Vacation time…

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Hey everyone,

Just a quick update for all of you who have been participating in the writing prompts.  I am leaving on vacation today and won’t be back until next month; and I am leaving my computer at home!  I will still have my phone with me, but won’t be posting the writing prompt participants list on the first of the month like I normally do.  I will however get the list posted as soon as I get back home.  I have the new writing prompts for June all ready to go and so hopefully those post as scheduled on the first of the month while I’m gone.  I hope all of you are having a good month, and I’ll see ya when I get back!  ~M xo


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Where did my heart go?

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I feel like my heart isn’t in anything right now; I don’t want to do anything; I don’t want to go anywhere;  and least of all, I don’t want to socialize.  People are reaching out, trying to ask me if I’m ok, and to most, I can’t even respond.  I keep asking myself, “What kind of person am I?”  That I can’t even respond to a simple email, phone call, or text message.

I sort of feel like I’m floating on a raft in the middle of the ocean, and there is nothing for as far as the eye can see.  And I want to be here; out of reach of most anyone or anything.  I’m alone without a plan as to where I’m going, and I just don’t care.  I don’t want to do anything else, except for simply float peacefully along, and leave everything else behind.

I don’t think I’ve ever isolated myself as much as I am right now.  And there are times when I question why I’m doing this.  But I feel like I need it.  The quiet has been soothing to my soul.  I’m loving the peace of not having to talk to anyone, to explain myself, to share all the horrible ugly things that I’m so often dealing with.  I don’t want to talk about any of it because then it becomes real.  And I can’t deal with the reality of the things that I know I will eventually need to face.  I just don’t want to right now.

The funniest thing is, I start a social media communications class next week.  It’s a requirement for my major and one of the last general education classes that I still need.  40% of my grade will be the discussions I have with other students.  So much for being anti-social!  Lol.  At least I don’t have to talk about my personal life, but still…

Anyway, so here I am, floating along.  It’s rather calm at the moment, but that usually means there’s a storm brewing on the horizon.  And even though I can’t see it, I’m sort of securing myself to the raft right now; bracing myself for what’s to come.  I just hope the storm passes quickly if and when it finally does arrive.

Time for a spring break…

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Good morning to you my blogging friends,

Hope you’re doing well and having a very blessed week.  I just wanted to give all of you a quick update.  I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed in recent days and have come to the conclusion that a much needed break is in order.  I’ve been feeling completely exhausted both mentally and physically, and writing doesn’t seem to be helping me at the moment.  In fact, it seems to be adding to my already taxed mind.

So with that said, I have decided to at least repost some of my older blog posts for the remainder of this month, and perhaps through the month of May as well.  Each one will be selected at random, so it’ll be fun to see what comes up when I hit the “read a random post” button, which is located in the category section at the top of my blog.  I may still do my Midnight Madness posts, if something comes to mind.

Hopefully, by next month, I will feel more like myself again.  I also want to apologize in advance, because I will be cutting back my blog reading time as well.  I try so hard to keep up with all of you, but I follow a few thousand blogs, and so it’s impossible to read everyone’s posts each day.  I’ll be thinking about all of you during my time away and I’ll try to reply to comments when I can.  Have a very Happy Easter and enjoy the spring weather.

Much love, ~M  xoxo


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Time for a short intermission

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Hey everyone,

It’s time for me to take a short break, as I will be out of town for a few days.  In the meantime, I have a few things scheduled to post.  However, I doubt I will have much extra time to read your blogs or answer comments.  Please forgive me, and I promise to be back just as soon as I can.  Hope you have an amazing week!  Much love,  ~M xoxo


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Just a quick update on where I’ve been…

I want to apologize for not reading and commenting on as many blogs as I usually do.  I have been so busy over the last few months, because both of my girls are getting married this year.  As a matter of fact, one just got married last month in California, and the other gets married next month in Florida.  And yes, they just had to get married and move to states, which are completely opposite of where I live!  Lol…

So I’m currently down in Florida this week, helping my daughter get everything planned for her wedding day.  I don’t know how much help I’ve really been, but I’m here nonetheless.

Yesterday was mostly picking out wedding decorations, and today she went out shopping for wedding attire for the men.  Tomorrow is meeting with the photographer, snapping a few pre-engagement photos, then ordering the cake, flowers, etc…..

I’m currently at our resort, making garland and bows.  It’s so much better if I just make the things she wants to use as decorations, and a whole lot cheaper too!

Florida is so nice this time of year, compared to the cool fall days in Wisconsin.  We leave here on Friday to head back, but it’s been a nice break for me, and fun spending some time with my daughter.  Hope everyone is having a good week!  ~M

 

Guilty pleasures

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So thankful I’m not single, or I might eat like this all the time.  It’s been a great week away, but I’m ready to head home tomorrow.  I’m not quite sure if I really accomplished all that I had hoped to, but I think my mind is clearer and I’m ready to face another school year at home with my girls.  Hope all of you have enjoyed your last few days of summer.  I’ve been trying to catch up with reading blogs, but since I follow 1,400 of you, you’ll have to excuse the fact that I got a little behind while on vacation.  Love you all so much!  Have an amazing weekend!  ~M  xo

Lake Superior & the Apostle Islands

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There are a few places I visited this past summer, which I have still not shared with any of you.  So today I have decided to show you what it was like to explore Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.

IMG_2913Lake Superior is surrounded by three different states (Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota) and Ontario, Canada as well.  Lake Superior is also the world’s largest freshwater lake and I was surprised by how large it really is.  In fact, when you are standing near the waters edge, it gives you the illusion that you are actually looking at an ocean instead of an actual lake.  The only difference was the lack of a sandy beach from where we were.

IMG_2945I recently learned that Lake Superior has over 400 islands.  The apostle islands are a group of 22 islands off the Bayfield peninsula in Northern Wisconsin, and this is where we decided to spend our first day.  We chose Madeline Island in particular for our first destination.  Madeline Island is located in the Chequamegon Bay area of Lake Superior. To get there, we had to drive to Bayfield, Wisconsin and then take a 2.5 mile ferry trip in order to reach the island.

IMG_3537We took our car with us on the ferry ride over and because of this, we were able to drive to the state park which is in more of a remote area of the island.  I was quite impressed by how serene it was there.  I felt as if I had stepped into another world, since there were hardly any other people around.   Don’t get me wrong though, there are still quite a few people that live on Madeline Island.  During the winter months, access to the ferry is impossible.  So I am not sure how people live there during the winter season.  I suppose all of their supplies must be flown in.  I could actually imagine myself living there someday.  I think it would be the perfect place to be flooded with inspiration.

IMG_3536After exploring Madeline Island, we made our way back to Bayfield, Wisconsin and found it to be quite a charming place.  The shops were bustling with tourists and there were quite a few places to eat.  As the sun began to set, there was a live concert down by the waters edge and everyone in the town seemed to converge upon the scene all at once.  Avoiding the crowds, we opted to eat at a restaurant in a less crowded area and the food was amazing!  After dinner, we walked around the town for a little while longer, just enjoying the sights and sounds of this amazing small town.  We stayed until most of the shops started to close.

IMG_3517On the way home, we pulled off the road into a viewing area and stepped out to look at the night sky.  We could clearly see the Milky Way.  It felt as if we could almost reach out and touch it.  Such a breathtaking sight, and then we witnessed a meteor shower as well.  The only disappointing part, was that we were not able to see the Northern Lights while we were there.  I have only seen them occur once in my life and so I had hoped for the opportunity to see them once again.  Oh well, it gives me another reason to go back again.  Here’s a poem I wrote, about my experience of seeing the northern lights for the first time.

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Time for a vacation

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Just wanted to let all of you know, that I won’t be around much over the next couple of  weeks.  I’m taking some time off to go soak in the Florida sun.  I probably won’t have the opportunity to read many blogs while I’m away, but I’ll do my best to catch up with all of you when I get back.  I’ve scheduled posts for the duration of the two weeks that I’ll be gone, but I probably won’t be able to respond to comments right away.  Just know that I’ll be missing all of you and I plan to be back around mid-May.  Take care and I’ll be back soon!  ~M

Sweet serenity here I come!

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Just wanted to let all of you know that I will be escaping the confines of my office for the next four days so that I can go play in the woods. I will catch up on reading your blogs and replying to all of your comments when I return. I have a few things scheduled to post while I’m away.

Have a great week everyone! ~M

Day 21 of our 21 day adventure

We are finally back home from a wonderful vacation. It only took us about 5 hours to get home today and the girls were excited to see us, our dogs included…

Here’s a collage of our overall vacation. We had a blast! Thanks for joining us along the way and hopefully it won’t be too long before we travel again.

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Day 20 of our 21 day adventure

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We slept in this morning, and oh how glorious it was to finally be able to get some much needed rest. We have another full day of driving ahead of us though and so we can’t really dilly dally all day long. So… after quickly checking out of our hotel, we are now on our way to Urbandale, IA.

IMG_2593After a couple of hours of driving, we spot an Air and Space Museum and decide that we can’t possibly pass this up. We both love airplanes and if I hadn’t joined the Army, I probably would have joined the Air Force. I have always had a fondness for anything related to space as well. So this is the perfect place for us to spend an afternoon.

IMG_2619I am completely amazed by the sheer size of some of the aircraft. It’s hard to believe that something this large can actually make it off the ground. I’ve seen plenty of airplanes in my life, but these are huge! After making our way through the self-guided tour, we stop in the gift shop and buy some much needed space ice cream and some other small trinkets that we are sure that our girls will like.

IMG_2604We are back on the road within a few hours and still making good time, even though the traffic has picked up. After arriving at our hotel, we are surprised to find that our room resembles at hospital room. We are in a very crowded district here in Urbandale and after settling in, we try to figure out what to do for dinner. Neither of us really wants to venture out into the traffic, and fortunately we find out that there is a very nice restaurant within walking distance of the hotel and so we decide to eat there for dinner to avoid the traffic on the roads.

IMG_2633The place turns out to be quite charming, its country style suits me. The place is called the Machine Shed and honors the American farmer. I am very surprised at how amazing the food is. The people here are really friendly and this is such a great way to end our day. We’ve had an amazing adventure so far and this will be our last dinner on the road. Tomorrow we head for home. Ahh… Home Sweet Home! I can hardly wait!

Day 19 of our 21 day adventure

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We are leaving Avon today and heading out to Grand Island, NE. I am eager to get going since I am not really fond of this place. Don’t get me wrong… Colorado is a beautiful place. In fact, I would say it tops some of the places we’ve seen on our trip, but at the same time I don’t feel like I belong here. The people here just seem very different from what I am used to, and I think it’s because I’m more of a laid back kind of girl, not a fancy schmancy girl like some of the ladies that I have seen around here.

IMG_2507After breakfast at the hotel, we are finally on our way. The rain had been intermittent today and is kind of nice since it has helped to cool things down. After several hours of driving we spot a rest area in Georgetown and decide to stop. After stopping, we learn of a train ride not far from where we are. I’m excited because I’ve never actually been on an old fashioned steam engine train and I’ve always thought it would be fun to take a ride on one.

IMG_2515Brian and I both agree that the train ride sounds like a lot of fun and so we head up to Devils Head Station to buy our tickets and board the train. Within 30 minutes we are sitting on an old steam engine train that uses oil for fuel. The views of the mountains are incredible and we pass over a raging river a few times on the route. The ride lasts for about an hour and we opt against the mine tour that is offered at one of the stops.

IMG_2541After disembarking the train, we enter the gift shop and spend some time there looking at all the amazing train memorabilia. We have had such a fun day and decide to stay in this town a little longer to grab some lunch. It’s still sprinkling off and on and we find a restaurant in the downtown section before the rain starts to really come down. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is family style, which makes me feel quite at home.

IMG_2531After lunch, we head back to the car, weaving our way through the crowded streets and passing all of the small town shops. All of a sudden, the rain starts to pour and we quickly look for a place to take shelter. We dart into a coffee house that looks more like a library than anything else and both order some coffee while we wait out the rain.

IMG_2585It’s cozy in here and I know that if I lived here, that this would probably be one of my favorite places to hang out. The rain doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon and time is passing by quickly, so we decide to head out the back door of the coffee shop and make a mad dash for the car. Soaked to the bone, we are now in the car holding our warm coffees and trying to stop shivering. It reminds me of being a kid once more and playing out in the rain just for the fun of it. It’s sad to think that those days are long gone.

IMG_2592A few hours later and we have now arrived at our hotel in Grand Island, NE. With nothing left to do and still quite full from lunch, we decide to watch a movie and get to bed early. It’s been another great day and we only have one day left before we head for home.