight from Chatham Pier Fish Restaurant.” Check Out the rest of the story.
What is your favorite chowder?
Mine is Seafood Chowder with plenty of corn in it.
Hello From Lake Kissimmee State Park And Rolling Meadows Ranch
I have a question:
Fall, where are you??????????
It’s been in the upper 80’s. A few days ago it was 89 degrees outside. That my friends is not AUTUMN. No ways near it.
I have had trouble finding things to be thankful for this year.
Until I see :
Driving home from the park. 2 Momma deers and their babies.
I have so much I need and want to share.
For now, on this first day of November,
I am THANKFUL for the joys I see every day. It’s the “Little Things” in my life that make me the happiest.